How do your mornings start? Do you operate almost on autopilot, completing compulsory tasks in a hurry? Get dressed, brush your hair, and out the door as quickly as possible – with that coffee in the thermos, of course.

Do you ever feel that without that coffee you can’t get started in the morning? When the thermos is left on the hall table, the day is ruined because it won’t even start until you’ve had that first cup. Later in the morning, you start to feel tired again and you go to the office for a big cup of that elixir of life. Your stomach starts to churn, but you drink a cup anyway.

If the coffee cup seems to have grown in your hand, too, keep reading!

A good morning routine is the start of an efficient day

Morning routines are more important than you might think and are said to set the mood for the rest of the day. It makes a difference whether you start your day with a quick run from home to work or a slow wake-up, without a care in the world.

To find your own morning routine, you can consider what your dream morning consists of. Some people like a brisk start to the morning with exercise, while others prefer a slow wake up to a book or music. Breakfast can be eaten either as soon as you wake up or a little later, and can be a fresh smoothie or a more filling porridge, for example.

For many people, coffee is an important part of the morning routine: it provides a much-needed pick-me-up, an energy boost to get you going. But coffee also has its drawbacks, some of which are immediately apparent, others only gradually after long-term use. But what if there was a gentler way to start the morning, a way to build your own morning routine around?

Coffee also has its drawbacks

Coffee is part of many people’s morning routines and busy commutes. Who wouldn’t love a little pick-me-up and a more refreshing feeling? It might even be the thing you look forward to in the morning. But drinking coffee first thing in the morning, especially on an empty stomach, can do more harm than good.

Drinking coffee first thing in the morning can cause problems for your digestive system. Coffee stimulates acid production in the stomach and as a result, may cause heartburn in some people. The abdominal cramps that many of us suffer from are not unusual either. Particularly if you are prone to reflux disease or other digestive problems, it is worth being sensitive to your own feelings and monitoring whether coffee is contributing to unpleasant stomach upsets.

It is also possible that coffee sometimes makes you feel more tired. This is explained by dehydration. When you sleep, you lose a lot of fluids and it is not uncommon to wake up in the morning thirsty and dehydrated, especially if you have not had much water the day before.

Coffee is a diuretic, which means it only removes more fluids from the body. Dehydration, on the other hand, makes you feel tired, which makes you even more tired.

One of the long-lasting harms of coffee is tooth staining: coffee effectively stains anything you come into contact with. In addition, regular coffee drinkers often find themselves adding more and more cups of coffee to their day: they feel like they need a little more stimulation. If the last cup of coffee is drunk late in the afternoon, caffeine can prolong the time it takes to fall asleep and affect the quality of sleep. Then, when you try to cut back again, you’re left with a headache.

What to replace coffee with to stay energetic?

It is also possible to replace coffee with something else refreshing – something that won’t irritate your stomach, or heartburn, or aggravate the dehydration you’ve already experienced.

At NORDIQ Nutrition, we developed a supplement called Morning Complex, which, as the name suggests, is designed to be taken in the morning. Morning Complex contains Yerba mate and therefore also some caffeine (8 %). Compared to coffee, the natural caffeine in Yerba mate is gentler and longer lasting, giving a gentle but effective boost to your energy levels.

The Siberian ginseng contained in the product supports mental and physical recovery and can help boost energy and vitality. B vitamins and vitamin C in the unique PureWay-C® form contribute to normal energy metabolism and help reduce fatigue and tiredness naturally and over the long term.

The product’s specialty also lies in raw cocoa, which contains, among other things, caffeine, and tryptophan, a major contributor to the body’s production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in the brain that regulates mood.

Like all our other products, Morning Complex contains active ingredients from Northern nature. In this capsule, you get to enjoy the goodness of both chaga and lingonberry, completely vegan and without fillers.

Create a new morning routine with Morning Complex

Try Morning Complex as part of your morning routine and set a refreshing, yet calm tone for your day. You can swallow the capsules with a liquid or alternatively open them and mix the powder into your smoothies or porridge, for example.

It is said that it takes 21 days to establish a new routine. Morning Complex contains 60 capsules and can be taken 1-3 capsules per day – enough to create new morning routines!

Do you suffer from insomnia? Try a Night Complex supplement to support your sleep and Triple Magnesium + Ashwagandha to calm your muscles and mind.

This link will take you directly to the Morning Complex product page.

The product is filler-free and vegan like the whole NORDIQ Nutrition range.

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