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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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 Tea

Why have people been crazy about tea for so long? It turns out teas were originally used for medicinal purposes, and are still highly acclaimed for a wide array of health benefits that have withstood the test of time.

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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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A Week's Worth of Meal Prep Made Simple

When you first start out, it may take a few weeks to really establish your food prep routine, but once you get familiar with the process, it will reduce stress and help you throughout the week – not burden you with an extra chore.

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The Basics of Portion Sizes

Believe it or not, dietitians often rely on non-culinary images such as tennis balls and hockey pucks for portion control references. Once you master those, you’ll soon have more than a "sporting" chance of perfecting portion control.

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Probiotics and Children

While adults may have heard about the benefits of using probiotics, the question of whether probiotics are safe for use in children hasn’t been discussed as often.

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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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Reading Books is Good for Your Mental Health

When your mind gets absorbed in a good book, experts say it only takes six minutes for your body to begin to relax. In fact, when reading was tested against many traditional forms of relaxation, it reduced stress by 68 percent and was the highest ranked method among those tested.

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The Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

If you have a pet, you have a companion, a workout partner and someone who is always glad to see you — all in one furry package.

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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!

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