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Is it Safe to drink Water from a Copper vessel..?

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“ When a copper item usually turns green, it is a sign that it is affected by factors that cause copper oxidation. Even decorative items that sit on shelves or cabinets do turn green when they are exposed to oxidizing elements”.

“ Drinking Water and Milk are also dangerous for storing inside copper vessels, as are dairy products such as butter and cream ”

When Not to Use Copper Utensils:
Some people use copper utensils for cooking. Copper has a natural presence in the human body along with many other minerals, metals and irons. Some are essential to the body, but they must be in perfect balance or they can be harmful. Many people are unsure as to when it is safe to use copper utensils.

Copper Food Reactions:
Some foods have a naturally bad reaction to copper and other minerals and metals. You should not store pickled foods inside copper containers, as the vinegar will react against it. Milk and drinking water are also dangerous for storing inside copper vessels, as are dairy products such as butter and cream. They will react with the metal and can cause copper poisoning. Anything citrus, like lemon juice, lime juice and orange juice, is unsafe. Yogurt also is a dubious thing to store inside copper because the acidic properties can react against the copper too. It is not advisable to eat or drink food and liquid from copper containers.

The Dangers of Copper Ingestion:
Gastrointestinal problems are a direct result of copper over-ingestion. Gastroenteritis symptoms are identical and can confuse diagnosis because you will experience vomiting, diarrhea and cramp-like stomachaches. You might also have a metallic taste in your mouth and feel lethargic and weak. The symptoms will pass, but only if they are diagnosed correctly. The body can process copper in small amounts, but if you ingest it over repeated long periods of time, it can still cause related symptoms if left untreated. The resulting symptoms will increase, and you will start to experience dizziness as well.

Unlined Copper Utensils:
Avoid using copper cooking pans which are unlined. The insides should be lined with a safe material like stainless steel in order to prevent over-consumption of copper components. The same rules apply to aluminum pans and utensils too. The effects are similar, as both metals are highly absorbent to foods.

Babies and Young Children:
You should not use copper utensils when preparing foods for babies or younger children. If you have been using copper utensils and your toddler has displayed symptoms similar to those of gastroenteritis, you could well be looking at the cause of the problem. Always use stainless steel or Teflon cookware when you prepare meals for younger children, especially those than cannot speak to relate the symptoms to you.

Burned Foods:
Some foods can burn into the copper pan or utensil and for safety reasons, they should not be used thereafter. Once food has made its mark on a copper saucepan or skillet, it will leave a residue which can illness from copper contamination more likely.
If you cook with copper and the food gets stuck on, you should throw the saucepan away. Or you can take it for treatment and relining, at some expense, if you wish to retain it and use again.

What Chemicals Clean Copper Best?
There are several chemicals in the market that can clean copper. The good news is these chemicals are usually found in homes. Here are some of the best chemicals that clean copper.

Acetic Acid:
Perhaps the most widely used chemical to clean copper is acetic acid. Many people may not know it, but this chemical is commonly found in homes, but called by another name: vinegar. Vinegar is actually acetic acid. This acid is quite weak, but it does a good job in cleaning the stains, tarnishes and oxidized residue on copper surfaces. To use this chemical to clean copper, it is usually mixed with salt, baking soda, flour or cream of tartar to form a paste. As soon as the vinegar works its wonders, it reveals a shiny smooth surface on the copper material.

Citric Acid:
Citric acid is another organic acid that is used to clean copper. It is not a very strong acid, but it does have the ability to remove oxidized copper elements. Citric acid is commonly found in nature in the form of citrus fruits. The best source of this chemical is lemon. Lemon contains not just trace amounts, but large quantities of this acid. Either the juice is mixed with baking soda to form a paste or cut in half and used as a sponge along with salt to rub away the stains on the copper.
Citric acid is also found in common soft drinks such as Coca Cola. These drinks make use of citric acid and therefore can be used to clean copper materials as well.

Acetone:
Acetone is also an organic compound that is usually used as a solvent. Nail polish remover products use this chemical as the main ingredient. This compound easily evaporates so it requires the user to apply it speedily on the copper surface when cleaning. Acetone may also be used to submerge the entire copper material. As the copper is submerged in this chemical, oxidized particles are stripped away from the material to leave only pure copper.

Tartaric Acid:
Tartaric Acid is usually used in combination with acetic acid to form a strong paste that cleans away copper stains or blemishes. Tartaric acid can be found in cream of tartar. Although it may not be used alone, it does provide help when cleaning tough copper stains.

