Can y’all believe we’re halfway through the year? I’m not quite so sure how time got away from me so fast, but like they say, time flies when you’re having fun. It’s been a crazy few months – and it’s about to get a lot more crazy with my upcoming move – but I’m looking forward to a fresh start and the chance to reflect on all I’ve added to my list. As y’all know, I’ve put a lot of energy and focus into learning about Ayurveda and all the practice has to offer, and I am excited to continue my learning in a new city.
In a conversation I had with one of the amazing boss-lady’s in my life, we talked about how moving to a new place, even just visiting a new place, can change our mindsets and help us gain new perspective. While many people thrive on routine, it can also be hard to stretch our creativity and who we are when we are so set in our routines. Stepping outside of our comfort-zone gives us the chance to reflect on our practices and figure out where we can improve, and I’m excited for the chance to set up in a new city and see things with a fresh set of eyes – especially when it comes to my Ayurvedic learning. I’ve already put together a list of things I want to add to my roster of practices – with the first one being drinking out of copper bottles.
There are a lot of practices that Ayurveda recommends incorporating into our daily lives, some of them being easier than others. While I’ve seen the suggestion of drinking out of copper cups on almost every list of Ayurvedic practices you should be following, I haven’t yet taken the leap to actually do it. You know why? Because carrying around a copper cup just isn’t feasible. My mom kept mentioning to me that I should be drinking out of copper cups which you can find at almost any Indian grocery store, but I never bought one because how easy is it to travel to work and run errands with a cup that doesn’t have a lid? It’s not easy. BUT – lucky for my Instagram-obsessed self, I came across the genius idea of copper water bottles from Copper H2O. Like hello! Why haven’t I seen these before?? I’m so excited to get to work with the Copper H2O team and ACTUALLY cross off one of things on my list of practices I want to incorporate into my Ayurvedic routine.
So why do I want to drink out of a copper water bottle? There are actually a lot of great benefits to doing so* ::
- Improves digestion :: Copper has properties that stimulate peristalsis in our stomachs, which is how our food gets digested in a timely manner. Copper also helps cleanse and detox the stomach by regulating the work of our liver and kidneys which helps in eliminating waste and ensuring the proper absorption of nutrients from food.
- Builds immunity :: Did you know that copper has anti-microbial properties? Studies have shown that copper can eliminate the growth of harmful bacteria, which further strengthens the immune system – and a lot of studies have been conducted to determine if using copper cups can help developing nations increase access to clean drinking water (seriously it’s so cool!). Copper can also help aid in various enzymatic processes that promote endothelial growth, or the healing of tissues. I really want to learn more about the science behind the properties of copper and why it’s such an effective way to reduce harmful microbes – so please send me links to studies you might find (:
- Supports your thyroid gland :: One commonality of people who suffer from thyroid problems is that they usually have a low level of copper in their bodies. Copper is actually a super important trace mineral in our bodies that helps our thyroid function at its best!
- Helps your skin be healthy :: Copper is a huge component of melanin production in our bodies, and it helps in the production of new cells in our skin. Melanin is also important in helping our skin stay safe in the sun, speeding up the healing of wounds, and covering up scars.
- Stimulates your brain :: Our brains work by transmitting impulses from one neuron to another from synapses. Each of those synapses are covered with a myalin sheath which helps the flow of those impulses. Copper actually helps in synthesizing phosolipids which form those sheaths and helps those impulses along.
While there are a lot of other benefits that Ayurveda talks about when it comes to utilizing a copper water bottle, these are the ones that really stood out to me – so if you’re interested in more of the benefits, definitely do some research! I’m so excited to get started in using a copper vessel and seeing the benefits, especially with my skin and digestion, which are huge priority health opportunities for me right now. Being that my new job will also be a “work-from-home” gig, anything I can do to keep my brain functioning in tip-top shape is a welcome practice. I’ll be keeping y’all updated on my experience and the benefits I see of using this copper water bottle – so stay tuned! Happy weekend and hello, California!
*I am not a doctor and am not here to treat or diagnose anyone with any health issues they may be facing. I’m just sharing my experiences with Ayurveda, so please consult a health professional before undertaking any major changes to diet, exercise, or health. Thanks!