Flavored waters are among the most popular beverages sold today, promising to be a better option than soda. However, they can be full of sugar, preservatives and artificial ingredients. But how about making your own?
What Is a Zinger Bottle?
The Zinger bottle from Zing Anything is a water bottle that was deigned to help you create flavored waters of your own and take them with you on the go. You simply fill the bottom of the Zinger with fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs and allow it to steep for minutes or hours until desired flavor. Then, like magic, you have refreshing flavored water you can feel good about drinking all day long to stay hydrated.
There are two options available: the Citrus Zinger and the Aqua Zinger. You can use hot or cold water in these bottles and even carbonated water, just in case you're missing the bubbles of soda.
Zinger Recipes to Try
Wondering what you would fill it with? Here are some of our favorite combinations:
1. The Classic: 1/2 lemon
Lemons are a great source of vitamins like vitamin C that keep the skin fresh and vibrant and protect the the rets of the body against free radical damage. Vitamin C also keeps the immune system strong.
2. The Minty Classic: 3 chunks of lemon and 2 or 3 mint leaves
You get those antioxidant benefits from the lemon but also the digestive benefits of the mint leaves. Mint helps assists in the breakdown of food and reduces uncomfortable bloating.
3. The Berry Blast: 3 blueberries, 3 raspberries and 3 blackberries
Add enough of each to fill the Zinger bottle compartment (any proportions you like, really) and enjoy a healthy dose of anthocyanins, a type of antioxidant that gives the berries their deep color.
4. The Cleanser: 3 chunks of cucumber, 1 mint leaf, 1/2-inch piece of ginger
The cucumber and mint are cooling while the ginger provides some spice. Together, they're hydrating and promote digestive regularity and the removal of waste and toxins for a natural detox.
5. The Tropical: 2 chunks of pineapple, 2 chunks of orange and 2 cherries
From the pineapple you get bromelain, a digestive enzyme and the orange provides vitamin C and additional antioxidants. The cherries also provide antioxidants and a sweet flavor.
Why You Should Drink More Water
The ideal amount of water to consume on a daily basis varies by your size. However, the Mayo Clinic recommends men drink about 3 liters of water daily while women should have approximately 2.2 liters. The body needs adequate fluids to function properly. Symptoms of dehydration include dark urine, dizziness and fatigue. Your skin and hair may also become dry and brittle.
Starting your day off with a glass of water will also get your metabolism moving. Drinking a full glass which each meal and snack may also help you eat less, assisting you in managing your weight. If you exercise regularly (which you should be), drinking water is essential for performing at your best and recovering after the workout is done.
Lastly, water helps clean out the body. Drinking water promotes the removal of toxins and waste from the body that can build up over time, causing short-term symptoms like indigestion and long-term symptoms like a weakened immune system.
Everyone should make drinking more water a priority. Teach your kids how to make their own flavored waters to break them away from processed, bottled drinks. Try out these recipes and let us know which one is your favorite!