December 14th, 2018 | Truck Driver Health

Truckers who are new to life on the road often try to avoid drinking too many beverages, since it will inevitably lead to the need to pull over for a rest stop. But experienced truckers know that dehydration equals fatigue and drowsiness, and that can be disastrous when you’re driving a semi. Besides coffee and water, there are plenty of healthy options for staying hydrated on the road.

Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is a tea that’s popular in South America. It has about a third of the amount of caffeine as a typical cup of coffee, which makes it an ideal beverage for people who are trying to cut back on caffeine. It’s also loaded with antioxidants, containing even more than green tea. Although research is inconclusive, yerba mate is thought to help boost concentration, energy levels, and immune function.

Coconut Water

Coconut water is one of the latest beverages to explode in popularity during the past few years. One of the reasons why it’s so popular is that it contains lots of electrolytes, just like a sports beverage. This makes it ideal for staying well hydrated on the road.

Probiotic Beverages

Probiotic beverages are any drinks that have been infused with gut-loving probiotics. There are a few brands of probiotic waters, and some juice companies have also started adding probiotics. Probiotic beverages introduce healthy bacteria to the digestive tract, which helps regulate your digestive function and support the immune system.

Kombucha Tea

Kombucha tea is a fermented type of a tea made with yeast. The potential health benefits of kombucha tea haven’t been proven with scientific research, but proponents claim it’s good for supporting digestion and immune function. Note that it can rarely cause allergic reactions and stomach upset. If you’re trying it for the first time, consider waiting until you’re safely parked for the night.

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