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We know this is the part you usually skip over but this where you actually get the information you’ll want to know. We’ve told you all about our awesome products but how do you know you can actually trust what we’re promising? Read all the important facts about our mineral water, cap technology, the doctor behind our healthy drink and the reasons why you should trust Stream.

certified natural mineral water

Stream isn’t like many of the other enhanced waters or vitamin drinks. We don’t rely on treated spring water, reverse osmosis water or filtered water. All our drinks use only natural mineral water from a single, officially certified source. Specifically, we use water that over many months gradually filters through the Paardeberg mountains of South Africa, a granite conglomerate, into an immaculate aquifer protected from all kinds of pollution.

With a PH range of 6.7 to 7.2 and total dissolved solids of between 150 and 200, this PH neutral water is rich in minerals and remains untreated from extraction to bottling. This means it’s natural, clean and contains a lot of its own essential nutrients. So along with all the added vitamins, you’re also getting more natural goodness.

small tech that makes a big difference

We could bore you with complicated engineering, but we’ll keep it simple. Many vitamins breakdown within days of exposure to sunlight, water or air, so, if they’re dissolved like they usually are in health drinks, they often don’t really help. That’s why we developed a unique cap with an integrated airtight chamber to protect the goodness and make sure that you get what we promise. So, when you’re ready, all you have to do is Peel, Push and Shake. Pretty awesome right?

the science behind awesome

All our drinks contain important ingredients that have unique functional benefits. Often we list drinks with similar ingredients but mention different functions for each ingredient. This is because biochemistry is complicated; some ingredients have a wide range of benefits and some act together in different ways – making it possible for Stream to offer different benefits across our flavours to both adults and kids. Whatever your lifestyle or age we’ll help you add more colour to your life.

Meet the doctor

Stream Drinks was conceived when a Medical Doctor and his kid emerged from the waves of Atlantic Ocean, surfboards in hand, and set off looking for something healthy to quench their thirsts and replenish their bodies. Fortunately for us, Dr James Laporta found nothing he wanted to drink and nothing he wanted to give his kids.

Dr Laporta, drawing on his knowledge of Western and Eastern medicine, conceptualised each formulation and is the reason we’ve developed our unique cap.

Dr Laporta remains involved in various areas of medicine over and above his formal medical studies. The doc currently practices complementary medicine and has maintained a keen interest in current medical research and the promotion of complementary medicine. He has been, and still is, currently involved in various NPOs (Non-Profit Organisations) and community work.

His desire to continuously learn and develop his knowledge and skills as a medical practitioner is central to Stream Drinks’ brand ethos and growth.

ask the doctor

Are all non-nutritive sweeteners harmful?

Stream uses sucralose, a sweetener derived from natural sugar but modified with a simple ion to produce a calorie inert, tooth friendly, harmless sweetener 600 times sweeter than sugar. Sucralose stimulates the sweet taste buds on the tip of the tongue, however is not molecularly active within the body, only 1/3rd is metabolized or secreted by the kidneys, the rest is excreted from GIT and is not absorbed. Sucralose has been used since 1991, but is only recently growing in popularity as one of the safest and better tasting calorie free sweeteners on the market today.

Most other artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners have received attention for their potential to cause harm in the long term. This includes carcinogenic (cancer forming) potential in frequent use, along with oxidant activity that may damage cellular receptors. One such example is the paradoxical weight gain from some calorie free artificial sweeteners due to these “toxic” effects mentioned above. Sugar sweeteners on the other hand, such as pure sugar or corn syrup, are all high glycaemic agents that rapidly increase blood sugar levels and stimulate insulin secretion. Growing research indicates that many people are becoming “carbohydrate resistant” and thus very sensitive to the effects of sugar – not only on weight gain, but also mood fluctuations, low energy levels, and appetite cravings. Several experts have suggested that America’s flux of obesity is primarily due to soft drinks sugar content and high carbohydrate meals. High Fructose corn syrup also fuels the onset of Diabetes Mellitus Type II.

Sucralose gives you the well-rounded and full bodied sweetness needed to thoroughly enjoy a Stream drink and its powerful plant extracts and exotic flavours.

How many bottles can I consume within 24 hours?

Stream has been carefully formulated to be a safe and enjoyable functional beverage for all consumers. In terms of the Kids range, kids and adults may consume as many as they like. In terms of the Adults range, you may consume as many ‘Hydrate’, ‘Refresh’ or ‘Revive’ drinks as you like. For the other Adult variants (‘Energize’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Recharge’) no more than 4 to 5 per variant should be drunk per day. (This is similar to other energy drinks and enhanced beverages that should be drunk responsibly and limited to 4 to 5 cans per day maximum).

Is Stream safe for diabetics or people with heart disease?

In General, Stream™ contains no sugar, no fat, and is very low in salt and Kj content. Furthermore, many Stream™ products are high in antioxidants and contain several ingredients that promote cardiovascular health and assist with glucose control. Stream can also be used to assist with healthy weight loss.

Yes, Stream is perfectly safe for diabetics and anyone with heart disease or hypertension. Certain specialized heart medication however, such as Warfarin therapy, may interact with several herbs, or even foods like kale or spinach; and under these circumstances it is recommended that you please consult your practitioner for further advice and approval. (please “Ask the Doc” for further information or specific questions)

To learn more about the functional benefits of each of our formulations please read the descriptions on the product range page of this site or refer to the bottle label.

