High soda consumption levels is one of the major causes of health issues in modern countries. A single soda can contain far more sugar than a person should have each day, so they lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems when they become a habit.
Many people worry that they will lose their energy without a soda to perk them up each day, but this is not necessarily true.
Though caffeine is known to improve your mood and boost your energy, there are many other ways to accomplish this. Use these tips to cut back on your soda intake without feeling tired and groggy all day.
Seek Natural Caffeine Sources
For many people, the addictiveness of soda is mostly due to the caffeine it contains. You can get more natural forms of caffeine and skip the excessive amounts of sugar by making your own caffeinated beverages at home.
Both coffee and tea contain plenty of caffeine to keep you alert, and these natural beverages also contain helpful antioxidant compounds. Green tea has so many antioxidants that it is linked to lower cancer risks, and black tea and coffee also contain useful antioxidants that protect the body from damage.
Some people who feel an instant boost in mental functioning from soda are actually just reacting to the liquid in the soda. The brain needs water to function properly, and without adequate hydration, you will feel tired and struggle to concentrate.
Even just being 1 percent dehydrated can lead to impaired mental performance. Instead of reaching for a soda next time you feel groggy, try just sipping a cup of water first. If you do not like the taste of plain water, you can add a squeeze of citrus or a flavored supplement to make it taste better.
The typical human needs about 64 ounces of water each day. A trick I have found is the first thing I do when I wake up is drink a glass of water.
Sometimes it’s hard to do, but every day I do that I seem to be more awake, less hungry throughout the day, and have more energy to wake up and get ready. Try doing this for a month and see if you can see a difference.
Find Better Ways to Get Nutrients
All the sugar in a soda is an instant source of energy for the body. In sedentary people, this energy is quickly transformed into fat, but many athletes feel like they need the glucose from a soda to keep active.
It is true that a sugary soda can give you the energy to move around, but it does not contain most of the other nutrition required for a workout. For the best possible performance, athletes need both protein and carbs, and they can also benefit from certain vitamins that assist in building muscle.
Try a homemade smoothie or a recovery protein shake instead so you can get some protein and nutrients with your sugar. Sugar is not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just in taking the right sugars.
I love to drink a pre-workout about 30 minutes before I get ready to go to the gym, and I can tell the difference before my workout and after when I am cooling down.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Soda might seem like it helps you to be energetic, but there is no true substitute for sleep. Most adults will function best if they can get at least seven hours of sleep each night, and some people need as many as nine.
To make sure that you get enough sleep, avoid caffeine for six hours before bed and avoid drinking alcohol for two hours before bed. Always sleep and wake up at the same time if possible, and sleep in a dark and quiet environment.
If you still feel tired without your soda after a full night of sleep, you may need to take a sleep study and make sure you do not have sleeping problems. But your body may also be craving the soda and caffeine you recently cut.
Make sure to give yourself a week of cutting soda before getting worried about your grogginess. Starting a new health habit is always hard in the beginning, but way worth it by the end of your journey.
Go For a Walk
Light exercise helps to get your blood flowing and boost overall energy levels. Doing exercise is so effective at keeping you aware that it is not recommended right before bed.
However, exercising earlier in the day can make it a little easier for you to fall asleep each night. A quick walk or gentle jog can provide energy all day long without requiring soda.
It also does wonders for your heart and lung health, so it is a good idea to do a little cardio whenever possible.
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