Many of us depend on a nice cup of coffee (or two) to get us through the day. With so many things to do and not enough hours in a day, that coffee can become a saving grace for our energy and productivity levels. But what happens when you are stuck without access to a good cup of coffee? Sounds terrifying, doesn’t it?
With all of the benefits that come with caffeine, sometimes, we just cannot afford to go without it. An increasing effort to combat that level of inconvenience is here, with the same benefits and less effort to consume. In fact, you may prefer them over a cup of coffee for the convenience they offer. Caffeine pills have easily become a favorite for those looking for their regular fix of energy, alertness, and focus. While they provide many of the same benefits, either coffee or caffeine pills are going to be the best option for you. Keep reading to see which is better for you!
First of all…
What are caffeine pills? Caffeine pills are just that, supplements that deliver caffeine in the form of a pill. They are used to stimulate the central nervous system to increase people’s energy levels, alertness, and focus. In other words, they are coffee in a pill, which is much easier to consume and way less messy than brewing a cup of coffee.
What is the difference between caffeine pills and coffee?
The biggest difference between caffeine pills and coffee, besides convenience and accessibility, is their nutritional value. Of course, both contain caffeine but there are usually additional antioxidants and minerals within coffee which do not cause any harm. The downside to that is for those of you that do not like the taste of plain, black coffee, the additional sugars and sweeteners to acquire a better taste add a layer of calories and sugar that you may not be looking for.
Caffeine pills, on the other hand, contain caffeine anhydrous, which is nothing other than caffeine that has been isolated and dried. Aside from the pill fillers, which are typically made of starch or sugars, to make it dissolve easily, caffeine pills only offer your body caffeine, with a hint of starch or sugar. The not-so-good part? Caffeine pills can be extremely addictive and result in overconsumption of caffeine which is never a good thing and can lead to many issues.
Another downside, which is pretty major, is one that answers the previous questions, which one is better for you… Well, according to several health experts, one is not better than the other. Though they both contain caffeine that can be just as harmful as beneficial when misused or overused. There are several side effects of caffeine, both the pills and coffee. In fact, experts have said that caffeine pills are not a replacement for sleep, which could easily become by common misuse.
Quite the bubble buster, huh? Well luckily for us, there are alternative ways to increase energy and be more alert. These alternatives are much more beneficial for your overall health and, more importantly for some, last a lot longer than caffeine pills or coffee. But what might that be?
Alternatives to caffeine
Now, you may or may not want to hear this, but exercise is a great and effective way to improve your energy levels throughout the day. Many people do not understand how exerting so much energy to exercise will help your energy levels (I was one of them). But the fact is that physical activity gets the heart rate up, blood flowing, and endorphins released, resulting in increased energy levels. To pair perfectly with this, having a healthier diet is also a great alternative with long-lasting results. Fueling your body with quality and nutritious food is one of the best ways to feel energized all throughout the day. While the benefits of consistent exercise and a good diet are often overlooked, so is the power of getting good sleep every night. These three things are key components of having more energy without the need for caffeine.
If you are looking to kickstart your journey to healthy energy, supplements are not off of the table. In fact, the best way for you to get through your day with more energy, resilience, and health is to get a grip on your cell health. While your body is more than capable of supporting your daily life with its natural energy levels, supplements can help you restore your natural mitochondrial efficiency. In simpler terms, restoring the antioxidants within your cells will create a strong basis for the conversion of energy, naturally. By naturally increasing your energy levels, you can enjoy your life so much more authentically without risks of possible side effects from stimulants like caffeine. Plus, it’ll last way longer!
They key to start slowly and gradually grow into it. Dependence on caffeine can lead to difficulty in maintaining energy levels throughout the day. Take small steps every day to improve your diet, go for a walk or complete a simple workout routine, and invest in a natural stimulant to improve your cell health, and watch your energy levels increase and days get easier.