Shop with a Doc: Kombucha

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's time to ditch the coke.

"How do I get my children off these sodas that are rich in sugars and everything else," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert.

-- And crack open a bottle of Kombucha.

"You take some black tea with some sugar and you mix it with a SCOBY which is a symbiotic culture of yeast and bacteria," said Dr. Pete.

Kombucha fizzes up, but it's not sugary like a soda.

"It's an acquired taste," said Dr. Pete. "It's a little bit vinegary."

Some like to call it "Mushroom Tea", but what looks like a floating mushroom is growing bacteria. That's creating the healthy stuff for your body.

"Kombucha is a live beverage that the longer it sits out, the fermentation process creates good bacteria that are great for the gut, good for the digestive system, and good for the immune system," said Dr. Pete.

Dr. Pete told Local 8 News it's those probiotics that will help your immune system be in tip-top shape, but this isn't the answer to all your problems.

"Kombucha isn't there to treat an ailment like medication would," said Dr. Pete. "Kombucha's there to boost the immune system to give the body what it needs to get healthy and live a long life."

It's a step in the right direction and it might even help you get through the rest of your day.

If you're feeling tired half way through the day and need an energy boost, Dr. Pete said Kombucha is a great afternoon pick-me-up.

You can find Kombucha in the organic or refrigerated section.