How Is Doctor D’s Similar To and Different From Kombucha?

Doctor D’s and kombucha are both live fermented beverages, although water kefir commonly produces a wider spectrum of probiotics.  Doctor D’s has a more pleasant, mild flavor, contrasting with the vinegary taste of kombucha.

What Are Probiotics? Does Doctor D’s Contain Probiotics?

Our digestive system normally has both “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between “good” and “bad” microflora is necessary for optimal health, and probiotics contain these beneficial bacteria. The best way to support the digestive system is to consume fermented foods that contain both lactobacillus bacteria and beneficial yeasts, like Doctor D’s Live Probiotic Soda. Drinking it loads your system with more of these “friendly bacteria” and can benefit your digestive and immune systems.

What Strains of Yeast and Bacteria Does Doctor D’s Contain?

Water kefir grains consist of a complex polysaccharide matrix, upon which live a combination of live bacteria and yeasts existing in a symbiotic matrix. This is commonly referred to as a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast). These include 57 lactic acid bacteria strains, some acetic acid bacteria strains, and at least four yeast strains. Up to 453 different bacterial strains have been identified in water kefir, although some of these are different subspecies of a single strain. Not all strains are present in all water kefir samples.

The following is a list of the major species of active bacteria and yeasts that are generally found in water kefir. Please Note: This list is for general informational purposes only. We do not test every batch of our water kefir for probiotic content; therefore, we cannot make any guarantees as to the exact probiotic makeup of every bottle of water kefir:


Species Lactobacillus: Acidophilus, brevis, casei, hilgardii, hordei, nagelii, plantarum, and rhamnosus

Species Leuconostoc: Citreum and mesenteroides

Species Acetobacter: Fabarum and orientalis

Species Streptococcus: Lactis



Hanseniaospora valbyensis

Lachancea fermentati

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Zygotorulaspora florentina


I’m Allergic to Dairy. Is Doctor D’s a Good Alternative?

Yes! Doctor D’s contains no dairy.

Does Doctor D’s Contain Gluten?

No, Doctor D’s is gluten-free.

Why Do We Use Pink Himalayan Salt?

Pink Himalayan salt comes from salt mines 5,000 feet deep below the Himalayan Mountain Range, is said to be over 99 percent pure, and is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea.  It contains minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, and has been thought to improve respiratory problems, balance pH levels, and is a natural digestive aid.

I’m Trying to Cut Down on my Sugar Intake. How Much Sugar Does Doctor D’s Contain?

Doctor D’s is low in sugar when compared to other sodas. The sugar content of Doctor D’s ranges between 7.5-15g per 12oz, depending on the flavor you choose. Compare this to Coke, which has 39g in 12oz, and IZZE, which has 27-31g per 12oz (depending on the flavor), and Doctor D’s compares very favorably if reducing sugar intake is your goal. Furthermore, the sugars and carbohydrates in Doctors D’s are naturally occurring and come from fruit juice and raw organic sugar cane juice, which make them much more easily assimilated by the body.

Does Doctor D’s Need to be Refrigerated?

Yes. If it is not refrigerated, it will continue to ferment and it will create more CO2. Much like shaking a bottle, leaving a bottle of water kefir unrefrigerated for too long can lead to a pretty messy situation. Treat Doctor D’s with the same respect you’d give to milk and store it in the fridge.

If Doctor D’s is a Fermented Beverage, Does it Contain Alcohol? And if so, How Much?

As with all cultured and fermented foods, a small amount of naturally occurring alcohol is typically present in the finished product. Although the amount will vary slightly from batch to batch, the amount is quite small (significantly less than 0.5%). There simply is not enough alcohol to result in an intoxicating drink.

A Probiotic Drink That Tastes Great?

Yes! Many people do not like the taste of fermented foods and beverages.  Doctor D’s is the solution. Finally, a probiotic drink that tastes great!