Do you always feel fatigued or lack energy whenever you do something tedious, or do you wake up feeling lethargic sometimes? These feelings are common but could also be a warning sign that your body needs a rest or a replenish of vital nutrients.
To alleviate these symptoms, we’ve always rushed to drink coffee or some commercial energy drink to boost both our mental and physical performance at work. Unfortunately, most of the drinks we consume contain high amounts of sugar, caffeine, other stimulants, and additives, which can have some detrimental impacts on our health.
Refined Sugar and caffeine act like drugs that helps to stimulate our nervous system and keep us alert or make us feel better. Unfortunately, these effects only last for a short time before they subside and a sugar crash occurs.
Your energy levels drop, and you start feeling tired. You probably go for another cup of coffee or energy drink to keep you going. This develops into a habit that becomes addictive and difficult to drop. You become an addict to coffee.
Adverse effects of commercial energy drinks
- Increases your heart rate
- Can increase stress levels
- Can increase your blood sugar levels
- May thicken your blood and cause arterial blockages.
- Contain refined sugars which can add calories and cause weight gain.
- Sugar in energy drinks can cause dental decay
- can cause dependence or addiction.
These drinks may not show negative side effects immediately, but after periodical consumption, they can be detrimental. Fortunately, you don’t have to buy energy drinks since you can easily make a healthier alternative at the comfort of your home to help boost your energy levels.
Why should you make a Homemade Energy Drink?
Making your energy drinks at home is safer, cost-effective, and healthier. You get to understand and know what you feed your body. You have the power to choose to add only natural or organic ingredients and healthy sugar alternatives to make this energy drink.
These ingredients are safe and free from negative side effects. Though there is a small amount of caffeine in green tea, it is not detrimental to your health.
This drink will help you stay alert, awake, and energized to do your work.
Read more: Healthy Natural Sugar Substitutes.
This homemade energy drink will not only boost your energy but will help you burn fat as well.
Simple Homemade Energy Drink Recipe
1 cup of boiled water
½ tsp maca Root powder
1 bag unsweetened green tea
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
½ an inch ginger grated
1tbsp unsulphured molasses or honey
1tbsp lemon juice
1. In a clean jar, add one cup of boiled water. Place your one green tea matcha bag and the grated ginger in the water and let these steep for about 10 minutes.
2. Remove the teabag, then add maca powder, and stir to mix well. Pour in the apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and the unsulphured molasses or honey. Stir well until the mixture is well combined.
3. Strain the drink into a clean cup and drink early in the morning or whenever you want some energy boost.
Why is this homemade energy drink healthy for you?
This homemade energy drink is made from natural ingredients that are full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants.
Maca root powder
Maca root powder is nutritious; it has significant amounts of vitamins and minerals. It helps to boost energy and improve endurance. A previous study found maca to be effective in enhancing mood, energy, and health.
Other studies have also found it beneficial in improving mood and anxiety in menopausal women. It is also rich in antioxidants which helps fight free radicals.
Green tea has significant amounts of caffeine as its active ingredient, which can enhance your energy levels and keep you awake. Some studies show that drinking green tea can help increase your energy levels and boost your endurance levels while burning fat.
Green tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, which helps to reduce the effects of free redials too.
Ginger helps to increase the circulation of blood in the body, it increases metabolism and boosts energy. In addition to that, ginger helps to regulate your blood sugar levels and release feel-good hormones, which can enhance your mood.
Apple cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and natural enzymes, which helps to relieve fatigue and boost your energy levels. It also helps to lower cholesterol and reduce weight.
Always use raw organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother. I use Brag’s raw organic Apple cider vinegar. You can find it in your local store or buy it online.
Unsulphured molasses or honey
Molasses have significant amounts of potassium, which helps to ease muscle cramps and boost your energy. It is also high in antioxidants, which help to boost your immunity just like honey.
Unsulphured molasses or honey also acts as a natural sweetener in this homemade energy drink.
Lemons have high amounts of vitamin C and potassium, which helps to improve your immune system and give you some energy boost.
How often should you drink this homemade energy drink?
You can have this energy drink any time during the day, preferably in the morning when you wake up and during the day. Drink in moderation and enjoy the benefits.
Please, do not drink this homemade energy drink late in the evening because it may cause insomnia or give you the energy you do not need at night.