While the idea of storing water in a copper water bottle or other copper vessel arose many centuries ago and has its origins in Ayurvedic principles, the practice is gaining more and more attention from the scientific community.
In this blog post, we thought we would take the opportunity to make note of a recent study which supports the use of a copper water bottle for the storage of water.
In this recent study, scientists studied the effect of storing water in a copper pot on microbially-contaminated drinking-water, including serious bacteria such as e.coli salmonella. Incredibly, the scientists stored the contaminated water in a copper vessel for 16 hours at room temperature and were later unable to find any of the bacteria! This study supports what Ayurvedic medicine has been telling us for centuries: that copper has incredible anti-bacterial properties.
In the same study, the scientists found that the water stored in the copper vessel also become more alkaline. In particular, the scientists discovered that the water's pH rose steadily the longer it was stored in the copper vessel. This also supports what Ayurvedic medicine has been telling us for centuries: that storing water in a copper vessels is a natural way to make alkaline water which helps keeps the body's pH in healthy balance.
The study also showed that while the copper content of the water increased, the copper levels were well within the permissible limits determined by the World Health Organization. As a result, there does not appear to be any realistic risk of ingesting too much copper using this method.
It's always so exciting to see modern science catch up with Ayurvedic principles that have been out there for centuries!
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