Lauren Cochrane
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7 Healthy Ways to Get an Energy Kick ...

If you've been watching the news lately or reading the paper, you may have noticed a few different stories about death associated with energy drinks. Some people have become so dependent on caffeine to get them through the day that they are drinking dangerous amounts to stay energized. Caffeinated energy drinks can contain anywhere from 160 to 500 mg of caffeine and coffee (although not as high in caffeine as energy drinks) is offered by coffee houses in 20 and 30 ounce sizes! You don't need to ruin your health to stay awake and alert, and that's why I'm going to give you 7 healthy ways to get an energy kick!

1. Drink Green Tea

More than a decade's worth of research about green tea's health benefits have shown its potential to fight cancer and heart disease as well as helping to lower cholesterol, burn fat, and prevent diabetes and stroke. Because of green tea's minimal processing, its unique antioxidants are more concentrated and thus help ward off diseases in your body. The only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea does contains less caffeine than coffee with approximately 30 to 60 mg of caffeine, compared to over 100 mg that an average cup of coffee has. Because it still contains a little caffeine, this is a great way to start weaning yourself off your energy drink and coffee fixation.

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