Hydrochloric Acid:
This acid is a very strong chemical that corrodes numerous oxidized elements and other materials. Although this is not the most recommended chemical to be used when cleaning copper because of the hazards associated with improper use and handling, it does provide very effective stain removal. Copper turns green when it is oxidized. When the green substance builds up, it can be cleaned thoroughly using a solution containing hydrochloric acid. The most commonly used product in homes is muriatic acid. This product is usually used to remove tough stains in sinks and bathrooms. However, it can also be used to clear away every blemish or stain on a copper material. It reacts with the oxidized materials in the copper to leave only pure copper behind.

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Water – A Living Boon (6)

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Steps for the Prevention of Diseases:

• Only water that has been thoroughly filtered must be drunk. Ensure that potable water is maintained in a hygienic place during storage. The storage containers of drinking water must be thoroughly washed every day. Do not add clean and fresh water to stale or unwashed containers as there is a grave risk of water contamination, while doing so.

• In the absence of a water purification system, drinking water must be thoroughly boiled and cooled in a hygienic container.

• Consume the food that has been freshly cooked. Do not approach eating diners or restaurants that appear shabby or have unclean kitchens, as the risk of food poisoning as well as contracting water borne diseases runs high in such places.

• On a macro level it can help to ensure that the pipes and taps supplying water to your home are properly maintained. Bring to the notice of your local supervisor of maintenance agency in the event of rusty pumps or unclean water wells.

• Sanitation facilities must be properly maintained while care must be taken to ensure that use of water supply does not clash with the sanitation systems.

• It is important to maintain a high level of hygiene and cleanliness in the home surrounding as well as outside, in order to prevent breeding and festering of harmful microorganisms.

• Since food is a significant breeding ground for bacteria and pathogens, raw food materials such as fresh produce must be washed and cleaned thoroughly before cooking.

Detection of Microbial Pathogens:
An adequate supply of safe drinking water is one of the major prerequisites for a healthy life, but water borne diseases is still a major cause of death in many parts of the world, particularly in young children, the elderly, or those with compromised immune systems. As the epidemiology of waterborne diseases is changing, there is a growing global public health concern about new and reemerging infectious diseases that are occurring through a complex interaction of social, economic, evolutionary, and ecological factors. An important challenge is therefore the rapid, specific and sensitive detection of waterborne pathogens. Presently, microbial tests are based essentially on time-consuming culture methods.

However, newer enzymatic, immunological and genetic methods are being developed to replace and/or support classical approaches to microbial detection. Moreover, innovations in nanotechnology and nanosciences are having a significant impact in biodiagnostics, where a number of nanoparticle-based assays and nanodevices have been introduced for bimolecular detection.

Nanofibres and Nanobiocides:
Electro spun nano-fibers and nano-biocides show potential in the improvement of water filtration membranes. Biofouling of membranes caused by the bacterial load in water reduces the quality of drinking water and has become a major problem. Several studies showed inhibition of these bacteria after exposure to nano-fibers with functionalized surfaces. Nano-biocides such as metal nano-particles and engineered nano-materials are successfully incorporated into nano-fibers showing high antimicrobial activity and stability in water.

Biofilm Removal:
Sessile communities of bacteria encased in extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) are known as bio-films and causes serious problems in various areas, amongst other, the medical industry, industrial water settings, paper industry and food processing industry. Although various methods of bio-film control exist, these methods are not without limitations and often fail to remove bio-films from surfaces.

Nanofiltration:
Nanofiltration is a new type of pressure driven membrane process and used between reverse osmosis and ultrafiltration membranes. The most different specialty of nanofiltration membranes is the higher rejection of multivalent ions than mono-valent ions. Nano filtration membranes are used in softening water, brackish water treatment, industrial waste water treatment and reuse, product separation in the industry, salt recovery and recently desalination as two pass nanofiltration systems.

Reverse Osmosis:
The membrane separation technologies of reverse osmosis (hyper filtration) and nanofiltration are important in water treatment applications. Reverse osmosis is based on the basic principle of osmotic pressure, while nano-filtration makes use of molecule size for separation. Recent advances in the field of nanotechnology are opening a range of possibilities in membrane technologies. These include: new membrane preparation and cleaning methods, new surface and interior modification possibilities, the use of new nanostructure materials, and new characterization techniques.

