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June 03, 2014

10 Healthy Morning Pick-Me-Ups That Aren’t Traditional Coffee or Tea

By Mark Sisson
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Good MorningNow, I don’t need coffee in the mornings. You won’t hear me complaining or freaking out or freebasing Folger’s Instant off a soup spoon if I don’t “get my morning coffee” (well, maybe a small grumble if it’s the wrong morning), but I usually like to have one in the morning. It does the trick. It tastes good. It gives me a little leg up. That’s a common current running through this community – we don’t need the morning pick-me-up, but we sure do enjoy it. Not everyone likes coffee or tea, though. And some people (like me) are just curious enough to want to try every other possibility available. It’s just fun to try new options.

Not every selection is buttressed by reams of clinical evidence. At the very least, it can’t really hurt to try and even if it doesn’t help wake you up, the other proven health benefits probably make it worthwhile. Let’s jump right in…

Coca Tea

Coca tea has quasi-legal status in many countries, including the United States. No one sells it here (legally), and you can’t buy it in any stores, but it is possible to order online. Despite its reputation, coca leaf is not cocaine. To condemn coca leaf for its cocaine content would be to reject blueberries because they contain sugar. Powdered and isolated cocaine is a perversion of a legitimately beneficial herb with many different alkaloids. Coca provides smooth energy, perhaps partially because it promotes an increase in the use of fat as energy substrate during exercise while sparing the breakdown of amino acids from muscle. And yes, “exhaustive extraction” from a gram of coca tea (the amount in a tea bag of standard size) nets about 5 mg of cocaine, about 1/8 the typical recreational dose of powdered cocaine, but brewing it in your kitchen produces far less. Traditionally, people would jam a wad of coca leaves and an alkali source (lime or sodium bicarbonate to enhance alkaloid availability) in their cheek and chew on it for an hour. You can empty out a bag of tea, add some baking soda, stuff it in your maw, and get similar results. Just be careful if you get drug tested, as coca tea can result in a false positive for cocaine for at least three days.

Yerba Mate

Another South American hot herb drink with stimulating properties, yerba mate’s primary active compound is none other than caffeine. It’s got about the same amount as tea, less than coffee, plus other compounds (but none with proven stimulant qualities except for maybe theobromine). Caffeine is clearly the main player, and we all know that caffeine works. There are correlational studies linking yerba mate to esophageal and oral cancers, but that’s partially explained by the temperature at which the tea is commonly served. Hot beverages in general have been linked to those same cancers, not just yerba mate. Depending on how it’s processed, yerba mate often contains significant amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a potential carcinogen that’s often found in other roasted plant-based infusion drinks (like coffee). That’s because most commercial yerba mate is dried and smoked using burning wood for up to a day – barbecued, basically. Yerba mate that’s air dried without smoke, like this one or this one, should have fewer PAHs.

Hot Chocolate with Cayenne

That cayenne powder shot I mentioned a few weeks back certainly wakes you up, but it’s not very pleasant and it involves consuming a large amount of very spicy powder in a single go – only the rare bird with a daily capsaicin habit will be able to use that one consistently. Instead, make real hot chocolate with good, bitter cacao powder and spike it with as much cayenne as you can handle. The cocoa has stimulating alkaloids (like theobromine) and the cayenne resembles a more pleasant, delicious version of pulling a nose hair to wake up. Spicy food also increases thermogenesis, especially paired with coconut.

Whey Protein Isolate (at Night)

Okay, so it’s not a quick fix when you’re feeling run down in the morning. You have to plan ahead and down it at night. But it works. Consuming the alpha-lactalbumin in whey (or milk) before you go to sleep increases tryptophan production at night which leads to increased wakefulness in the morning. Plus, drinking whey isolate at night also boosts morning energy expenditure (hey, maybe that’s part of the reason why you’re more alert – you’re utilizing more energy!), improves cognitive performance, and elevates mood. Who wouldn’t want to start the day with all that going on?

