5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Using Clay Water Pot

Keeping water cool on hot days to improve metabolism - unearth the science behind clay pot water.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Sandeep Jassal, DNM
Written by Tanya Choudhary, ISSA Certified Specialist In Fitness & Nutrition
Edited by Ravi Teja Tadimalla, Professional Certificate In Food, Nutrition & Health
Fact-checked by Himanshi Mahajan, Certified Health & Nutrition Life Coach  • 

Water is essential for our survival. But, did you know that how we store and consume water makes a difference as well? If you have ever had water from plastic bottles vs a clay pot, you would know what we mean! While you may store water in plastic bottles, steel containers, or glass bottles, clay water pot health benefits make it a more healthier option. It adds more than just the earthy taste and richness to water. Wondering how? Read on to know more and make the right choice for yourself!

Clay Water Pot – 5 Amazing Health Benefits

1. Cooling Water

Clay pots keep the water cool.
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We all remember the good old days when we would drink water stored in the Matkas. Scientists claim that storing water in a clay water pot is the best way. Clay pots not only cool the water down, they also provide healing with the elements of earth. Most significantly, clay pots transfer the chill to the water based on the climate. This quality of a clay pot is unique, and no other container has the same quality (1).

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Archaeologists in India discovered clay pots that date back to 3300-1500 BC (i.e., the Indus Valley Civilization) and were used for all purposes, including storing water.

2. Porous

Clay pots are porous.
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Clay is porous. In the same way, a clay pot is also porous. When you store water in a clay pot, the evaporation happens. This process causes natural cooling as water particles gain energy in the form of heat, then change to gas and get mixed with air. A clay pot has small holes visible at the microscopic level through which water seeps out and gains energy to become gas and gets evaporated causing cooling. Heat and moisture circulate throughout the pot, quite opposite to the metal or enamel-lined crockery that we use today. Some pots are made of a special type of clay containing speckles of mica, colloquially known as ‘micaceous’ clay. Mica is a natural insulator.

3. Alkaline

Clay pot maintains the water pH.
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Another benefit of clay water pots is the alkaline nature of clay. The alkaline clay interacts with the acidity of water and provides the proper pH balance. This alkaline water can help curb acidity and in turn provides relief from gastronomic pains. This nature of clay is quite useful and is one of the few well-documented benefits of drinking water from an earthen or a terracotta pot. When acidic food like meat or milk is cooked in an earthen pot, the clay helps to neutralize the overly acidic qualities of food as well (2).

4. Improves Metabolism And Virility

Drinking water from a clay pot improves metabolism
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Drinking the right amount of water everyday can help us boost metabolism. We usually store water in plastic containers, without realizing that there are harmful chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol A) in plastic that cling onto the water molecules, which can affect your immunity and pose a health hazard. Alternatively, drinking water from a clay pot can help improve metabolism without dangerous chemicals like BPA added to the fray. Drinking water from a clay pot can also help maintain a level of testosterone in your body, as opposed to plastic, which in turn reduces the amount of testosterone in our body. Clay water tastes natural, pleasantly chilled and also helps improve metabolism and virility (3).

5. Gentle On The Throat

Drinking water from a claypot is ideal for people with cough
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Remember the summer vacations, when we came back from the park after a nice game of football or hopscotch. Mum or Grandma would insist on drinking water from the Matka rather than the fridge. Although we never knew why, one of the reasons could have been to avoid sunstroke. And the other reason could have been that the sudden temperature change could make us sick.

What we did not realize though, is that the water stored in an earthen pot is gentle on the throat. It is an ideal drink for people suffering from cough or cold (4).

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Clay pots have been used for storage purposes by many ancient civilizations, such as Egyptian, Greek, Mesopotamian, and Chinese civilizations. In fact, the pottery wheel used to make clay pots was made in Mesopotamia around 3000 BC.

These are some of the benefits of drinking water from clay pots. The only important thing to remember is to clean these pots every three days and change the water regularly. The ‘surahi’ or narrow-neck jug-shaped water pot and the ‘matka’ or traditional water pot are the two types of clay pots available.

Infographic: 4 Good Reasons To Use Clay Water Pots

Using clay pots to store drinking water, especially in the summers, is an age-old practice. This water not only has an earthy smell but also offers various health benefits. Check out the infographic below to learn why you should use clay water pots.

4 good reasons to use clay water pots (infographic)

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Drinking water from a clay water pot benefits you in multiple ways. The water stored in the clay pot remains constantly cool and does not get excessively cold. The clay pot acts as a natural insulator. The water in the clay pot also has a balanced pH, which helps manage acidity and gastronomic pains. Having water from a clay pot also improves digestion and virility. Such water is also gentle on the throat. For best results, cleanse the clay pot regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are clay pots good for health?

Yes, clay pots are good for your health. They enrich the stored water with many nutrients and minerals. Ayurveda suggests that the alkaline properties of clay help in detoxification, neutralize the acidity of the food, and ease digestion.

Are clay pots toxic?

No, these handmade clay pots are considered a part of rural craft and are not toxic. They are known for their water-enriching properties and are suitable for traditional cooking. Moreover, they are sustainable and eco-friendly.

Can clay pots go in the fridge?

Yes, clay pots can be placed in the fridge. However, do not place these pots for longer hours in the refrigerator.

Do clay pots purify water?

Yes, clay pots can purify water. Their porous micro-texture helps filter the contaminants.

Can we pour hot water into a clay pot?

Yes, you can pour hot water into a clay pot.

Key Takeaways

  • Clay pots have microscopic holes in them that may help facilitate evaporation thus cooling the water inside them and may also provide healing properties to the water.
  • They are alkaline in nature and help balance the acidity of the water.
  • Drinking water from clay pots may help curb acidity and improve digestion.
  • It may also boost metabolism and virility without exposing you to dangerous chemicals like BPA.
  • Moreover, water stored in these artisanal pots is ideal for people who are suffering from cough or cold.

Drinking clay pot water has many health benefits. Check out the video below to learn how it can help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and more.

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