My Soda Replacement = Kombucha

I love Coca-Cola. I love the fizzle and every completely non-healthy thing about it. However, there really is not one healthy thing about a soda so I have not had one in months. The thing about sugar in general is it makes you crave more sugar! Once sugar is removed you will be amazed at how your cravings vanish. I have not even craved a soda since I started drinking Kombucha. When I crave fizzy this is what I turn to and it has a ton of health benefits!

Kombucha has many benefits for your gut. Gut health is very important since 80% of your immune system is located in your gut! Kombucha is fermented black tea and sugar. It contains a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) that acts as a probiotic food. During the fermentation process, Kombucha becomes carbonated and produces vinegar, vitamins, and probiotics.

Kombucha contains antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. Antioxidants fight free radicals which can damage our cells.

Acetic acid is also produced during the fermentation process (also found in vinegar). Acetic acid is able to kill harmful microorganisms. In the gut, Kombucha helps balance and restore good bacteria. The B vitamins in Kombucha help increase energy levels.

One study completed on rats found that in just 30 days Kombucha improved their LDL and HDL markers (1).

Kombucha does contain some sugar content. You can make your own Kombucha at home and reduce the sugar content. If you do make your own at home it is important to prepare it properly and reduce the risk of contamination.

The key when trying to restore good bacteria to your gut is variety! There are many great fermented food options to add to your diet.

Strengthen Your Gut Lining

Recently I was listening to a podcast about leaky gut and they mentioned a product called Restore. Both speakers praised this product. Since I have had some gut issue of my own I decided to do some research and purchase a bottle.

Most of our immune system is in our gut. So if we have gut issues or leaky gut it can impact our health in many ways. With leaky gut the tight junctions in our gut become weak. This can allow toxins and undigested food to leak into our bloodstream where they are not intended to be. Disruption of the tight junctions is associated with inflammatory diseases processes.

Glyphosate is an herbicide commonly used on crops to kill weeds and grasses. Hundreds of millions of pounds of glyphosate are used on US farms and more than 1.2 billion pounds are used worldwide each year. Glyphosate has been shown to increase gut permeability. A study was done to see if lignite extract could block glyphosate from causing injury to the gut lining. They found that lignite caused the tight junctions to strengthen even in the presence of glyphosate. Hence allowing fewer toxins to leak through into the bloodstream.

Restore is a soil-derived supplement that helps protect and strengthen the gut lining. It is a carbon-rich, alkaline liquid, composed of Terrahydrite. By strengthening the tight junctions in the gut there will be a decreased amount of toxins that leak into the bloodstream thereby relieving the immune system from working overtime. Restore has also shown to create a beneficial shift in the gut bacteria.

The office I just started working for sells Restore so I bought a bottle to try. There is no taste. I’ve been using it for a week now and have seen improvements in the skin issues I have been dealing with. My nephew even takes it because there is no flavor and it tastes like water.

While we cannot live like a hermit and should be able to enjoy life and food! Glyphosate is unfortunately in most of our food supply so Restore is a great option to help combat it and protect your gut.

Gildea JJ, Roberts DA, Bush Z. Protective Effects of Lignite Extract Supplement on Intestinal Barrier Function in Glyphosate-Mediated Tight Junction Injury. J Clin Nutr Diet. 2017, 3:1. doi: 10.4172/2472-1921.100035