If you have been following social media, you may have seen Victoria Beckham and others sporting a copper water bottle supplemented with ‘vibrational crystal pods’, which look like tea infusers filled with crystals and stones for a variety of different health purposes, including purposes such as enhancement of energy, clarity, focus or concentration.
The crystal water bottle and 'crystal elixir' trend has been growing for the last few years, and now we are seeing crystals used with copper water bottles. In this post, we discuss some of the differences between crystal water bottles and copper water bottles, canvass some of the science behind their use, and then discuss the manner in which crystals can be used in conjunction with copper water bottles.
Similarities Between Crystal Water Bottles and Copper Water Bottles
Crystal water bottles are similar to copper water bottles in that both of them result in the infusion of water with minerals and tend to increase the alkalinity of water, resulting in natural alkaline water.
In particular, when you store water in a copper water bottle, the water naturally and safely absorbs very small amounts of copper. This causes the water to ionize naturally, when means that the water becomes more naturally alkaline. This was confirmed in a recent study in which scientists examined the effect of storing water in a copper vessel. In particular, the scientists discovered that the water's alkalinity level rose steadily the longer it was stored in the copper vessel.
The same should hold true of crystal water bottles, depending on the nature and quality of the crystals used in the water bottle. When water is stored in a crystal water bottle, it should tend to absorb small amounts of the minerals contained in the crystal, making the water more alkaline based on the same scientific principles that apply to copper water bottles.
Differences Between Crystal Water Bottles and Copper Water Bottles
The key difference between crystal water bottles and copper water bottles is their resistance to bacteria and other microbes. In particular, copper has the benefit of being naturally antimicrobial, which means that it helps remove bacteria that may be present in your drinking water. In fact, in one recent research study scientists found that storing microbially-contaminated drinking-water in a copper vessel for a number of hours resulted in complete decontamination of the water, which included removal of dangerous bacteria such as e.coli and salmonella.
Because copper is naturally anti-bacterial, copper water bottles are naturally self-sterilizing and do not require as much cleaning as other water bottles. In addition, studies have shown that copper water bottles can even help kill air-borne viruses and thereby help fight the flu.
Unfortunately, crystal water bottles do not offer this same benefit, because crystals do not have the same anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties as copper. In addition, the crystals used in crystal water bottles often have tiny crevices and cracks which create perfect habitats for the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms. Moisture is essential for bacteria growth, so when your water touches the crystal inside your crystal water bottle, the moisture can become trapped in the little crevices of the crystal and give bacteria space to breed and multiply. As a result, crystal water bottles should be used with caution and cleaned very frequently to avoid any adverse health issues.
Using Crystals with Your Copper Water Bottle
Fortunately, some of the health risks associated with using crystal water bottles can be addressed by using crystals in conjunction with a copper water bottle.
In particular, using crystals in your copper water bottle provides you with the benefit of crystal-infused water while also ensuring that there is no bacteria or other microbial growth in the cracks and crevices of the crystals. This is also one of the reasons why copper water bottles are excellent vessels for storing raw water: one can enjoy the benefit of raw water while also mitigating some of the health risks posed by raw water that may contain contaminants.
You can easily, inexpensively and safely use crystals with your copper water bottle. One of the easiest ways to do so is to make a small mesh bag containing crystals which you can leave in your copper water bottle overnight or during the day for several hours.
You can make such a crystal bag for your copper water bottle by obtaining a small sheet of mesh, placing your crystals on top of it, and then lifting the sides of the mesh up and fastening the top with a string. You can then lower the bag into your copper water bottle and tie the string around the neck so that you can pull it out a few hours later. Another method, which was adopted by Victoria Beckam, is to use a tea ball or strainer to hold the crystals.
Apart from naturally making water alkaline and killing bacteria and other microbes, using crystals in conjunction with your copper water bottle can also have other health benefits. Copper is an essential mineral, and copper water (also known as “tamra jal” in ayurvedic medicine, and also commonly known as “copper infused water” or “copper charged water”) can have excellent health benefits. For example, copper acts as an effective anti-oxidant, improves immunity, supports good health, prevents aging, eliminates toxins and free radicals, and stimulates the brain. It is for this reason that copper water bottles have long been prescribed by Ayurvedic medicine. In addition, copper bottles are aesthetically pleasing and convenient, thereby making it easier to adopt healthy hydration practices including mindful hydration.
Choosing Your Crystals and Copper Water Bottle
One important aspect to keep in mind when using crystals with your copper water bottle is that copper is a reactive metal. This means that copper, when combined with certain other minerals or elements, can sometimes create chemical reactions which change the appearance of the copper or have other effects.
This is why, for example, copper tends to patina after being exposed to air and water for an extended period. The patina is the result of a chemical reaction which occurs on the surface of the copper when exposed to water and air. While the reaction is perfectly safe, it changes the appearance of the copper.
Accordingly, you should ensure that the crystals you are using are inert crystals, as opposed to non-inert minerals or other substances. This is an important distinction, because inert crystals are crystals that are relatively non-reactive (like glass), with the result that they should not react adversely with water or copper. Before using your crystals with your copper bottle, you should conduct research and do your due diligence to confirm that they are inert and non-reactive with copper and water to ensure that you are avoiding any negative health effects.
You should also make sure you use a copper water bottle that is made of 100% pure high-grade food-safe copper and does not have any other metals, alloys or lining. Make sure to do your research and ensure that you are avoiding manufacturers who do not sell pure copper bottles. Also make sure to avoid sellers who sell copper bottles that are coated on the interior with a toxic lacquer. Our copper water bottles are 100% pure high-grade food-safe copper and contain absolutely no toxic materials of any kind.
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