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We’re bragging on our drink bottle colors this month—we’ve added some new ones to our already brilliant collection, so check us out to grab and go! Summertime is activetime for many of us, but you can’t forget your hydration. Now, more than ever, everyone is bringing their own drinks with them wherever they go; and they’re doing it in style. No worries! Zojirushi has your back!
Twist off lids seal tight and keep the cool or heat inside for a long, long time. Use it like a mug and drink direct.   Easily cover the mouth area with this flip-open lid to maintain cleanliness.   Removable cup lid is an added convenience when you want to drink from a cup.
† Zojirushi America Corporation warrants only the thermal insulation of certain vacuum insulated products against defects for a period of five years from the date of original retail purchase; product must be used within the US or Canada.
The interior of all Zojirushi vacuum mugs and bottles is made of high quality stainless steel, and is BPA-Free. Lids, stoppers, mouth rings and all other plastic parts are also BPA-free.
It is important to keep your Zojirushi mugs, bottles and jars clean so they can be used for years to come! Here are a few tips Zojirushi recommends!  
   
  What You Will Need:
  • Soft Sponge Brush
  • Mild Detergent
  • Soft Dry Cloth
 
A clean interior helps to prevent odor and keeps your drinks and food tasting fresh!
Wash thoroughly with warm water and a mild detergent. Use a soft sponge or brush, then dry completely.
Deep Cleaning: Rust spots and water stains can be cleaned by filling the main body with a 10% vinegar and hot water solution. Let stand for 30 minutes to 1 hour without the lid assembly, then wash out thoroughly.
  Giving a thorough wash prevents stains and odor. Make sure to remove all parts. This includes gaskets, valve packings, stoppers from the lid, mouthpiece, inner bowls and lids.  
  Remove all plastic parts, including the gaskets, for thorough cleaning to prevent stains and odor. Use warm water and a mild detergent.  
  All parts can be taken apart without tools, if it is too difficult to remove, gasket rings can be taken out by using a sharp pin to get under them and prying loose. Wash with warm water, mild dishwashing liquid and soft sponge.  
Deep Cleaning: Odor or discoloration on inner bowls can be washed thoroughly, then dried in a well-ventilated, sunlit area for 1 to 2 hours. Soup bowls can be boiled in hot water for 2 to 3 minutes, then dried completely.
You know the old saying, “If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.” This is what you want to avoid for good heart health, according to the American Heart Association. Being well hydrated means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood. When you’re exercising you might sweat away as much as 5 lbs. of fluids, which the body needs to replace. They say a pint of water is needed for every pound lost.
It’s recommended that you drink water even before exercising, as an important first step. That way your body isn’t playing catch-up and adding strain to your heart. And don’t think that getting your water is only for physical activity—just sitting in the sun on a hot or humid day can cause your body to need more fluids.
Remember that water isn’t the only way you can get hydrated. There are plenty of foods that will do the trick too. Soups, high water content fruits—like apples, watermelons and oranges, or vegetables like zucchinis, carrots and broccoli are all sources of hydration. If you get tired of plain water, try infusing it with lemon or lime slices; or make coconut water ice cubes and add them to your water for a nutty, slightly sweet taste.
Any beverage counts toward hydrating your body, except for alcohol. Even coffee and tea, in which the caffeine is mildly diuretic, adds more water content than you lose through having to go to the bathroom. No matter what though, most researchers agree that water is best for the body.
sources: American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, Consumer Reports, NPR
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