According to Ayurveda, drinking water that has been stored in a copper container has many health benefits. One way to take advantage of these health benefits is to put water in a pure copper cup, leave it on the counter overnight, and then drink it first thing in the morning, at room temperature. In Ayurveda this copper water is called “Tamara Jal”. Overnight, the water has the opportunity to absorb a tiny bit of the copper.
In India, water is stored long-term in copper vessels to cleanse and purify the water.
Ayurveda says that drinking water from a copper cup balances the three doshas; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. To do this, it works on an energetic level. It also purifies the energy body.
One of the most dramatic health benefits is for the digestive system. Copper stimulates peristalsis, helping to move the stool through the colon. It also heals bacterial infections and reduces inflammation throughout the digestive tract.
Once the digestion is working at its peak, weight loss becomes easier. It is said that copper breaks down body fat, allowing it to be eliminated naturally.
Copper’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties discourage infections, helping wounds heal faster. It also soothes inflamed joints, reducing arthritis pain. Copper’s anti-oxidant properties fight free radicals, encouraging healthy cells.
Ayurveda Meets the American Heart Association
Research by the American Heart Association has shown that copper is effective in regulating blood pressure, heart rate, and triglycerides. Their studies show that copper helps dilate blood vessels, reducing plaque and increasing blood flow to the heart.
Copper and the Brain
In our brains, the neurons become coated with myelin as we grow from birth to about age 25. Once our brains are fully myelinated, we process information quickly and efficiently, and we also develop impulse control. One reason children and teenagers make rash decisions is that their brains aren’t myelinated yet, so their impulses are not mediated. Myelin is a little like the plastic coating on electrical wires; it protects the neurons and facilitates the flow of impulses to the brain. Copper helps in the production of phospholipids which are crucial to the production of healthy myelin sheaths.
More Health Benefits
Some thyroid disease can be traced to copper deficiency, so drinking water from a copper cup can help regulate the thyroid.
Copper plays a part in the health of our skin, and some even say it can slow the aging process. It aids in the production of new skin cells, fights free-radical damage, and softens scar tissue. As part of melanin, it protects the skin from sun damage.
How Much is Too Much?
Drinking 8-16 oz. first thing in the morning will provide the benefits without the disadvantages. Copper is a metal, and as such is not recognized as a nutrient by the body, so too much copper can become a problem. Beware the attitude that, “If a little is good, more will be even better”.
It will take several weeks for you to see the digestive results, and several months to see results in your skin. If you also like to begin your day with warm lemon or ginger water, drink the room temperature copper water first, and then follow with the warm lemon water. Your digestion will thank you!
Try this out! Purchase a pure copper cup, fill it with water, let it sit on the counter overnight, and drink it first thing in the morning. Make this a consistent part of your morning routine.
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What changes do you see in your digestion, elimination, weight management, and/or skin? What other benefits did you notice, as you continued this daily routine for several weeks or months?
What Happens in an Ayurvedic Appointment?
The Allopathic Model
Most people have been to a doctor, and for many that means a traditional, “Western”, allopathic experience. Typically, after checking in at the desk, the patient waits to meet with a nurse, who takes blood pressure, temperature, and gathers basic facts. Then the patient waits again (do you suppose they call them patients because they are asked to wait and wait so patiently?). Eventually the doctor arrives to check the nurse’s chart notes and see the patient. The doctor may perform exams and ask about the specific concern that brought the patient in. In allopathic settings, time with the doctor averages 15-20 minutes. Then the patient checks out, often with a prescription the doctor has written. Sometimes there is a follow-up appointment; often the patient is told to return only if symptoms don’t improve (symptoms being the focus).
The Merriam-Webster definition of “allopathic” is, “…a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery) which produce effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated”.
The Ayurvedic Model
What happens in an Ayurvedic appointment? Ayurveda is about rebalancing the whole individual in such a way that the underlying cause of the ailment is addressedRead more: What Happens in an Ayurvedic Appointment?
Ayurveda encourages seasonal cleansing, called Panchakarma. Because the body and mind are so closely linked, emotional cleansing is also helpful during the physical process of Panchakarma. This is often done through journaling.
This mind-body connection occurs both ways; cleansing and healing the body can heal the mind and emotions, and emotional healing can promote physical healing.
Just as the fires of digestion (agni) are ignited during Panchakarma, the fires of emotional transformation are ignited during an emotional cleanse. I am referring here to a process that parallels physical Panchakarma; like Panchakarma, it is comprehensive and somewhat rigorous.
7 Steps To Emotional Healing
These ideas are based on the work of Dr. David Simon.Read more: Emotional Cleansing
Cleansing is very popular these days. Unfortunately, most modern cleanses do not work. In fact, many create a more challenging depletion than existed before the cleanse. Even cleanse kits marketed as “Ayurvedic” can include unnecessary or even unnatural ingredients. For thousands of years, Ayurveda has proposed cleansing, and the authentic versions have always been based on a natural, gentle, and thorough process.
Ayurvedic cleanses are more than just a kit or a product. Ayurvedic cleanses have three phases: After “jump starting” digestion, the first phase loosens ama (toxic undigested matter). Next comes flushing away of the loosened ama. This process is then followed by a carefully planned restoration phase, easing back into healthy eating habits.
It is natural for us to experience doshic imbalances based on seasonal changes. There are three doshas and four seasons, so the doshas don’t line up exactly with the seasons. In addition, there are regional variations in the seasons which need to be taken into account.Read more: Ayurvedic Cleanse
The Six Stages Of Disease
Ayurveda identifies six distinct stages of disease, starting with very subtle “dis-ease”. Ayurveda’s emphasis is on prevention, so understanding the six stages of disease helps us to detect an arising issue at an early stage. According to Ayurveda, the root of disease is poor digestion. Poor digestion leads to undigested matter (ama) in our system, which clogs our channels and tips us out of balance.
Stage 1: Accumulation
The first stage of disease happens when we neglect our healthy lifestyle habits, and as a result, we develop an accumulation of a dosha at the site of that dosha. For example, the seat of Vata is in the lower GI tract, so a Vata accumulation will present first as such things as bloating, gas, and constipation. It is easy to ignore this first stage of disease, or to pop a pill that masks the symptoms (without solving the issue). This isn’t a solution; the dosha will continue to accumulate.
The good news is that if we’re attentive to this first stage, we can easily nip the imbalance in the bud by simply returning to our healthy habits and giving our bodies time to readjust.Read more: The Six Stages Of Disease