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 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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The Basics of Yoga for Seniors

Think yoga is only for the young and beachy? Think again! Practicing yoga is great exercise at any age, but seniors especially benefit from moves that bring improved posture, sleep quality and pain relief.

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What is Leaky Gut? Can Dietary Changes Help?

The expression “leaky gut” is getting a lot of attention on blogs and alternative health sites, although science is still debating what, exactly, it is. Some believe leaky gut can lead to a weakened immune system and autoimmune conditions. The best way to reduce inflammation is to review the foods you eat and eliminate the ones that cause inflammation. There is an Autoimmune Protocol Diet that does just this.

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Delicious Recipes Featuring Superstar Summer Superfoods

Fruits and vegetables are the superstars of summer eating. The summer cornucopia is full of “superfoods” that taste like sunshine and are filled with life-nourishing vitamins and minerals our bodies need.

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Guided Imagery to Combat Anxiety and Promote Healing

Studies have shown guided imagery can help the mind and body relax. It has also been shown to help manage anxiety, stress and depression, to reduce pain, lower blood pressure, lessen nausea and give patients a better sense of control and well-being. If you are healing from cancer or feel anxiety or stress, this complementary therapy might be good for you.

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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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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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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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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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What Happens If You Can't Speak for Yourself? Make End-of-Life Planning a Priority With an Advanced Care Directive

Life is filled with important events, but perhaps none are as important as decisions about your health care if you can't speak for yourself. Do you want to be kept alive with machines and medications or do you wish to pass away without extreme measures being taken? While difficult to talk about, these important questions should be answered years BEFORE you get sick. In Oklahoma, it's as easy as filling out a form so that your family and your doctors know what matters to you. Completing an advanced care directive gives you confidence that if you get to the point where you're not able to communicate, your wishes will be honored.

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