On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness news for all Oklahomans.

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The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is known as "meditation with movement." It's great for people of all fitness levels who want to improve their health. Here is what to expect from your first class.

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Advice and Recipes To Boost Your Milk Supply

When they are breastfeeding, many new mothers may wonder if they are producing enough milk. They may look for ways to naturally boost their milk supply so that their baby gets all the nutrition and antibodies that breast milk can provide. Luckily for breastfeeding mommies, there are ways to maintain and boost your milk production, including recipes.

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What is Insulin Resistance? What is Prediabetes? How Can You Prevent It?

Did you know it's possible to be thin and prediabetic, or obese and never get diabetes? It depends on your genes. Anyone who develops diabetes has a gene that allows insulin resistance to happen. Our genes load the gun but more importantly, our lifestyle pulls the trigger. Certified diabetes educator Brent Wilson explains.

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Diabetes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the country. But it doesn't have to be this way! With lifestyle changes, it can be controlled and even reversed.

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What to Expect After a Stroke: On the Path To Recovery

There is life after stroke. With time and repetition, new routines will become familiar. Rehabilitation can build your strength and confidence and can help you continue your daily activities despite the effects of stroke.

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Take Your Kids to Oklahoma’s Gardens, Farmers Markets and U-Pick Farms for Food Fun

When a child is truly involved in the food – planting the seed, getting their hands in the dirt and harvesting – that’s when the connection to food really ignites.

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The Warning Signs of Alcohol Addiction

How do you know when your need for alcohol becomes abnormal? When does a craving for a drink signal an alcohol addiction? What should you do if you think you have a problem?

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What is the Golden Hour in Strokes? Why is it Important?

During a stroke, the brain loses as many neurons as it does in almost 3.6 years of normal aging for each hour in which treatment fails to occur.

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Word to You, Mother: 13 Tips On Staying Resilient From INTEGRIS Working Moms

In honor of Mother's Day, 13 INTEGRIS working moms describe what keeps them resilient.

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The Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Go Beyond Relaxation

Rubbing areas that hurt is a natural human response. But beyond easing tension and sore muscles, did you know therapeutic massage lowers blood pressure, improves weight gain in preterm infants, can relieve migraine headache pain and even reduce scar tissue and stretch marks? Plus so much more!

Susan Hawkins

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10 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

Many cultures throughout Asia have harnessed the healing powers of green tea for thousands of years, but the Western world has gone crazy for green tea only in the last few decades. Lately it seems you can't pick up a newspaper or visit a health website that doesn't proclaim the supposed health benefits of green tea, from weight loss to preventing colds to fighting cancer. But should you believe the hype?

Juli Johnson

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Keto, Whole30 and Paleo: An INTEGRIS Dietitian Gives His Real Opinion

We’ve looked at three of the biggest diets out there – Keto, Whole30 and Paleo – and asked Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at INTEGRIS, for his real opinion on each of them.

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The Top 18 Blog Posts of 2018

To wrap up the year, we’ve compiled the 18 most popular On Your Health blog posts of 2018. From hot flashes and nut butter to firework injuries and colonoscopy stories, our readers wanted information on the latest health trends and we were more than happy to oblige!

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Intermittent Fasting: Is the latest hot dieting trend good for you?

While it might seem that everyone is talking about intermittent fasting, you may be wondering if it’s the right choice for you. Let’s chew on some information about the time-restricted eating trend with the help of INTEGRIS registered dietitian Brent Wilson.

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Inherited Breast Cancer Risk, Genetic Testing and Information on a Preventive Mastectomy

Genetic testing and preventive mastectomies are changing the game for young women who are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

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Can Nutrition Influence Breast Cancer Risk?

Juli Johnson, an APRN at the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, often gets asked if there are foods that lower the risk of breast cancer. Here is her answer.

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Preventing Bone Loss and Rebuilding Bone with Exercise

Imagine having bones so fragile even a sneeze can lead to a painful fracture or break. For people living with severe osteoporosis, avoiding a situation like this is an everyday challenge. Fortunately, for many who are at risk for developing osteoporosis, preventive exercises can help keep bones in good shape.

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How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Keep You Well

Combining an "East Meets West" approach, the concept of health and wellness is becoming more integrated between Western and Eastern medicine.

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Spotlight on Rehabilitation Therapy

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. It's a great time to spotlight rehabilitation therapy, which treats brain injuries and so much more. Rehabilitation can help someone return to playing the sport she once loved or help a stroke victim regain the ability to perform daily tasks like getting dressed and brushing teeth.

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Best Foods for a Healthy Heart

Did you know February is Heart Health Month? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Choosing heart-healthy foods can benefit everyone, even those without a history of heart disease.

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