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Water Bottle Slings: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Water Bottle Slings: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

In this post, we reveal everything you need to know about water bottle slings, including tips for buying one and how to make your own. Let's dive in!

Introduction

There are few things better to be “attached at the hip” with than one’s trusty water bottle. The privilege of hydration at your beck and call throughout the day is enough to sell anyone on the idea, and a bottle sling makes it all possible. They are easily one of the most underrated companions in the world.

The industry of water bottle carriers is a labyrinth of both products and information. Use this as a complete guide in preparation to better navigate the market as a prospective buyer. 

In this article we address the following topics:

  • What are Water Bottle Slings?
  • Benefits of Water Bottle Slings
  • Different Style Options for Water Bottle Slings
  • Care Instructions
  • Tips for Buying a Water Bottle Sling
  • How to Make Your Own Bottle Sling

 

What Are Water Bottle Slings?

water bottle sling, or water bottle holder, is a nifty device used to carry a bottle of water on one’s body with little to no effort on the part of the individual. Essentially, a water bottle sling is somewhat of a unisex handbag, shaped like a cylinder in order to perfectly cradle the bottle within. 

A better way to describe them might be as shoulder strap water bottle holders, as this is where a sling properly sits on the body. Usually made for comfort and functionality, these slings are practical devices intended to make hydration more accessible — especially for individuals who often find themselves in situations that require them to be “hands free”.

Water bottle slings have been an essential item for both adults and children alike, for many years now. Adults tend to find themselves in hands free engagements when it comes to activities such as hiking or rock climbing, while just about everything a child does requires parents to have both hands available at all times. 

Because of the sheer usefulness of these devices, the sling industry is an ever evolving one. A few years ago it would have been considered a rarity to find a water bottle sling made from anything other than neoprene, but today slings have evolved alongside the ‘tech gadget’ industry and are being made in far more functional variations. So much so that water bottle slings are slowly breaking out of their sports oriented shell and into the fashion market. 

Considering that the average human being needs just under 3 liters of water a day, it can be said that water bottle slings are largely helping to close the gap in terms of being able to consume this amount of liquid amidst the busy schedules we juggle in-between. 

What is the Benefit of Water Bottle Slings?

A far shorter tale to tell would be to explain "how can’t a water bottle sling benefit me?". For such a simple, affordable (usually) device there sure are a boat load of benefits that come with it. 

Firstly, as mentioned above, a bottle holder is the most convenient way to begin reaching your daily hydration requirements without having to plan your days around repeatedly finding/buying water. In the past, most water bottle slings were seen as bulky and tasteless, but the modern market is making way for more and more good-looking carriers that become more of an accessory to any outfit, as opposed to an eyesore. 

If you have children, water bottle slings can do the same for them. Kids are notorious for forgetting to hydrate, especially when consumed by the excitement of a playground. No child wants to be the one to repeatedly break from the action in order to run back to their classroom for a quick sip of water. If it’s not within reach there and then, it’s simply not a priority. What’s more, the rate at which children misplace water bottles is alarming in itself. For economical and environmental purposes, a sling could be a fabulous insurance policy!

Of course it is arguable that water bottle slings offer far more benefit to individuals with more adventurous lifestyles compared to those without. For hikers, rock climbers and trail runners, a water bottle carrier with strap is like gold. 

In these instances, having as little to carry as possible is ideal. No one wants to wear an entire backpack unless absolutely necessary, but having access to water while exploring off the grid is absolutely a necessity. With a strap, those who partake in extreme sports can have their water on their person at all times. 

Because of the growing popularity of water bottle slings, merchandisers have been forced to look at the general design of their products and add functionality wherever possible. These days, you’ll find very few bottle carries that don’t have the addition of a pouch or zip pocket as part of the hamper. 

The benefit? A place for keys, cards, cellphones and anything else that you’d prefer not to carry an entire handbag or backpack for.  

Styles for Every Occasion

What you need to firstly understand about water bottle slings is that within the market there are two very distinct branches: the practical, and the fashionable. There are instances where these lines blur and practicality actually meets fashionability — but, for the most part, you will be choosing between one or the other when it comes to style. 

The more practical style of water bottle sling is usually made with the intent to be of service. They are affordable, easy to use and might come with the aforementioned additions of a pouch or zipped pocket. 

Functional styled water bottle slings tend to be bulkier and more obvious on the body. This is because they are made from… you guessed it… functional fabrics! Fabrics intended to not only cradle your beloved water bottle, but also to keep it cold and protected from the outside elements. 

Neoprene, recycled PET fabric and nylon are the most commonly used materials for more industrial water bottle slings. They are usually a single color all round, and appear less creative than their more fashionable counterparts. 

As mentioned, these are the water bottle carriers that your hikers, fishermen and camping-affiliated individuals are more likely to purchase. Even music festival goers, who need to survive multiple days in harsh terrains like the desert, are likely to opt for functional bottle holders because of the advantage of temperature insulation and durability. 

If you’re not spending extensive time in nature, then practicality can be tossed out of the window entirely. Let’s explore the world of fashionable water bottle slings, shall we?

This branch in itself has another two branches: affordable, and the antithesis of affordable. 

Bouncing off of the ever growing trend, many clothing brands around the world have, at some point, made and sold a trendy water bottle sling in line with their individual style. This is where manufacturing materials got a bit more exploratory, and the world started seeing bottle carriers made out of everything from latex to embroidery. 

The water bottle sling was now an accessory, not something to only be used in instances of extreme ‘hands free-ness’. It was intended to be seen, and shown off, rather than stored away until that camping trip you take once a year.

For the most part, fashionable water bottle slings remained affordable. Yes, they were an investment in their own right, especially when purchasing one that was handmade by a designer or artist within a small business, but in no way were they ever considered outrageous style items. That is until the high fashion industry got hold of them. 

In 2019, the Spanish fashion house, Balenciaga, sent a $750 water bottle holder down the runway at their autumn winter show. The model wore the handbag styled sling across her body, with the carrier and bottle resting proudly on her right hip. The carrier was made entirely from black leather, with the label’s name printed in bold white across the body. 

Shortly thereafter, many more elite fashion houses followed the trend, offering different styles of water bottle carriers to the luxury fashion market. Chanel’s stylish bottle and carrier costs an impressive $7990. They’ve been cleverly marketed as an alternative to plastic, which in a sense is an important movement, but it really all depends on how much you’re willing to fork out for style. 

Taking Proper Care of a Water Bottle Sling

Proper care of a water bottle sling depends entirely on the style route you opted to take, and the fabric that was used to make said sling. 

Practically styled water bottle slings tend to require less care and maintenance compared to the more fashion-savvy ones. They are made to last, and even thrive in harsh conditions. While a hike through a rainforest will likely bring an untimely end to a bottle carrier crocheted for that “bohemian look”. 

If your water bottle carrier is made from functional material like neoprene, PET or nylon, simply make sure to air dry the device after every use. Since water bottles perspire, your carrier will likely be damp after a day out. Putting it into a drawer or closet immediately will encourage mold to grow slowly overtime, especially within the seams of the holster. This won’t be the type of obvious mold you find in a refrigerator, but you’re likely to notice a smell developing which can be off-putting when swigging from your bottle. 

Similarly, these materials are easy enough to keep clean on the outside. Give the surface of your carrier and sling a good wipe down should any dirt ever cling to the surface. Almost all water bottle carriers are machine friendly, so a monthly or bi-monthly run through the wash would be sufficient. 

If your water bottle sling has been made using more delicate, artisanal fabric such as cotton, hemp or even wool, then your care routine will be slightly different. These materials naturally collect dirt, and wiping them down is usually not effective. Inquire with your retailer as to what the necessary care instructions are and follow them accordingly. Proper following of stipulated instructions will add to the longevity of your sling. 

Because of the highly consumerist system in which we exist, noticing flaws in items like water bottle carriers might prompt a person to simply purchase a brand new one, and do away with the old. The thing to keep in mind with bottle carriers is that, more often than not, they can be easily mended into being as good as new. 

Splitting seams where the sling meets the carrier pouch is common over time, due to the gravity created by the weight of water. Any tailor or seamstress will be able to easily re-sew these points, or even attach a brand new sling altogether. 

Tearing in fabric is another quick fix, and not something that warrants purchasing a brand new device if you can help it.

What to Keep in Mind When Making a Sling Purchase

The most important thing to keep in mind when making a water bottle sling purchase is your personal expectation from the device itself. 

Are you intending for it to accompany you in nature? Do you fancy the idea of a water bottle sling as a daily accessory? Is this something you want to use on occasion or quite regularly? 

All of these factors will come into play and lead you to the product that best suits your needs. This will also help in navigating the vast online world of available bottle carriers; a rabbit hole of both options and information. 

If you are purchasing a water bottle sling for a child, be conscious of the stipulated measurements stated on the product advertisement. The appropriate sized bottle carrier for children remains a grey area; you will need to compare the size of their daily water bottle to the carriers on offer. 

Something harder to do when shopping online is to assess the comfortability of the water bottle sling itself. Generally, there aren’t many slings that you can’t grow to love with time, but if you’re the type of person who gets easily annoyed by sound or friction then extra thought needs to be applied. 

Some slings will come with the addition of a shoulder pad that slides up and down the sling itself as needed. This is intended to cradle the strap when it is resting on the top of the shoulder, and prevent chafing or stress after long periods of wear. If sensitive skin is something you struggle with, and you intend to wear your water bottle for long periods of time, then a pad is definitely something to keep in mind while shopping. 

For anyone purchasing intending to use the sling during more intense activities, such as mountaineering or camping, one might keep in mind to look out for warranties, especially with more expensive models. Getting a warranty on is rare, but there are heavy-duty water bottle holders available that come with some sort of guarantee, or at very least, a single repair card. 

Finally, something great to keep in mind when shopping for your water bottle sling is whether or not said sling comes with an actual water bottle. Few people remember to even consider this, but it sure makes for a more convenient purchase in the long run. In addition, imagine the frustration of buying a bottle holder online, only for it to arrive and not fit your own existing water bottle. Opting to purchase one that comes with a bottle is a safe way to ensure you’ll always have the right fit. 

At present, copper, bamboo and flask-material water bottles are superior to plastic, and sling makers are quickly realizing this. Purchasing a sling in today’s market is likely going to pose a combined opportunity for you to shift away from harmful plastic, and start storing your water in a healthier, environmentally friendly way. 

For a great water bottle sling that is both fashionable and functional, check out this 100% natural canvas sling.

DIY: Make a Water Bottle Sling at Home

So, what if you’ve scoured the market extensively and nothing has really managed to tickle your fancy when it comes to water bottle carriers? When the perfect sling and holder just doesn’t seem to exist? You make your own, of course!

