Are you looking for some real, non-sponsored Mud Water reviews? Here is my honest take after about 6 months of use. This is not sponsored and I purchased it with my own money.
You might have seen some ads recently that are pretty angry at coffee.
“We not mad at coffee, we are just disappointment”
“Break up with your coffee”
The company that is behind this anti-coffee campaigns is
Wud Water… and it’s spelled like this: WUD/WTR
First of all… I like my coffee and I don’t have no plans to “break up with coffee”
But, after trying this drink, I gotta say… I get it.
My name is Natalia Christine, in this article we are looking at my Mud Water review after about 6 months.
We are looking at why this product is selling incredibly well.
And also we examine the question, and for some of us it’s a very painful question…
Is coffee really that healthy for us?
So if you’ve ever had coffee in your life, hit that like button and let’s get started.
So first of all, the search trends for “coffee alternative” is increasing..
More and more people are looking to replace coffee and caffeine in general with something else. Something that helps them stay sharp, feel good, but without the downsides of coffee.
Often people turn to something like tea, but here in America for example, for some reason tea just hasn’t taken hold.
Sure people like their matcha lattes, but that’s more milkshake than tea.
Also, coffee is just great for getting… stuff… done.
I’m an engineer in the bio tech space and I can tell you first hand, most of our science here in the US runs on caffeine.
If we ever lose that will set us back decades.
That’s changing with the younger kids that are coming out of college, but still, the US and most of the world is fueled by caffeine.
Now we will get into why that matters later, but it’s important to understand that caffeine is a stimulant.
The way stimulants work is they “borrow” energy from the future.
These are great if you need to really focus for an hour or two and then you can relax. A lot of college kids start using coffee and other stimulants to study and to take exams.
They get their energy and attention boosts, their young metabolisms clear it out of the system and they are good to go.
As we continue using coffee for years and decades… the cost/benefit of coffee begins to shift.
We get less energy and a lot more of the negative stuff which we will get into later.
So what’s the alternative? And is Mud Wtr a good replacement for coffee?
Well a lot of people are turning to adaptogens to give them energy and fuel their brains during the day.
Adaptogens and plants and mushrooms that have some interesting effects on us. I won’t go into details here, but basically think of stimulants as creating energy now at a cost later.
While adaptogens raise our overall energy level over time as we continue taking them.
The most commonly known adaptogen is Ginseng, but there are others ones, specifically:
I’m personally a big fan and have been using a number of the plants and mushrooms to improve performance at work and studying without relying on stimulants.
is mud wtr good for you?
So… Mud Wtr. What’s in this stuff?
First it’s Masala Chai. Masala Chai is a black tea with cardamom, black pepper, and ginger. It has a fraction of the caffeine that coffee does.
They say it’s about 35 mg of caffeine in one serving so it’s 1/7 to ⅓ of what a cup of coffee would have, depending on how you make a cup of coffee.
It’s got Cinnamon, which is well known for its blood-sugar-lowering properties
It’s got turmeric, which is showing that it can be great for reducing inflammation (curcumin, which is in turmeric, has been shown to have anti inflammatory properties).
It’s got cacao, which has tons of flavonoids.
Most of the cacao sold on the shelves has tons of sugars and other stuff added, but high quality, pure cacao is actually really good for you.
And then it’s got a four mushroom blend, some of which are adaptogens like we talked about.
1. Lion’s mane – this one is showing great results for cognitive function, helping the brain function and even help with neurogenesis.
I did a whole video on that where we went into the science around it, there are some very interesting studies about lion’s mane and I think we will be hearing more and more about it as a nootropic aka “smart drug”
2. Cordyceps – these are mushrooms that are being used more and more by athletes.
They help with energy, endurance and athletic performance.
Cordyceps are thought to increase the body’s production of the (ATP), which is essential for delivering energy to the muscles.
And then there is Chaga and Reishi which are 2 mushrooms with a lot of health benefits.
And then they add a bit of Himalayan Salt for minerals and taste.
what does mudwater taste like?
If we get any of the Starbucks drinks around Christmas time, it’s a little like that.
So when I first started drinking Mud Wtr, I was actually really surprised by the flavor.
It did have those Indian type spices that made it kind of exotic.
But that familiar taste of those Starbucks drinks, the, the Christmasy flavors with the cinnamon and the ginger and the cardamom, really had this unique flavor.
And when you add some milk and honey to it, it’s has this warm, like, homey feeling to it. You can also add oat milk to it, it tastes delicious with oat milk! Coconut Milk works great too. Anything you would add to your cup of joe (regular coffee) would work well here.
does Mud Wtr work?
So I did start drinking mud wtr coffee in the afternoons instead of coffee.
And that was also while we were all working from home mostly. And I loved it.
I didn’t have those crashes afterwards. It was just a nice warming cup that helped just, gives you that little extra kick, like right around that two, three o’clock feeling. So I really did enjoy it.
Of course it doesn’t have milk and honey added to it.
So Mud Wtr it is an acquired taste.
Masala Chai is traditionally brewed with milk and sugar.
But if that conflicts with your diet, you can just drink it by itself.
