All those things you have wondered
Can anyone drink Jun?
The answer to this is YES, however some Dr's may spark a concern for pregnant women using fermented foods and drinks. Despite millions of women throughout culture having done this for centuries, if it is something you are questioning as a pregnant woman, then ask your Dr, Naturopath, Nutritionist for their approval. Everyone else DIVE IN!
Can my children drink Jun?
Many children have been drinking Jun and other fermented drinks all their life. Again I have noticed some Dr's err on the side of caution and say over 4 years of age, but this is going to be your 'gut' decision telling you what to do. There will be plenty of parents around who have been using it for years if you ask the question to ease your mind. I always would recommend starting off with small does though.
How much Jun should I drink everyday?
I know I have read in places that some authorities say a cup a day. This would be a great place to start! I don't think you need to go over board and start drinking a whole bottle. I believe this needs to be treated with the due respect and qualities that it holds and as such I would say I would max out on 2 cups a day. Generally for me, I have it everyday in my green smoothie and then at night after dinner.
Why the hype on probiotics - 'live' cultures?
Probiotics hold the key not just for better health and a stronger immune system, but also for treating digestive issues, mental health illness and neurological disorders. Research continues to prove that probiotics benefits and side effects go far beyond what we previously thought.But we need to be smart about what we are buying into. Many probiotics guarantee their potency at time of manufacturing, this is a big red flag. You want to make sure that the product is ensuring its potency through the entire shelf life. This is very important, it is the difference of having a product that is efficacious or a product that is literally dead and ineffective. This alone will eliminate about half of your probiotic options. Which is where fermented drinks come in. Being a LIVE CULTURE drink means the probiotics are all active.
Is it really just tea and sugars?
It most definitely is. This is all it takes to begin the creation of this gorgeous drink. Green tea and maple syrup and plenty of fermenting time, and then your favourite flavours added. There is nothing else added to the process. No nasties. No chemicals.
Is there really such a thing as a Jun flu?
When you start out with your new 'fermented culture routine' it has been noted by some people that they get a detox affect. They have felt slight headaches, body aches etc as the toxins are cleansed out, and some aches and pains. If this is you, and it has lasted more than a few days. It would be off to get checked out to make sure it is nothing other than a Jun detox flu!
How long will the Jun last?
Once you have opened the bottle it is best to drink it within the week. I give a use by date of about 6 months to each bottle - but it must be kept cold to last this long other wise it will turn to vinegar. Once open though - get in and drink it up!
Do I keep it in the fridge?
This is an absolute!!! Whether open or unopened it needs to be kept in the fridge. It needs to be kept cool so that it stops fermenting, or at least slows it right down. Eventually the cool will kill off the cultures and it will turn to vinegar which is why the use by date!
OK, tell me about the whats floating?
The floaties are what you are paying for! They are the good cultures and yeast threads that make this drink so great for your gut. If you have plenty of them on your bottle - count yourself lucky and make sure you don't let them go to waste at the bottom of the bottle!
Is your Jun pasteurised?
No. Absolutely not. No again! Pasteurising kills the good cultures that are in the drink and once you do that - its no longer a fermented Jun drink. Its just a lovely sweet drink. Definitely not!
Is it gluten free?
Absolutely. There is nothing in here that doesn't come straight from Mother Earth to you and all gluten free and simply full of herbs and flowers and flavour!
Why did you choose to use Maple Syrup?
Good question! Well to be honest there was no way I was going anywhere near sugar - regardless of it being fermented out - that wasn't the path i wanted to take. Traditionally Jun is made with Raw Honey BUT wanting to stay inclusive and knowing Vegans wouldn't do the honey - i actually started with Agave. Agave started as a great alternative in the health food and healing game, but over time as it has grown in popularity it too has become excessively refined to make more of it - (the bulk of it going to its traditional use of Tequila!) so when I went to search for what next - I wanted it to be natural and of the Earth and plants and nature - and I couldn't go past the vitamins and minerals that Maple Syrup offers us. It is quite a unique flavour that it brings!
What is a SCOBY?
SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacterial Yeast.
A SCOBY is the living home for the bacteria and yeast that transforms sweet tea into Jun. Aside from being a home for yeast and good bacteria, the SCOBY seals off the fermenting Jun from the air and protects it from outside, undesirable bacterias while it's fermenting.
You may hear SCOBY's referred to as "mothers" it's all the same thing. Basically the word mother is a good term as it really is the centre of this creation that holds all the Bacteria that makes it become Jun, whilst also protecting the Jun from the outside world!
Are fermented drinks and foods really worth the hype?
Depends who you ask, but the more we are studying and understanding what fermented foods offer us in our health, the more we love it. Probiotics are live microorganisms – such as bacteria, yeasts and fungi – that in adequate amounts may have health benefits. Found naturally in some fermented foods, and also available in tablet form, studies have shown they can improve digestion, help protect against disease, and enhance immune function. Fermented foods have been around for centuries. We are really just getting into the swing of all their benefits now. But some examples of things you may haven't realised that you already love are: Bread, Yoghurt, Pickled Vegetables (sauerkraut, Kimchi) even meats like Salami all come into the fermented foods category. What they offer you is not just taste but good gut health that is key to your health!
Whats all the talk about alcohol?
The jury is all over the shop with this one. Why? Because the process of fermentation involves producing alcohol. Is it alcoholic? No, but the process produces alcohol content. Jun contains trace amounts of alcohol, it is a natural byproduct of the fermentation process that preserves the brew and protects it from harmful microorganisms. Jun is considered non-inebriating and the ethanol serves as a preservative. Australian regulations see that it must be held under 0.5% alcohol content for it to be sold in stores. It will hold this content prior to bottling.
If I am making smoothies can I add other liquids?
Ohhh Jun smoothies! I just can't tell you to get on board of this enough! They are such a delight! However one of the key questions I get asked is, when making them can I add other liquids? Well of course you can, but think about the flavours and what will enhance it and not detract from it. Coconut water is the best to add as it is quite neutral in flavour and will boost the health properties all ready available.