Ayurveda is one of the oldest practices of holistic medicine. It is the science of life ("Ayur" means life and "Veda" means science) and more than a system for treating illness, it's main premise is to promote overall good health through the mind, body, and spirit.
Practitioners of Ayurveda believe that the mind and body are connected and there are three different mind-body types or Doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everyone has a unique mix of these Doshas which control various bodily functions, but most people are dominated by one. The main goal of practicing Ayurveda is to balance all three Doshas so that your body and mind function at their healthiest.
About the Doshas
Vata - The Vata Dosha is considered one of the most powerful. It controls very basic body functions such as blood flow, breathing and heart function but it also controls your mind. People who are dominant with a Vata dosha tend to develop conditions like anxiety, asthma, skin problems, and heart disease.
Pitta - The Pitta Dosha controls digestion, metabolism, energy levels as well as certain hormones. People who have Pitta as their main life force tend to be fiery in nature and are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, or infections.
Kapha - The Kapha Dosha governs the structure of the body controlling your immune system, strength and stability of the body, weight, and muscle growth. When out of balance, Kapha types may become overweight, sleep excessively, and suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depression.
There are many characteristics that make up each Dosha and it's important to find out which mind-body type best represents you in order to keep them balanced and your body functioning at it's best. Balance can be achieved through a proper diet and lifestyle.
Benefits of Copper
Ayurveda says that copper can help balance all three Doshas through it's beneficial properties. Copper is an essential trace mineral of the body and is difficult to supplement in the diet as foods that contain copper only provide a small amount. When drinking water from a copper water bottle, the water absorbs the copper and it's nutrients. Scientific studies have shown that copper removes bacteria and impurities from water through it's antimicrobial properties. Benefits that have been studied include:
- Improved Immunity
- Skin, Hair, & Nail Health
- Increased Metabolism
- Arthritic Support
- Disease Prevention
- Balance pH Levels