It’s 2 pm. You’re sipping on coffee, and you’re not sure what number cup this is. Suddenly, you realize that the hand holding your coffee cup is shaking. You’re not cold or scared, but there your hand is, dancing a jig. Or maybe your eye is twitching uncontrollably, and you can’t stop tapping your foot. What’s going on? In this article, we’ll discuss coffee jitters, and what some good coffee alternatives with no jitters are.
Why Does Coffee Cause jitters?
Jitters or tremors are caused by the effect that coffee has on your adrenal glands. You’re probably familiar with these small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They produce many hormones for the body, including stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. When you drink coffee, it stimulates the adrenal glands, which produce adrenaline. Adrenaline can cause shaking, jitteriness, or muscle tremors, along with other symptoms like higher blood pressure, and sweatiness.
1. How much coffee is too much in one day?
Caffeine tolerance differs from person to person, so this is a highly individual answer. The average person in the United States takes in around 200 mg of caffeine per day. However, a person who is sensitive to caffeine might start feeling the effects at a low dose of 100mg, or one cup of full-strength coffee. It goes even further than that for some people. Many people who are sensitive to caffeine will start feeling the symptoms of too much caffeine at a much lower dose like the 25 mg a cup of tea contains. If you’re the kind of person who tolerates caffeine well, then the recommended maximum amount of caffeine per day for you is 400 mg. Although, many people exceed that limit and are fine.
It’s a good idea to experiment with caffeine levels and determine what is the correct daily amount for yourself. Spend a few days tracking how much caffeine you take and see when, or it, any of the negative symptoms like the jitters, start. If you wind up realizing that a lower amount of caffeine seems better for your body, consider caffeine microdosing. This is the practice of taking less caffeine more frequently and can help anyone taking caffeine to have steadier energy throughout the day.
What Coffee Alternatives Don’t Cause Jitters?
All caffeine is not created equal. While many plants contain caffeine, they all have different combinations of other plant chemicals, including caffeine. These different chemicals changes how caffeine impacts your body. In short, the energy you get from coffee is going to be different from the energy you get from tea, an energy drink, or chocolate.
For example, while caffeine is the most widely known plant stimulant, the tea plant has two other stimulants, theobromine and theophylline. These will change how tea gives you energy, compared to coffee. Tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine and antioxidants. These compounds may counterbalance the adrenaline stimulating effects of caffeine, making tea a good coffee alternative with no jitters.
2. Matcha Tea
Matcha tea is part of the same family as black and green tea. These teas all come from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, the tea used to make matcha is grown differently compared to other types of tea, and this gives it a different nutrient profile than regular tea. Matcha is made from finely ground dried green tea leaves and contains higher levels of antioxidants and caffeine than regular green tea.
3. Chai Tea
Chai tea is a blend of black tea, ginger, cloves, and cardamon. There are many different chai blends out there, but they all revolve around tea with spices. Other spices used are cinnamon, fennel, black pepper, star anise, and coriander seeds. Chai is usually made with sugar and milk as well. Black tea and the spices used contain antioxidants. Black tea also can lower blood cholesterol, and ginger and cinnamon have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels. All of these other ingredients help make the energy from chai tea non-jittery.
4. Dark chocolate
When it comes to chocolate and caffeine, the darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine content. However, even at its highest levels, chocolate doesn’t have much caffeine compared to tea or coffee, coming at 12 mg of caffeine per ounce. Dark chocolate also contains more of the stimulant theobromine than caffeine, which, along with its antioxidant levels, will give you steadier energy than coffee.
5. Caffeine chews
Caffeine chews are generally gummy candies with added caffeine and other ingredients. Many people like them because they are easier than brewing a cup of coffee or tea, and contain less sugar than energy drinks. Depending on their added ingredients, they may give less jittery energy than coffee.
Caffeine Gummies vs. Coffee
While no one is saying don’t drink coffee, many of us need different energy than coffee gives us. And, coffee (and tea) take time to prepare, time we may not have. Also, have you noticed how tea, coffee, and energy drinks take time to kick in? Caffeine gummies are the solution to these three issues. When you chew a caffeine gummy, the caffeine starts absorbing into your bloodstream through your mouth. Compare this to the forty-five minutes it takes for your body to digest liquid caffeine sources. Also, gummies are easy to take—just open up the pouch and you’re good to go. And, depending on how they are made, caffeine gummies may contain other ingredients to help balance the stimulating effects of caffeine and prevent jitters, while giving steady smooth energy.
Seattle Gummy’s Mocca Shot contains antioxidants from Dutch cocoa that help give you non-jittery energy. They couple this with the antioxidant-rich and brain-boosting herb, ginkgo biloba, which also supports steady energy. Finally, B vitamins join the party by helping your body make energy and nourishing your brain. This makes the Mocca Shot the number one way to get the energy you need without any jitters! Try a Mocca shot today-with its non-melting formula, it’s ready for you wherever you are.