Water bottle slings were a big hit amongst home-craft communities during the late 2010s, when the psychological benefits of adult arts and crafts fell under global spotlight. Adults, particularly women, began making anything and everything from scratch, including carriers for groceries, shoes and water containers. 

Similarly, the crochet community got on board with water bottle carriers early on in the trend, too. If you are interested in making a water bottle sling at home, crochet is one way to go. There are numerous patterns available for free, or at a small cost, on various websites.

Unfortunately a water bottle carrier is considered more of an advanced item to make through the art of crochet, so you will need a basic understanding of the skill before you’re able to execute this properly. 

So, for those not familiar with the world of crochet, read on! Here’s how to make a basic water bottle sling of your own.

A Fabric Water Bottle Sling

This is a guide for the making of a fabric-based water bottle sling from scratch at home. The execution of this activity requires only basic sewing skills, and you will need to be able to measure & cut accurate lengths. 

While any fabric can be used for this particular activity, it is advisable that you do not use stretchy fabrics or velvet, as these will not last long in practice. Canvas makes for the sturdiest fabric when it comes to home production of bottle slings.

You will need:           

    • Half a meter of any fabric that is most appealing to your eye
    • A sewing machine or adequate needles for hand sewing
    • Thread to match chosen fabric
    • Fabric glue

Steps:

    1. Cut two identical rectangles from your fabric. They should both be 20cm x 14cm in size. 
    2. Cut two identical strips of fabric both spanning 70cm x 10cm. 
    3. On the short edge of one side of your rectangles, cut a square from the right corner and a square from the left corner. The squares should be 3cm x 3cm in size. Do this to both rectangles (one side only!).
    4. Lay the matching ‘rectangles’ on top of one another, print side inward. Sew three sides of the cuts together (both long sides, and the side with the cut out squares).
    5. You will now be able to flip the fabric inside out, to reveal the print on the outside and a cylindrical shaped carrier in the making. 
    6. Sew around the top rim of the cylinder to prevent any fabric fraying. 
    7. Take your two 70cm strips of fabric and sew them together on their shortest ends. This will make one long 140cm strip that will form your sling. 
    8. Fold the strip in half, width-ways, so that the 10cm width becomes a doubled over 5cm. Sew together to reveal your sling. 
    9. Attach the finished sling to the cylindrical bottle holder by sewing each end of the sling into either side of the holder’s rim. You can adjust the overall length of your water bottle carrier by either placing the sling deeper or shallower within the holder, and sewing at your most ideal length. Use your fabric glue to get the initial application point right, and sew on top of it. This will provide extra reinforcement. 
    10. Once completed, you’ll have a stylish and unique water bottle carrier to use at your leisure. Apply the appropriate care procedures as needed. 

A Ring Water Bottle Sling

If the idea of a full fabric bottle cover doesn’t tickle your fancy, you’ll probably be far more drawn to the simpler ring sling. 

This is one of the simplest bottle carriers to make at home. It is best made with recyclable plastic bottles as the ring in question tends to be universal and fits best. 

You will need:           

    • A rubber o-ring from the plumbing section of any hardware store
    • Two meters of heavy-duty, woven ribbon (in a pattern of your choosing)
    • A needle and thread

Steps:

    1. Use your own body as a measuring stick for where to cut your ribbon. Start by slinging the ribbon around your body, making sure that it starts and ends exactly where you would like your water bottle to rest. 
    2. Cut when desired length is determined. 
    3. Feed one end of the ribbon through your o-ring. Only feed approximately 3cm through, and then bring it back in line with the rest of the ribbon so that it holds the o-ring in place. Sew the ribbon onto itself.
    4. Now, with the other end of the ribbon (the open side) do the exact same. The o-ring will then be cradled between two ribbons grasping it securely, and you need only feed your bottle top through the ring in order for it to be held securely. 

Conclusion

We hope this guide to water bottle slings has been of help to you! If you are looking for a fashionable and functional water bottle sling, check out this 100% natural canvas sling.

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Oil Pulling: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Oil Pulling: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

In this post, we explain how to oil pull, the best oils to use for oil pulling, the health benefits of oil pulling, the history and origin of oil pulling, the science behind oil pulling, and the safety and side-effects of oil pulling. We also explain how to make your own oil pulling melts at home. Let's dive right in!

Introduction

Ayurveda believes that a healthy mind and body begins with a healthy mouth. Oil pulling is an important aspect of Ayurvedic health routines and can help support and maintain good health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, bad oral health can be the cause of many health problems. Accordingly, it is important to practice oil pulling in order to detoxify your body and stay healthy. 

In this post, we describe the practice of oil pulling, discuss its history and origins, canvass the science behind oil pulling, address the best oils to use for oil pulling, discuss oil pulling benefits, particularly  the health benefits of oil pulling, describe how to oil pull, and then offer a great recipe for making your own special oil to use for oil pulling.

What is Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing oil in the mouth for about 20 minutes. This Ayurvedic regime helps remove ama (toxin) from your body, leading to better oral health as well as general health. Oil pulling has become increasingly popular, and it is believed that many  people are engaging in oil pulling and benefiting from doing so. Oil pulling is also a natural way to whiten your teeth and is very beneficial for gum health.

Let's dive in and learn more about oil pulling and how beneficial it is for your health. 

History of Oil Pulling

Oil pulling as a part of Ayurvedic medicine originated in India around 3000 years ago. Those ancient Ayurvedic practitioners used oil pulling for treating oral problems and for strengthening gums, teeth and jaws. Ancient Ayurvedic texts have cited oil pulling as a way to address many health problems, including diabetes, asthma and migraines. In addition, sesame oil and sunflower oil were used in traditional gargling methods like gandusha and kavala graha.

In fact, a study conducted on oil pulling has revealed that the benefits of the technique go beyond oral health. In particular, it has been determined that oil pulling reduces the risk of systemic diseases. Accordingly, traditional oil pulling has the potential to improve both oral and general health.

The Science Behind Oil Pulling

In oil pulling, you are essentially using the oil like a mouthwash. Doing so helps remove harmful bacteria from your mouth. The oil also naturally has valuable properties which help reduce inflammation and bacteria, which promotes oral health. In particular, various hidden bacteria in your mouth sticks to the oil and gets flushed out due to their fatty outer covering. In this way, oil reaches areas which your toothbrush might often miss. Your mouth will feel clean and fresh to a whole new level.

During the process of oil pulling, you will experience an incredible detergent-like effect that results in the washing away and removal of harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth. This procedure also creates a protective barrier between your bloodstream and further bacterial exposure. In fact, a study has shown that oil pulling enhances mechanical cleansing through the saponification and emulsification processes (i.e. detergent effect).

Oil pulling also has the benefit of giving you a facial workout that releases tension around your jaw. It also helps to maintain natural flora and a healthy pH in your mouth. In fact, oil pulling is an excellent healthy alternative to using commercial mouthwashes that contain toxic chemicals.

The Best Oil to Use for Oil Pulling

Oil pulling might sound like a difficult task, but it is really not. It is just a regular mouthwash practice where you use oil instead of commercial mouthwash. Once you decide to try oil pulling, you can sample a variety of different oils to choose the one that suits you best.

Some of the more commonly recommended oils for oil pulling include sesame oil, sunflower oil, butter oil, coconut oil and olive oil. Some of the benefits of these options include the following:

  • Sesame oil contains vitamin E and antioxidants, which can help prevent the absorption of bad cholesterol in the liver.
  • Olive oil has anti-viral properties. 
  • Coconut oil can significantly reduce bacterial growth in your mouth.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil is believed to be very effective for oil pulling, with the result that it is one of the most popular oils to use for oil pulling. Coconut oil has become popular for oil pulling because of its antimicrobial and antifungal properties and its effects on Streptococcus mutans found in saliva. In particular, coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is the antimicrobial agent present in coconut oil that kills bacteria and thereby reduces bad breath and acidic conditions in the mouth. As a result, coconut oil pulling kills bacteria, reduces gum infection, removes bad breath, boosts immunity and promotes healing.

Other benefits of coconut oil pulling include the following:

  • Hormonal balance
  • Improved digestion
  • Helps reduce cellulite
  • Can help balance blood sugar
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Helps burn fat

Coconut oil pulling is a common Ayurvedic therapy used to treat tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, heart disease and inflammation. Make sure you use pure natural coconut oil that does not have any harmful additives, preservatives, impurities or other negative substances.

How to Oil Pull

Oil pulling is performed in a few simple steps. It is best done in the morning before eating or drinking:

  • Place 1 tablespoon of your chosen oil into your mouth. Traditionally, sesame oil is used, but coconut oil has proven to be very beneficial. 
  • Swish the oil in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes to begin with, but, once you have become more familiar with oil pulling and done it a few times, extend it to 20 minutes. It is important to allow enough time to permit the oil to break through the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. However, be careful to not hold the oil in your mouth for too long at the risk that your body may start reabsorbing the toxins. 
  • Spit the oil out in the trash and, in doing so, try not to swallow any oil as it contains toxins and bacteria. 
  • Avoid spitting the oil in a sink or drain, as doing so risks clogging the pipes. 
  • Rinse your mouth well with warm water and brush well.
  • Repeat 3 to 4 times per week.

The Benefits of Oil Pulling

Although oil pulling has not yet been the subject of many extensive scientific studies, many researchers have agreed that oil pulling is completely safe. In fact, oil pulling has helped people overcome various health problems including asthma, arthritis, migraine headaches, hormonal imbalances, infections, skin problems and many others. The process of oil pulling removes toxins and bacteria from the mouth as well as from your lymphatic system. It also removes congestion and mucus from the throat and loosens the sinuses.

The following are the top health benefits of oil pulling:

1. Kills Harmful Bacteria in Your Mouth

The harmful bacteria present in your mouth can lead to cavities, gum disease and bad breath. By killing these harmful bacteria, oil pulling helps support good oral hygiene and prevents certain negative oral conditions.

A recent study conducted in respect of coconut oil pulling revealed that it significantly reduced the number of bacteria found in saliva.

2. Reduces Bad Breath

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is the most common oral health problem and generally affects approximately 50% of the population. Oil pulling is an excellent and more natural way to get rid of bad breath. 

Some of the causes of bad breath include the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Gum diseases
  • Tongue coating
  • Infection

Although chlorhexidine mouthwash can be used for treating bad breath, it is only a temporary solution and does not resolve the underlying problems which cause bad breath in the first place. In addition, with long term use, the alcohol content in the mouthwash can lead to other oral health problems.

According to a recent study, oil pulling works equally well with chlorhexidine mouthwash and is an effective remedy for halitosis.

