The Drink That's Better than Coffee

 
 

I love coffee. It's almost like magic. I'll be tired. I'll have trouble concentrating. My brain will feel foggy and it's almost like I can't function. Then I drink a morning cup of black coffee and i'm wired. Suddenly I have motivation to take on my day. I have energy and feel mentally alert. This is great.

Coffee Gives Me Anxiety.

How I feel eight hours after I drink coffee.

How I feel eight hours after I drink coffee.

When I drink too much coffee I get jittery. I get anxious and nervous. It feels like i'm suffocating on the inside. I freeze up and am too stressed out to enjoy any of the productive benefits of coffee. Unfortunately, this has happened a lot lately.

When I calm down enough to get work done, it's almost worn off.

Once the initial peak is over i'm usually calm enough to be productive. The problem is a few hours later I crash, and crash hard. Coffee to me is like an unsustainable surge of scattered energy. It comes on too strong and leaves me drained.

At this point, I usually have another cup and the whole process repeats itself. Now I have been having great success taking L-theanine alongside my coffee. L-theanine helps with relaxation by inducing alpha brainwaves.  I simply put 100mg of powder into my drink and i'm good to go. A nice clean focused energy, although the crash is still there.

I found something better than coffee. Something that gives me a better focused energy. I don't get anxiety and there's no crash. 

Yerba Mate

 
The shrub (Ilex paraguariensis used to make yerba mate tea

The shrub (Ilex paraguariensis used to make yerba mate tea

 

My life has improved greatly since taking this stuff. Yerba Mate, pronounced (yer-BAH MAH-tay), is shrub found in South America. It has been brewed and consumed as a tea for thousands of years for its energizing and health properties.

Yerba leaves contain an impressive 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, as well as anti oxidants.

Here is a list of some of the nutrients you'll benefit from when enjoying a cup of yerba mate:

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Manganese

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

  • Selenium

  • Sodium

  • Sulfur

  • Zinc

It is also naturally caffeinated, but has less caffeine than a cup of coffee. What's great about yerba is that is contains other naturally occurring stimulants like theophylline, and theobromine. These compounds are also found in green tea.

Smooth with no crash

Drinking yerba is always a very pure experience. When I make it i'm excited. It has a particularly earthy taste that I enjoy, not too bitter. It feels a lot like a natural wake up. Whereas coffee is more of a synthetic jolt of energy. You become focused and alert, but not jittery or anxious.

People ask how the crash is on yerba. I really don't know what to say. I had never even thought about it because I never noticed a crash at all. My theory is because of the lower amount of caffeine balanced with other natural stimulants like theophylline and theobromine, yerba mate is able to produce a nice clean energy buzz. 

So drink yerba for health and anti-oxidant benefits...

And take solace in the fact that you won't crash or get anxious.

Bradshaw Steele