Ayurveda: Copper water bottles
Did you know that drinking water from a copper bottle is an ancient Ayurvedic practice?
The copper infused water is considered to be medicinal and is known as “Tamra Jal”.
Copper is an essential micronutrient which is mainly found in the organs with a high metabolic rate such as the liver, brain, kidneys and heart, as well as in the red blood cells and nervous system cells. This element is important for the correct function of many of the vital processes in our bodies.
Drinking water from a copper recipient offers many health benefits and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has even registered copper as the only solid material that kills bacteria and protects us from health risks.
Here are just a few of the benefits of drinking copper infused water:
- It can help prevent osteoporosis.
- It purifies the blood and cleanses the arteries.
- Copper stimulates the production of collagen and reduces wrinkles, promoting healthy, flexible skin.
- It has been shown to have antioxidant properties which can slow down the ageing process.
- It helps the formation of red blood cells.
- It regulates the thyroid function.
- Copper can increase the body’s capacity to absorb iron.
- It can improve the appearance of varicose veins and is known to improve joint problems such as inflammation and arthritis.
- It is an excellent bactericide.
These unique properties were first recognised by the Vedic Indians who, based on their Ayurvedic practices, incorporated copper water into their daily routine.
So, what is the correct way to use your copper bottle?
Firstly, make sure the bottle you buy is good quality copper and comes from a reputable Ayurvedic supplier. Some bottles have other metals mixed in with the copper and these can be damaging to your health.
Before using the bottle for the first time, you should always rinse it. Don’t use soap, as this could affect the copper. Just rinse thoroughly with warm water. You can add 2 or 3 drops of natural lemon juice if you wish.
Fill the bottle with water and leave it to stand for 6 to 8 hours before drinking. You should only ever put water in the bottle, never tea or other liquids, and the water should be at room temperature; not cold from the fridge and never hot. Heat will eliminate the beneficial properties of the copper.
We recommend filling the bottle before going to bed at night and it will be ready to drink in the morning.
You don’t need to drink copper water all day long. As you may know, the science of Ayurveda is all about balance, and copper infused water is no exception. Filling the bottle once or twice a day is plenty. However, you can carry the bottle with you and fill it regularly during the day.
We recommend that you don’t leave the same water in the bottle for more than 8 or 9 hours. The copper will keep the bottle clean and bacteria free, but if you leave the water too long, the copper taste may be very strong.