3. Helps Prevent Cavities and Whitens Your Teeth 

Food particles, plaque and bacteria all contribute to tooth decay. Because oil pulling reduces the growth of bacteria, it helps prevent tooth decay. Oil pulling also enhances the luster of your teeth by removing plaque build up. Flushing out toxins and microorganisms also results in naturally white teeth. 

4. Supports Detoxification of the Body

Oral health is directly connected to your general well being. The harmful bacteria in your mouth can be the reason for poor health conditions. Oil pulling helps removes toxins from your body, thereby supporting your overall health.

5. Improves Skin Complexion

The wonderful benefits of oil pulling are reflected in your skin, too. Oil pulling is a kind of facial exercise that helps reduce wrinkles and the appearance of aging while also improving the elasticity of the skin. Oil pulling can also help reduce acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems.

6. Restores Hormonal Balance

By eliminating the body’s toxins, oil pulling also allows hormones to function more naturally. Accordingly, oil pulling therapy can help with thyroid disorders and with regularizing the menstrual cycle.

7. Preventive Measure for Oral Diseases

Oil pulling can be a great practice to help avoid oral health problems like gingivitis, bleeding gums, cavities, bad breath and bacterial build-up in your mouth. As described above, oil pulling achieves this by pulling out toxins and bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue. Engaging in oil pulling regularly can help prevent the occurrence of oral diseases. In fact, a study conducted to measure the effects of oil pulling has revealed that it considerably reduces plaque and helps in preventing gingivitis.

8. Relieves Respiratory Problems

Oil pulling can also help reduce symptoms of respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and congestion. Oil pulling can relieve congestion quickly and help clear your airways.

9. Reduces Migraines and Headaches

Headaches commonly result from toxins present in your body. Oil pulling removes harmful microorganisms and toxins which helps reduce episodes of headaches and migraines.

10. Supports the Immune System

Oil pulling keeps bacteria, toxins and infections away from your body, which contributes to stronger immunity and greater resilience in the face of viruses.

11. Boosts Metabolism

This ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling along with cleaning the tongue and mouth positively affects internal organs like the liver, kidney and heart. When the liver works at an optimal level, it can regulate metabolism and help remove body fat. It is also believed that oil pulling reduces fluid retention and bloating, thus enhancing metabolism.

12. Helps to Treat Insomnia 

Insomnia is generally caused by toxins accumulated from stress and hormonal imbalance. Oil pulling clears out all these toxins from your body and creates a fresh environment for better sleep.

Safety and Side Effects

As described above, oil pulling is safe. It is a completely natural therapy, and anybody can engage in the therapy without risk of harm.

Oil pulling therapy can be done by:

  • Children old enough not to swallow the oil 
  • People facing dental issues 
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing

Although oil pulling is a natural therapy, some people may experience the following side effects:

  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Jaw soreness (this can be reduced by swishing gently for less time)
  • Discomfort (caused by the gag reflex) 
  • Indigestion and heartburn 

If you are allergic to any particular oil, then you should obviously refrain from engaging in oil pulling with that particular oil.

Never swallow the oil after swishing it, as it contains toxins and bacteria. Swallowing this oil can lead to indigestion. If oil pulling triggers your gag reflex, try to lean forward while swishing and use slightly less oil. Jaw soreness can result from vigorous swishing, so if that happens try to swish gently for less time. Generally, jaw soreness disappears after a few days of practicing oil pulling.

Always use natural oil without any artificial additives. If you experience any negative side effects, you should consult an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner and seek their guidance.

Oil Pulling Melts

If you wish to try to make oil pulling more enjoyable and avoid some of the potential discomfort caused by the gag reflex, you might consider making your own oil pulling "melts", which are essentially refrigerated servings of oil which melt in your mouth as you chew them. Here is a very easy recipe you can use to make your own oil pull melts at home.

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil (natural, unrefined)
  • Essential oil of your choice (try mint or cinnamon)
  • A silicone candy mold

Directions

  • Take a small pan and gently melt the coconut oil on low heat. 
  • Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil into the melted coconut oil.
  • Pour the oil into the mold, using a measuring cup.
  • Cool it in the refrigerator.
  • Store them in a glass jar and keep them in the refrigerator.

These excellent oil melts may help make oil pulling more accessible and enjoyable to you, as well as reducing the mess. Chew the solid melts and swish them around your mouth for the same effect as standard oil pulling. 

Conclusion

For the reasons discussed above, a healthy mind and body begins with a healthy mouth. Oil pulling is an important aspect of Ayurvedic health routines and can help support and maintain good health. Consider incorporating this simple and inexpensive practice into your daily routine and making it a permanent habit.

A copper water bottle can also make a great addition to your Ayurvedic health routine alongside oil pulling. Because copper is naturally anti-bacterial, copper bottles are naturally self-sterilizing and therefore do not require as much cleaning as other water bottles. Kick bacteria to the curb by regularly oil pulling and staying hydrated with a copper bottle.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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How Copper Kills the Flu, Colds and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How Copper Kills the Flu, Colds and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Did you know that copper kills germs and bacteria and can therefore help you avoid the flu, colds and and other viruses, including the coronavirus (COVID-19)? In this post, we explain the science behind the incredible antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities of copper. We also explain how you can use a copper water bottle to support your health. Let's get started!

What you Need to Know about the Flu

If you have ever experienced the flu, you know how incredibly awful it feels. You feel chills, aches, and pains all over your body. You become confined to your bed and are unable to move much because your body needs to rest as it recuperates. Although most of us have found ourselves stuck with the flu, what exactly is the flu, what does it do to our bodies, and how can a copper water bottle help fight off the flu? 

The flu has been around for thousands of years and has caused sickness and death to multitudes of people. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which is speculated to have originated when animal domestication and permanent settlement first began.

A significant outbreak of the flu was recorded as early as the 15th century. It is reported that this outbreak started in Rome and spread to other areas in Europe as well as Africa. The pandemic is reported to have caused the deaths of approximately 8,000 people and severely affected several cities in Spain.

Perhaps the greatest pandemic of influenza happened in the years 1918-1919. This pandemic was known as the “Spanish influenza” and killed an estimated 50 million people. This occurrence was considered the most lethal outbreak of the influenza virus. In a study by Taubenberger and Morens, they note that all modern influenza pandemics can be traced back to the Spanish influenza.

What Happens During an Influenza Invasion

Once the influenza virus enters the body, it travels to the lungs where it attaches itself to a host cell’s surface. The virus then opens and sets loose its genetic information in the nucleus of the cell. The virus creates copies of itself using the cell’s nucleus and overtakes its function. The replicas of the virus then travel to the cell’s membranes and kill it. The death of the cell permits the virus to release itself into the body so that it can infect other cells.

The immune system then sets out to fight the foreign invader. Some of the cells that engage in this battle include macrophages, neutrophils, cytokines, chemokines, and T lymphocytes. 

In a study by van de Sandt et al., researchers learned how the influenza virus can avoid the immune system’s offensive response. In particular, the “antigenic drift” of the influenza virus permits it to escape the antibodies’ neutralizing activity as induced by previous infections or vaccination. This is the reason why flu vaccines do not provide a lifetime of protection and must be updated every year.

Fortunately, as described in more detail below, you can use a copper bottle to help fight off the viruses that cause colds, the flu, and other illnesses. 

Symptoms of Flu

The unpleasant feeling you experience when you have the flu is a side-effect of your immune system’s efforts at fighting the virus. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some of the symptoms you will experience when you have the flu include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

  • Runny or stuffy nose

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headaches

  • Fatigue (tiredness)

  • Vomiting and diarrhea (occurs more commonly in children than adults.)

One of the main reasons why headaches occur during the flu is because Interleukin-1, an inflammatory type of cytokine, is activated while the body is fighting off the virus. This cytokine is vital to the development of T cells, which help kill the virus. As this process unfolds, the brain is affected, particularly the hypothalamus, which regulates the body’s temperature. Meanwhile, muscle aches are caused by the increase of muscle-degrading genes and the reduction of muscle-generating genes.

Severe Flu

Although the immune system works hard to eradicate the influenza virus, all that work leaves the immune system weakened and vulnerable. This makes a person more susceptible to other severe infections. These complications may include bacterial pneumonia, bronchitis, dehydration, sinus issues, and ear infection. Worsening of pre-existing conditions may also occur, which conditions include diabetes, chronic congestive heart failure, or asthma.  

Certain people are at a higher risk for severe flu. Among them are people 65 years old and older, children, pregnant women, and people with chronic medical conditions.

The Transmission of Flu

The flu is highly contagious, and a person with the virus can infect others even before the symptoms start manifesting themselves within the host. This means that you can pass on the virus even before you know you have it.

When a person with the flu coughs or sneezes, thousands of droplets containing the viruses spread in the air and can land in the nose and mouth of another person. You can also get infected with the influenza virus when you touch an object with the virus on it and then touch your nose or mouth.

In a study by Lowen et al., researchers determined that influenza virus transmission is dependent on relative humidity and temperature. The researchers performed 20 experiments that involved varying humidity and used guinea pigs as hosts. They discovered that the influenza virus transmission favored cold and dry conditions.  

Flu Season

The most common season for the flu falls in autumn and winter. However, the flu can still spread year-round. It can start around October, have peak periods around December and February, and then persist in late May.

Multiple hypotheses seek to explain why the flu season happens around these times of the year. One theory is that people tend to stay indoors more often during colder months, with the result that the virus is more likely to spread in enclosed spaces where more people are breathing the same air.

Another theory is that reduced exposure to the sun, which results in decreased absorption of Vitamin D and melatonin, weakens the immune system, making it more susceptible to the influenza virus. Another theory is that the influenza virus thrives in the cold and dry air of winter rather than the warm and humid air of summer.

What You Need to Know About Colds

Although the flu and the common cold are caused by different viruses, they are both respiratory illnesses and have similar symptoms. As a result, it is often challenging to distinguish between a flu and a cold based only on observing symptoms. The flu is usually much more intense than colds, and people with colds are more likely to suffer from runny or stuffy noses. Colds are less likely to result in serious health complications such as pneumonia.

Like the flu, colds are more common during the "cold season", which are considered the be the winter months from September to April in the United States. As with the flu, the viruses that cause colds are believed to spread more easily during the winter, when there is a drop in temperature and humidity.

More than 200 types of viruses are known to cause colds, but the most common one is called the rhinovirus, which is thought to be responsible for at least 50% of common colds.

As with the flu, you can, as described below, use a copper water bottle to help fight off the viruses that cause the common cold.

