H20: What do you know?

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Written by Emily Watkins; Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

Water is the foundation of life. We could not exist without it. The most important of all nutrition, water makes up between 55–60 percent of our body composition. Different cells contain different amounts of water. For example, bone is about 22 percent water, and muscle is about 75 Percent water. 


Water has many important jobs. It dissolves and transports substances, catalyzes chemical reactions, lubricates tissues, regulates temperature and provides minerals. Without a good balance of fluids, we risk serious health issues and even death. 


Let’s talk about weight, a touchy subject. Before we dive in let’s talk about self love. In the last issue we discussed happiness and how to cultivate it. The same is true of loving and accepting ourselves as we are at any given moment.

While you may not be okay with the number on the scale, the process of change can be much easier if you appreciate your body for what it can do for you and not just what it looks like.


It is true that many people are carrying around too much weight, and we see the consequences of that frequently in the rise of metabolic disorders, as well as an increase in back and joint pain.



Yeast Infections: A quick guide to caring for yourself

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Written by Caitlin Summers

Women are becoming more comfortable talking about subjects that used to have a great deal of stigma behind them, such as periods and sex. However, there are still some topics we women would prefer not to talk about. 

Let’s discuss yeast infections. Don’t blush yet because it’s something an estimated 75 percent of women will have at least once. It may be that we are uncomfortable to talk about it because yeast infections are uncomfortable. I’ve had some painful cramps, but having an itch that we wouldn’t want people to see us scratch in public could be worse. Yeast infections happen, and there are ways that you can treat them right away and even prevent them. 


Yeast infections aren’t an STI. According to Judith Devorak, APRN, CNP of Olmsted Medical Center, “The yeast that causes it is a fungus named candida. This fungus normally lives in the gastrointestinal tract and sometimes in the vagina.” When bacterial changes happen, an overgrowth of the yeast can occur causing what’s known as a yeast infection. 



Rowing: Girls growing in all areas of life

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Written by Holly Galbus

High school girls are discovering opportunities for physical, mental, social, and academic growth in the sport of rowing through the program at Rochester Rowing Club of Minnesota (RRCMN).


Founded in 1990, the RRCMN was originally a program for adults but has grown and expanded over the years, and in 2001, they added a Juniors program. During the last season, there were 10 high school girls on the team. Although their numbers are small, they have a fierce devotion to the sport of rowing and say the academic and personal growth opportunities have made it their sport of choice.


Access to natural healing techniques such as meditation, hypnotherapy, energy healing and reiki is on the rise. Here are highlights of a few local establishments available for holistic healing services.


A Beautiful Soul is a healing center, complete with healing boutique, created and owned by Brinn McManus. For the past two years in the Design District at Cooke Park neighborhood of Rochester, McManus has amassed a broad range of clientele. “We have seen such a diverse population,” McManus begins, “from clinic visitors looking for additional healing to children learning about crystals.”


Whether you’re wearing sparkling glass slippers, designer flats or walking sneakers, a proper shoe fit can alleviate or prevent many foot problems. Several factors play a role in how comfortable a shoe will be. 

According to local experts, important considerations for women are that their shoes or shoe products fit properly and provide appropriate arch support. Their knowledge and services can be your “bibbidi- bobbidi-boo” to having healthy, happy—and sometimes bare—feet.


Why are supportive shoes and products so important? “Supportive shoes will appropriately distribute the weight and pressure created by your body over the entire plantar, or bottom of your foot,” says Loring Stead, DPM, an expert in podiatric medicine and surgery at Olmsted Medical Center. “Without appropriate support, many people may develop foot pain.”



Health, Wealth and Happiness: What is Happiness?

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Written by Emily Watkins

I vividly remember a moment, driving home from a date with my high school boyfriend, when I felt a physical wave of happiness sweep over me. That's an elusive feeling, one that is reserved for only the really special moments in life: walking down the aisle toward my love and holding my newborn sons, ranking the highest of those moments.


Things that make me happy: naps, reading good books, red wine, fluffy TV shows, watching my kids play sports, dates with my husband. But not many things bring that visceral feeling of happiness. 

Friends say happiness is family, children, God, being a source of healing for others, being a mom and wife, being part of a church community. Others say that keeping their minds and bodies engaged in meaningful pursuits and being able to control their own activities and change their minds are what make them happy. 



Did You Say Something? Dementia or Hearing Loss

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Written by Dr. Amy Swain, Audiologist

Summertime brings family members together for reunions, weddings and graduation parties. During these events, we might notice our parents aging and sense some changes in their cognition or memory. You may begin to wonder if they have a memory issue. Researchers are now saying we should not assume it is a memory issue because it is possible they just didn’t hear the whole conversation.


Many studies show a link between Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss. The reality is that hearing loss has a bigger impact on our health than we realize.

Frank Lin, otolaryngologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, has completed multiple studies that reveal the link between cognitive decline and hearing loss. In his 2011 study, results showed that seniors with hearing loss were significantly more likely to develop dementia than their counterparts who had normal hearing. The reason for the link is unknown, but researchers have suggested that dementia and hearing loss might have a common underlying pathology. Dementia may be exacerbated for seniors with hearing loss because it takes more effort for that individual to hear and understand conversations, putting more stress on the brain.  



Of Girls and Horses: Lettering in Equestrian

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Written by Holly Galbus

Equestrian is one of the newest lettering opportunities in sports for high school girls. The program, written and proposed to the Rochester Public School district by Susan Austin and Eliese Klennert, is now in its second year.


Eliese Klennert, owner of The Stables Equestrian Center, is a certified riding instructor and coach. She volunteers her time as advisor for the Rochester Public School District’s Equestrian Club. 

Klennert says equestrian is a physical and mental sport. “Coaches say 90 percent of riding is between your ears, meaning it’s mentally challenging. You might be dealing with a horse who is having a bad day. Also, your teammate (the horse) doesn’t speak your language. So, along with developing the physical skills needed in the sport, riders learn to communicate with the horse.” Klennert explains the sport is also physically demanding, as riders need to “own their own body” and be able to influence the horse, a 1,200-pound animal who isn’t always interested in following the rider’s signals.



The Beauty of Giving and Receiving: Stylists Embrace the Gift of Life through Kidney Transplants

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Written by Trish Amundson Photography by Dawn Sanborn Photography

The month of March—National Kidney Month—calls attention to kidney disease, raising awareness about kidney health, prevention of kidney disease and lifesaving treatments. It’s the perfect time to learn more about the need for organ donors and transplant options. For local hair stylists and 15-year colleagues Katie Chapman and Sonja Kalis, it’s an opportunity to reflect on their experience of giving and receiving the gift of life.


Three years ago, Sonja was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and told she would need a kidney transplant. “I thought it would be many years down the road,” she recalls. “But 18 months later, they told me I had to have it sooner rather than later.” 

The seriousness of her medical situation became more real than ever before. Her name went on the transplant list, a long list of individuals waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor. Unfortunately, many patients with kidney failure end up on dialysis before they reach the top of the list—before a transplant is possible. 


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