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Replace Caffeine with 3 Things, Boost Your Mental Health

If you consume caffeine, how does it affect you? Knowing the answer can help you take care of your mental health.
Researchers are working to determine exactly what caffeine does to the human brain and body. Some studies indicate that moderate caffeine consumption can improve memory, focus, mood, and even ease depression symptoms, while others show that caffeine can increase anxiety, intensify panic disorder, and exacerbate the manic symptoms of bipolar disorder1.

The results are still mixed on what caffeine does to our brain, so what should we do to boost our mental health? If you decide that caffeine is causing more harm than good, gradually reduce the amount you consume daily and replace it with something better. Some caffeine alternatives include:

  • Water. We need at least 64 ounces daily to feel healthy and energized. If you crave flavor, add caffeine-free flavor products such as MiO or Dasani Drops.
  • Energizing snacks. Complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber all increase energy, so if you down caffeine to stay awake and alert, switch to foods like almonds and walnuts, bananas, and whole grains.
  • Movement. Get up and walk, stretch, do jumping jacks—anything that gets you moving. It boosts blood flow to the brain and as such increases alertness.

Boost your mental health by gradually replacing caffeine with these healthy alternatives.

1 Lara, D.R. (2010). Caffeine, mental health, and psychiatric disorders. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 20(1), S239-48. Retrieved from

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Peterson, T. (2017, July 25). Replace Caffeine with 3 Things, Boost Your Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 18 from

Last Updated: July 26, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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