With the hot days of summer upon us, many seek out relief in a pool or the air-conditioned indoors. Other ways to cool off include refreshing beverages that hit the spot when you’re in need of an ice-cold drink.
Lemonade is a popular go-to for kids, but for adults who are more health-conscious and prefer low sugar beverages, there are locally made options that offer a nutritional boost on top of quenching one’s thirst.
At iCreate Cafe on King Street in Pottstown, you can choose from 21 different shakes and smoothies made with plant-based milks that are chock full of nutrients, such as their Super Blue Recharge Shake, made with banana, blueberries, hemp seeds, acai and organic soy milk. Their Green Zen-Gergy Matcha Shake is a green tea-based shake made with matcha tea, banana, spinach and almond milk.
If you’re craving some fizz, kombucha, the probiotic tonic made of fermented black or green tea, is slightly effervescent and comes in many flavors such as Flower Power and Ruby Slipper by Baba’s Brew in Phoenixville. Their Believe flavor is made with juniper berries, ginger root, lemon balm, yerba mate and chlorophyll.
Immune support beverage
While kombucha and its healing properties have ancient roots, there is a new, state-of-the-art white tea-based beverage to consider that is centered on cutting-edge science. Launched just last year and headquartered in Wayne, Chester County, Happy Being is an immune support beverage founded by Chris Conway, Josemaria Silvestrini and Dutch Buckley.
“The four main ingredients are elderberry, turmacin, EGCG, a plant compound, and our secret ingredient – the pterostilbene, which is the primary antioxidant component of blueberries,” said Conway, who is also the owner of Solutions 4 Health in Wayne. “Instead of taking a few fruits and vegetables and putting them in a blender, we isolate and extract the active phytonutrients called polyphenols.”
Conway there are 50 milligrams of pterostilbene in each bottle, equivalent to 962 cups of blueberries.
“It’s science in a bottle,” Conway said. “What’s unique about Happy Being is that we are including the studied amount proven to be most beneficial, instead of trace amounts found in many beverages.”
Root cellular cause
Their goal in creating Happy Being was to get to the root cellular causes of many health issues instead of trying to treat symptoms.
“When the cells work better, your brain and heart work better, so it’s great for overall health,” Conway said.
There are also other intended health benefits one can reap from the number of polyphenols included in their therapeutic beverage that, through research, have shown to help prevent and treat underlying causes of many chronic conditions. To get the full benefits, Conway recommends consuming one Happy Being beverage per day.
“It reduces inflammation, can give you more energy, improve gut health, helps with brain fog and depression,” Conway said. “When you dampen the overall body’s inflammation you just feel better.”
Each of Happy Being’s three flavors, Peach Rose, Cucumber Mint and Blueberry Raspberry, are white tea-based and include no added sugar. They are clear in color and have a smooth, yet crisp taste despite being non-sparkling.
“We used white tea which is naturally extremely low in caffeine and there are only zero to three grams of sugar in each bottle from fruit juices,” Silvestrini said. “There is zero grams of sugar for the Cucumber Mint flavor.”
Their sleek, all-white bottles make them easy to find in the refrigerated beverage sections at places like Kimberton Whole Foods in Douglassville and Mom’s Organic Market in Bryn Mawr. But what really sets this drink apart from others is the science and transparency behind what’s in every bottle. To come up with their immune-boosting formula, the entrepreneurs did it with the help of a team of integrative functional medicine doctors at the top of their field.
“We think about what the problem is and what we’re trying to solve and they came to us with a list of ingredients in the studied amounts that are proven to be effective,” Silvestrini said.
Personal health circumstances
Silvestrini and Conway have had some personal health circumstances that are at the root of their interest in the field of health and wellness.
“I have had a lot of family health issues over the years, and I thought, ‘what can I do to help my parents and grandparents?’,” Silvestrini said. “I’m also thinking about what I need to be doing now so that when I have kids and grandkids I can be happy and healthy with them.”
Conway has also had some family health issues that have driven his passion for working in the wellness arena for over 30 years.
“My 21-year-old son was born with an advanced heart condition and he has had four open-heart surgeries,” Conway said.
Age 57, Conway, is also interested in maintaining his own health, along with those of others in the active aging category.
“I love to work out and want to maintain a healthy physical life as I get older,” he said. “I don’t have a specific health problem, so it’s trying to live optimally and live life to the fullest as I age.”
With self-care being more paramount in people’s lives nowadays, the entrepreneurial trio wants to offer benefits that can help improve lives by offering people options to take care of themselves
“Everybody is attuned to self-care today more so than ever,” Silvestrini said. “People are taking much more control and responsibility for their own health.”
Where to Find Happy Being
Kimberton Whole Foods, Douglassville (and their 5 other locations)
Mom’s Organic Market in Bryn Mawr (and other locations)
DiBruno Bros in Wayne (and other locations)
For more information, locations and for delivery, visit www.drinkhappybeing.com