Protein and Fat

If you’re going to eat something in the morning, make sure it has protein and fat. A few eggs, maybe a bowl of Greek yogurt, a steak, whatever. Your breakfast should be protein- and fat-centric. Eat some fruit or something if you feel like it, but don’t go too heavy on the carbs. They offer quick but short-lived energy that often contributes to the midday crash (and excessive snacking), whereas protein and fat (especially combined) provide sustained energy you can coast on through to the afternoon.

Coffee Bean

I know I said “that aren’t traditional coffee,” but I’m talking about adding entire beans to your morning smoothie. Eating beans is definitely a non-traditional way to consume coffee and since consuming the entire bean means consuming every last physiologically relevant coffee compound available, it’s a different feeling than a regular hot water extraction, and you don’t actually need as many beans as you’d need to brew a pot. A tablespoon or two of good quality coffee beans will do. I find the stimulation from whole beans far smoother than brewed. Not that coffee gives me the jitters on a regular basis, but it never does when I eat the whole bean.

Medium Chain Triglycerides/Coconut Oil

Consuming MCT oil or coconut oil provides instant substrate for ketone production. You don’t need to eliminate all carbs, fast for 24 hours, or limit protein. You just eat a tablespoon or two and get “mild, sustained ketonemia” that contributes about 9% of the brain’s energy requirements. It’s also a well-known promoter of diet-induced thermogenesis. Basically, MCTs and to a lesser extent coconut oil provide a nice whack of free fatty acids ready to be burned for energy – if you’ve got the proper metabolic machinery set up to take advantage of them. If you’re a fat-burning beast, it’ll wake you up. I experienced the energizing potential of MCT oil firsthand when I made mayonnaise with two or three tablespoons of it and consumed the entire batch in a sitting. A “nervous” energy pulsed through me almost right away, almost a queasiness. Honestly? It was unpleasant and it was just too big a dose of straight-up MCTs. A tablespoon is a better dosage to start with.

Rhodiola Rosea

If you find yourself dragging in the morning, noon, and night because of mounting stress, consider rhodiola rosea. It’s an adaptogenic herb that’s been used for hundreds of years to combat stress-related fatigue. Rather than a quick fix, however, rhodiola rosea is all about the long game. Taking it once might not do much. Taking it once a day for a couple weeks could bring you back to baseline and reduce mental fatigue, which feels incredibly energizing when you’ve been floundering in the basement for so long. Be consistent with it if you’re going to use it, as I am with Primal Calm.

Sparkling Mineral Water with Salt and Citrus

As you know, I’m not a big “8 glasses of water a day minimum or else you’ll shrivel up” kinda guy. Just listen to your body, drink when thirsty, and you’ll be fine. That said, if you wake up feeling run down with an almost imperceptible inkling of a headache emerging and a dry mouth, I find that a tall glass of sparkling mineral water, a healthy shake of salt (sea, Himalayan, Celtic, Hawaiian, your choice), and the juice from one lime or lemon (give it a good roll on the counter first to break up the cells and liberate the juice) will have you feeling better, faster, than anything else on this list. Or off it. Even if you’re not dehydrated, water-soluble, easily-absorbed minerals are a great way to start the day.

An “All of the Above” Smoothie

Yes, it’s possible to combine all of the above ingredients into a somewhat palatable smoothie. I haven’t yet discovered the formula, but it must exist as some Platonic ideal. Right?

That’s it for today.

And if anyone does figure out the perfect recipe that incorporates all the mentioned ingredients into a palatable (or at least edible) smoothie, please let us know in the comment section. I’d love to try it.

Thanks for reading, everyone.

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Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 3 months ago

There’s also l-glutamine, but it has to be taken on an empty stomach in order for it to reach the brain. Otherwise, it just adds to your blood sugar.

Steve T
2 years 3 months ago
I’m partial to what was identified to me as Yogi Tea, and while there is a commercial brand of that, I’ve brewed my own for a while – my recipe seems quite similar to this site’s: http://youryoga.com/blog/2011/06/yogi-tea/ I don’t crush the cardamom pods, but do use a scissors to split them open and allow the seeds to spill out. I use three black tea bags, I think the recipe I had from earlier had more like a tablespoon of black tea. The cloves I boil for 3:33 because that’s easy to push on the timer. I sometimes let it sit… Read more »
kay
2 years 3 months ago

Thank you, this sounds good

Steph
Steph
2 years 3 months ago

Im not a big fan of traditional breakfasts (unless its bacon, then i eat bacon). So oftentimes I’m eating leftovers for breakfast like last nights pulled pork, or steak or something. It saves time in cooking, plus its always good.

