In continuation of our Twelve resolutions today we will share Resolution No. 5
5. Daily morning I will have a glass of water in copper Glass.
According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) and it does so by positively charging the water. The water stored in a copper vessel is known as ‘tamara jal’ and is supposed to be consumed after storing the water in a copper vessel for at least eight hours. The traces of copper in a Tamra jal are safe and in fact, healthy.
When water is stored in a copper vessel overnight or for over eight hours, a very small amount of copper ions gets dissolved into the water. This process is called Oligodynamic effect which has the ability to destroy a wide range of harmful microbes, molds, fungi etc.
Elders in the family emphasize on many home remedies, one of them being drinking water in copper vessel. It is considered very beneficial for our health. Now, the current medical studies are also supporting this ancient Ayurvedic practice.
The right way to drink water from a copper vessel :- First, it is very important to buy vessels that are made of Pure Copper . Do not buy the ones that have other metals mixed in it. Some of the common vessels made with copper are copper water jugs or a Kalash.
Secondly, once you have bought it, rinse it out thoroughly with water. Then fill it with water and cover it. Let the water rest for 6 hours (minimum) to 8 hours (maximum) and then drink it.
Keep water in a copper vessel overnight by your bedside and drink this water first thing in the morning when you wake up. You will feel very refreshed and light every day.
Keep 2-3 glasses of water in a copper vessel overnight, and drink it in the morning. (Do not overdo the process, 2-3 glasses is sufficient for a day). When water is stored in a copper vessel, the copper gently leaches into the water and provides all its positive properties. The best part about this water is that it never becomes stale and can be stored this way for long periods of time.
Remember you should not drink this copper vessel water all year long. Once you start drinking water stored in a copper vessel you can continue this practice for three months and then take a break for one month (stop drinking water stored in the copper vessel). According to the FDA about 12mg/day is more than sufficient for the body to use without causing any harm. After a one month break, you can continue drinking water again from a copper vessel for next three months. This gives our body time to remove any excess copper deposited in our body. The body has its own mechanism of eliminating the excess of anything. Though rare an excessive amount of copper can lead to copper toxicity.
Do not use a coarse scrub to wash the inside of the vessel as it will tend to scrape away copper from the vessel. Instead, use one half of a lemon (you can squeeze out the juice) and rub it on the inside of the vessel. Allow it to stand for a few minutes and then wash off with plain water.Click here for Symptoms and Benefits :
Symptoms of copper deficiency – Our body needs copper only in small amounts, but we often don’t eat enough copper-rich foods.
A deficiency in copper, therefore, can have the following negative effects in our body, and this is just a short list!
- Anemia and low white blood cell count
- Brittle bones leading to osteoporosis
- Oxidation of LDL cholesterol that causes heart problems
- Poor immune system, low resistance to infections
- Thyroid disorders
- Low body temperature or always feeling cold
- Water retention
- Stunted growth
- Hair loss and premature hair greying
- Skin problems
- Unexplained weight loss
- Muscle soreness
- Neurological disorders
Benefits of drinking water from a copper glass :-
- Prevents water-borne diseases – Copper aids the body’s absorption of iron, which plays a key role in fighting anemia. An Anemic person must eat iron-rich foods and/or take iron supplements. Copper-infused water can assist with the body’s absorbing of iron and help to fight Anemia.
- Helps the digestive system to perform well – Copper helps cleanse and detox your stomach to ensure proper elimination of waste and harmful products. It also regulates liver and kidney functioning, and ensures the absorption of nutrients from food. Copper has properties that stimulates peristalsis, kills harmful bacteria and reduces inflammation within the stomach– making it a great remedy for ulcers, indigestion and infections.
- Aids in weight loss – To lose weight quicker, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel regularly. Apart from fine tuning your digestive system to perform better, copper also helps your body break down fat cells and eliminates it more efficiently, thereby, helping your body keep only what it will use and throw out the rest.
- Slows down aging – Copper is known to be oligodynamic in nature (the sterilizing effect of metals on bacteria), and can destroy bacteria very effectively. It is especially effective against E.coli and S.aureus bacteria that are commonly found in our environment and are known to cause severe illnesses in the human body. It can also help reduce the risk of cross-contamination and prevent the spread of infection.
- Good for heart health – Copper helps regulate blood pressure and heart rate as well as lowers bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition, copper prevents the accumulation of plaque in the arteries to promote better blood flow to the heart. Copper-infused water can help your body to prevent heart disease.
- Maintains healthy skin – Copper is the main component in the production of melanin that defines the color of your eyes, hair and skin. Melanin also helps keep the skin safe from sun damage, speeds up wound healing and covers up scars. It aids the production of new cells that help replenish the top layer of your skin. The production of new cells helps you enjoy smooth, blemish-free and clear skin.
- Regulates the working of the thyroid glands – One commonality amongst people with thyroid diseases is that they usually have low levels of copper in their body. Copper is one of the most important trace minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally.