Chronic effects occur after people consume a contaminant at levels over the EPA’s safety standards for many years. The drinking water contaminants that can have chronic effects are chemicals (such as disinfection by-products, solvents, and pesticides), radio nuclides (such as radium), and minerals (such as arsenic). Examples of the chronic effects of drinking water contaminants are cancer, liver or kidney problems, or reproductive difficulties. Water is capable of dissolving or suspending a tremendous variety of materials there is simply no way to get “pure” water (HO and nothing but HO) out of your faucet. Even distilled water in plastic bottles will have some carbon dioxide (CO) from the air dissolved in it forming a weak acid (carbonic acid), with some dissolved plastic molecules in it as well. Minerals, like calcium and magnesium are essential to human health, and indicate that drinking water can provide a dietary source for these minerals. Materials dissolved in water in inorganic compounds are –
Dissolved gases, Metal and metalloid positive ions – (aluminium, arsenic {MCL=0.05}, lead {MCL=0.015}, mercury {MCL=0.002}, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, copper {MCL=1.3}, etc.), Negative ions – (fluoride {MCL=4.0}, chloride, nitrate {MCL=10.0}, nitrite {MCL=1.0}, phosphate, sulphate, carbonate, cyanide {MCL=0.2}) and Radon.

MCL stands for ‘Maximum Contaminant Level’

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Is it Safe to drink water from a Copper vessel..?

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Time and again, our elders have advised us to drink water stored in copper or brass metals. Considered very beneficial for our health as such, it is said in Ayurveda that water when stored in a copper vessel can balance the vata, kapha and pitta, the 3 doshas of the body. This happens by positively charging the water and this stored water is known as tamara jal. It is said that to benefit from drinking water stored in a copper vessel, the water should be stored for at least 8 hours before consumption. Let us now discuss whether drinking water stored in a copper or brass vessel is safe during pregnancy.

How To Buy Copper Vessel For Storing Water?
• If your doctor has approved and you are sure to drink water stored in a copper jug, make sure you buy the right kind of copper vessel.
• Cleanliness is very important. Before you store water, make sure you have cleaned the vessel with some little tamarind and salt and rinse the same. Never use abrasive materials to clean the vessel as it will scrape the copper lining
• Invest in vessels made of pure copper and not mixed with other metals
• Look for copper purity by carefully studying the shape and design of the vessel. Pure copper is a soft metal and cannot be molded into intricate shapes and designs
• Always make sure that the stored water is covered properly
• Let the water rest overnight and you can drink it in the morning

Though storing water in copper vessels has been in rooted in traditions, in this modern exercising caution is a must. Do not buy cheap copper kalashs from the market and stay away from adulterated materials. Always take your doctor’s approval and too much of copper cannot be utilized by our body and can prove to be detrimental to your and the baby’s health.

Is Drinking Water Stored In Copper Vessels Safe During Pregnancy? It probably is safe to drink water stored in copper vessels during pregnancy, but limited research on the subject has made it difficult to arrive on a sure shot conclusion. Because it is said that copper leaches out in the water stored in it, the effect of the same on pregnancy is largely unknown. Ancient Indian Ayurveda claims that water stored in a copper vessel gets free of bacteria in just 3 hours and also gets ionized, making it an excellent remedy for many diseases. Though copper is an important metal for our body, it is often argued that a well-balanced diet can provide the requisite amounts of copper and so to include drinking water stored in copper vessels during pregnancy , one must take the doctor’s advice.

What Are The Benefits Of Drinking Water Stored In A Copper Vessel?
Ayurveda has it that drinking water stored in copper vessels has the below benefits:

1. Boosts digestive health: Copper can help with digestive problems like acidity, gas and indigestion. Copper has properties that enable the food to move about in the digestive tract faster and also kills harmful bacteria in the process. It also reduces inflammation, thus boosting the digestive health Helps wounds to heal faster: Copper has traditionally been known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, which enable it to heal any wounds quickly

2. Boosts immunity: Copper aids in the production of new red blood cells and strengthens the immune system, especially the digestion by many

3. Helps with thyroid: It is believed that drinking water from a copper vessel can help regulate the working of the thyroid hormone. Copper water also acts as an antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic agent

Helps with iron consumption: We all know how essential it is to have iron in our diet, especially when pregnant. Consuming water that has traces of copper in it helps to absorb iron n the body and thus prevent conditions like pregnancy anemia

Why Do Pregnant Women Need Copper? Copper is especially necessary to make new red blood cells during pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body’s blood volume goes up by a double, and copper becomes extremely important. It also aids in forming the baby’s heart, skeletal and nervous systems and the blood vessels. A pregnant woman needs about 1 mg of copper per day while a breastfeeding mother needs about 1.5 mg per day. A non pregnant woman in the age group 19 to 50 years 0.9 mg per day

What Are The Signs Of Copper Deficiency In Pregnant Women? Copper deficiencies are practically uncommon, and are only observed rarely in women during their child bearing years. During pregnancy, general fatigue, edema, diarrhea, hair loss, paleness etc. can be some indications of being deficient in copper but it is best to get yourself checked by the doctor before arriving on a conclusion.