What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus is known to cause an illness that has flu-like symptoms, such as aches, fever, and cough. In addition, both COVID-19 and the flu can be mild, severe, or, in rare cases, fatal. Both can also lead to pneumonia. As a result, the Coronavirus is much more severe then the cold and potentially much worse than the flu, depending on the person who becomes infected by it.

Although science has not yet identified a vaccine for the Coronavirus, studies confirm that copper can be used to kill the virus on contact. 

How Copper Can Help

Copper has been used for centuries for its antimicrobial properties. Some studies have considered the effects of copper against the influenza virus. One such study, conducted by Horie et al., discovered that copper ions had the effect of inactivating the influenza virus.

Another study by Borkow et al. researched how copper-infused face masks affected the influenza virus. Face masks permeated with copper oxide were able to filter more than 99.85% of air-borne viruses. Researches also discovered that no infectious human influenza viruses were recovered from the face masks with the copper oxide, compared to the control masks that did not contain copper ions.

In addition, Grass et al. carried out a study focused on copper’s ability to kill microbes. In particular, the researchers explored copper’s effectiveness at “contact killing”, which is when bacteria, viruses, and yeast are quickly killed when they come into contact with copper surfaces.

One principle that is attributed to copper’s antimicrobial capability is known as the “oligodynamic effect”. Research by Varkey outlined the mechanism of this phenomenon, which essentially comes about by way of copper ions penetrating the cell wall of microbes. Copper ions bind to various parts of the cell, such as the DNA, RNA, cellular proteins and respiratory enzymes, which has the effect of immobilizing the cell.

Another interesting study, this one conducted by Noyce et al., explored the effects of copper on the inactivation of the influenza virus compared to stainless steel. In their experiment, the researchers introduced two million influenza virus particles onto sheets of copper and stainless steel. They then incubated the subjects. The results showed that, after several hours, 500,000 virus particles were present on the stainless steel whereas only 500 active virus particles were present on the copper.

In the same way, copper has also been shown to kill the Coronavirus on contact. It is for is for this reason that many health industry experts are now recommending that hospitals and other care facilities be constructed with copper surfaces to minimize the spread of viruses and bacteria between patients in future health crises.

You can enjoy the antimicrobial benefits of copper by using a copper bottle. Combined with a nutritious diet and other healthy practices, drinking from a copper bottle can be a great way to stay free of the flu, cold and other illnesses. In addition, unlike other water bottles, a copper water bottle will not become a potential source of viruses because any germs or bacteria that land on the bottle will be destroyed on impact. In the same way, holding the copper water bottle in your hands can help kill germs and bacteria that are present on your hands. In addition, storing water in a copper bottle is a great way to create natural alkaline water.

You can order a very high quality copper water bottle here.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers including a qualified medical professional. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Water Bottles: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Water Bottles: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Welcome to the most complete guide to water bottles on the internet! We discuss all types of water bottles and reveal the best water bottles. Let's dive in!

Introduction

A trusty water bottle is like the family you choose for yourself. It goes without saying that it should be a reliable daily companion - one that supports you when you need it most, and, more importantly, one that won’t complain about having to wait for you in the hot car between errands. 

Like family members, some water bottlers are superior to others, and better suited to your personal needs. Use this as a go-to guide when trying to pick the best water bottle from the diverse market!

In this article we discuss the following:

  • The Many Types of Water Bottles
    • Metal Water Bottles
      • Stainless Steel Water Bottles
      • Copper Water Bottles
      • Aluminum Water Bottles
      • Brass Water Bottles
      • Silver Water Bottles
      • What is the Best Metal Water Bottle?
    • Glass Water Bottles
    • Plastic Water Bottles
    • Silicone Water Bottles 
    • Insulated Water Bottles
    • Alkaline Water Bottles
    • Collapsible Water Bottles
    • Sports Water Bottles
    • Filter Water Bottles
    • Smart Water Bottles
    • Water Bottles With Straws
    • Arthritis Friendly Water Bottles
  • The Overall Best Water Bottles

The Many Different Types of Water Bottles

Whether you realize it or not, there is a water bottle out there that can, and will, serve you far better than your existing hydration companion. Nobody gets the water bottle game right the first time around. Almost everyone meets their perfect water bottle after a few rounds of trial and error, usually beginning with a long, regretful history of purchasing single use plastic every time they need a sip of the old H2O. 

Finally taking the time to research, and invest in, the optimal water bottle for your circumstances is not only better for your pocket: it benefits the environment as well. A well-made water bottle can last for tens of years, eliminating thousands of tons of single use plastic from entering landfills worldwide. Look at this investment as your social responsibility, if anything. 

We’ve found water bottle preferences to be largely subjective. To aid in objectivity, we’ve created a comprehensive list of benefits and disadvantages of all of the water bottles you are likely to encounter during your quest to purchase. Read on to become an expert in water bottles!

Metal Water Bottles

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Often the argument arises that making use of recycled plastic is better than purchasing newly made products made of other materials. Unfortunately, the process of recycling plastic is often more harmful to the environment than the process of making new products from scratch. Producing new stainless steel water bottles, for example, is far more eco-friendly than using recycled plastic for the same purpose. 

Stainless steel water bottles are made by moulding 100% food grade stainless steel into canteen-shaped water bottles. They are extremely lightweight, and highly durable. They are also a more worthy investment when one considers the life-span and attractive characteristics that come with them. 

When looking to buy a stainless steel water bottle, be sure to opt for one that is not lined with plastic, epoxy or resin. Some manufacturers attempt to mask the natural tin-like taste of stainless steel water bottles by making use of these three substances. All three have the potential to release harmful chemicals into your water over long term use, and should therefore be avoided. 

Stainless steel bottles are some of the best dishwasher safe water bottles, and are also great for individuals who enjoy hiking, rock climbing or other outdoor activities. They do not leach any chemicals when left out in the sun (provided they are not lined with said plastic, epoxy or resin), so you can rest assured your water stays perfectly drinkable no matter how long you spend in the great outdoors. They can also take a real beating; stainless steel water bottles have been known to survive falls from cliff sides, and worse!

The impressive durability of stainless steel water bottles makes them among the best water bottles for kids. They can handle the tumultuous, and often aggressive, lifestyle that children’s food and drink containers tend to encounter between school and home life. They can also be easily engraved with your child’s name so that the risk of loss is significantly reduced. What’s also great about stainless steel water bottles is that they are 100% recyclable when the time comes to discard them. 

One of the most significant disadvantages of stainless steel water bottles is the fact that they are not naturally self-sterilizing like other bottles (discussed more below). As a result, stainless steel bottles often develop a moldy smell and taste after use which can be difficult if not impossible to remove. In some cases, it may be necessary to replace your bottle after several months in order to avoid drinking water with a bad taste.

In addition, since production of stainless steel water bottles is energy intensive, they come at a retail price considerably higher than that of their plastic counterparts. Another significant disadvantage is the risk of a metallic-like flavor to your water if the bottle remains unlined on the inside. In addition, if you drop your stainless steel water bottle from a considerable height, you run the risk of denting the body; so goes it with most slim water bottles. 

As far as stainless steel water bottles go, Hydro Flask is the name to look out for. They run a competitive range of products, including one of the best wide mouth stainless steel water bottles on the market. Hydrapeak is a close second, with a product range built around everyday use. They guarantee their bottles as totally leak and sweat proof, which is a big pro when it comes to water bottles that typically heat up when left in the sun. Hydrapeak water bottles also come with a lifetime guarantee — big plus!

S’well is an aesthetically recognizable brand of stainless steel water bottles currently doing the rounds on social media. The charming, pastel-colored casings over their bottles make them more of a statement accessory, as opposed to just a drinking device. In addition to regular water bottles, S’well does a range of portable, leak-proof tumblers, flasks, and what they call ‘travelers’. This is undoubtedly one of the best brands to look at in terms of the best water bottle for travel purposes. 

Klean Kanteen is another name you want to look out for. They make the world’s best single wall stainless steel water bottle, and are fast becoming one of the most recognizable brands of water bottles amongst extreme sport lovers. 

Copper Water Bottles

Ah, the wonder that is copper water bottles; or, as those in the industry like to call them: the best lightweight water bottles since stainless steel!

Copper water bottles emerged seemingly overnight as the most superior form of metal water bottle on the market — and with good reason. The benefits of drinking water infused with copper have long been understood by the Ayurvedic communities and the Ancient Indians. It’s only recently that health nuts in the Western world are taking notice of how these bottles can benefit them, too.

By Copper H2O - Copper H2O

First thing’s first, it is perfectly safe to drink from copper on a daily basis. Copper is an essential mineral within the human body. In fact, copper deficiency is common in most humans and, when left untreated, can lead to certain illnesses and even fatalities. 

Since humans can’t produce copper of their own, they have to rely on regular consumption of the mineral from exterior sources. A daily copper supplement is one way of balancing the copper levels within the body; a copper water bottle is another way of naturally and gently increasing your copper intake.

If your priority is an easy to clean water bottle, look no further. Copper is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-viral and therefore doesn’t need to be cleaned as regularly as other water bottles do. In turn, this makes a copper bottle the best gym water bottle as it offers anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in an environment usually saturated with foreign bacteria and viruses. 

These lightweight water bottles are aesthetic pleasures. Their alluring facade is difficult to ignore; there is something very satisfying about the appearance of new copper. They are, in some ways, functional works of art. 

When it comes to copper water bottles the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. The only real disadvantage when it comes to multi-use copper is that it will develop a patina with use and exposure to water and air, but many people find that the patina adds a beautiful character to the bottle and prefer not to remove it.

Perhaps the best product in the contemporary market is the Copper H2O copper water bottle. Made with 100% copper, the bottles by Copper H2O feature a mottled exterior that can’t help but catch the eye. These bottles were made with the practice of Ayurveda in mind. Other producers of copper water bottles include the Kosdeg copper water bottle and the Cretoni copper water bottle.

Aluminum Water Bottles

It can be difficult to tell the difference between stainless steel and aluminum when the two are placed side by side. The major difference between these two metals is their strength. Stainless steel is naturally stronger than aluminum, which is why most high-end cooking devices, like pots and pans, are rarely made from the latter. That being said, strength of metal has little to no relevance when it comes to metal water bottles; unless of course you are intending to drop said water bottle from a considerable height. 

Aluminum has been dragged through the wringer when it comes to metal propaganda. People know it as that lightweight silver-looking substance used to make cheap cooking pots, that are usually misshapen and covered in dents when found in the back of grandma’s kitchen closet. 

For years there were rumors surrounding aluminum’s effect on the human brain, supposedly linking the metal to a cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. This has repeatedly been proven untrue, but the stigma remains present in some communities. 

