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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Water keeps your body in balance

Published in For the Health of It Author: Janet Handrigan,MD

H2O. Agua. Eau. Wasser. Acqua. Woda. Biyaha. However you say it, water is essential to maintain optimal hydration.

Promoting water consumption is an important strategy for reducing the intake of sugary drinks to ultimately reduce or prevent obesity. Consumption of sugary drinks has been identified as the largest contributor of calories and added sugars in the U.S. diet.

A study from the University of North Carolina and Virginia Tech found that just swapping eight ounces of a sugary drink with eight ounces of water every day can help you lose four pounds in six months. Replacing sugary drinks with water could cut up to 235 calories per day from the average American child’s diet.

As a replacement strategy, people frequently choose to drink bottled water as a healthy alternative to other beverages. Although drinking bottled water is healthier than drinking sodas and other sugary drinks, tap water is more affordable and can offer additional benefits.

How much water do you need?

More than 50 percent of your body weight is water. Without water, you couldn’t maintain a normal body temperature, lubricate your joints or get rid of waste through urination, sweat and bowel movements. Not getting enough water can lead to dehydration, which causes muscle weakness, cramping and lack of coordination. You also could get heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

You need enough water to replace what you lose daily through urination, sweating and even exhaling. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board recommended that women need 91 ounces (11 cups) of water daily and men need 125 ounces (15 cups).

Keep in mind that your need for water increases:

  • When the temperature increases
  • With physical activity
  • During illnesses — especially fevers, vomiting and diarrhea