On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness information for all Oklahomans, published three times a week.

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The Benefits of Unplugging From Your Smartphone

When was the last time you went an entire day without using your phone to scroll through social media, snap a photo, check your email or play a game? The convenience of a smartphone makes it hard to put down. Researchers have noticed the uptick in smartphone use and some are asking, “Do smartphones cause more problems than they solve?”

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Is Blue Light Harmful?

After staring at a computer for hours, who hasn’t felt like their eyes were tired and dry? But can the blue light given off by screens, smartphones and other digital sources actually cause damage to your body?

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It's Never Too Early To Teach Your Child To Respect Animals

Every living creature deserves kindness, and it’s important that your children know the safe way to interact with our furry, scaly and feathered friends.

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Diabetes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of type 2 diabetes and the fourth highest death rate from diabetes in the country. But it doesn't have to be this way! With lifestyle changes, type 2 diabetes can be controlled and even reversed. Brent Wilson, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at INTEGRIS, explains how to start the program.

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Trust Your Gut: When Your Child Needs To See a GI Specialist

Diagnoses of gastrointestinal disorders are on the rise for children, and can include infantile colic, recurrent abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux, vomiting, nutritional intolerances, celiac disease, malabsorption syndromes, acute diarrhea, persistent diarrhea, chronic constipation and more. Luckily, the treatment and management of these pediatric conditions are getting more sophisticated. When it comes to deciding whether it’s time for a child to see a GI specialist, Dr. Shambayati says to "trust your gut."

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All About Migraines

To mark National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Morgan, a neurologist at INTEGRIS, explains the science behind migraines and how to help manage and treat symptoms.

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Know Your Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

Whether you’re walking a trail in the woods, trimming brush in your backyard, or pitching a tent in one of Oklahoma’s campgrounds, you may come across poison ivy this summer – and before you know it, you might be sporting a red, itchy rash. The best way to avoid poison ivy is to recognize it when you see it. Here’s how to identify poison ivy, oak and sumac so you can avoid all of them!

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Areas of the Body Most Injured by Fireworks

Fireworks are likely a part of your Fourth of July celebration, but that doesn’t mean they are safe! The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates an average of 250 people make a trip to the emergency room each day of the month with a firework-related injury around the holiday. What areas of the body get the most damage?

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Nasal Congestion: How To Clear Your Baby's Nose Naturally

A common rite of passage into parenthood is clearing out your baby’s nose for the first time. It can be scary and there are often tears involved. These natural home remedies can help make the experience a little less stressful and help you clear your baby’s nose like a pro.

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Swim Lessons: Start Early, Practice Often

The tragic news that country singer Granger Smith's 3-year-old son drowned at home has many parents worried about swimming safety for their infants and toddlers. The American Academy of Pediatrics lists drowning as the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. However, the AAP suggests that swim lessons can be beneficial for children and may decrease drowning rates. Local YMCA locations in the OKC metro have a swim lesson program aiming to get toddlers and infants into the pool at a very young age, starting at just six months.

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Ways to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Active This Summer

Childhood is a period of important physical, personal, mental and emotional growth. If you keep their bodies and minds engaged during the summer your children have a better chance of excelling in school in the fall (not to mention retaining what they learned the year before).

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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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Toxic-Free, DIY Cleaning Supplies

Many common commercial cleaners are filled with toxic substances that can also produce environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal. But with a few small changes, anyone can switch out harsh cleaning products for more natural options that make a home sparkle without damaging the environment or affecting a person's health.

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Your Guide To Oklahoma Float Trips This Summer

Floating the Illinois River in Tahlequah, Oklahoma is a weekend well spent in the outdoors and we bet many of you are planning a float trip this summer. Here's what you need to remember to stay safe.

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The Best Bicycle Groups and Trails in Oklahoma City

Remember the freedom you felt as a child when you hopped on your bike, pedaled down the street and let the wind hit your face? That childhood joy isn’t just for kids. Today, millions of adults and children still revel in the fun of bike riding both for pleasure and for health. Why not see what you've been missing and try out these OKC bike trails?

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How Common Are Snake Attacks in Oklahoma?

Residents across Oklahoma recently watched a terrifying video that showed a large snake biting an unsuspecting Lawton man directly in the face. But just how common are snakes in Oklahoma? How poisonous are they? Should you be worried that one might be lurking in your mailbox? It's important to know which snakes are most dangerous and what to do if a loved one gets bitten.

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Rowing Your Way to Fitness in Oklahoma City

Learn more about this fast and fun workout, whether you’ll be sitting pretty on an indoor rowing machine or enjoying the fresh air with an outdoor row at the state-of-the-art OKC Boathouse District.

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More, Please! Speaking Sign Language with Your Baby

Babies can communicate with signs even before they learn to talk, making it easier for caregivers to understand their needs, helping their vocal speech development and boosting their cognitive growth.

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A Way to Combat the Unpredictability of Living With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Is that cramping, abdominal pain or bloating simply indigestion, or could it be something more? April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, so learn to identify the FODMAPs that may be causing your IBS.

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Oklahoma City Ranks 18th for Seasonal Allergies in the U.S.

Oklahoma City is ranked 18th in the nation for "Most Challenging Places to Live with Spring Allergies." What is the main culprit for Oklahoma City having a bad allergy season?

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