Shary
Shary
2 years 3 months ago

My breakfasts are often unconventional too, such as a can of sardines and a cup of homemade veggie soup. Or full-fat cottage cheese with hemp hearts, chopped walnuts and fresh blueberries–delicious! The rest of the family all turn their noses up at my breakfast choices and reach for the cereal. I do like eggs with bacon, ham or sausage, however, and eat them several times a week. It took a while to get used to eating eggs without toast, but since going Paleo I have no problem skipping the bread.

kay
kay
10 months 24 days ago

superfood ginger tea with fats too????????

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 3 months ago

I am not familiar with a lot of the technical terms used on this site. Is regular whey protein powder that I would buy from my local GNC/ nutrition store the same as the whey protein “isolate” mentioned above?

Diane
Diane
2 years 3 months ago

It probably is not. Unless it says 100% whey protein isolate it is probably whey protein concentrate or a combination of the two. There’s nothing wrong with whey protein concentrate, however a lot of people don’t tolerate it very well, getting stomach upset or other digestive problems.

Sarah
Sarah
2 years 3 months ago

Thank you!!

John
John
2 years 3 months ago

Whey Protein Concentrate is around 70-80% protein.

Whey Protein Isolate is higher, around 90-95% protein.

Store bought protein – like GNC/Supermarkets – tend to be WPC or like Optimum Nutrition, will be a ‘proprietary’ mix so they can prevent copies, but will still contain the basic WPC/WPI/Casein and some degree of carbs.

mrfh
mrfh
2 years 3 months ago

Just a tiny warning: If you take a prescription medicine for ADHD (ie. a stimulant, maybe even with non-stimulant medicine like atomoxetine) there’s the possibility of (quite an uncomfortable) interaction with rhodiola rhosea.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 3 months ago
Earlier this year I tried binging on St. John’s Wort to see if it would have any affect on my mood. I’m not sure how much I was taking – just little handfuls of gelatin capsule here and there. It says on the bottle to avoid excess sunlight. Aside: reminded me of Mark’s idea for “crapsules” 🙂 thus reminded me of my idea for fattresses. Fat is comfy and good insulation. It’s nature’s rubber. What about a fat-filled mattress or pillow? If it can be done well, I think it’d make a quality product. I hadn’t had much sun exposure… Read more »
Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 3 months ago

Also heart meds–rhodiola can raise blood pressure.

jack lea mason
jack lea mason
2 years 3 months ago

11 – Jump in the ocean and or take a cold shower. This is will get your blood flowing better than any natural stimulant in a liquid delivery system.

Ben
Ben
2 years 3 months ago

Of course, I read MDA while drinking morning coffee.

maura
maura
2 years 3 months ago

I wish you had included Choffy on this list!

tkm
tkm
2 years 3 months ago

Just googled Choffy–I’m going to get some, it sounds amazing!

maura
maura
2 years 3 months ago

drinkchoffy.com/maura

Rebeccajean
Rebeccajean
2 years 3 months ago

Great post Mark! I cannot have caffeine, it makes me shaky/ill. I find in the morning what helps pick me up is an upbeat song. I love music, dancing and singing and if I’m having a particularly sluggish morning I crank up my ipod while getting ready for work and sing/dance along. It REALLY helps to start my day on a positive note. I encourage everyone to try it! Grok on!!!

Teresa
Teresa
2 years 3 months ago

Love to get my blood pumpin in the morning… mini workout while jammin to tunes!

Mersh
Mersh
2 years 3 months ago

Has anybody had any experience ordering coca tea from that website? Does it actually come through, and is the website itself legit? I got started drinking it in Peru and have been missing it ever since I returned to the states, especially as I more recently moved to the high rockies (living at 8000 freakin ft). It would be nice to be able to get it again, as stayin active at this altitude, or anywhere on the 14000 ft mountains around me, can be a struggle.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 3 months ago

Never ordered from the website, but I remember drinking coco leaf tea in the Peruvian Andes in the 80’s. Great stuff. The first time it almost made me blow chunks and I was flying high. I crawled back to my room very queasy. After the first time though, it never happened again and I always felt great. At 14,000 ft. it really does help with the altitude.

