Tap water, bottled water, well water and filtered water, there are so many options, but do you actually know what is in your water, where it comes from and what it does to your body?

We live in a world where plastic has become a big problem, and we have been seeing the devastating effects on our environment. It is said that it takes about 3 liters of water to make a half liter bottle for water. We are using more water to make the plastic bottles than the water in them. That seems a bit crazy! And where do these plastic bottles go when you are done with your water? Our poor ocean and sea-life is drowning in plastic, I remember seeing the devastation of the impact of the plastic pollution on the beaches of Thailand, Vietnam and South Africa.

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It has always been a priority for me to make sure I use less plastic and also ensure that I drink the best quality water as possible. It has been a journey and I have gone from bottled water In Thailand (who knows how long those plastic bottles have been standing in hot sun, 711’s and sat in the back of store rooms), reverse osmosis water (removes some natural occurring water minerals), some wonderful water filters that purify water and maintain all the minerals. But I have finally come across this incredible machine that does so much more and is so revolutionary.



Kangen water is electronically reduced, hydrogen rich performance drinking water. Kangen machines produce 5 types of alkalized ionized water. Kangen drinking water ranges from 8.5-9.5 pH depending on the type of water you SELECT.



The human body naturally produces free radicals and antioxidants to counteract their damaging effects. However, in most cases, free radicals far outnumber the naturally occurring antioxidants. Antioxidants benefit the body by neutralizing and removing the free radicals from the bloodstream.


By drinking water that contains fewer molecules, “or micro-clustered water, ” such as Kangen Water, you can hydrate your body more quickly and effectively. Micro-clustered water also enhances energy levels and improves your overall aerobic capacity as well as prevents premature aging. Because water molecules are smaller, they are better able to penetrate cell walls and and  “wash away” acidic buildup in your body caused by years of metabolizing food (Essentially, carry oxygen in and waste out.) Kangen water is also easily absorbed into the intestines to eliminate toxins from the colon. 


Alkaline rich water helps balance the body’s pH, which tends to be acidic because of our high acid food diet, stress and exposure to environmental toxins such as smog. Alkalize your body pH from acidic to alkaline pH, because cancer and many other illnesses cannot live in alkaline environments.


 Simply put, active hydrogen molecules neutralize active oxygen (free radicals) in your body that cause aging and disease. The more free radicals we neutralize, the more toxins we can effectively flush from our system. Active hydrogen helps to create an alkaline buffer in the blood stream, so that if you do consume something acidic, it is neutralized. 

Its incomparable oxidation reduction potential, micro-clusters of water molecules and its alkalinity all combine to make Kangen water the best water available for hydrating the body as well as controlling acidosis. Lasting health begins with clean intestines and clean intestines start with Kangen Water. 

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Hunza Valley is located at 7,999′ in northern Pakistan and is the home of the longest lived people on the planet.  

The Hunza People are uniquely healthy and free of disease. Many studies have been done and it is believed that their simple healthy diet of carefully grown organic food and the glacial, living water is their secret to health and long life. Hunza drink directly from glacial streams in the high Himalayas. It is fresh, invigorating, life enhancing and free radical scavenging

The Hunza have the longest lifespan in the world and this has been traced as related to the water that they drink and their natural diet. Hunza water is an example of perfect natural water. Hunza has people who routinely live to 120-140 years, in good health with virtually no cancer, degenerative disease, dental caries or bone decay. Research has proven conclusively that the major common denominator of the healthy long-living people is their local water.

Dr. Henri Coanda, the Romanian father of fluid dynamics and a Nobel Prize winner at 78 yrs old, spent six decades studying the Hunza water trying to determine what it was in this water that caused such beneficial effects for the body. He discovered that it had a different viscosity and surface tension. Dr. Patrick Flanagan and others continued the research. They found Hunza water had a high alkaline pH and an extraordinary amount of active hydrogen (hydrogen with an extra electron), with a negative Redox Potential and a high colloidal mineral content. The water is living and provides health benefits that other types of drinking water cannot. Similar natural water properties and longevity are found in other remote unpolluted places such as the Shin-Chan areas of China, the Caucasus in Azerbaijan, and in the Andes Mountains.


Our pH is measured on a scale ranging from 0-14 with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline. In order to transport oxygen throughout the body, our blood needs to maintain a pH level of approximately 7.35. Even though our bodies store excess alkaline reserves to buffer acids, if you’re eating a conventional diet filled with pesticides and processed foods, your reserve has likely depleted.

As Keiichi Morishita explains in his book “Hidden Truth of Cancer,”  as your blood’s pH becomes too acidic, your body will move this acidic substances from the blood to your cells, allowing the blood to return to a healthy pH level of 7.35. As a result, all of these cells become too acidic and in some cases, begin to die. The cells that survive however, become abnormal cells that cannot correspond with your brain or DNA memory code, typically referred to as “malignant” cells, which will continuously grow. These are cancerous cells (source).

