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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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Tips to Boost Mental Health

A person whose mental health is in good shape is resilient, able to feel and express a full range of emotions (positive and negative) and to form and maintain positive relationships with others. Mentally healthy people can learn new things and cope with unusual events and situations. None of us can prevent the unexpected, but we can take good care of our mental health so that when surprises or challenges happen, we can process and cope with them.

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What Older Adults Should Know about Eating Bad Carbs

Aging brings about many changes. Your metabolism slows down, aches and pains become more commonplace and your mind may not be as sharp as it once was. It can be easy to let your food awareness slip and focus less on nutrition. We talk about the importance of eating healthy as you age. More specifically, we explain the impact bad carbohydrates can have on your body and mind.

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Plant-Based Jerky You Can Make at Home

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy plant-based jerky. People following the flexitarian diet use it as a healthier snack alternative, while others may eat plant-based jerky if they’re trying to cut back on their animal protein intake due to cardiovascular health risks such as high cholesterol. We’re here to offer insight on this new food trend and provide plant-based jerky recipes for you to try at home.

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September is National Recovery Month

Mental health and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. We asked Courtney Hays, Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager II at Arcadia Trails, a few questions about addiction and, more specifically, her role as a caregiver.

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Foods That Give You Energy

If you plan it right, what you eat can help keep you healthy and energized all day long. The key is to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and to eat meals made up of low glycemic index carbohydrates combined with protein and small amounts of healthy fats.

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Common Causes of Premature Aging

Premature aging can happen as a result of common lifestyle factors and behaviors, all of which can be corrected or altered. We’ll explain how premature aging can affect you and discuss some simple tips on how you can avoid it.

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How To Avoid Frailty As We Age

Frailty makes daily life more difficult, uncomfortable and dangerous. Frailty syndrome is a diagnosis defined by age-related decreases in normal/daily function. It sounds a little vague, but what it comes down to is loss of muscle, stamina, endurance, general fitness and sometimes weight. Diagnostic criteria also include easy exhaustion, slowness and low levels of physical activity. The definition also may include the presence of two or more chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, cancer or others.

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Nutrition for Kids: How to Incorporate Healthy Foods

Ninety percent of children don’t eat enough vegetables and 60 percent of children don’t eat enough fruits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest analysis from 2014. That’s why we’re delving into how you can incorporate more healthy foods into your child’s diet. We’ll discuss how to talk to your child about nutrition, go over which nutrients your child needs to grow and share easy recipes you can try at home.

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Natural Oils for Skin Care

With consumers moving away from processed skin care products with dozens of ingredients to try natural skin care products, natural oils have grown in popularity. We’re covering some of the best natural oils for your skin, what you should look for and how you can avoid suffering from adverse or allergic reactions.

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Make End-of-Life Planning a Priority with a Living Will

Why should everyone, regardless of age, have a Living Will? Think of it as a gift to your family so they don’t have to agonize over health care decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself.

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How to Find an Online Personal Trainer

While there are endless online classes and fitness subscriptions, personal training can provide you with a customized workout plan, nutrition guidance and one-on-one support from a certified professional. So, how can you determine if online personal training is right for you, and where should you look for an online personal trainer?

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Intuitive Eating

The idea behind intuitive eating is this: eat what you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. No foods are restricted or off-limits. That’s a heady plan. It’s kind of no plan, a sort of free-range approach to eating. According to its adherents, food becomes something to enjoy, not something to constantly measure, regulate and evaluate.

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Chlorophyll: What is it? Is it Good For Your Health?

Seems like social media has become infatuated with mesmerizing, swirling, wonderfully green chlorophyll. We get it: watching someone squeeze droppers full of evergreen liquid into water is enchanting. It’s perfect for TikTok and Instagram, but you may be wondering whether it’s good for your health. We explain what you need to know.

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Exercises for Your Body and Mind

Many people work out primarily for the physical benefits. However, it is easy to lose motivation to exercise when our mental health is suffering. If you’ve ever skipped a workout when you’re feeling sad or anxious, you could actually be missing an opportunity to turn your mood around.

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What’s an Algae Bloom?

You may be hearing news reports about algae blooms in area lakes or other bodies of water. That sounds ominous, but is it? Can an algae bloom make water unsafe to drink or swim in? Is this something normal?

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What Happens When You Neglect Your Health?

What’s the worst that could happen if you avoid the doctor’s office? Better yet, why do you even need a doctor if you’re not sick? The answer: many benign health problems can easily become an issue without proper oversight. We’re here to explore exactly what happens when you neglect your health and why you should prioritize regular checkups.

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What Are Microgreens?

You’ve likely heard or seen microgreens before, but what exactly are they and what is the fuss about them? We’re here to answer those questions and provide three recipes so you can cook with microgreens at home.

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Why You Shouldn't Skip Your Second COVID-19 Vaccine

Between loosened COVID-19 restrictions, the elimination of mask mandates and rising vaccination rates, it would be easy to assume the coronavirus pandemic is well behind us. While it is true the U.S. has administered more than 300,000 vaccine doses, the reality is there is a percentage of Americans who have skipped out on their second shot, going against the recommendation of receiving both for maximum effectiveness.

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Is Maple Syrup Better than Sugar?

Many people choose sugar substitutes or natural sweeteners such as maple syrup. Does natural mean better for you and is maple syrup superior to table sugar? We sought out the answer to those questions by diving into more detail about how sugar affects your body and analyzing the potential health benefits maple syrup has over other options.

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Eat for Hydration: 20 Water-packed Foods to Enjoy

Taking in enough water is one of the smartest things you can do for your day-to-day comfort and overall good health. We list 20 foods that contain at least 80 percent water to help you stay hydrated this summer.

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