As we shift seasons and head into the colder temperatures here in New England, there’s a host of simple edits we can make to weather the mounting conditions.  Beyond the obvious defensive actions of bundling up, loading up on vitamin C and such, another proactive shift we might consider is copper. Research abounds that this reddish-orange conductor of heat and electricity offers a wealth of health benefits, and enjoying water served in copper vessels is an effortless practice which can open the door to many of these perks.  Plus, naturally clean and self-sterlizing, copper keeps your water tasting seriously good.

The chemical element copper (Cu) is found as a pure metal in nature and was the first source of the metal to be used by humans.  anti-bacterial and acts as an effective anti-oxidant, improving immunity, supporting good health and eliminating toxins and free radicals.  Water stored in a copper vessel (which is known as “tamra jal” in Ayurvedic medicine) balances the three doshas in your body (vata, kapha and pitta) by gently infusing the water with the positive health properties of copper.  When water is stored in a copper vessel following the traditional Indian practice, the copper gently leaches into the water and lends it all its rich properties. Water stored in a copper water bottle will also become natural alkaline water, which helps balance your body’s pH levels.

Don’t just take our word for it, reason no. 9 on The Balanced Blonde’s list of Why You Need to be Drinking out of a Copper Water Bottle… “It’s CUTE & will remind you to drink more water throughout the day. Sounds silly, but it’s true. I grab it all the time because its so much more eye-popping than my other water bottles so it keeps me more hydrated throughout the day.”

So follow her cue and extend this timeless practice to the mat, barre or the gym!  Handmade artisinal water bottles such as those from the folks at COPPER H20 are  available in both 600 and 800 ml sizes. And, right now the folks at Copper Vedics are offering a 10% discount on all purchases.  Pitcher, mug or water bottle… get conscious, health conscious, this holiday season with the gift of copper.

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.