The truth? Aluminum is safe to eat and drink from, and is one of the most environmentally friendly metals available. Aluminum can be used infinitely; one could leave their water bottle outdoors for 50 years and it would remain as intact as the day they first bought it. Aluminum is also 100% recyclable, which makes discarding these water bottles less harmful on the planet in the long run. 

Some aluminum manufacturers will opt to line the inside of their bottles with a type of plastic. This isn’t a problem so long as the plastic is BPA free; be sure to take note of this when researching specifications of a bottle brand in which you are interested. 

Less seasoned hikers might disagree, but we believe aluminum water bottles to be among the best water bottle for hiking out there. Since aluminum is so much lighter in weight compared to stainless steel, the water bottles can be securely clipped to your belt or pants using any sized carabiner you have laying around. Not only will you be hiking hands-free, you’ll also be carrying significantly less weight compared to other types of metal water containers. 

One disadvantage to aluminum water bottles is that you are almost guaranteed to dent them if dropped from as low as waist height. In addition, like stainless steel, aluminum also has the tendency to leave a metallic taste in the mouth if the bottle is not washed out regularly. 

A Sigg water bottle is one of the best quality aluminum products available. They specialize in stainless steel and plastic bottles as well, but their aluminum ones have been bestsellers since their inception back in 1908. 

Brass Water Bottles

Brass and copper water bottles are easy to mistake for one another. While copper is a base metal, brass is actually an alloy. Brass is typically made by combining copper with zinc, but a number of other metal elements can be included as well. 

The easiest way to tell a copper water bottle from a brass one is to hold them up to the light. Copper will give off a red-brown tone, while brass will always be yellow-brown, similar to bronze. Because of the metal fusion, brass is much stronger than pure copper. 

Like copper, brass water bottles are able to offer the same anti-microbial properties. Science has shown that bacteria struggles to thrive in brass pots of water, much more so than it does in plastic or glass. That being said, water contained in brass for a long period of time runs the risk of becoming too highly concentrated with zinc. Consuming too much zinc can lead to nausea, cramps, and eventually vomiting. Sometimes water can take on a chalky appearance when zinc concentration has occurred.  

When it comes to the world of hydration, brass water bottles can be difficult to find. Brass and copper water bottles are closely associated to the wellness industry due to their relationship with Ayurveda. This is a practice that is encouraged in the Ayurvedic teachings from Ancient India, however in Ayurveda it is 100% copper that is recommended for the best possible results. 

Manufacturers have started moving away from making brass water bottles, and are instead focusing on the production of quality pure copper bottles.  

Silver Water Bottles

Silver water bottles, also sometimes known as single wall stainless steel water bottles, are a great choice for anyone wanting to achieve that rustic, outdoorsman kind of aesthetic.

Silver water bottles are made from stainless steel. Usually, stainless steel water bottles are coated in an outer layer with a colorful matte material. The inside remains silver, but the outside becomes a unique and recognizable bottle. 

Some people opt to leave the coating off of their water bottles for a multitude of reasons. There is sufficient research to show that dark colors more readily  absorb the heat of the sun; as a result, a silver water bottle coated in black is probably not the most suitable water container to take along to the beach. Likewise, a silver water bottle coated in a bright white casing is definitely not the best water bottle to clip to your belt during a hunting trip, unless your goal is to be spotted from a mile away. 

As we mentioned above, stainless steel or silver water bottles are best purchased free of any inner plastic layer. Lack of a layer might give your water that metallic taste over time, but at least you won’t run the risk of consuming BPA chemicals if your bottle ever sits in a warm environment for too long. 

Silver water bottles make great companions for children. While it might be tempting to invest in a colorful water bottle for them, consider that these bottles usually require far more time and effort to keep clean, unlike that of a plain silver water bottle that simply needs a wipe every few weeks. When it comes to raising kids, there is nothing better than an easy to clean water bottle — okay, well maybe an unbreakable water bottle. Good thing the silver offers both!

The only real downside to silver water bottles is that they can be easily confused with other silver water bottles. Having no unique color with which to identify your bottle is only an issue if you’re often around many other silver water bottles. Again, the beauty of stainless steel is that it can be easily engraved upon, so you can sort out the identification issue relatively easily. 

The Brita stainless steel water bottle has dominated the silver bottle market since the beginning of their filtered water journey. Not only does the Brita pop top water bottle come in silver, it also features a built in, miniature version of the original Brita water filter. Each bottle purchase comes with a filter replacement to use when the time comes; you’ll be filtering out impurities for years to come. 

Tal water bottles, in the shade silver metallic, boast the ability to keep water ice cold for up to 24 hours. If you need to keep something hot, they do that, too! These are heavy duty water bottles, as you will see from their thick shape, and are made with the great outdoors in mind. 

What is the Best Metal Water Bottle?

It’s clear that all metals, as a production material, make for some of the most durable water bottles on the market. 

As we humans are constantly expanding into more conscious beings, we seem to be becoming more and more invested in health and wellness as a daily practice. Perhaps it’s simply a trend, but, trends aside, one should always give credit where it’s due: wellness makes us feel better, more of the time. 

A quality water bottle is one of the many branches that lead to the tree of wellness, but we need to acknowledge that some water bottles are simply healthier than others. The differences between the many types of metal water bottles are not extremely vast; you’re likely to have a similar physical drinking experience regardless of the metal in question. But it goes without saying that if there is an opportunity to enrich or purify the water itself, before drinking it, then that is not something to be ignored. 

Copper water bottles have the ability to transform otherwise plain water into copper-infused water which is naturally alkaline and also has additional health benefits from an Ayurvedic perspective. 

Let’s also be honest: nobody wants to have to worry about properly washing out a water bottle every single day. With most water bottles, a lazy disinfection regime puts you at risk of illness every time you take a swig. 100% pure copper water bottles and their antibacterial properties mean you’re coming into contact with significantly less bacteria per sip. 

Copper water bottles are not the most high end water bottles out there, but their immense benefits on the body deserve far greater praise than a bottle that can simply keep water colder for longer— in our opinion. 

Glass Water Bottles

We agree — everything tastes better when in glass! There is even research that suggests that alkaline water retains a stronger pH value when stored in glass, when compared to plastic. 

A glass water bottle is definitely not the most practical container alternative to plastic, but, if your lifestyle caters to the nature of these bottles, then why not? There are various shapes and sizes of glass water bottles; a small glass water bottle is considered to be a safer bet as opposed to a larger one that is easier to knock into things. 

Unlike plastic, glass bottles will not leach harmful chemicals when left out in the sun for too long. And, unlike metal, glass bottles won’t alter the flavor of your water at all. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who struggle with the notion of drinking from something which is not glass based. Some say that the belief in the change in flavor is simply a placebo effect, but this doesn’t change the fact that people want their glass!

Clear water bottles are great because you can see how much water you are consuming in real time. Likewise, if anything noticeable is floating in your water that might pose as a potential health risk, you’ll see it before it is too late. 

The disadvantage of glass is obvious; you bump it (hard enough), you break it. Don’t get us wrong, glass water bottle manufacturers are constantly stepping up their game when it comes to using thick, durable glass for their products. We’ve known some glass water bottles to roll right out of a car and onto the street without so much as a chip. However, the bottom line is that the risk of crack or shatter is always going to be there. In addition, glass bottles are generally not safe for the freezer because they will break as the water freezes and expands.

Risk of breaking aside, glass as a material has a much longer lifespan than plastic of any kind. Plastic might take decades to break down in nature, but glass won’t become scratched, warped or stained over time. 

Another downside of glass bottles is that they do not have the anti-microbial properties of copper bottles. As a result, glass bottles require frequent washing to keep them fresh and free of bacteria and other microbes.

The Ello water bottle comes in many different sizes, which is wonderful for new glass buyers. Their 20oz glass bottle slips perfectly into most handbags. If you’re in the market for something bigger, then look at an Eco One water bottle; their capacities are far more generous white still keeping the glass itself lightweight. 

Plastic Water Bottles

Ah, the dreaded P-word. Plastic and its plague over the planet is something that is becoming harder and harder to ignore, especially once one has chosen to move toward wellness of the mind, body and spirit. 

Unfortunately, the plastic take over of cutlery, crockery and storage occurred long before we were collectively cognizant of what was going on. It’s an industry that has caused a lot more harm than good, and, even so, we still can’t seem to cut it out of our daily lives. 

The truth is that plastic is actually not completely terrible, so long as it’s not single-use. Single-use plastic is what is tearing through our oceans, but infinite-use plastic is most harmful in its production process. 

A quality made plastic water bottle, in many ways, has similar durability to metal ones. They can take a hit, and make for great companions on similar terrains where metal is better suited, namely outdoor activities. They are also the most freezer safe water bottles you’ll find, as plastic can handle both extreme cold and extreme heat without warping at all. 

Since plastic has been manufactured across the planet for decades, it remains one of the most affordable materials. Often people might actually prefer glass or metal for their water bottle, but plastic ones are simply the only ones that are in their price range. 

The downside is the dreaded leaching of chemicals. Many plastics, especially those used for drinking and eating purposes, are made from harmful BPA materials that combust when exposed to sunlight. This leaches into the water, and ingesting them over a long period of time has been linked to the likes of infertility and even cancer. One needs to be very careful when opting to purchase a plastic water bottle. 

When shopping for a plastic water bottle, your options are really infinite. It helps to start by identifying characteristics you value in a water container. If you seek the best large water bottle, a Nalgene water bottle is something of a dream. These are for avid water drinkers who make an effort to consume their 2 liters a day, every day. 

The Camelbak Eddy water bottle is a popular brand, especially amongst kids! They use colorful plastic in a range of different tones, and each bottle is fitted with their signature drinking straw. Their entire range is BPA free. The Contigo Autoseal water bottle has a similar easy-sip nature, with a much bigger capacity. 

The goal of the Healthish water bottle is to help users maintain better hydration during the day through the use of the strategic markings on the bottle itself. They are more retro in shape and interesting to look at. 

Silicone Water Bottles

Silicone water bottles are simply plastic or glass bottles that are coated using a silicone cover of sorts. In terms of glass, the silicone makes the bottle less susceptible to breakage. With plastic breakage becomes irrelevant, but a silicone case can make a water bottle more unique and identifiable; they can also be easier for children to grip. 

What most people don’t know is that silicone is a form of rubber, and therefore a natural insulator. If you’re a fan of cold water, silicone can increase the ability of metal, plastic and glass to keep water cold for longer. 

Insulation aside, silicone definitely has the ability to transform the most basic water bottle from drab to fab. Silicone water bottle covers have become a trend and, the brighter the silicone, the better. What’s more, silicone is relatively easy to print on, so water bottle manufacturers are bringing visual arts right onto the bottles themselves. 

