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Copper and Health Throughout History

Since ancient times, healers have understood the role of copper in supporting and maintaining good health. For example, the ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize their drinking water, cure headaches, and help with skin conditions. In addition, in approximately 400 B.C., the Greek Hippocrates, who is known as the father of modern medicine (and after whom the “Hippocratic oath” is named), recommended copper as a treatment for various diseases.

Even the ancient Aztec civilization used copper for medical purposes, including gargling with copper-infused water to combat sore throats and infections. Similarly, in ancient India and the far east, copper was used to treat skin conditions, lung diseases, and eye infections. During the era of the Roman Empire, physicians recommended using copper to cleanse the stomach, clear the body of toxins, cure mouth sores and ulcers, and to heal eye infections, cataracts, and even venereal diseases.

Copper has also had a central role in the history of health in more recent eras. For example, during the cholera epidemics in Paris in the 19th century, physicians were astounded to learn of copper’s importance in supporting a strong immune system. In particular, French physicians learned that copper workers appeared immune to cholera while their neighbours fell victim to the disease. During the later part of the 19th century, European physicians also recommended the use of copper to treat arthritis as well as diarrhea, dysentery, and tuberculosis.

Copper continued to enjoy a key role in the history of health in the 20th century. For example, in 1939, German medical researchers discovered that copper miners were unaffected by arthritis so long as they worked in copper mines. This observation led medical researchers to use copper to treat patients suffering from arthritis, fever, sciatica, and neck and back pain. In recent years, some medical researchers have even theorized that the heart attack rate is lowest in France of all European countries because of the significant consumption by the French of red wine, which has a higher copper content than white wine, as it is prepared with the skin of the grape intact (which gives red wine its colour).

Copper's important role in a healthy immune system has also been supported by medical research in respect of individuals suffering from “Menke's disease”, which is an inherited disease involving defective copper absorption. Individuals with this disease generally die of immune system-related infections, showing that the lack of copper absorption made them more vulnerable to infection. Furthermore, animals with copper deficiencies have been shown to have increased vulnerability to dangerous bacteria such as salmonella and listeria. This medical research has led researches to the conclusion that copper can not only cure various diseases, but also help prevent disease in the first place.

In one of the most recent studies about the role of copper in health, scientists studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking-water, including serious bacteria such as e.coli salmonella. Incredibly, scientists discovered that the initially contaminated water was completely free of bacteria 16 hours later. This study supports what healers have known since ancient times: that copper has incredible health properties.

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Copper and Prana Shakti

Copper has an electromagnetic energy known as "prana shakti", which essentially means "life energy". This quality is the key reason why Ayurvedic medicine recommends storing water in a copper vessel.

When water is stored in a copper vessel, the "prana shakti" in the copper infuses and energizes the water. Copper infused water, which is known as "tamra jal", helps balance the three doshas and maintain a health pH balance in the body.

Meenakshi Gupta, a prominent Ayurvedic practitioner, wrote a very interesting article canvassing the reasons to try drinking water from a copper vessel. In that article, Ms. Gupta notes that the ancient practice is experiencing a modern reemergence:

"During my childhood days I remember my grandmother storing water in a copper vessel overnight and asking us to drink from it first thing in the morning. She claimed the water stored in a copper vessel was extremely healthy for the mind and body. Now when I see these ancient customs reemerging & my own findings with the healing ideologies of Ayurveda, I look back and think that I should have taken my grandmother’ s advice more seriously."

As Ms. Gupta writes, copper has amazing anti-microbial qualities, stimulates the brain, aids in weight loss, slows aging, and can even help fight cancer. It is so lovely to see ancient holistic practices reemerge!

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Copper water bottles and scentific research

While the idea of storing water in a copper water bottle or other copper vessel arose many centuries ago and has its origins in Ayurvedic principles, the practice is gaining more and more attention from the scientific community.

In this blog post, we thought we would take the opportunity to make note of a recent study which supports the use of a copper water bottle for the storage of water. We'll discuss other recent studies in future blog posts.

In this recent study, scientists studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking-water, including serious bacteria such as e.coli salmonella. Incredibly, the scientists stored the contaminated water in a copper vessel for 16 hours at room temperature and were later unable to find any of the bacteria! This study supports what Ayurvedic medicine has been telling us for centuries: that copper has incredible anti-bacterial properties.

In the same study, the scientists found that the water stored in the copper vessel also become more alkaline. In particular, the scientists discovered that the water's pH rose steadily the longer it was stored in the copper vessel. This also supports what Ayurvedic medicine has been telling us for centuries: that storing water in a copper vessels is a natural way to make alkaline water which helps keeps the body's pH in healthy balance.

The study also showed that while the copper content of the water increased, the copper levels were well within the permissible limits determined by the World Health Organization. As a result, there does not appear to be any realistic risk of ingesting too much copper using this method.

It's always so exciting to see modern science catch up with Ayurvedic principles that have been out there for centuries! About time :)

Hope you found this blog post interesting - stay tuned for more posts about interesting scientific studies which support the use of copper water bottles!

Yours in good health,

Jessica

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Making natural alkaline water with your copper water bottle

Alkaline water (higher pH water) is very popular among health-minded people. Did you know you can make alkaline water naturally using your copper water bottle?

There are two types of alkaline water. The first type of alkaline water is "artificial" alkaline water, which is generally tap water that has been processed through an electrical ionizer to make the water's pH more alkaline.

The second type of alkaline water is a natural alkaline water, which is usually a spring or mineral water. As water passes through a spring, it rubs against rocks and soil and picks up various minerals, which increases its pH and makes it more alkaline.

Unfortunately, unless you live near a mountain spring, chances are your only easy access to natural alkaline water is by buying it from a store - which means needing to drink out of a plastic bottle! That is harmful for the environment and also bad for your body (given that some plastic bottles can leech chemicals into the water).

When you store water in your copper water bottle, the water absorbs small amounts of copper, which is a mineral that naturally creates alkaline water. It's completely natural, easy, safe, and avoids the use of plastic bottles. For best results, we suggest storing water in your copper water bottle overnight.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post! Please let us know if there are any issues of interest to you, as we'd love to make them the subject of a future post!

Yours in good health,

Jessica

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