10 amazing benefits of copper in drinking water

Water is the most essential element to sustain life on the planet. 70 per cent of the human body is made up of water. You may not know that in ancient times, our ancestors followed the practice of storing water in containers made of copper. Their aim was to safeguard drinking water, but there is more to the story.

In today’s modern world where we have UV filters and RO purifiers to purify water, the storage of water in metal containers may sound old-fashioned and not needed. However, this age-old practice is now supported by several scientific studies.

Storing water in a copper vessel creates a natural purification process. It can kill all the microorganisms, moulds, fungi, algae and bacteria, present in the water that could be harmful to the body, and makes the water perfectly fit for drinking. In addition, water stored in a copper vessel, preferably overnight or at least for four hours, acquires a certain quality from the copper. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human health. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties, and also helps neutralise toxins.

Unlike some nutritional elements, the body cannot synthesise copper, so you need to get it from dietary sources. The best dietary sources of copper include seafood, organ meats, whole grains, lentils, nuts, seeds, chocolate, cereals, potatoes, peas and some dark green leafy vegetables. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water that has been stored in a copper vessel is another easy way to supply your body with enough copper.

1. Helps the digestive system work efficiently.

Copper has properties that help kill harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation within the stomach. This makes it a great remedy for ulcers, indigestion and infections. Copper also helps cleanse and detox your stomach, regulating the working of your liver and kidneys, and ensures the absorption of nutrients from food.

2. Aids weight loss

To lose weight faster, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel regularly. Apart from fine-tuning your digestive system, copper also helps your body break down fat and eliminates it more efficiently, thereby helping your body keep only what it will use and throw out the rest.

3.Helps heal wounds faster

Known for its immense anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, copper is a great tool for healing wounds quickly. Copper is also known to strengthen your immune system and aid in the production of new cells. But its healing properties don’t cease with helping the body externally; copper is also known to help wounds heal within the body, especially in the stomach.

4. Slows down ageing.

Packed with very strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper fights off free radicals, one of the main reasons for the formation of fine lines on the skin.

5.Helps maintain heart health and beats hypertension

Copper may help minimise your risk of developing heart disease. According to the American Cancer Society, copper has been found to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lower bad cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

6. Mitigates the risk of cancer.

Copper has very strong antioxidant properties that help fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer.

7. Protects you from infection.

Copper is known to be oligodynamic in nature (the sterilising effect of metals on bacteria), and can destroy bacteria very effectively. It is especially effective against algae, moulds, spores, fungi, viruses, prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms, even in relatively low concentrations. These are bacteria that are commonly found in our environment and known to cause severe illnesses in the human body.

8. Regulates the working of the thyroid gland.

Health experts believe that one commonality among people with thyroid diseases is that they usually have low levels of copper in their bodies. While this is most commonly seen in people with hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormone), those with hypothyroidism (low levels of thyroid hormone) may also suffer from this deficiency.

9. Beats arthritis and inflamed joints.

Copper has very strong anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can help to relieve aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints – like in the case of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, making it a powerful remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in many patients.

10. Boosts skin health and melanin production.

Copper is the main component in the production of melanin (a pigment that mitigates the colour of your eyes, hair and skin) in our bodies. It also aids in the production of new cells that help replenish the topmost layers of your skin leaving you with smooth and supple skin.

The most amazing fact about copper is that it is required in most processes that occur in our bodies. From cell formation to aiding in the absorption of iron, it is an essential mineral for the functioning of your body.

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The opinions expressed within this article have been put together from various resources and opinions including doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals. Naked Pools is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of the information in this article but we encourage you to research for yourself.