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 container is the best way. Clay bottles not only cool the water down, they also provide healing with the elements of earth. Most significantly, clay bottles transfer the chill to the water based on the climate. This quality of a clay container is unique, and no other container has the same quality.
Clay is porous. In the same way, a clay container is also porous. When you store water in a clay container, the evaporation happens. This process causes cooling as water particles gain energy in the form of heat, then change to gas and get mixed with air. A clay container 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 containers, quite opposite to the metal or enamel-lined crockery that we use today.
Another benefit of clay water containers is the alkaline nature of clay. The alkaline clay interacts with the acidity of water and provides the proper pH balance. This 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 container.
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 and pose a health hazard. Alternatively, drinking water from a clay container can help improve metabolism without dangerous chemicals like BPA added to the fray. Drinking water from a clay container 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. Water stored in a clay container tastes natural, pleasantly chilled and also helps improve metabolism and virility.
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.