While lowering cancer cell pH (increasing acidity) is effective against cancer cell mitosis in the lab, increasing acid levels in the living body of a cancer patient puts stress on normal cells and causes a lot of pain.  So the proposed alkaline therapy for people is a “high pH therapy” and has been developed to normalize the pH of the cancer patient’s body through elimination of latent acidosis. (source)

Ideally, this approach begins with an alkaline diet. There is general agreement amongst natural healers and medical professionals from across the globe that changing a patient’s diet is extremely helpful when that patient is confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

The principles of pH therapy are very simple, according to many.  The metabolism of cancer cells does have a very narrow pH tolerance for cellular proliferation (between 6.5 and 7.5). If you can interfere with cancer cell metabolism by either lowering or raising the internal cancer cell pH, you can theoretically stop cancer progression. (source)


Viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungus, candida and cancer cells thrive in an acidic, low oxygen, low pH (anything below neutral pH 7) environment. An acidic pH can result from many things, such as emotional stress or toxic overload, but most commonly results from an acid-forming diet. The most alkaline foods are fruits and veggies (Spirulina, chlorella, lemons, kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts etc.) When our pH levels are too acidic, The body will compensate for acid by using alkaline minerals, like sodium from the stomach, or calcium from our bones. This is the cause of Osteoporosis and most other chronic diseases. If there are not enough minerals in the diet to compensate, a build-up of acids in the cells will occur.

(A note from Kalee Brown)

“Since the beginning of the industrial age, man has created over 100,000 unnatural chemical compounds. These have been spewed or spilled into the air we breathe, the soil our plants are grown in, and the water we drink. ” – thetruthaboutcancer.com



I have been back in South Africa for just over 3 months now! I can hardly believe it! What an adventure it has been so far! I am writing this from our new little home in Hout Bay, South Africa! We are surrounded by mountains and the ocean, wake up with frogs, crickets and birds and watch as the mountain change colour at night. I am truly lucky.

It has been a whirlwind and not always an easy journey.

Moving back seemed almost harder than moving away to South Korea 6 years ago. It has been a challenge adapting, settling and getting used to how everything works back in Cape Town. It is almost like you know how to ride the bike, but somehow forget how to peddle. Very frustrating at times. Roads I used to zip through, I need to Google map, learning to drive again everyday after not driving for 6 years in Cape Town traffic and Constantia Nek windy roads has been more daunting than you can imagine. But, the one crucial difference is that I have an amazing support system here. Having family close by has been so incredible. Spending time with loved ones, popping over for lunch or tea has been such a privilege! Going on hikes, celebrating birthdays with my mom and dad and being literally a windy road away, is so amazing and something that I don’t take for granted.

All the admin of starting up in a new country seemed extra hard here in Cape Town. Add in load shedding (for non South Africans, this means we don’t have electricity for sometimes hours on end, almost every day and it changes all the time), having to organize my own medical aid, insurance and all the things that have been done for me these past 6 years, it has been a real learning curve. But, I have survived living in South Korea and Thailand, which had its own string of challenges and frustrations, so bring it on South Africa, we are not going to give up 😉

Regarding Living a Lighter Life; it has been a few months of learning as we go, trial and error, and trying not to loose sight of what the bigger picture is and never give up. Slowly, but surly, we are building something to be proud of.

Starting one’s own business is never easy, but what I have learnt so far is to never loose sight of your end goal, never stop believing in what you are doing and on dark days when nothing seems to work, I try and remember my “why”. The reason we packed up a stable, comfortable life in Thailand to move back to South Africa and start over. The “why” I want to help people, bake and support people! Focusing on this is the only way to move forward and stay on track and not get (too) overwhelmed.

Change is never easy, and being out of one’s comfort zone is a daily challenge! But hey, that is when growth happens, that is when the stars align and our wildest dreams become reality! One day at a time!

This livingalighterlife.blog site has been such a wonderful starting point for me. I dipped my toes in writing blogs and putting my words out there. It has been such an incredible feeling and accomplishment for me. With the direction that Living a Lighter Life is going, I have decided to update my site, give it a beautiful little make-over and have a bunch of interesting things lined up for the year! We also have amazing new branding that I can’t wait to share!

The new website will be announced soon, and I am excited to continue to share my journey, life and new ventures!

Here is to doing more brave things every day and always remembering to add value where you go!

Talk soon,

Nikola x

I can’t believe it has been just over 6 years ( 24 September 2012) that I packed my bags and moved to South Korea. What an absolute adventure it has been.

So much growth, change and challenges over the years, and I don’t regret any of it, and I am so grateful for the journey so far.

When I left for Korea, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Honestly, I didn’t even exactly know where Korea was on the map… I also didn’t research at all before I left, and had no idea the seasons they had. ( I left in September, so pretty soon it would get really cold, and I went over with maybe two jerseys and a pair of sneakers. This South African had no idea that winter was coming… )






But you know what, I survived and got sorted once I was there. Sometimes, too much planning  and organizing causes more stress than actually just jumping in and doing! (Advice that my current self should definitely take from my 6 years ago-self!)