At present, there are no known health risks to using silicone coated cookware on a regular basis. The only downside to a silicone water bottle is that, being a rubber, silicone does break down overtime and becomes susceptible to tearing. 

A glass water bottle with silicone sleeve would be the more preferable item to look out for. BKR water bottles are fantastic glass bottles with creative silicone casings that have made them famous amongst wellness communities. Perhaps you’ve seen their trending “spiked bottle” made from strategically melted silicone. 

Insulated Water Bottles

Like the aforementioned silicone water bottles, insulated water bottles are almost always superior to non-insulated ones.

Sometimes, the coldest water bottle isn’t always the most obvious one. A silicone sleeve is a very overt form of insulation; the market, however, is much more vast than this. The newest trend when it comes to insulated water bottles is to vacuum seal stainless steel water bottles so that they better keep their cold or hot temperature.

Insulated water bottles come in many different varieties. Some insulated water bottles are vacuum insulated water bottles which use the physics of natural vacuums to help minimize the transfer of heat. Other insulated water bottles are double walled water bottles which are not vacuum insulated but use the double wall barrier to slow the transfer of heat to or from your water bottle.

Stainless steel makes for some of the best insulated water bottles, but it is important to remember that the vacuum sealed caps themselves will usually be made out of plastic. Some brands skip a few steps, and rather than insert a plastic cap into a stainless steel body, they instead wrap stainless steel around an existing full plastic body. 

You’ll have to use your own discretion when shopping for an insulated water bottle. Full stainless steel, with just a plastic cap, would be the healthiest and most durable water bottle to invest in in this regard. If you’re on a tight budget, then accepting a steel wrapped plastic bottle might just have to do — at least these are some of the best leak proof water bottles!

Yeti water bottles, also known as Yeti Coolers, are known for their unparalleled temperature retention. They are made with flask-technology in mind, making them one of the best companions for remote locations. 

RTIC water bottles are also concerned with keeping water cold whilst in the great outdoors. The best part about these bottles is their range of sizes and uses. Each bottle is made with a double-wall minimum, so, if you’re trying to keep a liquid considerably hot or cold, it can do so quite reliably. They even make tumblers for your morning coffee whilst camping!

Speaking of camping, Thermos is a trusted name within this competitive industry. The Thermos water bottle is one of the best quality insulated water bottles on offer. They also happen to be one of the most affordable insulated water bottle retailers on the market!

The Takeya water bottle is our personal top pick for a great insulated product. We love the sleek, clean design of their bottles; the colorful matte finishes make for a pleasing texture. A close second is the famous Ozark Trail water bottle; these are fully insulated stainless steel without all the excess plastic. 

If you’re a cyclist, take a good look at the Polar insulated water bottle. These are plastic bottles that are insulated from the inside, so the outer shape makes it suitable to slide into your bike holster for long journeys. The biggest perk is that you don’t need both hands to open them, which is ideal whilst cycling or running. 

Alkaline Water Bottles

Alkaline water has become one of the biggest products of the decade. When water with a pH of above 7 was discovered to be beneficial to the health of human beings, water retailers couldn’t help but jump at the news. 

Alkaline water can be made the natural way or the artificial way. In order to make alkaline water the artificial way, the water generally needs to pass through a process of electrolysis. This requires relatively expensive machinery and is difficult to do at home, so people are often forced to buy their water from alkaline dispensaries. This can be difficult, or impossible, depending on where in the world it is that you live. 

Alkaline water is therefore usually found only in single-use plastic water bottles, which are discarded and forgotten once the drinking is done. A water bottle with the ability to raise the pH value of the water in question was unheard of until recently. This is where alkaline water made the natural way comes into the equation.

Alkaline water can be made naturally by storing water in an environment where it is able to naturally absorb minerals which increase the water’s pH level. Copper is a mineral that has the ability to change water from regular to alkaline. The copper ionizes the water that it touches, raising the pH and infusing the water in a way that is believed to have significant health benefits.. 

In essence, a copper water bottle is an alkaline water bottle, and vice versa. Investing in a copper water bottle means your days of trekking to the water shop are long gone. Even low valued pH tap water has the potential to be transformed to above pH 7 on the alkalinity scale just by spending a few hours inside of a copper container. 

While there are no significant risks involved in drinking alkaline water in moderation, a sudden shift from low pH water to alkaline can sometimes come as a bit of a shock to the body. While your body was perhaps used to fighting off the harmful chlorines found in your previous water source, the switch to alkaline can come as foreign change, albeit a better one overall. At most, you might experience some mild nausea or even a headache as a result of such water being consumed on a regular basis. Take it slow and consult a medical professional if you experience any negative health impacts.

The Copper H2O copper water bottle remains one of the best alkaline water bottles on the market.

Collapsible Water Bottles

Collapsible water bottles probably deserve more attention than they are currently given. These nifty devices are the most lightweight and best leak proof water bottles available thanks to their bladder-style body that can be rolled up in seconds. 

Unlike rigid-bodied bottles, collapsible water bottles can shape shift as needed. They are fantastic for children, especially if you’re having a pool day and want something that can float on water. 

Collapsible water bottles are equally fantastic travel companions. Often airlines don’t allow passengers to take their own water onboard, but if you’re going backpacking through a foreign country you’ll need to carry a reusable water bottle of your own with you. A collapsible water bottle saves space whilst in transit, and can then be filled up once the destination is reached. 

Hikers and long distance runners love the really thin, sack-like collapsible water bottles. Certain runs and hikes only require one hydration stop, so you can finish the contents of your collapsible water bottle, fold it up, tuck it away, and not have to think about the fact that you’re lugging it around until you’re back at home. The Vapur water bottle is one of the better bladder-style collapsible water bottles. Their sizes range up to 1 liter. 

Nomader collapsible water bottles are probably the most stylish of them all, which is no easy feat. These bottles roll up onto themselves, and fasten at the head, making them a compact and easily transportable companion when all is drunk and done. 

In a similar fashion, the Que water bottle uses a spiral aesthetic to allow the bottle to collapse into itself, rendering it half of the original size. They are the first to claim that no “good looks” get sacrificed in the usage of their product. 

Sports Water Bottles

There is a lot to be said about different sports in contrast to different water bottles. Not only are sporting water bottles left mostly to personal preference, but their pros or cons really depend on the sport in question and the user’s style. For example, some runners detest the idea of a camel pack, while others can’t imagine clutching a handheld bottle for the duration of their run. 

Ideally, your sports water bottle needs to serve you in a way that is optimized and efficient. Some of the best sports water bottles are those with built in insulation. Stainless steel isn’t always the most ideal bottle for high intensity sports, as it is not easy to carry around, but there are great insulated plastic water bottles doing the rounds as sporting companions. 

The best sports water bottles do not require the use of two hands in order to take a drink. Easy-sip technology is advantageous to sportsmen who have but a few seconds to hydrate between activities. 

We mentioned that the Polar insulated water bottle is the cyclist’s first choice thanks to its ability to fit most water holders on bikes. If your sport doesn’t involve a bicycle with a holder, then the Platypus water bottle may be worth taking a look at. This is a comprehensive range of camel packs that offer hands free hydration for sports such as marathon running, cycling or even rock climbing. 

Filter Water Bottles

The biggest disadvantage to investing in a reusable water bottle is that you lose the benefit of consuming a lot of purified waters usually found in disposable store-bought bottles. It’s a no brainer that this is not enough of a reason to continue buying single-use plastics, but it would be nice if the quality of one’s water could increase in their reusable bottle as well. 

Filter water bottles have stolen the show for health nuts around the world. By building conventional filters into water bottles, one no longer has to think twice about the quality of the water that they’re filling into the bottle. 

There are many different varieties of filter water bottles which use different technology to purify and filter water. One of the most common varieties are reverse osmosis water bottles, which use the physics of osmosis to separate water molecules from impurities.

A filter water bottle turns regular tap water into purified H2O with every sip. In reality, we should be filtering all of the water that we consume during everyday life, even the water we use for cooking. Activated carbon filters are able to pull contaminants from water sources, including the harmful chlorine and pesticides found in all tap water around the world. 

If your health and wellbeing are of general concern to you, investing in a filter water bottle puts you one step closer to that tree of wellness we mentioned earlier. Some people even report filter water bottles to improve the overall flavor of their water. 

We mentioned that Brita remains one of the most reliable water filtration companies in the world. Their Brita stainless steel water bottle is an excellent, and surprisingly affordable, rendition of a filter water bottle. You’ll get a lifetime of use from this trusty bottle; the filter is the only thing that has to be replaced every so often, and you can purchase them anywhere that Brita is sold. 

Smart Water Bottles

If you’ve ever considered getting yourself a health coach, you might be attracted by the idea of using a  smart water bottle. 

As the wellness industry continues to expand, so do the theories on exactly how much water needs to be consumed in a day for optimum results. Smart water bottles use modern technology to work one on one with their “drinker”, and they have the ability to feed relevant information to the user throughout the day to help them improve their hydration practices. 

For example, some smart water bottles have sensor-equipped lids that are able to monitor the temperature of your water, and how much of it you still need to drink in order to reach your personal goal for the day. 

Some offer their technology in the body of the bottle instead. There are smart water bottles that will light up when it comes time for you to take a sip, gently edging you toward a more beneficial hydration schedule in the process. Other smart water bottles use lights to track your daily intake. 

It’s clear that smart water bottles can be invaluable to people who aren’t able to hold themselves accountable for the amount of water they drink in a day, or lack thereof. Like we said, these are portable health coaches that only have your best interests in mind — you can never drink too much water!

But we don’t drink too much water, do we? In fact, studies tend to show that most people aren’t drinking even close to the recommended amount of water per day. So, if there is a water bottle that claims to improve drinking habits, we should really be all for it!

The biggest issue with this technology is that it’s never going to be a necessity. No one needs a smart water bottle just to stay hydrated. Another disadvantage is that smart water bottles require regular charging to retain battery life. Amidst the many cellphones, laptops, watches, and even cars that we have to charge everyday, do we really need to charge our water bottle?

Finally, smart water bottles aren’t cheap. They contain innovative technology and complex mechanical parts, and manufacturing these comes at a price. Because of the many components, smart water bottles can be bulky. Drop them too harshly on a regular basis and you could also see the systems start to malfunction over time; these water bottles should be handled with care, just as you would any other smart device. 

Water Bottles with Straws

Being unwilling to drink without a straw is a phenomenon that continues to plague the world. It’s the reason why over 500 million straws are used everyday in the USA alone, and why all 500 million of them will contaminate the oceans when the day comes to an end. 

Reusable water bottles with straws bring us somewhat of a solution to the single-use straw crisis. These appeal as much to adults as they do to children. Think about it: what makes drinking water whilst driving a plausible activity? A straw! 

