July is Connecticut’s hottest month, averaging 85 degrees. It is important to stay hydrated whether you are inside or outside. Dehydration means that your body is losing more water than it is taking in. Although drinking water is the obvious solution to dehydration it is not the only solution. Here are five creative ways to re-hydrate.

  1. Drink Milk

Milk is full of many wonderful vitamins and minerals. It is a healthy supplemental boost of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin C and protein. For those with lactose intolerance there are several nondairy options like soy milk, almond milk and coconut milk. Each one has an array of nutritional benefits. And if you’re going to treat yourself to a glass of milk, why not make it chocolate milk?

  1. Coffee or Tea

There is a common belief that coffee and tea will dehydrate you. This is true for copious amounts (like 3 cups in one sitting) but untrue for regular quantities. An 8-ounce cup of coffee or tea is just as hydrating as a glass of water.

  1. Fruits

There are many fruits that contain an incredible amount of water. These make great snacks on summer days because they satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you healthy and hydrated. Some of the best ones are: melons, berries, oranges and grapes.

  1. Vegetables

Several kinds of vegetables can keep you hydrated. The top choices are lettuce and spinach, so consider having a cool summer salad for lunch on hot days. Celery and carrots also have a lot of water and can make a great snack at home or on-the-go.

  1. Homemade Hydration

Sports drinks are known to be great for hydration because they contain electrolytes and necessary salts and sugars. Make your own hydrating beverage using this simple recipe. To flavor your drink, add slices of cucumber, lemon, berries or oranges. Be creative!

Extra Tip: Studies show that having drinks within arm’s reach and using a straw promote more frequent drinking and better hydration.