Can I Cook Food In Copper Vessels? No, you should not cook food in vessels that have been unlined from the inside. If copper comes in direct contact of food, copper levels in your diet could reach toxic levels and cause harm. Cook food only in containers that have copper on the outside or have a copper core bonded to other metals.

Should I Take A Copper Supplement? No. Copper supplements are rarely prescribed because you can get all the copper you need from the food you eat. Unless your doctor specifically recommends a copper supplement, never try increasing the consumption of copper.

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Water – A Living Boon (5)

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Water Contamination..

The main sources of water contamination are industrial discharge from chemical industries, sewage from surrounding areas, pesticides from farming areas, petroleum products, detergents and fertilizers, storage leakage and also soil contamination. Water contamination can be categorized in the following ways:

• Water pollution
• Surface water contamination
• Groundwater contamination
• Water turbidity
• Waste water contamination
• Non-biodegradable water contamination
• Bacterial water contamination – Biological Contamination (bacteria and virus)
• Mineral water impurities

Humans require water that does not contain too many impurities which include metals salts and oxides (including copper, iron, calcium and lead) and/or harmful bacteria. Bottled water, city tap water, well water, rain water… people are trying to find the cleanest source of drinking water. By what are the possible contaminants and what are the health effects of drinking them? The EPA has set standards for more than 80 contaminants that may occur in drinking water and pose a risk to human health. The EPA sets these standards to protect the health of everybody, including vulnerable groups like children. The contaminants fall into two groups according to the health effects that they cause. Your local tap water supplier must alert you through the media, mail, or other means if there is a potential acute or chronic health effect from compounds in the drinking water. You may want to contact the supplier for additional information specific to your area.

EPA has established National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations that set non-mandatory water quality standards for 15 contaminants. EPA does not enforce these “secondary maximum contaminant levels” or “SMCLs.” They are established only as guidelines to assist public water systems in managing their drinking water for aesthetic considerations, such as taste, color and odor. These contaminants are not considered to present a risk to human health at the SMCL.

There are a wide variety of problems related to secondary contaminants. These problems can be grouped into three categories: Aesthetic effects — undesirable tastes or odors; Cosmetic effects – effects which do not damage the body but are still undesirable; and Technical effects – damage to water equipment or reduced effectiveness of treatment for other contaminants.

Aesthetic Effects:
• Standards related to odor and taste: Chloride, Copper, Foaming Agents, Iron, Manganese, pH, Sulfate, Threshold Odor Number (TON), Total Dissolved Solids, Zinc.
• Standards related to color: Aluminum, Color, Copper, Foaming Agents, Iron, Manganese, and Total Dissolved Solids.
• Standards related to foaming: Foaming Agents.

Cosmetic Effects:
• Skin discoloration is a cosmetic effect related to silver ingestion.
• Tooth discoloration and/or pitting are caused by excess fluoride exposures during the formative period prior to eruption of the teeth in children.

Technical Effects:
• Corrosivity, and staining related to corrosion, not only affect the aesthetic quality of water, but may also have significant economic implications. Other effects of corrosive water, such as the corrosion of iron and copper, may stain household fixtures, and impart objectionable metallic taste and red or blue-green colour to the water supply as well. Corrosion of distribution system pipes can reduce water flow.
• Scaling and sedimentation are other processes which have economic impacts. Scale is a mineral deposit which builds up on the insides of hot water pipes, boilers, and heat exchangers, restricting or even blocking water flow. Sediments are loose deposits in the distribution system or home plumbing.

State health agencies and public water systems often decide to monitor and treat their supplies for secondary contaminants; federal regulations do not require them to do this. Where secondary contaminants are a problem, the types of removal technologies discussed later are corrective actions which the water supplier can take. They are usually effective depending upon the overall nature of the water supply.

Acute effects occur within hours or days of the time that a person consumes a contaminant. People can suffer acute health effects from almost any contaminant if they are exposed to extraordinarily high levels (as in the case of a spill). In drinking water, microbes, such as bacteria and viruses, are the contaminants with the greatest chance of reaching levels high enough to cause acute health effects. Most people’s bodies can fight off these microbial contaminants the way they fight off germs, and these acute contaminants typically don’t have permanent effects. Nonetheless, when high enough levels occur, they can make people ill, and can be dangerous or deadly for a person whose immune system is already weak due to HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, steroid use, or another reason.

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