They are convenience made portable; pure enjoyment with every sip. But what are the disadvantages of having this permanent fixture present in your personal water container? Well, built in straws can be difficult little devices to clean properly. They are susceptible to a build up of bacteria, which can lead to microscopic mold that will escape into your water every time you take a sip. Needless to say, this can be detrimental to one’s health if left to fester long enough. 

Most water bottles with straws are made from plastic. Again, the issue of BPA comes into question, and it is important to look into investing in the safest plastics possible in this regard. For those that wish to avoid plastics, there are also stainless steel water bottles with straws and glass water bottles with straws. For those that wish to combine the benefit of a built-in straw with other features, there are also insulated water bottles with straws.

One major disadvantage to water bottles with straws is that there are no two ways about them. If you’re suddenly no longer into using a straw, your water bottle won’t have the option of functioning without it. You’re bound for life! 

The Simple Modern water bottle is a great brand that has designed their built-in straws to be discreet. They pop out when needed, and tuck away when not in use. You can’t tell that this is a straw based water bottle at all. Camelbak water bottles are another quality range featuring built-in straws; these are bulkier and more obvious, as the bottles themselves are transparent. 

Arthritis Friendly Water Bottles

Few people think about how inconvenient arthritis can be for avid water drinkers until it is them that is in the hot seat with the disease. Think about it: how are people suffering from painful, debilitating arthritis supposed to lift up a heavy water bottle every few minutes just to stay hydrated? 

Unfortunately there are no perfect solutions to this problem, but there are a lot of “better options”. Some argue that a camel pack is actually the best kind of water bottle for a person with arthritis, as it eliminates the need to lift anything altogether. However, not everyone sees the appeal in wearing water on their back all day, and rightfully so. 

Grip is the most important thing to consider when looking at arthritis friendly water bottles. Your best option would be a bottle that curves slightly inward at the waist, making the body smaller and easier to clasp a hand around. Another great solution is any kind of silicone bodied water bottle, as silicone offers a naturally easier grip over typically slippery plastic and glass. 

A water bottle with a built-in straw is another kind of arthritis friendly water bottle. The straw allows the user to drink from as low an angle as needed, and lifting the bottle high above one’s head is no longer necessary. 

Copper is an element that has long been associated with the alleviation of pain when it comes to arthritis and joint disease. Many people around the world make use of copper bracelets, which put pure copper directly onto the wrist of the individual in question. It is thought that through the process of absorption, copper is able to seep in through the skin and target the joints in question. 

copper water bottle is therefore potentially another form of arthritis friendly water bottle. This is not to say that the holding of a copper water bottle has any effect on the arthritis itself, but consuming copper enriched water on a regular basis could lead to long term changes in one’s pain and discomfort levels. 

See our earlier breakdown of the best copper water bottles on the market at the start of this article!

The Overall Best Water Bottles

By Copper H2O - Copper H2O

When all is said and done, and the contestants have been lined up, poked and prodded for the best results, the findings tend to speak for themselves. 

It goes without saying that any opportunity to move away from plastic to a more sustainable material should be taken seriously. Our section on metal water bottles shows that drinking from stainless steel, aluminum, copper and brass offers customers a high quality experience at a generally reasonable price. 

While a silicone covered, collapsable, smart water bottle might sound like a phenomenal device on paper, it remains our social responsibility to make the most environmentally friendly choice moving forward. Essentially, water bottles are all about educating oneself as much as possible in order to make the best decision for both oneself and the future of the planet. 

copper water bottle is without a doubt one of the healthiest water bottles on the market. When it comes to environment, economy, health and wellness, this water bottle ticks all of the boxes. Copper is a substance that is easy to mine and purify, and then mould into the bottles in question. Even though copper will patina with  use, the copper itself isn’t losing strength through that process, and, in any case, many people find the patina beautiful.

Investing in a copper water bottle remains one of the best things we can all do for our personal health and that of the environment. A double whammy, some might say. Overall, this one comes out on top every time, even amidst the very tough competition that is alkaline water bottles, water bottles with straws or the many other kinds of water bottles on the market. 

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Copper Gloves: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

Copper Gloves: Complete Guide (Updated 2020)

In this article, we reveal everything you need to know about copper gloves, copper compression gloves and copper infused gloves. Let's get started!

Introduction

While copper products such as copper-infused fabrics and related inventions might seem like the newest trends, the power of copper has been known by ancient and Eastern civilizations for centuries. Copper was used to transport water during the days of the Roman Empire and has been stored in copper pots in India for hundreds of years as per Ayurvedic medicine. The medical use of copper was first written about in Egypt between 2600 and 2000 BCE in a medical text called the Edwin Smith Papyrus, which noted that applying copper flakes was recorded to heal wounds faster. In the mid-1850s, a French physician observed that Parisian copper miners did not contract cholera during three huge outbreaks. What all these things have in common is the understanding that copper, a reddish-brown, soft metal that looks sleek and trendy in today’s world, is actually very good for our health. 

One of the ways to benefit from copper is to wear copper gloves. Although there are many copper-infused garments on the market today, copper gloves are special for several reasons. For starters, copper gloves have been said to benefit those suffering from many different ailments that affect the hands, from arthritis to carpal tunnel syndrome and more. More recently, however, copper gloves have become popular among all types of people during the COVID-19 pandemic as copper is known to have antiviral and antibacterial properties. Copper gloves have a variety of benefits and uses but, as with any marketed product, it is important to inform yourself about how that product works and what it can and cannot do. To help you with this, we have created an ultimate guide to everything you need to know about copper gloves. 

This guide includes:

  • What are Copper Gloves? 
  • Benefits of Copper Gloves 
    • Copper Gloves and Arthritis 
    • Copper Gloves and Other Common Hand Pains and Problems 
    • Copper Gloves and the Coronavirus  
  • How to Use Copper Gloves 
  • How to Care for Copper Gloves 
  • Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Copper Gloves 

What are Copper Gloves? 

Copper gloves have been marketed as “wearable wellness.” The gloves, which are generally infused with copper fibers that have a high concentration of copper ions, tend to be available in both full-length and fingerless options. Having the choice between the two ensures that wearers can find a perfect pair for their needs and lifestyles. Copper gloves tend to be comfortable, lightweight and breathable and can be worn any time of the day and during many different daily activities like gardening, cooking, crafting, typing or even swiping on your smartphone or tablet. 

Putting aside the difference between full-length and fingerless copper gloves, there are generally two kinds of copper gloves. The first kind are generally gloves made using copper infused fibres which have a normal fit. The second kind are essentially the same, except that they have a compression feature which makes the gloves much more snug and tight on your hands. Some proponents of copper compression gloves believe that the compression feature can have additional health benefits, as discussed in more detail below.

One can wear copper gloves to reap a variety of benefits. Proponents of copper gloves claim that by wearing copper fabric the skin will absorb small copper particles (which the body needs anyway as copper is a vital mineral) with the result being a reduction of inflammation in the joints. It is for this reason that copper bracelets have become quite popular. Because of copper's supposed ability to reduce inflammation, copper gloves are often associated with alleviating many common types of hand pains and problems. From arthritis to hand injuries, repetitive motion pains or stiffness and swelling, proponents of copper gloves say that copper gloves can bring great relief to these problems. 

As mentioned in the introduction, one of the benefits of copper was discovered centuries ago; copper, and thus, copper gloves, are antiviral and antibacterial in nature. In the past, this has been shown in various studies where copper surfaces are used and bacteria and virus samples are introduced and then observed. For example, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition found that water stored in copper pots was substantially more clean than water stored in other types of containers, even when mixed with harmful bacteria like e. Coli, salmonella typhi and vibrio cholerae. A previous study published in 2008 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proved that copper surfaces were able to reduce bacterial contamination by over 90%, even after multiple exposures to harmful bacteria. The EPA even registered copper and copper alloys as the first solid antimicrobial material. Copper has also shown that it can destroy certain viruses within a matter of hours. In other words, copper surfaces provide long-lasting antimicrobial action and prevent the buildup of bacteria, which is crucial when surfaces are touched frequently. This is especially important during a time in history when viruses and bacteria are capable of spreading so quickly. 

Copper is also known to fight foul odors, which is perfect if you need to wear your copper gloves for long periods of time. It also helps keep your hands drier than gloves without copper because the copper fiber generally helps wick away any moisture. Wearing copper gloves can even potentially promote the production of collagen and elastin, which will leave the skin on your hands healthier and softer. 

As noted above, copper compression gloves are essentially the same as copper gloves except that they come with a compression feature. Copper compression gloves are used to provide constant pressure and warmth on muscles and joints within the hand. This compression is said to lower pain and improve mobility in the hand. The compression feature is also believed to increase the anti-inflammatory properties of copper that help in reducing joint stiffness, swelling and damaged muscles. Copper compression gloves are also believed to help encourage improved blood circulation and oxidation. As the copper compression gloves work to improve your symptoms, you may find an increase in hand mobility and find that everyday tasks involving yours hands become easier or less painful.

Benefits of Copper Gloves 

As discussed above, copper gloves are said to provide relief to many different types of hand problems and pains such as arthritis, injuries, carpal tunnel and more. In addition, copper gloves can, in combination with good hygiene practices, minimize the spread of bacteria and viruses. In this section, we discuss the science and research on these benefits of copper gloves. 

Copper Gloves and Arthritis 

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects nearly 54 million adults and has become the leading cause of disability in the United States. This debilitating disease affects the joints and causes chronic swelling, stiffness, tenderness and pain. The most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Some copper glove companies have marketed their products towards arthritis sufferers; however, as lawsuits and clinical studies have found, copper is not always the best treatment for arthritis. For example, in 2015 a popular copper glove and copper accessories company had to pay a $1.35 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission due to deceptive advertising. To put it simply, copper and copper gloves are not a cure-all for arthritis. However, personal testimonials from some compression copper glove wearers suggest that copper gloves may help provide temporary relief throughout the day. 

While there are not many studies that explore the benefits of copper on arthritis, it is medically proven that compression is helpful to arthritic hands. The often used mnemonic device for treating injuries or inflammation is “RICE,” meaning rest, ice, compression and elevation. Compression is key for providing relief to arthritis in the hands. Applying pressure on aching joints through compression gloves stimulates oxygen delivery and promotes better blood flow in the body; this in turn helps relieve arthritic symptoms such as aches, pains and stiffness.

Because compression gloves can provide relief to your wrist, hands and fingers, they can be worn all day, making everyday tasks easier and less painful. While more studies are needed to explore the connection between copper and arthritis relief, the affordability of copper compression gloves means there is generally no harm in trying them. 

