29 Jan The official drink of the coronavirus?
The Ancients Relied On Copper To Stay Healthy
Scientists are only beginning to test the health benefits of copper, despite being highly regarded by the ancients for thousands of years. Throughout world history, copper has been used to treat wounds in battle, coins, medication and for transporting water.
While most Americans may own a few copper mugs and jewelry, a majority of copper is behind the walls in building construction. In fact, an average single-family home has 439 pounds of copper! Building wire and plumbing contain the most copper by weight of any category. However, we were surprised to discover a dishwasher has nearly 5 pounds of copper inside. Now that’s what I call clean dishes!
One ancient practice from India that is still popular today in parts of the world is storing drinking water in copper pots and vessels. According to Ayurveda, a holistic, whole-body form of wellness that originated in India, drinking water from copper prevents aging (vaya-sthapak).
A published study in 2012 set out to prove the benefits and found that copper can kill contaminants that cause diarrhea in drinking water including E. coli and Salmonella. Most followers store water in copper pots, cups, mugs and other vessels at room temperature for around 16 hours before consumption. The scientists concluded that for developing countries with poor water quality, copper’s antimicrobial properties could help purify contaminated water!
What’s The Safest Cocktail To Order?
As America begins to venture out this summer to bars and restaurants, many of us will attempt to socialize and catch up with friends. Perhaps you’ll remember the health benefits of copper and ask your bartender for a Moscow Mule in a 100% Copper Mug, of course. Or, get a set for yourself at home to enjoy your cocktails in. Rest assured, drinking your beverage of choice with 100% copper mugs, the chance of getting COVID-19 or another illness will be much lower and you’ll be well hydrated! One study after another showed how plastic harbored contagion—most recently the COVID-19 virus—more than other material tested, but we looked the other way.
A lingering perception that copper is toxic may be holding the material back. While trace amounts of copper are vital to most organisms, as we have noted, large amounts can be poisonous. Copper sulfate is used as a fungicide and was found to be poisonous to humans at a gram dosage (11 mg/KG). But a little copper won’t hurt large organisms. Healthy humans can eliminate a little excess copper—except for those with Wilson’s disease, a recessive genetic disorder characterized by an inability to eliminate copper from the body resulting in toxic levels of copper in the liver and brain.
Some worry about copper cookware. Copper should not come in direct contact with acidic foods like tomatoes, which will cause a reaction and create copper compounds and ions, but most copper cookware is lined with another metal or a clear coating.