Joe
Joe
2 years 3 months ago

I just ordered some from the website linked. We’ll see…

Joe
Joe
2 years 3 months ago

payment came back refused

Coyote Fish
Coyote Fish
2 years 3 months ago

Try here.. http://www.cocanatural.com/en/default.asp?par=0_436

I’ve ordered from them many times.

Julie
Julie
2 years 3 months ago

No particularly health benefit but it’s nice and warm and fragrant: a splash of orange blossom water into a cup and add hot steaming water into it (honey if you’ve a mind to).

Mike
Mike
2 years 3 months ago

I’m interested in the cayenne hot chocolate idea, but don’t want to introduce sugar into my daily morning routine, even primal sugars. Anyone tried anything like this? Any way to make it palatable without sugar?

Currently I do black coffee and like it, but I’m interested in trying something with less caffeine.

Margaret
Margaret
2 years 3 months ago

3-4 drops of liquid stevia will do the trick nicely, or a tiny scoop of the powdered stuff. If you get the right brand, there’s no aftertaste (can remember which brand I used).

Stacie
Stacie
2 years 3 months ago

Decaf with cayenne?

Mantonat
Mantonat
2 years 3 months ago

Coconut cream has a natural sweetness to it – I put it in coffee sometimes. A little unsweetened cocoa would probably be pretty tasty mixed in.

Erica
2 years 3 months ago

Yerba Mate is my jam! I’ve never been very into coffee but when I do drink it I get very jittery. Yerba Mata is one of the best natural highs/energy sources I’ve ever had!

Smileyprimaljulie
Smileyprimaljulie
2 years 3 months ago

+1 on the Yerba mate front. I find it makes me very alert, but I never have trouble sleeping at night. I think the theobromine helps to balance out the caffeine.

Monika
Monika
2 years 3 months ago

I’m all for Yerba Mate as well. Love Paraguayan “La Rubia” organic yerba, Lived in Paraguay for years and this is my favorite stuff!

Luke
2 years 3 months ago

That sounds like an intense smoothie! I’ll give the Cayenne Hot Chocolate ago. Does anyone use Jaw Bone or and app like Azumio to ensure they don’t wake up during a REM cycle? I would love to hear some feedback from people who do on how well either of those work. They seem like they could be really handy tools! Thanks

Erin C
Erin C
2 years 3 months ago
I used to use my Jaw Bone Up for an alarm and it worked ok. However, I now have a light/chirping alarm clock and wake up much, much, much easier and more refreshed with it than with my wrist buzzing. I find my body naturally responds better to the light and gradually pulls me out of whatever sleep cycle I happen to be in around that magic time. I was very worried when I first transitioned over because I sleep incredibly heavily-to the point that the hubby has to respond to any and all kiddo needs at night because I… Read more »
Luke
2 years 3 months ago

Interesting I will to look into light alarms… thanks for the response Erin

Sharon
Sharon
2 years 3 months ago

This is probably annoying but I feel just fine when I wake up in the morning. Best part of my day. I have never felt any need for a pick-me-up.

C L Deards
2 years 3 months ago
For a long time my go-to morning drink was Javavana Mate from Teavana. It’s made from Yerba, and it has chocolate hints. Since then I’ve moved on to single origin coffees from the Bulletproof guy, Portland Roasting Company, and Batdorf and Bronson. All very good. Sometimes I go with the butter coffee championed by Dave Asprey–grassfed butter and MCT oil blended into the single origin coffee. But lately I’ve started to enjoy just the taste of good, straight coffee. Now I just eat the butter and MCT oil on the side instead of having it in my coffee. All of… Read more »
Sherry
Sherry
2 years 3 months ago

Have been drinking Crio Bru for a couple of years. I think I read about it in the comments here a while back. It tastes like the love child of coffee and cocoa without any of the coffee jitters, and it’s full of antioxidants. After I drink my beverage I dry out the grounds and reuse them in baked goods and mixed with herbs and spices to make tasty meat rubs! thttp://www.criobru.com/

Jane
Jane
2 years 3 months ago

According to Wikipedia, theobromine, which is found in choffy, increases blood vessel dilation = lowered blood pressure; increases pulse; relaxes smooth muscles to include bronchus thereby helping with asthma and coughing. Interesting reading. Gotta be proactive in all we do!

