When Shantiva so graciously sent me one of their beautiful, handcrafted copper water pitchers, I knew it was a match made in heaven. In addition to being wild about great food, I'm also an extreme hydrator. A gallon a day keeps the doctor away, am I right? For many reasons, I drink a lot of water...OK, maybe it's just so I can "flush" out all the junk food. Anyway, I had the amazing opportunity to team up with Shantiva to make some infused water recipes with surprising health benefits.
What's all this about copper pitchers?
Copper pitchers are nothing new. According to the principles of Ayurveda, water stored in a copper pitcher, or tamra jal, balances the three doshas in your body when a small amount of copper is released into the water. So what are the three doshas, or bio-elements?
- Vata - air/space
- Kapha - earth/water
- Pitta - fire/water
What are the other health benefits?
- Enhanced digestion - this is big for me, AKA Tummy Ache Tati
- Supports a strong immune system
- Charges water with anti-oxidants
- Improves cardiovasular health
- Remedies copper deficiency to support the thyroid gland
- Stimulates the brain function
- Anti-inflammatoory benefits (my personal favorite)
- Keeps skin healthy and clear
So far so good? The best way to experience these benefits is by filling your copper pitcher overnight and drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
But for my friends who aren't so fond of just plain water, cause let's admit that it can get boring, I've created some easy infusions for y'all to try out.
- Lemon-Basil - sliced lemons and whole basil leaves in 8 oz of water - full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Ginger-Lime - slivered raw ginger root and sliced limes in 8 oz of water - improved immunity and digestion
- Cucumber-Mint - sliced cucumbers and whole mint leaves in 8 oz of water - anti-inflammatory and very hydrating
Detox waters, spa waters, infused waters, essence waters, whatever you want to call them, they're refreshing and crisp and easy to make. Using my copper pitcher I naturally filtered the water, poured individual glasses, and I've been making delicious infused waters each day. It's a nice thing to do for yourself to start your day or just relax, and with all the weird things we're putting in our bodies, like cronuts and rainbow bagels, it's nice to have some balance.
Do you have a favorite infused-water combo? Let me know, cause I'm always down to try new things! Again, a special thanks to Shantiva for sharing the wonderful world of copper water pitchers with me! Not only does my water taste amazing, the pitcher is a beautiful statement piece that's nice to have around. Support their small business if you can.