Jul. 31, 2017Okay everyone — it’s 2017, let’s not beat around the bush: we all know energy drinks aren’t exactly good for our health.
A culture of late nights and early mornings has prompted us to push ourselves harder than ever, and people are giving in to all sorts of less-than-healthy means of staying awake and productive.
I’m not going to bore you with all of the wonderful healthy things you can do to increase your energy levels (because if you had more time to sleep, you probably would), but instead there’s an alternative to the sugary, heart-palpitation-inducing energy drinks that’s worth stocking up on.
Guayusa: An Amazonian Wonder
If coffee gives you the jitters, consider getting to know Guayusa — an incredible Amazonian rain forest plant. Guayusa is a leafy tree with many of the same properties as coffee, but one that is a much smoother stimulant, causing less jitters and anxiety than coffee.
This nutrient rich plant is a fantastic source of magnesium, potassium and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Guayusa is also rich in theobromine, the chemical found in chocolate that gives us a boost of energy, while simultaneously elevating our mood.
Guayusa is the primary ingredient in the all-natural energy drink MATI, and it’s where we’re going with this.
The All Natural Energy Drink — MATI
Caffeine is a tricky beast. Not enough and you’re a grumpy force to be reckoned with — and too much and you’ve got the jitters so bad you can’t sit still for five minutes.
With energy drinks there’s very seldom a balance, and the highs and lows don’t often make it worth the temporary spurt of energy you get.
MATI is looking to change all of that, with a healthy energy drink that’s as effective as coffee, without the crash or toxic ingredients. With no sugars, no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, MATI energy drinks are serving up a cool, refreshing alternative to jitters-in-a-can.
What’s in It?
I love MATI’s ingredients list, because it’s super short, and I can read everything on it:
- Carbonated water
- Brewed Guayusa
- Fruit juice concentrates
- Natural flavors
MATI uses a unique brewing method that, according to the company, extracts 40% more nutrients from the Guayusa, resulting in nutrient-rich products that border on the supplement side of things, delivering 15 amino acids to your body in every can to help you repair muscles while you do what you do.
How Does it Taste?
MATI energy drinks don’t have any added sugar, but they’re still sweet thanks to the blend of fruit juices in each can. However, if you’re used to cotton candy-flavored drinks, this one might be a bit of an adjustment for you.
The company makes them in a wide variety of fruity flavors, from blueberry to citrus. They’re best served chilled, and are more like a fruity sparkling water or tea than they are a can of Red Bull.
While everyone’s body is going to react differently to individual energy drinks, generally speaking, Guayusa is a less concentrated stimulant than coffee, and typically affords a much more stable energy boost.
Guayusa is still a diuretic and stimulant though, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you might want to ease MATI into your daily routine at first.
Ditch the coffee for a few days, and get your morning boost from MATI. Give it a try here.
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