For thousands of years, the people of India and many other Asian countries have known the benefits of drinking from copper vessels. Ancient Ayurvedic medical texts have recommended storing water in copper for a period of time and only then drinking it, which is kept as a daily practice in India especially. Now, current medical studies are supporting this ancient practice:
Copper’s Antimicrobial Power
According to a 2012 study published in Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition, storing bacterially contamined water in copper for up to 16 hours at room temperature considerably reduces the presence of the harmful microbes, so much that the researchers inferred that “copper holds promise as a point-of-use solution for microbial purification of drinking-water, especially in developing countries.”
An additional study from University of South Carolina researchers explored the purifying power of copper, finding that “Antimicrobial copper surfaces in intensive care units (ICU) kill 97 percent of bacteria that can cause hospital-acquired infections,” resulting in “a 40 percent reduction in the risk of acquiring an infection.”
Copper Promotes Health
Only about 25% of the US population is getting adequate copper each day in the diet. Copper is a powerful anti-oxidant, and is also required for proper absorption of iron. With continued mineral depletion and soil erosion, it is becoming more necessary to consider ways to adequately supplement our diets with this vital mineral.
Sadhguru further elaborates on the health benefits of utilizing copper vessels for drinking water:
“If you keep water in a copper vessel, preferably overnight or at least for four hours, the water acquires a certain quality from the copper which is very good for your liver in particular and your health and energy in general. If water is being violently pumped and is travelling to your house through many turns in lead or plastic pipes, with all these bends and turns, much negativity happens to the water. But while water has memory, it also has a way of unfolding itself back into its original state. If you just leave this tap water undisturbed for an hour, the negativity will undo itself.
If you’re constantly traveling like me, if your food is not necessarily controlled, minor poisons are always getting into you in various forms. Copper handles those things for you.”
Keeping a Copper Vessel
Copper oxidizes naturally and needs to be cleaned at regular intervals. Traditional methods of cleaning copper include rubbing the copper with a mixture of salt and tamarind paste or fresh lemon juice. Allow your filtered or distilled water to remain in the jug overnight or at least 6 hours for best effects. In the morning, enjoy a daily dosage of energized water.
The copper water jug and cup pictured above, as well as the personal water bottle shown below are available from Isha Shoppe. These items make wonderful holiday gifts which support the health and wellbeing of your loved ones!
Read more from Sadhguru on the Power of Water