Ayurveda recommends storing water in Copper Vessels. Ancient
Egyptians used Copper Vessels to keep water fresh. Even today,
management of Siva temple at Rameswaram uses large sized Copper
vessels to store water brought from river Ganges to offer to lord
Siva. Water, stored thus, stays fresh for years together. Copper
vessel can be the answer to kill the `E-Coly' bacteria which causes
food poisoning, according to Scientists. British scientists are
carrying out research on copper and concluded that copper ions kill
these harmful bacteria, a capability not found in any other metals
including gold. It is interesting to see that a research group from
Southampton university found that Coly 157 bacterias can live happily
in stainless steel vessels for months together, while copper vessel
at room temperature can kill them in just four hours. At 4 deg
centigrade, it takes 14 hours. At 20 deg centigrade, in the stainless
steel vessel , those bacterials live for 34 days, while in brass
vessel they live for 4 days.

Thus if one uses copper vessels for storing water in factories,
shops, hospitals, restaurants, we can get rid of the risk of these
food poisoning bacterias. Though stainless steel is much used due to
its shine, apparent hygenic cleanliness, copper is more useful
material for vessels. In Scotland alone, in 1997, 500 were sick by
water poisoning by E-Coil bacteria, out of which 20 died.

Copper water can be prepared in two ways. Fill a clean copper vessel
with water and boil on low heat till water quantity reaches to 50%.
Alternatively you can use a glass vessel and add copper scrap, copper
wire bundle etc so that water absorbs more copper due to increased
exposure area. When copper dissolves in water, water becomes ionic
(electrolytre) as can be ascertained by its pH measurement. That is
the reason the micro-organisms get killed in such water. Those who do
not have time to look after water boiling, can keep water stored in a
clean copper vessel and drink after 8-12 hours. Storing for more
period causes no harm, but concentration of ions gets saturated. Care
must be taken to keep the inside of the vessel shining by using
special cleaning powders. One such powder is available in
Maharashtra, India under the brand name "Pitambari". However, hands
must be protected by a scrub if one uses this powder. Alternatively,
tamarind can be used safely. Due to copper water mania, nowadays
special copper flasks which can be stored in fridge are available in
Indian Market. However, copper pots should not be stored in fridge,
drink at room temperatutre. "Sharp" quality of copper water gets
destroyed by fridge.

Copper and Fertility
Drinking copper water has another advantage. This was pointed out by
Andrew Saul, Contributing Editor for the Journal of Orthomolecular
Medicine, while speaking on fertility, conception and family
planning. In his own words,

" If you want to conceive, try having the man take megadoses of
vitamin C for a few weeks prior. At least 6,000 milligrams a day,
and as much as 20,000 mg/day guarantees very high sperm production.
Divide the dose throughout the day for maximum effect. And that
effect is what, exactly? More sperm, stronger sperm, and better
swimming sperm all occurred, at even lower daily C doses, in a
University of Texas study. Take more C and you'll make vast
quantities of super sperm. You think this won't work? Have I shown
you my baby pictures?

Here's more: zinc and plenty of it helps the prostate and increases
seminal fluid production. There is a scientific literature a mile
long about zinc and male fertility. About five to ten times the RDA
will do it. That is approximately 50 to 100 mg of zinc daily. For
best absorption and best results, divide the dose into two, or better
yet, four doses. Zinc gluconate is well absorbed, and zinc
monomethionine better still. These are available at any health food
store without a prescription.

A lot of wussy nutritionists will tell you that such levels of zinc
are harmful. Truth is, most men don't even get the puny RDA (Recommended Daily
Average) of zinc, set laughingly at 10 or 12 milligrams. Zinc lozenges for the
common cold are many times higher than this. Up to 550 mg of zinc has been
safely given daily for a few weeks.

Continued high doses of zinc can produce a copper deficiency, and
sometimes a copper deficiency anemia. This is very easy to
compensate for. To begin with, most Americans have copper water
pipes in their homes. Drink a glass or two of cold water first out
of the tap every morning and you'll get copper. Secondly, eat more
raisins and other copper-high foods. Third, take a multiple vitamin
(as you should be doing anyway) with copper in it. Finally, do what
those sexpots in India have been doing for thousands of years. Buy a
copper metal cup, fill it with cold water at bedtime, and drink it
first thing the next morning. Make this Ayurvedic routine your
routine, and start knitting booties.

I have worked with supposedly "infertile" people who have
tried "everything" to conceive a child. Nutrition, especially the
vitamin C part, is not even mentioned in any fertility textbook I've
ever seen. I've received some nice postcards from couples who have
taken an odd idea or two of mine and gotten pregnant within a month
or two. It is a wonderful feeling, by the way, to have helped them
bring a soul to the Earth."

The author of this post recommends eating raisins or dates to his diabetes
patients also. The words of Andrew Saul clearly point how copper
water can minimise copper deficiency anemia. It is also seen that
copper water becomes "sharp" and gets readily absorbed by our body,
reaches cells in about 45 minutes. Hence, it is generally recommended
that after Ushapan, one should give a gap of 45 minutes before taking
tea or coffee. Copper water is also recommended to people suffering
from vitiligo, where it helps formation of melanin.

After starting on copper water, many do not need cold water to satisfy the
thirst. With yoga, pranayama and other breathing techniques, senses become so
sharp that taste and sharpness of each water can be sensed adequately. Though
copper water is slightly ionic, it does not cause gastric acidity to increase.
On the other hand, due to increased Agni and digestion, it helps in such cases.

Dr Bhate