Photo by Camilla Calnan Photography Did you know that over 70% of our immune system lives in our gut? It is crazy to think about, yet it makes a lot of sense when you begin to think about it. Also 90% of our serotonin, the happy chemical lives in our gut too. When our bellies are happy, we are often more happy and healthy throughout the rest of our bodies. Now, let’s dive into some specifics of how Jun keeps our gut happy and our immune system flourishing. Jun Ingredients Let’s start with the ingredients that we use to brew Jun. Our signature beverage starts with raw honey and loose-leaf green tea. Both of these have numerous health properties even before the brewing process. Green tea is full of antioxidants and has properties that aid in heart health, weight management and brain function. Raw honey is not only full of antioxidants, but it also has antifungal and antibacterial properties and aids in digestive health. We also know, honey soothes the throat. After Fermentation After we have married the ingredients with a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), magic happens. With the help of the ingredients, time, love and good vibes, Jun explodes with prebiotics and probiotics. Prebiotics actually feed probiotics! And the two offer many benefits to our gut health. Most importantly, they work together to promote the growth of happy gut bacteria that spreads joy throughout your body. Flavor Boost So, with the ingredients and the fermentation, we’ve got an incredibly happy and healthy potion brewing. At this stage, both Shanti Elixirs and home brewers like to add flavoring. Depending on which flavor you choose, you could be adding some incredible additional immune-boosting properties. Ginger elixirs have been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments, yet has just recently gained popularity in the western world. It is known to aid with nausea, lower blood sugar and cholesterol, reduce muscle soreness, support healthy digestion, reduce menstrual pain, improve brain function, fight infections and more! Citrus has long been known for containing high volumes of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an amazing immune booster and helps your body fight off infections by producing white blood cells. Elderberry is one of the most commonly used medicinal plants in the world! It is most commonly taken for flu and cold symptoms and has many health properties such as antioxidants, Vitamin C, dietary fiber and much more! Our Seasonal Flavors also contain ingredients that specifically benefit our bodies during that time of the year. For instance, Kudzu Dandelion has many cleansing properties to help our bodies transition from winter to spring. Both Kudzu and Dandelion reduce inflammation, an ideal property for allergy season! Now Get Drinking Now you know why Jun is a healthy immune-boosting alternative to sugary drinks that tastes just as great (if not better)! Skeptical of our flavors satisfying your tastebuds? Give us a try! We can be found at these retailers and at Asheville area farmer’s markets. Home delivery options are also available and we are shipping 12 packs, DIY kits and Scobys nationwide! Photo by Camilla Calnan…read more
On June 11th, The Great Reset podcast released their 43rd episode featuring our very own Shanti Volpe! Shanti wears many hats and is both the CEO of Shanti Elixirs and a Registered Nurse.
The list of those we are grateful for is miles long, yet in staying true to our values we wanted to thank all those that have been a vital part of our success!
From farmer’s markets to events, pitching to new clients and telling friends what we sell, we have answered the question “What is Jun?” more times than you can imagine.
Recipe and instructions for brewing your own Jun, Highlights the Shanti Elixirs Deluxe Jun Brewing Kit
Asheville, N.C.—An ancient beverage is winning new fans and top awards thanks to the devotion of Asheville maker Shanti Volpe.
Shanti recently had the opportunity to interview Greg Rogers of Haw Creek Honey. Greg is the main supplier of the raw honey used to brew Shanti Elixirs.