Meet the Guest Blogger: Eve Kalinik

This month we welcome guest blogger Eve Kalinik, a nutritional therapist and wellbeing writer who you might have seen writing in Psychologies, ELLE Decoration or over on Matches Fashion.

Eve really knows her stuff when it comes to health and wellbeing, having qualified in biomedicine, nutrition and naturopathy, to found her own nutritional consultancy based in Mayfair. Eve’s approach uses food to help support the body’s innnate healing mechanisms to bring the body back in to balance.

Recently Eve discovered Pure H2O and you can read about her experiences with pure water and wellbeing – and why she recommends our water purifiers to her clients – over on this blog post. This month she kicks off her series of articles for us with a look at The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit.

We’re excited to welcome Eve to Pure H2O News and dare say we’ll be more than a little inspired to follow her fantastic nutrition suggestions!

Eve Kalinik: The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

Eve_400x400Following on from our recent post Myth Busting: Pure Water, pH and alkalisers, nutritional therapist and guest blogger Eve Kalinik asks The Alkaline Diet – Myth or Merit?

“Popular amongst many, the alkaline diet – aka the acid-alkaline diet – has retained its notoriety amongst a wide variety of people supported by ambassadors for quite some time now. But what is it exactly and is it actually beneficial for our health?

In a nutshell, the core principal to follow is eating alkaline foods as much as possible, whilst shunning those high in acid. This means having plenty of veggies, fruits, nuts, pulses and legumes like chickpeas, lentils and beans. Foods that are reportedly acidic in their nature such as meat, fish, dairy, eggs, grains and alcohol are a complete no-go. Anything processed or refined can also be included in this group but good natural fats such as coconut oil however pass the mark.

The concept centres around the fact that these acid-forming foods create a more acidic environment in the body which means a lower pH (more on this later), whereas alkaline foods create a higher pH and as such a less acidic environment. Proponents of the diet believe that higher acidity in the body comes from taking in too many high acid-forming foods. This, they say, leaves us more open to disease and eventually a condition referred to as chronic acidosis which means having not enough oxygen within cells, eventually depleting immunity and leading to disease processes.

But how much of this is actually correct? Firstly the main point to understand here is the acid-alkaline balance, which is measured on a pH scale that ranges from 0-14. The lower denotes higher acidity and the higher the more alkaline the environment. According to the alkaline diet you should be aiming for a score of 7 or over to cultivate the right balance.

Now obviously the mere thought that our bodies are brimming with acid is certainly not a pleasant one but the major point here is that different areas of the body need a very different pH. For instance, the stomach needs to be highly acidic to kill off pathogens and to efficiently break down food so it scores on average around 2-3 on the pH scale. In contrast blood needs to be slightly more alkaline at around a PH of 7.35-7.45 and its pretty much game over if you fall out of this.

Thankfully the body is very clever and already has highly developed process called the acid base balance that prevents this from happening. Having this makes it almost impossible to fall out of this range for obvious reasons, so really what we eat has zero impact on the blood pH. It can, however, adjust things like the acidity of urine but that’s not really an accurate measure of the overall body pH as this can be affected by other variables. The kidneys are in fact fundamental for eliminating acids and for keeping the body in a balanced pH as is the respiratory system which also negates the alkaline diet hypothesis that bone health is compromised to “buffer” these acids.

The other area of concern related to the alkaline diet theory is in the acceleration of cancer cells – which isn’t necessarily the case as these cells can also develop in alkaline environments too. Of course a more acidic one will mean faster growth but its not always that straight forward. Other lifestyle and genetic factors also play a very significant role too.

However, like everything in nutrition, there is always the flip reverse argument and whilst there is no real evidence to support the alkaline diet theory, encouraging someone to eat more vegetables, removing processed foods and being mindful of meat consumption is unequivocally going to be a good thing.

But we do also need acids that come from proteins (amino acids) and fatty acids too and some of the best sources of these come from animal foods. It really comes back down to having a balance in our diet to create a balanced pH and to support general good health.

Be conscious of where your food comes from. Opt for organic as much as possible, wash your vegetables in clean water (reverse osmosis ideally!) and enjoy that omega grass fed steak from time to time. Just make sure you have a decent serving of broccoli on the side!

Eve Kalinik

Myth Busting: Minerals

Minerals and RO / RODI Pure Water

The question about minerals in water is a good one and much misunderstood, so it’s a topic we return to from time to time. As we recently received an enquiry via Facebook we thought we’d have look at the question people often ask: ‘Do I need to add minerals back into my water after purifing it with my RO or RODI system?”. The short answer is: no. To learn why, read on…

Water has never been a source of minerals to our bodies and it never will be. We’ve been led to believe we can benefit from minerals in water through suggestive marketing of bottled water companies. It is infact a complete fallacy. First water contains very few minerals and if they were beneficial we’d drown before we drank enough to be of any help to the body. Second, the minerals in water are inorganic (dissolved rock) and not a food that can be assimilated in the intestine.

