Leave the coke alone and have kombucha instead
Most of us probably know that coke or any type of soda is really bad for our health, the diet versions included. The key ingredients in soft drinks are detrimental to our body and have ZERO nutritional value. The phosphoric acid impedes the production of hydrochloric acid, therefore, shuts down digestion. It may also interfere with body's ability to use calcium. The sugar in soft drinks increases insulin levels. Did you know that there are 15 teaspoons of sugar in one soda? Aspartame in diet sodas has at least 92 different side effects and caffeine causes numerous health problems. The main ingredient of all sodas is tap water which carries many chemicals, such as chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, aluminum, etc. In addition, soft drinks weaken the immune system, deplete the body of necessary nutrients, cause hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, blood sugar dysregulation and the list goes on.
So if you're trying to beat the coke addiction or just crave a fizzy drink, try kombucha. You can make your own at home or buy it in a store as it is easily available, plus there are so many different flavors to choose from.
Kombucha is a fermented tea containing beneficial probiotics, antioxidants and B vitamins such as folate, vitamin B2, B6, B1, B3 and B12.
Probiotics are very beneficial to our overall health and perform many important functions:
- help in the production of some B vitamins and vitamin K
- destroy harmful bacteria, yeast and fungi
- boost immune system
- improve digestion
- prevent and treat inflammatory bowel conditions and urinary tract infections
- improve eczema and acne
- help with allergies (particularly to foods)
- reduce cholesterol levels
The B vitamins function as coenzymes to catalyze many biochemical reactions, such as converting carbohydrates to glucose and are also important in fat and protein/amino acid metabolism. They are important for the functioning of the nervous system and are often helpful in bringing relaxation or energy to individuals who are stressed and fatigued.
A glass of kombucha makes a great drink if you need a little energy boost in the afternoon. It is refreshing, slightly fizzy and quite tasty as well.