- Stimulates the brain – Copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of myelin sheaths. Thereby, making your brain work much faster and more efficiently. Apart from that, copper is known to have brain stimulant and anti-convulsive properties (prevents seizures), that do a world of good for your brain.
- Its anti-inflammatory – Copper also helps in the production of new and healthy skin cells that replace old dying ones. This asset is especially great to relieve aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints. Also, it improves the bone health and therefore prevents any problems related to bones like osteoporosis.
- Fights free radicals – Copper has very strong antioxidant properties that helps fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer. Copper promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells.
- Immune System – Copper has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, helping to mitigate arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Its Anti Microbial – Storing contaminated water in copper for up to 16 hours at room temperature considerably reduces the presence of the harmful microbes, so much that copper holds promise as a point-of-use solution for microbial purification of drinking-water.
- Helps maintain a good pH balance – Copper ions in water help to maintain a good balance of pH level in the body, making the body a conducive and healthy environment for beneficial bacteria, and toxic to harmful bacteria. It helps eliminate discomforts such as acidity and can reduce gas and bloating. This, in turn, will prove useful in balancing and regulating hormones and healing for intestinal ulcers.
- Helps in baby’s development – The copper present in the water stored in copper container is also important for the formation of the unborn baby’s blood vessel, nervous system, heart and skeletal system. It also helps in improving hair health and skin health of your baby.
- Prevents neurobehavioral disorders – Drinking water charged with copper help in curbing the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD in the baby in your womb. Copper in the water covers the neuron gaps in the brain by synthesizing lipids to form the myelin sheath. When you have the deficiency of copper, it can lead to several mental issues.Plus, regular consumption of this copper rich water helps in resisting seizures and convulsions.
- Faster healing – When you experience a cut or scrape, water stored in a copper vessel may help you by speeding up the healing process. Full of properties that fight bacteria, viruses, and inflammation, copper can prevent infection while also promoting healing. Since it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, copper helps to heal wounds in an effective manner.
- Kiss wrinkles goodbye – Water that has been stored in a copper vessel contains a large amount of antioxidants which play a major role in warding off wrinkles and age lines. Antioxidants can also replace dead skin cells and promote new skin growth. Your skin will thank you with every sip!
- During Pregnancy – Your immune system faces a special challenge during pregnancy to protect both you and your baby from any illness. Drinking water from a copper vessel during pregnancy helps to ward off infections and illnesses.
- Beauty Product – Copper is responsible for melanin production in the body which imparts the natural skin color. If you have a rich content of copper in your body then your skin will become smooth and supple and you get a flawless and glowing skin.
- Increases Energy Production – Copper is essential for the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate, which is an energy storehouse of the human body. The cuproenzyme, cytochrome c oxidase, affects intracellular energy production. Therefore, when we have enough copper in our bodies, we will have enough functional and accessible energy to get through the day without feeling lethargic or tired.
Our body cannot synthesize copper, so we need to obtain it from dietary sources. Copper is present in small amounts in various foods such as in meat, seafood, whole grains, beans, legumes, all nuts (avoid peanuts), leafy greens, garlic, and root vegetables.
Eating any of these foods that have been processed (packaged or canned) will not provide you any copper as copper content is lost in processing and prolonged storage in a highly acidic environment.Click here for Debunking Myths about copper glass:
One of the myths that we hear about copper is that it is poisonous and is bad for us. Well, on the contrary, copper is an element that is essential for our enzyme systems. Enzyme systems are credited for various metabolic processes that are crucial to the sustenance of life. Copper are necessary for an overall healthy lifestyle, as this mineral enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins. Copper cannot be produced within the body and therefore needs to be added from external sources.
Our Ancestors stored water in copper vessels to kill bacteria. Before water purifiers came in people had to find a way to kill bacteria in the water before drinking it. Copper vessels were one of those ways. The Oligodynamic effects of copper not only cleansed the water but also ionized it with nutrients. Today’s water purifying systems tend to strip water of most healthful nutrients.
There have been cases where people have experienced copper toxicity. Hearing these stories, people are quick to conclude that copper is bad. Most copper toxicity cases has been traced to drinking water from corroded copper pipes. The corrosion of the pipes takes place due to the acidity and softness of the water. Cooking acidic foods in copper pans or pots can also contribute to the toxicity of copper.
Since last few years lead has been used because of its non-corrosion properties. However, the use of lead to avoid corrosion in drinking water has become illegal in many countries, due to the poisonous nature of lead. Lead is harmful whether ingested or inhaled. Unfortunately, there are still some pipes that still have been coated with lead, causing the death of millions (Lead Poisoning).
The idea behind throwing coins in river is not about the blind faith of river worship but to kill the harmful bacteria with copper coins as this purified water would be useful for fish and other living beings within the water and the humans and animals drinking it would remain healthy. Today’s generation, without thinking of the meaning behind this act, are ignorantly throwing Nickel or Aluminum coins into rivers, which is of no use and in fact detrimental to environment.