As humans we absorb organic minerals from the vegetables we eat and this is how we’ve evolved. Plants on the other hand draw up water that may have inorganic minerals and with the help of microbes on the roots and photosynthesis, converts them into an organic mineral. This is where we derive our minerals from and in quantities that can never be found in water.

Water has 5 important functions in the body; a transportant, a lubricant, a coolant, for excretion and the 5th function – that of an electronegative enhancer. If water carries a load (salts, inorganic minerals, toxins etc) then it cannot be used to effectively carry out these functions and the body goes into overdrive. We see the degenerative effects of polluted water manifested in many illness such as kidney disease, arthritis, hardened heart muscle, blocked arteries, stroke (where calcium falls away from cholesterol and passes through the arteries to the brain). Dr Venter, the worlds leading DNA scientist actually stated that calcium is 3 times more likely to cause a stroke than cholesterol.

Water, especially processed (tap) can of course carry micro-organisms, pathogens and viruses. The only way to remove these is through the process of RODI (reverse osmosis coupled to deionization). Today we have the added problem of Metaldehyde (slug poison) that exceeds the legal limits in our tap water and cannot be removed by water utilities processing plants. Your RODI system does of course remove 100% of the problem along with all other pesticides, herbicides and disease causing micro-organisms.

Processed water has been definitively linked to cancers, proven in a US study on Texas where the vast majority of drinking water is processed and cancer rates twice that of other states.

If we derived minerals from our drinking water then it would follow that areas of the UK where drinking water contains very low levels of dissolved minerals (this would be from Birmingham up to the Highlands) would have health problems. Quite the opposite is infact the case. We have the longest life expectancy in the UK in areas of Cheshire and Scotland, not in the South where hard water (dissolved inorganic calcium) is at its highest. What we do see in the South of England is high levels of kidney disease – up to 100,000 sufferers every year, all of whom could have avoided the problem by drinking a clean source of pure water (not my words but those of the Director of the National Kideney Association).

Water in it’s purest form has some quite remarkable health properties. We all know the sense of a good well balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, pulses, lean meats, fish and cereals. Today the NHS have, for the first time stated that our diet has a direct influence on our health and we are far less likely to contract cancers or other diseases if we follow a healthy lifestyle. We know from the thousands of clients we have that they only benefit from drinking pure water – no one ever suffers adverse effects.

We have confirmation from a client in Oxford (hard water area) that drinking PureH2O has cured his Crohn’s Disease. We have confirmation from a client in Barnes, London that drinking PureH2O was essential part of a lifestyle change (to organic vegetables, healthy food and Pure H2O) that cured his (terminal) cancer. We have a lady in Sussex (hard water area) who claims that her son’s autism saw a marked improvement when tap water was substituted with Pure H2O. Studies carried out in Surrey University found that PureH2O lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. The list goes on an on and it’s not just in the UK; clients around the globe tell us how Pure H2O improved their health.

Claims that purified RO water needs to be remineralised for health have absolutely no medical foundation whatsoever. These claims come from companies trying to sell alkalisers or different water treatment systems that, despite the claims, can have serious and adverse health effects not positive benefits. We’ve even seen this first hand where a client in London purchased an alkaliser only to end up with chronic stomach pains and passing blood. The rest of his family refused to drink from this device and none of them suffered the same symptoms; they stuck to Pure H2O.

If I may offer you my own account I think you’ll find it interesting:

I have personally drunk RODI water for 25 years in the UK as have my extended family and friends’ families. As a result we completely defy National Health Statistics; we have no illness whatsoever and never suffer from annual norivirus (I believe its transmitted in municipal water). We rarely get colds (I had the first one in 20years in Jan 2015 but it only lasted 2.5 days). My children have never consumed tap or bottled water containing minerals and they are the picture of health. One of my children (now 12) has an academic scholarship (he also takes pureh2o to school and refuses to touch tap water). He’s in every team sport that his school plays and top of almost every subject (yes, quite sickening) so his health is as good as it gets. I’ve always purchased organic food wherever possible and I ensure (sometimes bribe) my children to eat vegetables every day. They also get plenty of cake and treats (ideally organic but not always).

So, what I’m saying is that I am living proof that drinking Pure H2O is perfectly normal, safe and by far the healthiest type of water we can consume. That means no minerals, no disease causing microbes, no toxins, no slug poison, no drug residues (such as oestrogen), no heavy metals, no chemical compounds (such as 2D4 from flame retardant industry), just good clean Pure H2O – that’s the only type of water I drink and I’m fit and healthy; no illness, no deficiencies and it’s therefore what I recommend to my clients. I have nothing to gain financially from telling people to add minerals to their water but I could very easily jump on the band waggon and say yes, we’ll sell you a mineral filter (£39) but I honestly cannot recommend it because I know your health will be better without it.

I trust that this will answer your questions about minerals in water.

Regards,
Roger Wiltshire
Founder – The Pure H2O Company Ltd.