7 Reasons to Ditch the Soda and Switch to Kombucha
Most people think I am speaking another language when I tell them to drink kombucha. But I am totally serious when I ask them to ditch the soda and consider a healthier alternative. And when it comes to truck driver health it’s about the small simple changes that add up and lead to the big results you are looking for.
But what am I really asking you to drink when I suggest such a thing?
The kombucha you find at a local grocer and now even truck stops is usually a sweetened tea (usually black) fermented with kombucha.
But what exactly is kombucha?
Well, it’s a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY for short), which is made by steeping the kombucha culture in tea and allowing it to ferment.
After it ferments, usually 7 to 30 days, the soda alternative is ready to be served.
But why drink kombucha instead of soda? And do they even taste the same?
Yes and no.
Yes, because they are both carbonated. Yes, because they both have fruity flavors. And yes, because they both come in all different sizes and shaped bottles.
No, because, well, kombucha is much healthier than soda.
7 Benefits of Kombucha for Truck Driver Health
- It’s loaded with (B vitamins and folic acid) vitamins and chemicals compounds, and vinegar. This combination makes it a bit tart. But compared to the artificially loaded soda, it’s a good alternative. 7 Reasons to Ditch Soda and Switches to its New Neighbor: plus those B vitamins will boost your body’s ability to make new cells. A win for your future’s health.
- Fermented foods and beverages can aid in intestinal health. It works because it is a probiotic. And don’t worry, by the time the fermentation is ready, the good bacteria have already consumed the sugars and yeast, and it is ready for your gut to take in.
- It contains powerful antioxidants which can help fight disease, oxidative stress, and inflammation. And as a driver over the road, any help to the body, the better.
- Can help fight candida. Candida is an overgrowth of yeast in the body. And soda is not helping that cause. Drinking kombucha made from green or black teas can help specific antibacterial properties that help fight infection-causing bacteria like candida. “Kombucha is rich in tea polyphenols and acetic acid, which have both been shown to suppress the growth of undesirable bacteria and yeasts.” (Healthline
- It doesn’t have harmful chemicals that disintegrate your teeth. One of my deepest darkest secrets is I am a fanatic about my teeth. I don’t want anything to happen to them. And if I can prevent my pearly whites from rotting out of my mouth, I’m on it. Is it really worth the soda? And if Coke and take rust off your kid’s old bike. Imagine what it is doing to your teeth?
- It won’t dehydrate you. That’s right. Soda has sodium, and although it seems to quench your thirst, it’s far from hydration. Kombucha is a win in this category as it does not dehydrate you as soda does.
- It can help relieve arthritis pain. The glucosamine present stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, which helps with the maintenance of cartilage and can offer some pain relief. Can your soda do that?
Still not convinced that your soda is worth giving up for some weird fermented beverage that you have never heard of? Well, you might have to try it out yourself.
Our favorites are:
- Lavender and Melon
- Mojito Flavor
- Root Beer
And I am so excited to have just been turned onto by a driver just like you and one of my past trucking clients Laurie. You can now get kombucha on a tablet!
References: https://www.health.com/nutrition/info-about-kombucha https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/kombucha/kombucha-tea-frequently-asked-questions-faq/ https://genomind.com/6-health-benefits-of-drinking-kombucha/ https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-benefits-of-kombucha-tea#section4 https://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/10-ways-kombucha-is-better-for-you-than-soda