There is so much controversy over coffee.  It causes anxiety, makes you more lethargic, is a drain on your adrenal glands. Or, it helps you focus, it’s useful in warding off diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It’s hard to know what to think! If you’re considering, for whatever reason, making the switch from coffee to an alternative, consider your options.

First of all, if you’re choosing to give up coffee because of it’s high caffeine content, decaf coffee seems like a great alternative at first glance. But the truth is, the decaffeination process can't remove 100 percent of the caffeine. While one eight-ounce cup of regular coffee has between ninety and 200 mg of caffeine, an eight ounce cup of decaf might contain between two and twelve mg. A big difference, for sure, but if you're looking to completely avoid caffeine, decaf isn't the option you might have thought it was. 

Also, consider that unless the decaf coffee brand states it is "Naturally Decaffeinated" or "Swiss Water Process", the coffee beans have been treated with a solvent to remove the caffeine.  

Decaf coffee is also actually more acidic than regular coffee and can contribute to a host of complaints, such as acid reflux, GERDS, and ulcers.

Black tea might be another option for you. Compared to coffee, an eight ounce cup has forty to 120 mg. of caffeine and green tea has about twenty mg. So, these two types of tea still contain some caffeine, so they might not be your best option in terms of complete caffeine avoidance.

However, consider the health benefits of green tea, like its high level of antioxidants, which inhibit the growth of cancer cells ,as well as killing cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It's also effective for lowering LDL (the "bad") cholesterol and inhibiting the formation of abnormal blood clots, which are the leading cause of strokes and heart attacks.

So, the decision is yours. If you are open to experimenting with other forms of caffeine (or non-caffeinated beverages), then really explore. Ask yourself what your intentions are. Do you feel anxious, jittery, unfocused and need a complete break from caffeine? Then you might want to try herbal tea blends, which are caffeine free, or Teccinno, an herbal blend that tastes and smells like coffee without any actual coffee (instead it has ground roots, seeds, nuts, and other natural flavorings).

Be open to your experiences and tune into your own intuition about what works, and doesn't. Good luck and happy hunting!