DEAR Dr. Fritz,

I just wanted to know if there are coffee alternatives that can perk up my day. I can’t keep up with coffee. They make my heart race and my pulses pound.

Please help. Thanks.

John John


Dear John John,

Coffee can make anyone’s day. The problem is, there are people who are sensitive to it, like you do and they can make your heart race. Anyway, here are other ways for you to perk up your day.

1. Try decaf

Decaffeinated coffee has 97 percent of its caffeine removed. So, it might help you cut back on those racing heart beats.

2. Go for green tea

Green tea can help you. It also has cell-protecting antioxidants and has only a quarter of caffeine in a cup of coffee.

3. Golden milk turmeric tea

This can not only brighten your day, it can also help your heart, relieve arthritis pain and skin irritation from cancer treatments. You can add this to a warmed cup of coconut milk. Shake it until it’s frothy. You can use honey or brown sugar to sweeten it.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Add a capful of this into a glass of warm water or into a hot tea. You can add lemon, honey, or brown sugar.

5. Maca

Some evidence suggests that it could make men and women more alert. It might even help with menopausal symptoms in women, such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, and irregular heartbeat.

6. Lemon Water

You can drink it like tea -- hot or iced. They are loaded with vitamin C. Some studies show that a daily dose of lemon juice can help control high blood pressure.

Well, there are more alternative drinks on the list, but we are running out of space for now. So, let me continue this next time. Until then!

Read: Meditalk: What are other coffee alternatives to start the day? (Part 2)

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” For your questions, you may e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)