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 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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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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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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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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All About Fishing in Oklahoma

Angling enthusiasts have plenty of big rivers and small streams, large lakes and hidden coves to cast lines for Oklahoma’s abundant bass, crappie, paddlefish and catfish. From mercury and blue-algae risks to the best skillet trout recipe you've ever tried, here is your guide to fishing in Oklahoma.

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Advice and Recipes To Boost Your Milk Supply

When they are breastfeeding, many new mothers may wonder if they are producing enough milk. They may look for ways to naturally boost their milk supply so that their baby gets all the nutrition and antibodies that breast milk can provide. Luckily for breastfeeding mommies, there are ways to maintain and boost your milk production, including recipes.

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Alternative Products For Food Intolerances (with recipes!)

For many Americans living with food intolerances or allergies, finding tasty alternatives to items like dairy or wheat can be an ongoing scavenger hunt. Luckily, lots of options are being developed. Here is a quick guide to alternative products for food intolerances, with recipes!

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What is Insulin Resistance? What is Prediabetes? How Can You Prevent It?

Did you know it's possible to be thin and prediabetic, or obese and never get diabetes? It depends on your genes. Anyone who develops diabetes has a gene that allows insulin resistance to happen. Our genes load the gun but more importantly, our lifestyle pulls the trigger. Certified diabetes educator Brent Wilson explains.

Brent Wilson, RD/LD, CDE

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Should You Buy Organic Fruits and Vegetables?

Most of us need to eat more fruit and vegetables, whether they're organic or not. If buying many organic foods isn't affordable for you, then a good strategy may be to buy organic versions of specific produce that ranks among the most heavily contaminated by pesticides. Conventional foods that are least contaminated can save you some money. Here is a list of the cleanest and dirtiest fruits and veggies this year.

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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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Diabetes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of type 2 diabetes in the country. But it doesn't have to be this way! With lifestyle changes, it can be controlled and even reversed.

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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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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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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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Delicious Summer Recipes Using Your Instant Pot

How do you keep cool while you’re preparing meals during the heat of an Oklahoma summer? Don’t turn on the oven or the grill and heat up your house and yard — reach for your instant pot instead!

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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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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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A Guide to Eating Out When You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Going out to eat is an essential part of many people’s social lives. However, when you have food restrictions caused by IBS, meeting friends for dinner can quickly become stressful. Don’t fear. You don’t have to miss quality time with your friends and family. You can navigate dining out with a little planning!

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