For centuries, people of India have known and utilized the health benefits of copper utensils by storing water in them and drinking it as copper infused water is especially known for its anti-bacterial property. Ayurveda is an integrative medical science which aims at treating the human body as a whole- physical, social, psychological and spiritual well-being.
Why use copper vessels for drinking water?
According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel overnight becomes positively charged. This copper infused water is called Tamra Jal in Sanskrit and is anti-viral and anti-bacterial in nature and thus is a great way to improve the quality of your drinking water. Also, it was important for the ancient yogis to drink copper infused water as it helps with balancing the three in the body i.e. vata. Kapha and pitta. Ancient yogis typically consumed tamra jal as the first thing in the morning to balance their body, mind and spirit.
Various recent medical studies are supporting this practice as they have successfully established that copper does carry sterilizing properties and thus can be used for purifying water by killing bacteria, viruses and fungi.
How water is transformed into a copper vessel?
Copper is slightly soluble in water, so when you store water in a copper vessel overnight or for 7-8 hours, a tiny amount of copper ions get leached into the water. Though, it is important to not abuse this healing elixir. Drinking 1 to 3 cups a day is enough to get the benefits, preferably in the morning.
Benefits of copper-infused water
1. For the body- Copper is an essential mineral for the body to sustain life. It helps the body to absorb iron to make red blood cells and keep the immune system and nerve cells healthy. It also helps with the formation of collagen, a crucial part of connective tissue and bones which help prevent premature aging. Copper also act as an antioxidant, reducing the effect of free radicals that can damage cells and DNA, which enhances longevity.
According to Ayurveda, drinking copper infused water helps with the inflammation, respiratory system, spleen and also helps with protecting the skeletal, cardiovascular and nervous systems. It also has healing benefits and can also help with clearing the intestinal tract.
2. For the mind- Copper is a conductor and is known metaphysically to enhance your thoughts and increase your ability to tap into your intuition. Scientifically, studies have shown a direct connection between the copper’s content within the brain and improve creative thinking, indicating that it enables new neural pathways to develop with help with problem-solving and creative thoughts.