Copper Gloves and Other Common Hand Pains and Problems 

In addition to arthritis, copper gloves are said to provide relief to several different common hand pains and problems. Whether you are suffering from pain, swelling, stiffness, inflammation or are recovering from an injury or strained muscle, you might find that copper gloves are a great treatment option. 

One hand condition that may be helped with the use of copper compression gloves is Raynaud’s Syndrome. Raynaud’s disease is a disorder of the blood vessels in the fingers and toes. When cold or stressed, the blood vessels in these areas narrow and restrict blood flow to that area. Copper compression gloves provide constant warmth to your hands ensuring they do not get cold enough to shrink the blood vessels. The compression also helps with continuous blood circulation and oxidation. If you suffer from this disease, wearing copper compression gloves can reduce flare-ups and protect you during the winter months. 

Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is another condition that can be treated with copper compression gloves. EDS causes overly flexible joints and elastic skin. Due to the nature of the skin and joints, people with EDS experience a greater number of injuries and joint dislocations. Copper compression gloves work to restabilize and provide support to the overly flexible joints in your hands and fingers.

Copper gloves can also be used to treat fibromyalgia, a disorder that can be characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. If you experience fibromyalgia in your hands, wearing copper compression gloves can stimulate blood flow to improve soreness in the muscles. The anti-inflammatory properties of copper can also reduce any swelling that occurs. It can be especially beneficial to wear them at night so that pain does not disrupt your sleep. 

If you experience hand edema or swelling from injuries like burns, fractures or surgeries, then copper compression gloves may be able to help. Hand edema is swelling of the hand as a result of excess fluid trapped in the body’s tissue. Copper compression gloves help by reducing the inflammation and swelling associated with these conditions. 

Lastly, carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with copper compression gloves. Carpal tunnel is a fairly common condition that affects the ligaments, nerves and bones in the hand. Carpal tunnel can cause numbness, weakness, pain and decreased mobility. By improving blood flow and increasing oxygen, copper compression gloves can help treat those symptoms and improve mobility and reduce stiffness.  

Copper Gloves and the Coronavirus 

As mentioned earlier, copper is an antiviral and antibacterial material. This allows copper to quickly and effectively destroy many types of viruses and bacteria, including certain strains of the coronavirus.

When copper comes into contact with viruses or bacteria a series of actions are set in motion to inactivate, or destroy, the harmful microbes. After making contact with copper, bacteria and viruses begin to absorb electrically charged particles known as copper ions. The copper ions are key for the oligodynamic effect to take place. The oligodynamic effect, first recognized by the scientific community over 150 years ago, describes the process of copper ions destroying the walls (membranes) of bacteria and viruses. Once the membrane damage reaches a certain threshold, the DNA and RNA of the bacteria or virus is also destroyed. The destruction of the DNA and RNA ensures that the bacteria or virus cannot reproduce or mutate, which means that it is essentially inactivated and no longer harmful. 

While there are not many scientific studies at this time that confirm that copper can kill COVID-19, there is one notable study that supports the idea that copper could be a potential tool to help fight the virus. This study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted under the combined efforts of the National Institutes of Health, the CDC and UCLA and Princeton University scientists. They found that while COVID-19 could survive for two or three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces and 24 hours on cardboard, the virus was destroyed within four hours on copper surfaces.

Another study published a few years ago by the Centre for Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom studied a different strain of the coronavirus, known as HCoV-229E. This strain of the virus, which causes respiratory tract infections, was discovered to linger on surfaces like glass, rubber and stainless steel for up to five days. However, their experiments found that copper rapidly inactivated the virus. In fact, even metal alloys with at least 90% copper could inactivate the virus within 30 minutes or less. 

Lastly, a study from 2014 tested copper fabric’s effectiveness against Bovine Coronavirus (BCoVs). The study, which was conducted by the Institute for Hygiene and Microbiology, found that copper-infused fabric was effective in destroying the virus.  

A chart from the HCoV-229E study summarizing the impact on the virus in relation to the percentage of copper in the metal surface. (Source: Centre for Biological Sciences)

As COVID-19  continues to spread and affect hundreds of thousands of people around the world, scientists continue to look for answers and solutions concerning the power of copper to fight viruses. For example, researchers at the University of Arizona are even exploring whether or not copper-based chemical compounds might stop the virus that causes COVID-19. 

In the meantime, a surge in copper-laced clothing and accessories such as masks and gloves have surged. Gloves made with copper-infused fabrics or copper linings can be beneficial when defending oneself against the coronavirus. When going out in public, wearing copper gloves can help reduce microbial exposure when coming in contact with commonly touched surfaces like credit card pin pads, gas pumps, door handles, elevator buttons, countertops and so much more. 

While some may try to discount the effectiveness or usefulness of copper by pointing out the time it takes for copper to destroy COVID-19, four hours is incredibly quick compared to other surfaces like plastic and stainless steel. Copper is certainly not a cure-all solution and the effects are not instantaneous, but, compared to other options, it works without supervision or inference and certainly has a role to play in minimizing the spread of viruses and bacteria. 

While copper can help you reduce exposure to the coronavirus and reduce the risk of cross contamination, it is important to remember there are other ways to effectively protect yourself from the virus. Necessary precautions and preventive measures like social distancing, hand washing, not touching your face, wearing a mask, avoiding contact with people who are sick and self-isolating are all effective ways to prevent contracting the virus. 

For a full discussion of the research on copper's antimicrobial properties and the role that copper can play in helping fight COVID-19, see our detailed blog post on copper and coronavirus.

How to Use Copper Gloves 

How you use your copper gloves depends on the issue you are wanting to treat. Typically, you should wear the gloves for at least 8 hours each day or while sleeping. However, copper gloves can be worn all day if you find that doing so relieves or lessens your symptoms. Copper gloves can be used to treat a variety of symptoms, all of which were discussed above. 

   Work out safely at your public gym with copper gloves

If you do not have any of the symptoms or conditions outlined in this article, copper gloves could still benefit your everyday life. For example, there are many hobbies and activities that require repetitive hand motions such as needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, gardening, golfing or working on engines or machines. Wearing copper gloves during these activities can provide instant support and can even reduce instances of cramps or soreness. 

Copper gloves can also be used at the gym and when working out. Compression garments can be worn during and up to 48 hours after exercise. Wearing copper compression gloves can help with muscle soreness and joint pain, which results in faster recovery time. Copper compression gloves are said to also increase performance and decrease fatigue.

During the pandemic, copper gloves can be especially beneficial if working out in a public gym as the antimicrobial nature of the copper in the gloves can protect you against viruses or bacteria lingering on gym equipment or weights. Additionally, if the copper gloves you are using have silicone or rubber grips, they can make grasping weights and machines even easier.     

How to Care for Copper Gloves 

Copper gloves require slightly more care than regular gloves or garments but are not overly difficult to take care of. In order to protect the copper content in your gloves, you will likely need to machine wash cold or by hand and leave to air dry. Furthermore, you may want to use less harsh detergents or soaps when washing to avoid unwanted chemical reactions between the detergent and the copper.

Washing too frequently can also contribute to a reduction in copper content so be sure to wash only when necessary. Any bacteria, viruses or odors on the gloves should generally be mitigated automatically due to the antimicrobial and odor-fighting properties of the copper in the gloves, although you should still wash them every now and then.

Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Copper Gloves

When in the market for copper gloves, the most important thing to keep in mind is the copper content infused in the gloves. The higher the copper content and the higher quality the copper, the better. Current copper gloves on the market tend to be blends of copper and nylon, spandex or zinc. Copper percentages can range between 56% and 88%. 

Another thing to keep in mind when buying copper gloves is sizing. Be sure to read the size guides for each brand or kind of copper glove. Also, try to read reviews about the sizing in case the size charts are inaccurate. You want to make sure your gloves fit properly. If they are too tight, you may suffer from too much compression, which could cut off your circulation. If they are too loose, the benefits of compression will not be realized. Additionally, some gloves have built-in non-slip silicone grips that line the palm and fingers. These grips can improve the use of your hand and strengthen your grip if you suffer from weak hands. 

Furthermore, when purchasing copper gloves you have the option to buy finger-less gloves or traditional gloves with full-finger coverage. There are benefits and disadvantages to both kinds. Finger-less gloves are a great option for when you want to use your gloves throughout the day. This design allows you to easily use smartphones or tablets during the day, while gloves with full-finger coverage are not compatible with touchscreens. You may also find that you write or type better with finger-less gloves which will help you get your work done during the day. 

Full-finger gloves are a great option if you plan to wear your gloves at night. In addition, when you are not using your hands during your sleep, the gloves can work without causing you any trouble. Full-finger gloves are also more beneficial to you if you suffer from cold hands; this way the gloves can hold in more heat to warm your fingers. Full finger gloves also have the advantage of providing full hand protection against viruses and bacteria.

In sum, finger-less copper gloves and full-finger copper gloves have their benefits and disadvantages. You may have to try different kinds of gloves to find the right pair for you, but be patient and you will find the pair that is most suited to your lifestyle and needs.

Dangers of Copper Gloves

There are a few conditions or instances where wearing copper compression gloves can actually worsen your well being or cause harm. For example, if you have dysfunctional arteries, the compression can limit blood flow rather than improve it. Compression gloves can also worsen nerve dysfunction and lead to a greater risk of injury. Furthermore, some wounds or injuries may persist for longer than they should when copper compression gloves are used. This is because by covering the wound with restrictive material you are potentially preventing or delaying it from healing properly.

If you are experiencing any of these conditions or problems, be sure to speak with your health care professional before trying copper infused gloves to treat your hand pain and related problems. 

Conclusion

When it comes to copper, we agree with the words of Michael G. Schmidt, a Medical University of South Carolina professor of microbiology and immunology: “Copper is truly a gift from Mother Nature.” For hundreds of years, we have been benefiting from the helpful effects of copper without even realizing it; from copper pipes carrying our water to copper surfaces in public places. Now that the benefits of copper are more well known, we can use copper in specific ways to help support and benefit our health and well being. 

By wearing copper gloves and garments we can encourage better blood and oxygen flow, reduce inflammation and lessen pain and stiffness. Copper gloves can be a great treatment option if you have found that painkillers or traditional therapeutic methods have offered you no relief. In addition, copper gloves can be utilized in the fight against the coronavirus due to the antimicrobial properties of copper. Be sure to research which type of glove works best for you and make sure to  contact a health care professional if you have any health conditions that may impact any decision you make to start using copper gloves.

You can buy a great pair of copper compression gloves here.

About the Authors: This article was collaboratively written by our team of researchers and writers with the benefit of all available scientific studies and other relevant literature. Our team of researchers and writers include experienced health researchers. Please note that information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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