It does have a strong taste, but it is good.
So, in the beginning I mentioned that coffee might not be so great for you.
In the book “caffeine blues” the author Stephen Cherniske points out some of his reasons for not liking coffee and caffeine:
- Caffeine raises blood pressure.
- Caffeine increases homocysteine (a biochemical that damages artery walls).
- Caffeine constricts blood vessels leading to the heart.
- Caffeine seems to give you energy but it is not real energy – it’s the bodies stress response
- Caffeine impairs digestion – it’s bad for our gut
- Caffeine taxes the adrenal glands, which in turn negatively affects your thyroid, sex hormones, and your metabolism
- And there is a LOT more.
Now of course, there are a lot of studies showing that moderate coffee consumption is good for us and is associated with lower risk of mortality.
So, who’s right, who’s wrong about the health benefits?
I don’t know, but, if you think caffeine might be giving you anxiety, disrupting your sleep and adding to your stress levels, then taking a break or trying to reduce your intake might be helpful.
Something like Mud Wtr for me works well as an afternoon pick me up that doesn’t have too much caffeine, but gives me some energy and focus to get stuff done.
Thank you for reading my Mud Wtr Review.
My name is Natalia Christine, signing off. Bye
Some common questions about MUD/WTR and coffee alternatives:
does mud wtr break a fast?
Mud Wtr has 20 calories per serving.
So, the people who believe that “any calories break a fast”, will tell you that, yes, it will.
I tend to believe that you can get away with drink this and not breaking your fast. It doesn’t have enough macros, specifically sugars and proteins that would kick you out of your fast.
What are some other coffee and caffeine alternatives?
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, but some people are looking for alternatives. Here are a few options that you might want to try:
1. Black Tea – Black Tea is a healthy alternative to coffee that can provide you with plenty of antioxidants and other health benefits. There are many different types of tea to choose from, so you can find one that suits your taste.
2. Chicory Coffee – Chicory coffee is made from roasted chicory root and has a similar taste to coffee. It’s a good option for those who want to reduce their caffeine intake but still enjoy the taste of coffee.
3. Dandelion Coffee – Dandelion coffee is made from roasted dandelion roots and has a slightly bitter taste. It’s a good alternative for those who want to detoxify their body or reduce bloating.
4. Carob Coffee – Carob coffee is made from roasted carob powder and has a chocolatey taste. It’s a good choice for those who want to enjoy the taste of coffee without the caffeine.
5. Herbal Tea – Herbal tea is a great alternative to coffee because it’s caffeine-free and can be very soothing. There are many different types of herbal tea to choose from, so you can find one that suits your taste.
6. Hot Chocolate – tasty and can be decorated with marshmallows. What else do you need?
What is masala chai?
Masala chai is a type of spiced black tea that originated in India. It is made by brewing black tea with a mixture of spices and herbs, typically including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and black pepper. The exact recipe varies depending on the region and the individual’s preferences. Masala chai is often served with milk and sugar to balance out the spices’ heat.
Is Mud Wtr Gluten Free?
Yes, It’s Gluten Free.
What are the benefits of Lion’s Mane mushroom?
Some potential benefits of consuming Lion’s Mane (I’ll abbreviate it as LM) mushroom include:
1. Boosting cognitive performance and memory: LM contains compounds that can promote nerve growth and regeneration, which may help to improve cognitive function and memory.
2. Enhancing immune system function: LM mushrooms are a rich source of polysaccharides, which are believed to stimulate the immune system.
3. Reducing inflammation: The anti-inflammatory properties of LM may help to reduce inflammation throughout the body.
4. Supporting cardiovascular health: The antioxidants present in LM mushrooms can help to protect against heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions.
5. Helping to reverse nerve damage: Some studies suggest that LM may help to reverse damage to nerve cells, which could be beneficial for people with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
6. Regulating blood sugar levels: LM mushrooms can help to regulate blood sugar levels, which is important for people with diabetes.
7. Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression: The compounds present in LM mushrooms have mood-boosting effects and can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
What can I add to Mud Wtr to make it taste good?
You can add some milk and honey to it, it’s has this warm, like, homey feeling to it. You can also add oat milk to it, it tastes delicious with oat milk! Coconut Milk works great too. Anything you would add to your cup of joe (regular coffee) would work well here.
How does mud water make you feel?
Mud Wtr has adaptogens to help you reduce stress, improve cognition and increase energy production. Over time you feel focused, relaxed and more energetic without the “manic” feeling or regular coffee or the afternoon crash.
How often can you drink mud water?
You can drink Mud Wtr every day, in fact adaptogens tend to work best when used consistently over time.
It’s important to cycle off from time to time, but generally you can go weeks or months without breaks.
What are the downsides of Caffeine?
There are a few potential downsides to caffeine consumption that are worth noting.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. It can also lead to dehydration and may interfere with sleep if consumed too close to bedtime.
Additionally, some people may be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others and may experience side effects like jitters or anxiety.
And finally, excessive caffeine consumption can lead to dependence and addiction. If you find yourself needing more and more caffeine to feel alert and energized, it’s time to cut back.