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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 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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The Dangers of Dehydration for Seniors

Dehydration is harmful for all age groups, but it’s especially common and dangerous in seniors.

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How Fentanyl Can Make the Opioid Epidemic Worse

The rise of the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has increasingly been mixed with heroin and opioid painkillers in the illicit drug market, has led to a steep increase in overdose deaths. Here's what you need to know.

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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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Counter the Negative Effects of Sitting with Yoga Stretches at Your Desk (no yoga mat required!)

Happy Yoga Month! While "sitting is the new smoking" might be an exaggeration, extended sitting really does have damaging health effects. But by simply standing and stretching (using these handy desk yoga poses) you can have a profound effect on lessening the negative effects of sitting.

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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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Important Information About Bacterial Meningitis and Students

Before you send your kids back to school, make sure you know the symptoms of bacterial meningitis, which can kill quickly or cause permanent disabilities.

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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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Overcoming Common Breastfeeding Obstacles

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! You spend nine months taking birthing classes, building the perfect registry and organizing your nursery. Yet many new moms don’t prepare for breastfeeding. It seems like a natural thing, so it should come easy, right? Unfortunately, natural instinct can only go so far. We can help.

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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.

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Heatstroke in Oklahoma

People who work or play outside during the extremely hot Oklahoma summer run the risk of several heat-related injuries. The most serious is heatstroke, which can cause organ damage or even death. Dr. Layne Keathly gives symptoms to watch for so you can keep your family cool this summer.

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Healthy Bedtime Routines for Back to School

All children need a healthy bedtime routine to perform their best in the classroom. As summer winds down this month, start getting them into school-year sleep mode now!

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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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