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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 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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Healthy and Fun Spring Break Activities in OKC and Tulsa

Spring break is here, but you don’t have to hit the beaches or even travel far to enjoy a healthy and fun week in March. Oklahoma offers numerous opportunities to get outside, get moving, take in healthy activities and have a ball all within the state boundaries.

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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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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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Don't Fear Your Colon Cancer Screening (or the Prep, Either)

Reality check: prepping for your colonoscopy is easy. Dr. Arun Sachdev, a gastroenterologist at INTEGRIS, dispels some myths about the feared procedure and weighs in on the new mail-in test that you can do at home.

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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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Mommy and Me Fitness Classes in Oklahoma

Working your child into your fitness routine is easy when you know where to go! Here is a list of Mommy and Me classes in the OKC and Tulsa metro areas.

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Hidden Signs of an Eating Disorder

The last week of February is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. You might not know who could be silently struggling with disordered eating. Here are hidden signs.

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Exercise and Heart Health

The heart is an amazing muscle, but it needs good heart-pumping exercise to keep it healthy and working at its optimal rate. Aerobic exercise is a top choice to give your heart a great workout, but researchers say that other types of exercise can benefit your heart, too. Here’s how to balance your fitness to get the best challenge for your heart and all the benefits from exercise.

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Food Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

There is a lot to think about when you're busy growing a human. Since we are winding down February’s Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, we want to share food safety tips and information for pregnant women to reference whenever they need it.

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Mediterranean Cooking: The Heart-Healthy Eating Plan

In honor of American Heart Month, we are excited to bring you details of the eating plan that has proven heart-health benefits, recommended by INTEGRIS cardiologist Dr. George Madden.

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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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Organ Donation in Oklahoma

Since Feb. 14 is National Donor Day, we are highlighting how easy it is to become a donor in Oklahoma. The process is simple, free and only takes a few minutes.

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A Heartwarming Heart Story for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is when many of us celebrate love. But for one family, this time of year brings thoughts of not just love, but gratitude and joy coupled with sadness for another’s loss. For the Amaral family, a Valentine’s Day heart will forever be much more than a symbol, because Paul Amaral received a donor heart for his emergency heart transplant.

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What is Cryotherapy? Is it Safe? Does it Work?

Cryotherapy spas have been growing across the U.S. in the last few years. At the spa, a person will sit or stand in a booth cooled to subzero temperatures for a few minutes. Supposedly, there are mental and physical health benefits. But is it safe?

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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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