Drink Coffee Not Energy Drinks

American’s love buzzwords and trends, and it seems nowadays that everywhere you look there is a new brand of energy drink popping up, promising to help you do everything from get through your day to climb a mountain. They come in brightly colored bottles and slick advertising campaigns. And with good reason. Don’t fall for all the hype. When it comes to energy and alertness, coffee is still the king.

You ever notice that you never see a coffee commercial with crazy colors and sounds everywhere? You’ll never see a mountain snowboarder leaping off a cliff, pausing in mid-air, and gulping down a cup of warm, delicious coffee, before slamming furiously back down upon the mountainside. Don’t those types of commercials seem like they are trying just a little too hard? You bet they do.

Coffee doesn’t need slick advertising, skateboards, heavy metal riffs, lion roars, bright colors, or any of the other slick marketing tactics advertisers use to try and convince you that energy and sports drinks are cool, hip, and give you super powers.

The truth of the matter is, all coffee needs is the same advertising it has had for the past thousand years – word of mouth and user experience.

When it comes down to the choice of whether to choose a cup of coffee or an energy drink, the choice is clear. Not only will coffee help keep you alert and get you started in the morning (or pick you up mid-afternoon), but it also tastes great and smells terrific to boot.

Olfactory senses and taste aside, coffee is also healthy for you. There are many health benefits to drinking a daily cup (or more) of coffee everyday. For starters, research shows that coffee helps prevent some types of cancer and also fights off fatty liver disease.

Drinking several cups of Joe a day also lowers the incidents of type 2 Diabetes is non-diabetics. In addition, for those that are trying to lose weight or stave off the extra pounds, coffee not only helps burn fat, but it aids in physical performance. Having a cup of coffee half an hour before a work-out will help your routine.

Coffee is also rich in nutrients, including Riboflavin (also known as Vitamin B2), Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, and Niacin. In addition, coffee is known to be the biggest source of antioxidants for those of us here in the United States.

Other health benefits for coffee include the fact that it helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, helps those that suffer from anxiety and depression, and may help prevent strokes and heart disease as well.

So next time you are in the store and your eyes are bouncing back and forth between the coffee machine or that neon green can with tiger claws and lightning bolts on it, take a moment and think about your choices. If this article hasn’t made the right choice clear for you, just think about the feeling of waking up to the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee and the feel of that warm cup in your hand on a cold day.

Or, to put it simply: drink coffee, not energy drinks.