We all have at some point of our lives heard our parents or grandparents tell us that drinking water stored in a copper vessel is beneficial for our health. So is it really true or is it just a myth? Is it safe to drink out of copper? Let’s find out!
What does Ayurveda say about water stored in copper vessel?
Ayurveda says that water stored in a copper vessel balances vata, kapha and pitta in our body which are primarily the three doshas in the body.
Water is supposed to be stored for at least eight hours. The water stored is called as ‘tamara jal’ or ‘tamara water’ as the copper charges the water positively by gently leeching into the water and provides the positive properties to the water.
Moreover what is best about this water is that it never becomes stale, so can be stored for long duration of time.
Health benefits of drinking water in copper vessel:
1. Kills Bacteria:
Copper is oligodynamic in nature i.e it sterilizes the bacteria and so it destroys the bacteria especially E.coli and S.aureus (which are commonly found in environment and causes illness in our body). It also protects us from common water borne diseases like jaundice, diarrhoea and dysentery. Countries which do not have a proper sanitation system copper is known as the cheapest solution to cleaning water.
Copper rids the water of contamination so you can rest assure that the water you are drinking out of the copper is free from any kind of contamination.
2. Regulates Thyroid Gland:
Most of the people who are suffering with thyroid diseases have a deficiency of copper in their bodies. This is most commonly the case with the people suffering from hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormone), but people who suffer from hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) may also have a copper deficiency.
To function properly one of the most important minerals needed by the thyroid gland is copper. So a deficiency of copper can disrupt the functioning of the thyroid gland very badly. So drinking water out of copper helps in regulating the thyroid gland and makes up for the copper deficiency.
3. Stimulates Brain:
Well, the brain works by transmitting synapses i.e. it transmits impulses which are basically the orders from one neuron to the other. A ‘Myelin sheath’ which acts like a conductive agent covers the neurons helping in the impulse flow. Copper helps in the synthesis of phospholipids which are essential in the formation of the myelin sheath. Copper also have brain stimulant and anti-convulsive properties which protects our brain from seizures. Thus, it helps the brain to work in a much faster and efficient way.
4. Prevents arthritis and inflammation in joints:
Copper is said to have bone and immune system strengthening properties, thus helps in preventing arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also has anti-inflammatory property which relieves aches and pain which is caused by inflammation in the joints which can occur due to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
5. Boosts Melanin Production- Good for Skin Health:
Copper boosts the production of melanin ( which is a pigment which gives color to our skin, eyes and hair) in the body. Melanin protects us from UV rays of sun, boosts healing of wounds and scars. It also aids the production of new skin cells thus replenish the top layer of the skin thus facilitating a smooth and clear skin. Thus drinking copper water regularly helps in fixing acne or blemish on your skin and provides you a glowing, smooth and clear skin.
6. Improves Digestive System:
Indigestion, acidity or gas are most common problems faced by people now-a-days. Copper can give you relief from these problems. Copper stimulates peristalsis ( the progressive wave of contraction and relaxation of stomach which moves the food along digestive tract and get digested properly). It helps in the proper absorption of nutrients from food. It also detox the stomach (drink glass of water stored in copper vessel in the morning on empty stomach) and helps in elimination of the waste from the body by improving the working of kidneys and liver. It also has anti-inflammation properties and kills harmful bacteria in the stomach thus cures ulcers, indigestion and infection.
Copper destroys the free radicals in the body which causes lines on the skin. It has anti-oxidant properties and helps in the formation of new and healthy cells, replacing the old and dying cells. These properties makes copper a very good natural remedy against skin wrinkles and fine lines. Thus it is anti-ageing and helps you maintain a healthy and smooth skin.
8. Helps in Weight Loss:
Copper improves the digestive system and aids the body in breaking down and burning of fat. Thus it makes the body to eliminate the extra fat off the body. So if you are looking to drop some extra pounds then copper may come to your rescue.
Cancer is one of the most deadly diseases which cause numerous deaths every year round the globe. Copper has very powerful anti-oxidant properties and thus it kills harmful free radicals (cancer causing cells in the body) in the body. Thus it acts as a very powerful anti-cancer agent. Some studies have that copper can have a considerable anti-cancer effect.
10. Fights Anemia:
Our body requires copper in most of its processes like cell formation, absorption of iron etc. So it is very essential for our body to carry out it’s processes properly. Copper maintains the haeme (iron) levels, regulates iron absorption and its flow in the blood vessels. Thus copper can help in fighting anemia and helps you maintain healthy haemoglobin levels. It also very beneficial for women who loses blood during the menstrual cycle.
11. Heals Wounds Faster:
Copper helps in healing the wounds faster thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. It not only helps in healing the external wounds but also internal wounds especially in the stomach. Additionally it boosts the immune system and aids in the production of new and healthy cells. Thus it is a very powerful healing agent.
12. Promotes Healthy Heart:
Heart pumps the blood in the body and it never rests. So developing a heart disease is very dangerous. Copper regulates heart rate, blood pressure and helps in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels in our body. Apart from this copper also prevents plaque accumulation in the blood vessels and helps in expansion of blood vessels to facilitate smooth blood flow. Thus, it helps in minimizing the risk for heart disease and helps you in fighting it. So copper water is good for maintaining a healthy heart and keeping cardiovascular diseases at bay.
As such drinking water in a copper vessel do not have any disadvantages or side effects but, Copper is not innately utilized by our body. That is why too much of the metal can be detrimental. According to the FDA, about 12 mg/day is more than sufficient for the body to use without causing any harm. So, do not overdo the entire exercise. Drinking water twice or thrice in a day from a copper vessel is more than enough to reap its benefits.
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