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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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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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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How Common Are Snake Attacks in Oklahoma?

Residents across Oklahoma recently watched a terrifying video that showed a large snake biting an unsuspecting Lawton man directly in the face. But just how common are snakes in Oklahoma? How poisonous are they? Should you be worried that one might be lurking in your mailbox? It's important to know which snakes are most dangerous and what to do if a loved one gets bitten.

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When a Hospice Patient Stops Eating or Drinking

For family members, the loss of appetite can be one of the most distressing parts of a loved one's illness. But when a patient no longer eats, providing other forms of emotional nourishment can also show how much you love and care.

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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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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 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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What is Your Circadian Rhythm and Why is it Important?

Maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm is crucial for healthy sleep. To mark National Sleep Awareness Week, here's why your internal clock is so important, plus tips to keep yours humming along seamlessly.

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When to See a Doctor About Daytime Sleepiness

Ever feel so sleepy at work you can't keep your eyes open? Here's when you need to see a doctor.

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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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