Thomas
2 years 3 months ago

Tim Ferriss, in 4-Hour Body, give a high fat shake that is composed of egg yolks, full raw milk, almond butter, chia seeds, cinamon and vanilla. Maybe you could improve on this base for the perfect drink 🙂

Aidan Reid
2 years 3 months ago

I find that a pint of cold water (sometimes with a squirt of lemon) gives me the kick I need. The combination of refuelling my body with water following a night of digestion, and filling my stomach with something plentiful also makes me feel less hungry. Breakfast is over-rated in any case!

Mark.
Mark.
2 years 3 months ago

Yerba Mate’ is a holly. Another caffeine-rich holly is yaupon, grown widely as an ornamental in north Florida and many places in Texas. Various tribes in Florida drank infusions of the leaves — though that included ceremonial use of a very strong black one that had enough caffeine to bring on hallucinations and induce vomiting: the species name is Ilex vomitoria. Milder versions were adopted by settlers when tea and coffee were too expensive or just unavailable. I’ve seen the dried leaves offered for sale occasionally: probably not a big win over mate’ though.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 3 months ago

In Texas, yaupon is a tree.

Mantonat
Mantonat
2 years 3 months ago

Rooibos anyone? Although it doesn’t seem to have any stimulant qualities, it is high in anti-oxidants and has shown promise as a promoter of healthy cholesterol. I just like the way it tastes.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 3 months ago

We drink a lot of that in our household. Very tasty!

meepster
meepster
2 years 3 months ago

I’m surprised no one has mentioned bone broth. Not that I drink it in the morning – I like my coffee.

Mike Grove
Mike Grove
2 years 3 months ago

How much whey protein isolate should one take at night?

George
George
2 years 3 months ago

Interesting. I started several weeks ago consuming a whey protein drink before I go to bed rather than in the morning as I had been doing, may be my imagination but I do feel a little less anxious.

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 3 months ago

Casein is supposed to be a cortisol-killer.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 3 months ago

That’s redeeming of casein.
Tea (specifically black for some reason) is supposed to keep cortisol in check too. I’m sure lots of consumables do but the tea and rhodiola seem to be the ones I’ve heard of most.
Tea is also supposed to help with depression (generally makes me happier), according to a mini article I read, which pointed the blame towards its antioxidants and not xanthines.

Simon Fellows
Simon Fellows
2 years 3 months ago

“we don’t need the morning pick-me-up, but we sure do enjoy it”… a very dodgy thing to say given what it implies

Ray
Ray
2 years 3 months ago

Don’t eat carbs for breakfast huh? sigh

Jensen
Jensen
2 years 3 months ago
Ugh, I just bought some yerba mate to make a breakfast “elixir” I read about. The kind I bought didn’t have any instructions regarding how to brew it, i.e. how long, do you strain, etc, so I googled it and found the potential cancer link. So bummed. It was going to use it for a meal as I hate eating breakfast but I am trying to find something fast and easy to do for breakfast. That said, I am a predictable drinker. I drink black coffee for breakfast and lemon water the rest of the day. In the summer I… Read more »
Shannon
Shannon
2 years 3 months ago

I love kombucha in the morning. The B12 gives a nice boost!

Marko
2 years 3 months ago

I´m too!!!

Bryan
Bryan
2 years 3 months ago

Intermittent fasting is the key for me. I don’t eat until high noon, when my digestive fire is peaking like the daytime sun. Occasionally, I’ll have a few shots of espresso in a black french roast in the morning hours. I love the aroma and the frothy bite.

