Introducing Lark’s new range of Ayurvedic Copper Water Vessels…
Environmentally friendly, durable and considered to reap a whole host of benefits to health and wellbeing, a copper vessel is not only an ideal way to store and drink water but also makes for an object of beauty.
In Ayurveda – an ancient system of medicine and alternative therapies with roots in the Indian Subcontinent – the water stored in a copper drinking vessel or ‘lota‘, is known as ‘tamara jal’. The unique properties of copper were first acknowledged by Vedic Indians, with the drinking of water stored in copper vessels eventually becoming incorporated into Ayurveda as a daily practice.
The Oligodynamic Effect
When water is stored in such a vessel for at least 8 hours, copper ions dissolve into the water in trace amounts – giving what is known as the ‘Oligodynamic Effect’. After this amount of time, drinking the copper infused water – now positively charged – is believed to have a purifying effect on the whole physiology, imparting numerous health benefits. According to Ayurveda, this therapeutic water has the specific ability to influence the balancing of all the three elemental substances or ‘doshas’ in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta), believed an ideal state to pursue for optimum health and wellbeing. Similarly, the oligodynamic effect from the copper turns the water alkaline, which helps balance your body’s pH levels.
An easy way to incorporate this into one’s daily routine and reap the benefits of this Ayurvedic practice is to fill the copper Lota bottle or cup with water in the evening, let it rest overnight for approximately 6-8 hours so the water can get fully ionized, and then consume the water next morning. Simply drinking just one to two cups or glasses of copper water per day is thought ideal to gain all the positive effects and avoid any possibility of side effects from overloading the body. (A level of 900 micrograms of copper per day is the recommended daily allowance, bearing in mind copper is also ingested by the body via normal dietary sources of certain foods.)
Reaping the benefits
In recent times, numerous scientific studies have confirmed the positive health benefits of copper for the wide ranging effects it has on the body. This has led to the use of copper vessels becoming widely recommended by various health experts.
Copper is an essential trace mineral and micronutrient, needed by our bodies for proper metabolic functioning and a host of essential bodily processes. Studies have also proven copper has antimicrobial properties, having the potency to destroy harmful microbes, fungi and bacteria. For this reason, a copper water bottle or cup is naturally self-sterilising and does not have to be conventionally washed, needing only an infrequent cleansing with a natural acidic solution of water and lemon or distilled vinegar.
Not only does the consumption of copper infused water help balance the body in an Ayurvedic sense, the science behind the many health benefits appears to reach even further, along with many other beliefs and claims from practitioners as to its potential and a myriad of other positive effects.
Immunity boosting – As a natural antioxidant, copper fights against and reduces free radical damage in the body. It promotes longevity, performing a vital role in strengthening the immune system, the normal functioning of muscles and the nervous system. Copper is also recognised for its bone-strengthening and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it effective against joint pain and conditions such as arthritis.
Skin healing and anti-ageing – Copper is a boost to skin regeneration with its strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and cell-forming properties, aiding in the production of melanin and of new and healthy skin cells, helping synthesize keratin and produce collagen. These are properties said to reduce signs of ageing – caused by free radical damage – such as premature greying, fine lines and wrinkles, but it also means copper has the power to help skin blemishes, scars and wounds heal effectively, not just outside, but also inside the body.
Bacteria fighting – Copper, with its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties, has a sterilizing effect and effectively destroys a wide range of harmful microbes, molds, fungi etc. due to the toxic effect it has on living cells. It is especially effective against E.coli and S.aureus and it is also known to help prevent water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, dysentery and jaundice.
Digestion improving – Copper is said to fine tune your digestive system to help it perform better, with properties that stimulate the digestive process known as peristalsis (the rhythmic contraction of the gut that helps food move along the digestive tract). Alongside this are anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which clean and detoxify the stomach, helping remedy indigestion, ulcers and infections. One of copper’s main functions is to assist the absorption of nutrients from food such as iron and is said to regulate the working of your liver and kidneys and the proper elimination of waste, aiding your body to process fat more efficiently and thus boosting the metabolism. In assisting the absorption of iron, copper thereby maintains haemoglobin levels in the body, keeping the risk of anaemia low.
Brain stimulating – Copper is known to have properties that stimulate brain function and it plays an essential role in the formation of the myelin sheaths that act as conductive agents for the flow of impulses in our brains, thereby making the brain work more efficiently.
***All the products above are from our new Ayurvedic Copper Water Bottle and Cup range at Larks, currently available in store***