Here are 4 healthy alternatives to your afternoon coffee addiction

Anyone who works in an office (or at all, really) knows that dreaded 3 p.m. afternoon slump.

It looks innocent, but that little cup of coffee can be a world of trouble if not treated with caution. Photo: Dan Gold/Unsplash

When the late afternoon stupor hits, it’s easy to fill up another cup of coffee … but is that the best way to go?

Researchers say that a cup or two of java in the morning has proven health benefits, including liver health, heart health, and boosted short term memory, to name a few.

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However, drinking caffeine in the afternoon can mess with sleep patterns, concentration, and stress levels. The effects of coffee can last up to six hours, and according to Daily Mail, drinking one cup of strong coffee in the afternoon can knock an hour off of your sleep.

The next time you’re feeling sleepy in the afternoon, reach for one of these alternatives.

Green Smoothie

Tasty, and chock-full of nutrients. Bonus points if you make your own. Photo: Pexels

What could be better for your waning energy levels than a tasty mixture of fruits and veggies?

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If you include the right ingredients, including superfoods such as spinach, açai and chia seeds, you’ll increase energy levels while simultaneously filling your body with nutrients.

Kombucha

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Sure, it’s trendy, but that doesn’t make it bad. After all, if something is popular there must be some reason everyone is seeking it.

Kombucha is an excellent source of probiotics, which keep your gut happy.

Green Tea

Make your next afternoon beverage a hot cup of green tea. Photo: Pexels

With a little kick of caffeine and plenty of antioxidants, green tea is a superstar when it comes to a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Iced or hot, green tea is well-known for its benefits, including improving cholesterol, and preventing multiple heart-related health issues.

Water

Stay hydrated and keep enery levels high with good old fashioned water. Photo: Jez Timms/Unsplash

The most obvious (but somehow least thought of in the group), water is what out bodies crave and run on — therefore, it should be one of your first choices in the quest to stay hydrated.

Oftentimes, feelings of hunger or tiredness are really symptoms of dehydration. Next time you feel unfocused at work, sip a little water. You’ll bounce right back. Bonus points if you add lemon.