Steve
Steve
2 years 3 months ago

Actually Mark – the report on the cocoa leaf tea said ~80% of the available cocaine was extracted by the normal process of making tea. That’s not “far less” than the 5 mg – or did I miss something. Great article btw! Steve

David
2 years 3 months ago

Nice Article
explaining so many think in details
doing some sight of exercise before going to bed is also very helpful as it will help you to get a sound sleep and which will be in turn make you avtive
Thanks

Heidi Rahbek
2 years 3 months ago

A big glass of water with a few lemon slices and a pinch of sea salt does wonders for me, when I’m running low on energy 🙂

CoachWoot
2 years 3 months ago

LOL…I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’m not sure I’d want to try mixing all of those together in a smoothie! The first couple are definitely interesting.

Andrew
Andrew
2 years 3 months ago

Isn’t it illegal to have coca leaves in the United States? So even buying them online would be illegal?

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 3 months ago

Take a walk on the wild side, Andrew. :>

Susan
Susan
2 years 3 months ago
Coca tea isn’t cocaine free. If you are subject to drug testing, do not drink it. You will test positive for cocaine and/or benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine). It will result in a TRUE positive test not a false positive as Mark has stated in his article. A true positive will screen positive by some initial test commonly an immunoassay and is confirmed by a second, more specific test; generally gas chromatography mass spectroscopy. Most employers will not give you the chance to explain the source since cocaine is cocaine regardless of the source material. Probably too technical but I… Read more »
Jennifer
2 years 3 months ago

I’m someone who enjoys drinking coffee in the morning, but doesn’t get much out of it. Cayenne pepper with hot chocolate is an interesting combination, but I may have to try it. If Cocoa Tea is not even legal in the U.S. and can result in a false positive for cocaine, I think I’ll try the alternatives before I do that.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 3 months ago

Since coca tea got a mention here, what about a little paragraph or so on cannabis somewhere? I was thinking it’s legal in Mark’s state so if illegal coca being healthy is enough to justify writing about it, what about the benefits of the partially legal cannabis?
Of course most people find out about this on their own but Mark and maybe the researching worker bees could probably do a good little blurb about it.

Mike
1 year 10 months ago

I have always been just a coffee drinker every mornings. But these are all interesting drinks, these are all new to me. I should give them a try. Although some of your drinks or ingredients can be hard to find. Are they readily available in the market like the Rhodiola Rosea?

Mike
1 year 4 months ago

You can buy de-cocainized coca tea @ backwoodsremedy.com – they ship for free within the U.S. only… reasonable prices…

alex
alex
1 year 1 month ago

Hi mark, thanks for all the work you do! just a quickie to say I love a cup of hot water with lemon, a pinch of cayenne and a tsp of apple cider vinegar in the morning, not sure of the benefits, or even if there really are any, but I find it wakes me up, settles any tummy troubles (esp if ive been off track) and is refreshing 🙂 keep up the good work

from UK

Randy
1 year 1 month ago

Your suggestion to add coffee beans to your morning smoothie is excellent. I have been doing that very thing for two years now. Combining that with some whey protein really gives me a kick as well as helps fuel me for my morning workout.

William Davis
11 months 29 days ago

I’m somebody who needs my coffee but love me some chocolate too. I need to try the hot coco and cayenne combo. May add some organic coconut oil and stevia for taste (and benefits). Sharing these alternatives on my blog

Tony Nguyen
11 months 5 days ago

I love kombucha in the morning.

Mark
8 months 16 days ago

I´m too!!! 🙂

Jon
5 months 17 days ago

How about chocolate covered coffee beans? 😀 It’s delicious!!

tinythunder
tinythunder
2 months 4 hours ago

Should have added matcha (powdered green tea) to this list. That’s my preferred substitute for coffee overkill. I do matcha lattes though (milk instead of water).

Had to look up the aforementioned Choffy – I’ve tried Crio Bru, which I believe is similar (roasted cacao beans brewed like coffee). It’s an acquired taste – I’m too much of a coffee snob to sub it, but it might be a good option for some.

Jeff
1 month 30 days ago

What our your thoughts on Guayusa (another South American caffeine-containing leaf)? I find the flavor more pleasant than Maté and it has a brain-boost effect on me not found in tea. I once made a concoction of guayusa, coca, and powdered MCT and drank it before an endurance bike race.

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