A little background, I lived in Cheonan, South Korea for 3 and a half years, and currently live in Bangkok, Thailand, where I have been for the past 2 and a half years.

What have I learnt from living abroad:

  1. That life is not always easy, but you can always make it work.

Every situation and experience seems hard while you are in it, but there is always a solution, a way out or a way to make it work. Living in Korea taught me that. I moved there all on my own, started a new job, lived all by myself for the first time in my life in a county I didn’t know. You  can get overwhelmed and get “culture shock”, or you can choose to jump head first and start to live. Make new friends, do a brave thing every day and when you get as sick as a dog in your first snowy winter, and need to take care of yourself, you make it work. You learn to be resilient and embrace the challenge.


Fall in Korea


Only other place than SA I call home

2. You truly see who your friends are, and realize that oceans and distance can be hard,         and it takes work and effort to keep friendships and relationships going.

Moving across oceans can be hard when keeping in contact with friends and family. From day 1 it has always been a big priority of mine to stay in contact with all my loved ones. Over the years, it has build stronger relationships with some and with others it has fizzled out. I am truly grateful for all my friends that have put in the effort to continue a long distance friendship. Maintaining relationships with people back home, can sometimes be challenging, but to me it has always been a priority and living abroad, you have no idea what a text message and random call from a friend back home means. WhatsApp and voice notes make it so easy to pop in and say hi and just have a bit more of a connection with people. Everyone has their own lives, and life goes on (no matter where you are in the world), so reaching out, connecting and nurturing relationships can sometimes be hard, but so rewarding and worth it.

3.  As much as life is different here, it is so much the same.

When visiting a doctor on a trip back in South Africa, I told him I live and work in Bangkok. He was very surprised and curiously asked what I do on weekends and if I get to go to the beach every day. (I wish ;)) Life here is as normal as it  would be in a suburb in Cape Town. I work hard in the week, take weekends to rest, visit parks, get in some fresh air, do laundry, study and bake. Learning to settle in a new country is key. Making it your home and living like you belong.

4. You become an expert at communicating without speaking.

Living in a country where English is not a first language can be really, really challenging at times. Not being able to direct a taxi, get medicine at a chemist, or even just ask why my grocery store has been out of chickpeas for 3 weeks can be frustrating at times. (Me trying to google images and google translate -ask the clerks why there are no chickpeas, turned into a 40 minute hustle and ordeal with shelves been packed out, managers of the whole MALL being called to explain and try and figure out that I would just like to know if they will still be getting in chickpeas at some point. The answer: No “no more chickpeas, the boat with the chickpeas doesn’t deliver to Thailand anymore”. Ok, I have my answer.)  Learning a new language can be hard, but it has been so helpful to just learn even a few new phrases and words to get by a little easier. Korean was definitely a bit easier for me, and Thai has been a real challenge. )

5. Age, religion, nationality and language doesn’t stand in the way of real true friendships

Over the years I have met so many amazing people, from different walks of life, different backgrounds and different upbringings. And I have made some life long friends. Living in a country where you are the foreigners and connect with fellow foreigners , you truly get to know people. I am so grateful to the amazing friends I have made. They have taught me to be more open-minded, to be myself and to be brave. Live a life of wonder, take risks and be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone! In my head I am planning a world trip to go and visit all my friends I have gained through my years in Thailand and Korea, and I can honestly say I have close friends in most continents and literally can globe hop and visit them all and travel the world! Connections with people have been the most rewarding gift from living abroad. Building real relationships with people who I would otherwise never would have met. I am grateful for all of my dear expat friends.


Our Bangkok condo view


Krabi, Thailand

6. The world is so so big and beautiful

O my goodness, I have not even traveled a fraction of the world, but I have seen some of the most amazing places I could ever have dreamed of. I have had the privilege of staying in the most picturesque places and seeing the bluest of blue waters, and the greenest of green jungles. I have visited small islands and had snow fights, I have celebrated my usual winter birthday in the middle of summer, and lived in a country where I haven’t worn warm clothes in 2 and a half years. I am truly in awe at how beautiful and big the world is. How much beauty there is in every place you visit, from dirty Bangkok, to the tropical islands, from peaceful Cheonan, to a small little sea town way up in Korea, close to the north Korean border. With this said, I have also seen how we as humans, are messing up the beautiful earth, the ignorance, the cruelty, the audacity that we are better. Seeing the hurt and dirt breaks my heart, but makes me more aware of how I can make a difference, no matter how small. We need to step it up and take care of this beautiful planet we call home.

Living abroad for 6 years has truly changed my life and shaped me in a way that would never have been of I didn’t leave Cape Town on September 24th, 2012.

I am so grateful for all the memories, lessons learnt and experiences, friends and travel. It’s something that is not always easy, but so worth it.


Bangkok by boat


Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn

O, and ps. My grocecry store is back at selling chickpeas again! The boat must have found its way to Thailand!