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.

Connections: Episode 1

The first episode in our new monthly series, Connections, features the story of Midwest City Firefighter Rex McGee and the simple test that saved his life. SEE MORE

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What Is Brown Fat? Can It Help Your Body Lose Weight?

If ongoing studies on brown fat show the same results in humans as they did in mice, fat tissue and hormones may hold a very important key to effective weight loss.

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A Guide to Healthy Cholesterol

According to the Oklahoma City County Health Department, one in six adult Oklahomans has high cholesterol, one of the leading causes of heart disease in the U.S. Heart attack, stroke, heart failure, cardiovascular disease and other conditions can be caused by high cholesterol. We’ve broken down the basics to help you improve your healthy cholesterol levels.

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What is a Food Desert and How Does It Affect the Obesity Crisis in Oklahoma?

You've probably seen all the news recently about the closing of the Smart Saver in northeast Oklahoma City, which was the last grocery store in the area. But why does it matter, and how does it impact both the hunger and the obesity epidemics in Oklahoma?

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What is Bulletproof Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is a dietary trend sweeping the country. People who follow a low-carb, high-fat diet, such as the paleo diet and the ketogenic diet, swear by its ability to keep them energized, fueled and focused all morning long while burning fat at an elevated rate. But is bulletproof coffee actually good for your health, and does it live up to the hype?

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Monthly Self Checks All Men Should Do

While scheduling a yearly check-up with a doctor is vital, men can also take charge of their health by doing quick self-exams at home, so they can learn what’s “normal” for their bodies and what isn’t.

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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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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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Why the Spare Tire Happens and What It Means for Men

While often termed differently, muffin top, belly fat and spare tire are all essentially the same - excess abdominal fat. No matter what it’s called, it can be a frustration for many men because it's one of the most difficult areas to slim and tone.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD

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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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What is Macro Tracking and Does It Work?

Macro tracking, when done correctly, can be an effective alternative to restrictive dieting. While it may not be right for everyone, tracking your macronutrients can help you maintain a proper caloric intake for your goals and change your body composition without being restrictive or making you feel sluggish and hungry.

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What Are Mesonutrients and Why Are They Important?

You might already know about macronutrients and micronutrients, but did you know that hidden within foods such as turmeric, tomatoes and blackberries are active compounds called mesonutrients that might play a big role in making these foods so good for you? Many health publications and websites are proclaiming mesonutrients as the newest health trend of 2019. So, why are mesonutrients so important?

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The Health Benefits of Superfoods

Eating nutrient-dense foods can not only make you feel great, but may even reduce your risk of certain chronic health conditions while providing multiple health benefits. It's like they say: "Food IS medicine."

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The Basics of Breathing Machines: The CPAP

CPAP breathing machine tips for those with sleep apnea, including how to get started and who pays for the device.

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Exercise and Heart Health

The heart is an amazing muscle, but it needs good heart-pumping exercise to keep it healthy and working at its optimal rate. Aerobic exercise is a top choice to give your heart a great workout, but researchers say that other types of exercise can benefit your heart, too. Here’s how to balance your fitness to get the best challenge for your heart and all the benefits from exercise.

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Mediterranean Cooking: The Heart-Healthy Eating Plan

In honor of American Heart Month, we are excited to bring you details of the eating plan that has proven heart-health benefits, recommended by INTEGRIS cardiologist Dr. George Madden.

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Feb. 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, So Be Nice!

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 17, you can join thousands of people across the country who are choosing to make the world a better place – and getting healthier while doing it!

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Organ Donation in Oklahoma

Since Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, we are highlighting how easy it is to become a donor in Oklahoma. The process is simple, free and only takes a few minutes.

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A Heartwarming Heart Story

Paul was in surgery for 14 hours getting an emergency heart transplant at the Nazhi Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. Two months later, Paul returned home to an array of heart decorations. Says his wife Stephanie, "I put out a big yard sign that read, 'Glad you had a change of heart.'"

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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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The Latest High-Tech Health Gadgets to Add to Your Holiday Wishlist

This holiday season, give the gift of health. It’s incredible how far technology has progressed to bring healthy living into our homes through fun gadgets. Check out some of our favorites.

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