Why Alkaline my water? you ask. Well, take just five minutes and write down EVERYTHING you ate and drank over the past week and you will probably discover you have ingested way more acid than alkaline substances. Over the short term that does not matter. But! Our love of the 21st century western diet (fast food/processed/cereals/colourings etc) and lifestyle means most of us live that imbalance over our entire lifetime. So what? WELL, increasing research is linking high acid levels in our blood to chronic disease; many people are choosing to alkalize their diets and lifestyles.

So like we were saying, an acid imbalance for prolonged periods results in over acidity (or acidosis) weakens all the body’s systems making it vulnerable to diseases; it is very common today. In 1933 the New York doctor William Howard Hay published a ground-breaking book “A New Health Era” in which he maintains that all disease is caused by auto-toxication (or “self-poisoning”) due to acidosis in the body.

If you are not sure that you are a candidate have a look at this small list of acid forming foods and see how many appear in your diet:

  • Meat – Pork, Lamb, Beef, Chicken and Crustaceans
  • Milk, Cheese and Eggs
  • Yogurt with active cultures
  • Buttermilk, including buttermilk pancakes and biscuits
  • Most fermented foods and aged cheeses
  • Most grains
  • White & wholemeal bread
  • Coffee
  • Microwave Meals
  • Tinned Foods
  • Instant Meals
  • Fast Food
  • Broth made from bones or other animal parts
  • Wine
  • Some B vitamin supplements (or foods supplemented with B vitamins) can make your stomach more acid
  • Hydrochloric acid supplements
  • Digestive enzymes

You might be surprised that even most distilled water is also considered Acidic “obtained because carbon dioxide in the air around us mixes, or dissolves, in the water, making it somewhat acidic. The pH of distilled water is between 5.6 and 7” according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Great news, while you take the time you need to catch up on the research (to make a personally informed decision) you can use a product to alkaline your water.  Alkaline water has a higher pH than tap or bottled water can help neutralize the acid in your bloodstream. From our experience alkaline water helps to boost your: energy levels, metabolism, and assist your body to absorb nutrients more effectively.

The Berry Tree has developed O2 Berry proformance Hydration a water treatment product that radically enhances the properties of ordinary water by raising the levels of oxygen in the water. It is made from coral found exclusively on the Island of Okinawa Japan. Don’t groan too loudly… yes, we too have heard the stories of an amazing product hand picked by vestal virgins on a full moon in some remote village – somewhere. O2 Berry proformance Hydration, from our experience is different. The story goes like this:

You might remember a few years ago the book The Okinawa Diet – a huge international best seller? Turns out the Okinawans are some of the most long lived and healthy on the planet. Why??? Okinawans drink water exclusively from their island. What makes their water so special is it is filtered through a specific coral; Okinawans live on a naturally occurring water treatment plant! Researchers agree the water drunk by Okinawans (when you account for all other variables eg diet) is the main difference in their health/longevity outcomes. For your reference, Amazon, not surprisingly, offers a range of other books related to the Okinawa Diet eg  The Okinawa Way: How to Improve Your Health and Longevity Dramatically. And we stumbled on an interesting book  Calorie Restriction: Diet (nutrition), Okinawa diet, CRON-diet, Muscle atrophy, Hypoglycemia, Neuroglycopenia, Blood pressure, Estrogen receptor, Amyotrophic … fasting, Fasting, Resveratrol, Starvation by John McBrewster. We included this link because of the recent focus on calorie restriction and it’s role in longevity.  Anyway, back to Berry Tree.

We stumbled across a video demonstrating the effects of this amazing coral. All you soft drink/soda junkies be prepared to be amazed at the segment at the end of the video.  After viewing this video we decided to trial the product and have been consistently impressed with its performance.

We use the product and have used it with/on various people in a range of settings, including final year students studying for exams, and all of them have responded well. Most impressive was the positive effects expressed by folks unaware the water they were drinking was ‘treated’. By responding well we mean folks either recognized they felt better after drinking the water or, and this is the most interesting – they stopped showing obvious signs of tiredness and/or jet lag – most noticeably, they stopped yawning. We have tried this time and again – especially with colleagues. If we start work in the clinic and any of us are yawning we give them/have a glass of ‘Berry Tree water’. ‘Miraculously’ the yawning stops and folks ‘perk up’ . Even Gez, our in house skeptic has begrudgingly asked for some Berry Tree sachets on particularly slow days/daze… Remember the increased blood oxygen levels from the video? That has absolutely been our experience. Cool huh?

Another benefit of the coral, as described by the CEO of Berry Tree is, it makes water ‘more wet’ – a technical term 🙂 So for folks who don’t like to drink a lot of water or who are on water restricted regimes – you can increase your absorption without having to drink so much. Great too for anyone doing heavy exercise. Drinking a lot of water and heavy exercise often don’t mix – so you can exercise, drink less and enjoy the same benefits as if you had drunk more. I am searching out more information on how the product has this effect and will keep you posted. Great too for those with lung disease who have trouble keeping their blood oxygen levels stable. This will help.

More than that – Berry Tree coral alkalines water instantly – and for those of you are interested in health know of the mounting research linking acidity to chronic disease. That this product can instantly alkaline water is phenomenal and it removes chlorine – instantly. If you have a whiz bang filter at home great – maybe you don’t need it – but remember at least one sample of the water in the video came from a ‘water cooler’ which is normally treated/filtered. One great advantage of the product is its portability; you simply carry the (small light) coral bags, buy water when you need it and ‘treat’ the water.  Each coral bag makes up to 900ml of treated water. We ‘reuse’ the bags by adding an additional coral sachet and refilling the bottle – great value for money.

After using this product for a number of months and feeling the results we think anyone interested in improving their health and well being should at least trial it. Sure no one product can be all things to all people. From our experience we believe this product will make a difference to a broad range of people and it is very portable and you can trial it for free. What have you got to lose?

At the right of the page is a small box with a tree logo which is our link to the Berry Tree (BT).  We are happy to talk about the BT now merged with Nutronix because it has been one of the best purchases we have made, both as a product and as one means to fulfil our quest for ‘self sufficiency‘ online. Strictly speaking the BT/Nutronix is not an affiliate program. Rather the BT/Nutronix is a ‘place’ to purchase specific health products available only online. And BT/Nutronix can be a small and effective home based internet business, the choice is yours. At this stage we just use the product though we do plan to work with the BT as a small business soon.

Our personal proclaimer: “Yes we have tried the product/s and or services we are discussing in this article and YES we can attest to it’s efficacy – or not – first hand. We are happy to answer any questions you might have about our use of the product.”