How does ‘Energize’ work without caffeine?

This is an excellent question. Stream ‘Energize’ has been formulated with proprietary ingredients at specific dosages to maximise the effectiveness of the vitamins and plant extracts. The combination has been tried and tested amongst several groups of people, including hospital staff, until The Doc was satisfied with the results – increased energy, mental task performance, and improved perceived mood.

Stream ‘Energize’ contains high dosages of all 7 different B vitamins that are used for energy production in the body, and utilizes the effects from two different adaptogenic ‘ginsengs’ – Panax Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng as well as Guarana.

Guarana is a natural source of caffeine derived from the seeds of the Guarana Paullinia cupana plant, which is native to South America. The native people in the Amazon region of South America have been using it for centuries as a way to boost energy.

In an independent research trial Guarana was one of the only substances, out of several herbs tested, that was able to effectively enhance attention, task performances and mood levels. However this was only at a specific dosage (the dosage used in Stream). When the dosage of Guarana was increased, the level of effect was lost. “The study found, that at lower doses, (there was) a significant improvement in memory performance, increased alertness, and ‘content mood’ ratings.”

A further study utilized these findings and performed a trial using the combination of Ginseng and Guarana together, which combination significantly improved the speed of memory task performance and cognition. Guarana in high doses contains natural caffeine, and may account for the initial caffeine and sugar spike found in most energy drinks; this spike is transient.

Certain consumers, or athletes, may also be sensitive to the caffeine spike from standard energy drinks. Caffeinated beverages are also contra-indicated in patients with certain underlying heart conditions. High Caffeine intake on its own may be dangerous if consumed during strenuous physical activity. Although Caffeine also has certain desired stimulating effects on body and mind, it does not possess the modulating and stress adaptogenic effects of Guarana and Panax Ginseng.

Is it safe for my kids to drink Stream?

Yes, all drinks in our Stream Kids range are specifically designed for kids 4 years and older and contain no stimulants of any kind.

However, three of our Kids drinks are also available under different names in the Adults range – namely ‘Hydrate’, ‘Refresh’ and ‘Revive’.

‘Energise’, ‘Focus’, and ‘Recharge’ all contain high vitamin doses and certain plants extracts with stimulatory effects and are therefore unique to our Adults range and are not recommended for children under the age of 11 years.

If Stream ‘Hydrate’ doesn’t contain sugar, can it still be used to treat dehydration or gastroenteritis?

Stream ‘Hydrate’ has been designed as the ultimate rehydration formulae and allows for rapid absorption of water from the gut, whilst replacing any lost electrolytes through diarrhoea or excessive sweating. Stream Hydrate also contains zinc, a powerful immune boosting and tissue healing mineral that has been shown to be effective in helping treat diarrhoea. The magnesium and zinc may also help with the recovery from several sports injuries.

It is not necessary to have sugar in a rehydration formula. In fact, it is now preferred to have no high GI molecules within oral rehydration formulae. Stream uses sucralose sweetener, a safe alternative that has no caloric or laxative effect at the dosage prescribed.

So, all in all – You can hydrate freely with Stream Hydrate, knowing that the drink has only goodness – premium spring water & electrolytes with no sugar, no preservatives and very low calories!

Is Stream safe to drink during pregnancy?

Yes, many Stream Drinks are safe in pregnancy in moderate doses, however, we do not recommend Stream ‘Energize’, ‘Focus’ or ‘Recharge’ for pregnant women as in large doses the ginseng content can have a stimulatory effect on the uterus.

Stream ‘Hydrate’, ‘Refresh’ and ‘Revive’ and all Stream Kids are considered a safe and healthy drink during pregnancy and lactation.

For these reasons we have labelled each Stream drink with the caution that pregnant women should consult their medical practitioners before consumption.


International Star Award 2014: Quality to be conferred upon Stream Drinks at the ISAQ Convention:

Stream Drinks has been chosen for innovation and market expansion of a unique interactive cap as well as a new scientifically healthy drink free of additives and sugar.


1st Place at the 2011 Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition, South Africa:

The company was competing against top national brands and emerging brands, with Chele Lite, Bos Ice Tea and Woolworths runners-up in its category.


Six 1st place awards at the “2011 7th Beverage Innovation Functional Drinks Awards”:

Stream was a finalist in the following five categories in Washington: Best natural functional drink, best energy drink, best functional drink brand or business, best natural ingredient for functional drinks and best functional drink label.


Won the ‘Fresh Idea Award’ at London’s International Food Event Trade Expo (IFE):

‘A Showcase Award’ was also presented to the company.


“Featured Product of the Month in 2013” at Cape Quarter SPAR #1 rated location in South Africa.


2014 “# 1 Food Craze in South Africa” by FOOD & HOME ENTERTAINING Magazine.


“Best New Beverage Innovation 2013” Award at the Dubai Drink Technology Expo, UAE.


The Stream Range was “2nd runner up” by the highly coveted Food Review/Symrise New Product Competition in 2013.

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head office address

Unit 5, Regent Park, Westlake Business Park, Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa, 7945

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