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March 30, 2022 3 min read
Did you know that 62% of Americans and 72% of Canadians are daily coffee drinkers? In the U.S., Americans are consuming more coffee than ever before, according to the National Coffee Association, with overall coffee consumption increasing 5% since 2015. Americans under 40 years old are the largest contributing factor to that increase, with a staggering 40% increase in their consumption since 2015. Believe it or not, the average coffee drinker consumes an incredible 3 cups of coffee per day!
If this is sounding a lot like you and you are ready to try something new, we’ve got you covered! In this article, we look at alternatives to caffeine for Energy. We look at how to boost your energy and change your life for the better. Read on to learn about some natural alternatives to caffeine for energy.
In general, North Americans are leaning more and more heavily on options that optimize health versus temporary solutions that may not offer the same benefits for the whole person.
Perhaps the best-known natural supplements are functional mushrooms. These ‘shrooms pack a punch above and beyond providing basic nutrition – they also have known health benefits to support the human body and overall well-being. You can read more about the benefits of various mushroom types here.
Functional mushrooms also have a lot to offer to caffeine-alcoholics -- and this wouldn’t be an article about energy-boosting alternatives to caffeine if we didn’t tell you which ones are best for keeping you alert, focused, and productive!
Here’s an exciting bit of news: while functional mushrooms typically have specific benefits associated with them, most supplements (including all of Ritual's products!) contain adaptogens, which are a classification of non-toxic plants, including mushrooms, that can help to maintain good health and a positive outlook by supporting the body’s healthy stress and immune responses.* The especially neat thing about adaptogens is that they can help your body adapt based on its own needs.
So, for example, if your body is craving an energy boost, adaptogens may be able to support that function – regardless of the other health benefits they provide. If you’re looking for an alternative to caffeine, you will want to include adaptogens into your routine through supplements like mushroom powder.
If your mushroom powder includes adaptogens, chances are that you may find that you get a natural energy boost after regular use. For example, Reishi mushrooms are usually best known for helping to achieve a sense of calm, but when enhanced with Ashwagandha root, an adaptogen known for stress support, this elixir may help promote a natural energy boost.*
Similarly, Chaga mushrooms are exalted for their ability to support a healthy immune system, and when mixed with the adaptogen Eleuthero root, may help ward off fatigue and depletion by providing whole-body stress support.*
That all said, one mushroom stands above the rest when it comes to helping promote energy, and that’s the Lion’s Mane mushroom.
Best known for their ability to support cognitive function, Lion’s Mane mushrooms have been used for centuries in East Asian cultures to help activate and clear the mind for optimal cognitive performance.*
Considered a nootropic, meaning that these mushrooms can benefit cognitive health and function, they have been studied fairly extensively in modern science. The conclusions have been consistent with how this mushroom has been used traditionally: according to one study, the benefits associated with consuming Lion’s Mane mushrooms on supporting brain health are irrefutable.*
Rritual’s Lion’s Mane Focus Elixir also contains the adaptogen Rhodiola root and the Ayurvedic herb Bacopa monnieri to help keep you ticking during the day (but also sleeping soundly at night!)*
To make a long story short, Lion’s Mane is the mushroom of choice if you are looking for a boost to support cognitive function and energy.* Regular use of Lion’s Mane mushroom powder may help with focus, productivity, creativity, and clarity of thought.*
When choosing a Lion’s Mane mushroom powder, you will want to ensure they contain no stimulants, sugar, artificial flavors, or preservatives so you are nourishing your body naturally. To learn more about the many benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom for both the brain and overall health, check out this article.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.
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