(Foreword: This is the continuation of our response to John John on his desire for coffee alternatives.)

Read: Meditalk: What are other coffee alternatives to start the day?

DEAR John John,

Moving on.... Here’s more for your delight.

7. Carob

You can get it from the carob tree and add it to hot chocolate, smoothies, dairy, soy or almond milk. Carob is rich in fiber, helps digestion, and may even keep blood sugar and cholesterol at healthy levels.

8. Bone Broth

You can choose from beef, lamb, or chicken. This is a great source of protein, with 6 to 12 grams per cup and helps relieve swelling and inflammation. Chicken bone broth also helps clear the stuffy nose.

9. Kombucha

Just add yeast and sugar to a tea mixture and let it ferment and you have kombucha. This has lower sugar compared to soft drinks. But, be sure to do it right, or you might grow harmful bacteria, instead.

10. Rose Hip Tea

This has vitamin C together with a lot of cell-protecting and anti inflammatory phenolics and carotenoids.

11. Milk

This has always been a great source of B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, B6, and B12. But, choose low-fat or skim milk to limit those calories and fat.

12. Coconut Water

This is so good and better than other energy drinks in the market. Plus, it tastes great. It’s natural and has no caffeine and less sugar. It has added benefits by replacing essential minerals or electrolytes that you lose when you sweat out.

Of course, don't forget to always have water by your side. Oftentimes, it’s the only thing that you need.

Good luck!

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 dokfritz@yahoo.com. If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)