Do you really need coffee to wake up?

Many busy office workers were convinced that their hit of caffeine first thing in the morning was what got them through a day of back-to-back meetings. Picture: iStock/ A_Namenko
Many busy office workers were convinced that their hit of caffeine first thing in the morning was what got them through a day of back-to-back meetings. Picture: iStock/ A_Namenko

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A leading biochemist has bust one of the biggest myths about energy – whether you really need coffee to function in the morning.

Australian expert Libby Weaver said there were many nutritional, biochemical and emotional processes that contributed to whether or not we felt energised throughout the day, but getting on top of our tiredness was not that simple. She said going off caffeine might be the best was to get energised.

Many busy office workers were convinced that their hit of caffeine first thing in the morning was what got them through a day of back-to-back meetings.

Weaver said this was a self-fulfilling prophecy, because drinking coffee often led people to feel like they needed “more caffeine or sugar to get through the day”.

“Often people are shocked by how much more energy they have without relying on caffeine,” Weaver said.

If you drink copious amounts of coffee, I recommend that you try to cut the amount you have in half each week until you reach zero
Libby Weaver

“Our bodies have an amazing ability to create extraordinary energy when our energy systems are supported by our lifestyle choices.”

The biochemist said: “If you drink copious amounts of coffee, I recommend that you try to cut the amount you have in half each week until you reach zero.

“Then, after two weeks with no caffeine, take note of how you feel.”

While you might have felt fatigued at first because of the caffeine withdrawal, Weaver said you should feel as though your energy had increased naturally.

You could always replace the habit with a cup of herbal tea. – Mailonline


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