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4 Caffeine Alternatives: Boost Energy Without Caffeine – Thomas DeLauer
Look, I love caffeine as much as the next guy. Seriously, I really do like caffeine. I always tout the benefits of it. But what I want to do in this video, is I want to give you four different alternatives to caffeine. I’m not talking about like fuddy-duddy kind of herbal ways to get more energy. I’m talking about ways that you can truly life-hack your way into getting more energy, utilizing various compounds that you can find on Amazon or honestly, very easy to find places in general.
So, let’s start with some of the basics of physiology when it comes down to creating energy. In doing so, I want to explain alpha lipoic acid and carnitine.
All right, so alpha lipoic acid and carnitine, you’ve probably heard of carnitine before, because it’s marketed as a fat loss supplement quite heavily. Here’s the thing. Carnitine is cool, but it’s really when it’s combined with alpha lipoic acid that you can get some actual energy that could replace caffeine. You see, carnitine allows free fatty acids to come from its storage form into the actual mitochondria to be used for energy. So carnitine is responsible for taking fatty acids from the cytosol portion of a call, into the membrane, into the mitochondria, which is the actual furnace where you create the energy. Without carnitine, that doesn’t really happen.
But that’s not the fun part. You see, when it’s combined with something known as alpha lipoic acid, you get heightened energy. Because now you’re actually taking the food or the nutrients in the cell, and you’re giving it the ability to regenerate. So what I mean by that is alpha lipoic acid’s job is to add an acetyl group to ultimately create Acetyl-Coenzyme A.
Now I’m starting to get complex here, and I promise, I’m going to keep this video very high-level so you don’t have to deal with my biology. But if you remember from sophomore, maybe junior year biology, we learn a lot about Acetyl-Coenzyme A. Acetyl-Coenzyme A is ultimately the building block of energy. So without the acetyl group, you just have coenzyme A. Coenzyme A needs an acetyl group. Alpha lipoic acid continually provides it.
So what happens is carnitine goes from the cytosol into the mitochondria, brings the food in, creates energy, creates ATP, really what gives you that spark, that energy. Then it’s the job of alpha lipoic acid to create the acetyl group, so they can reattach and go through that process again. Without that, you don’t make more energy. So when you add both of those to the mix, you get a very powerful form of energy that could truly rival caffeine when it comes down to mainly mental energy, because of the high amount of mitochondria that we have in our brain.
Now this one was complex, but let me take you down the path of another one that’s a little less complex, but very, very, very fascinating. I’m talking about tyrosine, and particularly its effect on those that are sleep-deprived. Now, those of you that know me know that I have a little baby boy. Now he’s my life, he’s my pride and joy. But he also makes it so I don’t sleep a whole lot and I’ve got a job to do. I’ve got to be on camera, I’ve got to run a business, I’ve got to have my brain being sharp. This means that I had to find a way outside of just loading up on caffeine to be able to get more energy.
Tyrosine has even been shown in studies to increase the amount that someone is alert or awake when they’re sleep-deprived by three hours or more. So that means if you’re sleep-deprived and you take tyrosine, you can put yourself in a situation where you have three more hours of alertness before you start to crash. I’ll take three hours, honestly.
So what happens when you take caffeine is your brain overproduces dopamine. That’s why as soon as you have some coffee come in, you feel good. You feel alive, you feel like you can take on the world. You start having happy conversations, because everything feels good. You’ve got caffeine. But the problem is, you’re going to run out of dopamine eventually. That’s what happens with caffeine withdrawals. You run out of dopamine, and then you don’t feel good, so then you need more caffeine to create more dopamine and expedite that whole process.