Drink from a Copper Water Bottle

We have water bottles made from different materials that comes in different shapes and sizes. But a few centuries back, copper was the material used to store water. Our ancestors certainly knew about the health benefits of drinking water stored in a copper vessel.

1. Boosts the Digestive System

Drinking from a copper water bottle helps to flush out the stomach and digestive tract and helps detox the liver and kidneys. It also increases the absorption of nutrients from food and helps encourage peristalsis. It also helps to kill harmful bacteria and prevent an upset stomach.

2. Builds a Strong Immune System

Copper possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Storing water in a copper bottle will decrease the risk of bacterial contamination. It helps prevent water-borne diseases.

3. Supports Weight Loss

Drinking from a copper water bottle helps the body break down fat and eliminate it as efficiently as possible.

4. Prevents Aging

Drinking from a copper water bottle decreases the appearance of fine lines and slow the appearance of aging. Water stored in a copper bottle is loaded with anti-oxidants, aids the production of new skin cells, and fights off free radicals which contribute to the appearance of aging.

5. Prevents Cancer

Because water stored in a copper bottle is loaded with anti-oxidants, it is also effective at helping prevent and fight off cancer.

6. Maintains Cardiovascular Health

Copper helps minimize the risk of developing heart disease, helps regulate blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol levels. Copper also helps prevent the build-up of plaque in the arteries and dilates blood vessels to allow better flow of blood to the heart.

7. Supports the Thyroid Gland

Drinking from a copper water bottle helps combat copper deficiency and regulate the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. In addition, copper aids the body’s absorption of iron, which is essential to maintain healthy iron levels and prevent anemia.

8. Stimulates the Brain

Copper is a known brain stimulant and helps the mind work faster and more efficiently. Copper aids in the synthesis of materials that are essential for the formation of myelin sheaths.

9. Fights Arthritis and Inflamed Joints

Copper’s anti-inflammatory properties help relieve aches and pains caused by arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflamed joints. In addition, copper strengthens the bones and immune system, which makes it an excellent remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

10. Keeps Skin Healthy and Acne Free

Copper is the key component in the production of new cells that help replenish the top layers of the skin and keep it fresh and glowing. The production of new cells promotes smooth, blemish-free and clear skin.

 Considering all the benefits, I bought a copper water bottle online. It was looking pretty shiny and I washed it and kept it aside. Surprise came the next day when a green layer started forming on its surface which kept on increasing as the days went by. My copper vessel started oxidizing and looked ugly, something like this.
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It looked so bad that I didn’t want to drink anything from it. Forget the medicinal and health benefits, I might even die after drinking from such a dirty bottle.
I started searching online about the why’s and how’s behind this colour changes and came to know about oxidation. Well the stains that formed on the surface of the bottle is due to oxidation. Now to the cleaning of the bottle. There are multiple ways of doing it I guess, but the one I followed is the lemon and salt method.
Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt on top of it. Now start rubbing this lemon over the copper vessel. Give a gentle squeeze to the lemon occasionally. Wash the bottle thoroughly and wipe it dry.
I did a circus to clean the inside of the bottle as the bottle was deep. I took another halved lemon, sprinkled salt on it and poked the lemon using a steel rod. With this I could reach the bottom of the inside of the bottle. Anyway after all this washing, this is how my bottle finally turned up.
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Shiny and pretty for a while…

I Love Gardening!

Once upon a time, during my schooling years, I had this English assignment wherein I had to write what my hobby was. First of all I didn’t know what a hobby was. And then when I did know what it was, I understood I didn’t have one. I neither took dance lessons nor did I know to sing. The only thing I used to do was read books but that didn’t seem like a cool hobby for me. So I decided to create a hobby for me which was Gardening!

The first sentence in my assignment was ‘I Love Gardening!’ and after that there was nothing. I was clueless what to fill. Even though I had a garden right in front of my house, I never bothered to play with mud or plant a sapling. I used to water the already planted ones once in a while. I was not keen on planting or giving life to a plant and that sort. Basically I never liked the idea of getting my hands dirty, if you know what I mean.

Well years passed and I got a lucky bamboo craze. A small plant that required only water and no mud to grow, it conquered my mind. I cared for my lucky bamboo. I gifted lucky bamboo to my friends. I took a few to my office. I tended and grew a very good lucky bamboo. I spoke to it, watered it, cleaned it and it grew big that people started getting jealous. I even carried my lucky bamboo on a flight. The security at KIAL mistook my lucky bamboo for a money plant. He said, ” Money plant, eh! If you keep money plant at home, money will increase at home”. I nodded my head and smiled and thought in my head, ‘ Let it be a money plant for him’.

So coming back to my gardening instincts, I really felt the urge to plant something, nurture greenery, be responsible to reduce pollution etc. Having a large terrace and open space kind of sparked my creativity. So I decided to do something about it, after all, Gardening is my first and only known hobby!

So I got some pots ( 6 of them) from Big Basket kept it for a month not knowing what to do. After a month, the pots started getting dusty 🙂 I felt bad, decided I can’t be this lazy. The next problem was getting some soil. I bought some potting material (5 kg for 100 Rs) again from Big Basket. I don’t like to go out to shop for soil and stuff partly due to language barriers and partly due to laziness.

Well the day has finally come where I decided to plant some seeds. I did have some seeds from a very long back (didn’t I mention gardening is my hobby? Oh yes! I did), I do not know what plant those seeds will grow into. So this early morning, I took my pots into the terrace, opened the potting material, put some into the pots, watered them and put the unknown (Mr. X) seeds, 2 each, into each of the pots, put some more soil above it, sprinkled some more water. A picture of my  potted plants for validity purposes is shown below:

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I just decided to pursue my first hobby for a while 🙂

P.S. A quick update on the current status of the plants: