questionsany suggestions for coffee/energy drink…

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I buy all different kinds of herbal teas. I sometimes mix up flavors when I brew them. Make a big jug of iced tea in these interesting flavors. Works great for me.
Of course, I am caffeine free. If you want the caffeine part throw in a bag of reg tea or use flavored teas in the mix.
All sorts of interesting combinations can be had.

I do drink Pure Protein drinks. Buy it by the case from Amazon.No sugar, no caffeine. Lots of protein. In fact, sometimes I split up a can and mix it with water or skim or soy milk, b/c of the lg amt of protein.

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I like coffee, tea, and energy drinks. I used to consume caffiene and energy drinks nonstop, but became concerned about dehydration also. Now I usually drink 1-3 cups of coffee or tea or small colas or energy drinks in the am and perhaps half that in the pm. But I drink any of those for the energy boost, not for hydration. Always try to keep on-hand chilled bottled water also, which I used for hydration. I drink lots of water, like lightly fizzy mineral waters the best. Tap water is prob fine, but less convenient.

None of thus ever contains sugar. I just make a habit of sipping coffee, tea, cola, or energy drink followed by chilled water chaser.

Seems to help me.

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I drink coffee only in the early morning. Some of my favorites for later in the day:
Bai5 - pear and clementine are favorites.
Coconut water. I like Zico but if you don't like the taste of coconut water, try Tonga - which has a light fruit flavor.
Mineral water when I don't want any sweetening. I like Blue Sky seltzers
Hot green teas. Jasmine green and mint green.

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Water, especially sparkling water or seltzer, with a squeeze of lime and/or lemon. Water with fresh ginger. If I really need a pick-me-up, a shot of ginseng from those little bottles sold in Chinese markets. Gives me energy without insomnia.

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@adadavis: I tried some brand of coconut water, expecting to like it. Coconut is one of my favorite foods. OMG I don't know how anyone ever takes a second sip. That's one of the worst things I ever tasted! Definitely different strokes for different folks.

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@moondrake: De gustibus non est disputandum - both the smell and taste of ginseng make me ill. Some young raw coconut waters do too, so the brand matters. If you want the benefits of coconut water without the flavor, try the Tonga water.

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@moondrake: The common perception of coconut, at least in the US and not so much recently, is that of mature coconut... the brown, "hairy" looking tree nut that has "milk" inside.

Coconut water comes from young coconuts. Like massive softballs and green on the outside.

Personally, I didn't like coconut water at first but I've come to LOVE it. Keep in mind that the coconut's origin will also determine how it tastes. It might taste the same to someone who doesn't drink it often but to a trained tongue, the difference is night & day.

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@adadavis: I don't care for the flavor, which is why I use the ginseng shots instead of ginseng tea. But my co-worker loves the flavor, and was very happy when i gave her a large sized box of those packets of powdered ginseng you add to hot water to make "tea". Fortunately, it doesn't make me ill, though. Just tastes dusty, papery, not food-like.

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I recommend a full night's sleep, including turning off electronics at least an hour before going to bed, also getting plenty of water throughout the day and regular exercise. I've found that those 3 things together are the best at providing plenty of energy. What's better than natural energy?

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Hot tea for sure! If you like the Woot-ish, products-available-for-a-limited-time thing, give http://www.52teas.com/ a try. They do a new tea blend every week and keep it available until it sells out. Flavors are a lot more unique than the usual fare, with teas like Pineberry Honeybush, S'mores Genmaicha, and Pineapple Bacon Rooibos- which is cool if you're like me and get bored drinking the same thing every day.

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Ginger peach green tea. No sugar or silly things added to it. (agave nectar if you need it)

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@mlutz3: On top of this, 15-20 minutes of light cardio in the morning has always been a great way to wake your body up.

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It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

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@geekfactor12: Hmmm, I don't find the site very user friendly (although the pictures of pineberry fruit are fascinating). Maybe my flash player is out of synch with them or something. Some interesting flavors, but a bit too rich for my blood at $72lb.

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This won't be all that popular an answer I think, but:

Exercise

Exercise in the morning, go for a walk/jog, go to the gym, anything that gets you sweating and breathing hard. You'll be amazed how much energy you have during the day.

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Dehydrating? Coffee and energy drinks? Are you sure you aren't drinking salt?
Unless you're drinking "coffee" beverages loaded with sugar, there's nothing wrong with drinking a cup o' joe in the morning. In fact, it's actually beneficial to your health to do so. Coffee has all sorts of wonderful compounds in it that improve your heart health, among other things. Not to mention caffeine is great for increasing alertness and providing a bit of an energy boost.
Now sugar-loaded energy drinks, on the other hand... not so much good for you.

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I heard eating an apple can help not sure if any particular kind is better then another. But basically it contains simple sugars that will not give you a jolt like caffeine and won't leave you with that crash feeling either. It also has other health benefits as well. Also breakfast is a very vital part of a healthy lifestyle and a foundation for the rest of the day.

But as already stated plenty of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet will do wonders. I know easier said then done.

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@wynterwynd: This 100 times. Get in shape, you will feel better and have more energy.

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@wynterwynd: this combined with sleep 100 times and hydrating with just water/herbal tea 100 times...

Sleep deprivation is taxing on your body. You won't be able to exercise without sleep anyhow.
You are going to go through withdrawals from caffeine as it is a stimulant unless you get a caffeinated tea or ginseng. Get ready to pay the price of a Rockstar if you don't (seewutIdidthurr?)

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@ceagee: If OP is a male he should really watch the intake of soy protein/milk products as it can negatively affect male hormones. My trainer warned me but reading this sold me:

http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/soys-negative-effects

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Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions all! I can't wait to start feeling healthier and more energized in hopefully a more natural way.

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@dows: What's more natural than a naturally-occurring substance in a seed that is harvested from a plant, roasted, and then ground up?

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@aaronhenry: Tea aficionado rant: All tea is caffeinated. Just as in coffee, caffeine naturally occurs in the tea plant. Different varieties of tea have different levels of caffeine, and decaffeinated tea has the least, but all tea has caffeine. Herbal infusions, frequently mislabeled "tea" are usually caffeine-free. But calling chamomile or rooibus "tea" is just as incorrect as calling them "coffee". They contain neither tea leaves nor coffee beans and should not be called tea or coffee. Rant mode off.

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Mate Cocido

I like the Cruz De Malta brand the best

http://www.amazon.com/Yerba-Mate-Cruz-Malta-Cocido/dp/B003LVTPSI

Rosamonte brand is also good