What are the health benefits to drinking water out of a copper cup?
My last post was about the health benefits of drinking water from an authentic copper vessel. Since the post I purchased two copper water containers. I then read more and more on the subject. How to wash copper bottles, how to store the water in copper, how much to drink, when to drink, when too much copper is bad, copper piping, the copper we intake from our food, etc…
Yet the question, “does it really matter if one drinks water out of a copper cup or not?”, kept bugging me.
You can find dozens of blogs, research articles and studies on drinking water from a copper vessels. However, I wanted to see what the CDC had to say about copper? First, it’s a heavy metal and toxic if too much is in your body. So before we go any further, I’d stay away from any additional copper if pregnant. They also discussed how they determine dangerous levels of copper by how much exposure, how long the exposure and how one comes into contact with copper. Hmmm, are these reasons not to purposely add copper into my body?
Is Water From Copper a Fad?
Moving along, I found an article talking about drinking water from a copper cup a fad. Is it? An Ayurvedic consultant will agree with the health benefits of drinking water from copper vessels which can include: digestive health, brain stimulation, kills bacteria, thyroid function, relieves aches and pains, regulates blood pressure and slows down aging. They say it’s because the water stored in copper is believed to have anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.
On the other hand, Dr. Michael Lynch, the medical director for the Pittsburgh Poison Center and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine says, “Drinking out of a copper mug is neither healthy or not healthy.” Oh I’m liking this as it’s close to my motto, everything in moderation. He continues to say, “…it’s not a magic bullet.” Copper does have health benefits because it helps in terms of iron absorption and we get plenty from our diets. Foods rich in copper are almonds, cashews, whole grains, oysters and even mushrooms. Adding in extra unless with extreme caution doesn’t seem necessary. In my opinion if you consume some of these foods your copper intake should be good.
Should I get a copper vessel?
If you currently drink most of your water out of plastic I highly suggest switching to something else! Plastic water bottles are a hazard to your health and to our planet. They contain chemicals which can leach into your body and cause a mess with your hormones, fertility and a host of other diseases in adults. Not to mention who knows the bad effects it can have in children.
Go glass, my favorite or these others from the Best Water Bottles review.
Copper vessels can be bought online, with a wide variety available on Amazon. Make sure you read instructions thoroughly.
Some final thoughts.
Moderation is key and so if you choose to add water stored in copper to your diet know this, it is not innately utilized by our body. Too much copper can be detrimental. According to the FDA, about 12 mg/day is more than sufficient for the body to use without causing any harm.
If you choose to store water in a copper container, drink only once in the morning and once at night and keep it room temperature. If consistent at this copper water drinking practice stop after three months and go for one entire month without drinking water stored in copper.
Trust your intuition and go with your gut. For me the safest thing to drink out of is glass. Nothing leaches out, it’s reusable and keeps your drink cool, and drinking plain water has tremendous health benefits.