Yum Peaceful Cooking: June 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Why I love my copper pitcher

Did you know that drinking water from a copper water pitcher has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts? According to ancient Ayurvedic health principles, water stored in a copper jug (which is known as “tamra jal”) balances the three doshas in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the many health benefits of copper.

Benefits of copper

Numerous research studies have shown that copper has incredible anti-bacterial properties, acts as an effective anti-oxidant, strengthens the immune system, helps promote good health, slows the appearance of aging, helps the body cleanse itself of toxins and free radicals, and helps stimulate the brain. Because copper is naturally anti-bacterial, copper jugs are also naturally self-sterilizing.

Benefits of drinking water from a copper pitcher

Drinking water stored in a copper water jug can be very good for the digestive system. In particular, the water cleanses the stomach and digestive tract and helps detoxify the liver and kidneys. Numerous scientific studies have also determined that copper has incredible anti-bacterial and anti-viral characteristics. In particular, copper is well-known to be very effective against E.coli and other harmful bacteria that are common and are capable of causing very serious illnesses.
Storing water in a copper pitcher

For best results, it is suggested to leave water in a copper pitcher overnight for at least 6 to 8 hours, and then drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water from the pitcher first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

While it is fine to fill a copper water pitcher with warm water, it is recommend not to fill it with hot or boiling water, as this can negatively affect the pitcher and potentially cause the water to absorb too much copper from your pitcher (the greater the temperature of water, the more capable it is of absorbing metals such as copper).

If you’re fond of drinking lemon water and would want to store it in a copper water pitcher, allow the water to sit in your copper pitcher overnight and then combine the water with lemon slices or lemon juice in a cup or separate container. Copper can react with certain acids, including citric acid found in lemons, so it's best to only use water in your copper pitcher.

How to clean a copper water pitcher

To clean a copper pitcher, simply sprinkle a pinch of salt on a slice of lemon, allow the salt to dissolve, and then gently rub it on the surface of your pitcher. The lemon and salt will form a mixture that will naturally remove the patina and restore the copper’s shine. Once done, rinse with water and dry well.

Copper pitchers from Shantiva are handcrafted with care by skilled artisans using traditional techniques. To know more about Shantiva’s copper water pitchers, the health benefits of copper to your body, and mindful hydration, visit their website at Copper Pitcher.