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What Are Triglycerides and Why Is It Important to Keep Your Levels Low?

Like high blood pressure or bad cholesterol, having high triglyceride levels increases your risk for heart disease. However, the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help lower your triglycerides, too. Here are some tips.

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The Role of Art Therapy in Addiction Recovery

Art therapy is one of the many tools Arcadia Trails uses to address addiction and recovery at its 40-bed in-patient treatment facility. Unlike many other substance abuse centers, Arcadia Trails uses practices ranging from art therapy and mindfulness practices to traditional therapy and group support. Incorporating expressive arts isn’t just a creative process for the patients — it’s vital to their recovery.

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Methamphetamine: The Overlooked Addiction Epidemic in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, meth addiction and meth-related deaths are on the rise, and now play a role in more deaths than all opioids combined, including painkillers, heroin and fentanyl, according to a report from the CDC.

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How To Talk To Your Doctor About Pain

Oftentimes patients find it difficult to grasp the right words to describe pain, or they worry they’ll unintentionally exaggerate it or minimize it through the words they use. Inaccurate descriptions can lead to misdiagnoses, misaligned treatments to manage the pain or an ailment going undiagnosed altogether. To arm you with the vernacular you need to describe pain during your next doctor’s visit, we put together a guide to help you and your physician see eye to eye on your pain level so you can get to work alleviating or managing it.

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What Does a Pain Management Doctor Do?

Many patients don’t know what a pain specialist does. Contrary to myth, it's much more than prescribing pain medication. A pain specialist will work with your other physicians to provide you with a multidisciplinary plan, whether it's physical therapy, injection therapy, appropriate medication or surgery.

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How Dangerous is Childhood Obesity?

Childhood obesity is a disturbing epidemic in the U.S. The number of children who suffer from it has more than tripled since 1980. This means the future health of our children is dire as they suffer from diseases that were traditionally reserved for adults - diseases like type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. The good news is that childhood obesity is reversible.

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Improving Your Health With Laughter

Humor and laughter have so much power to heal and renew the body. Humor can help you cope with problems, enhance your relationships and boost both physical and emotional health. Even better, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use, so turn that frown upside down and add a few chuckles to your day.

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Different Types of Mental Health Providers

When you're struggling with your mental health, finding the treatment and practitioner right for you can be daunting, which is why we’ve broken down the different mental health professionals by their treatment processes and licensures.

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Firsthand Accounts of Living With Chronic Diarrhea or Constipation

Two Oklahomans share their stories of suffering with gastrointestinal problems. To help shed light on what they experienced, Dr. Arun Sachdev, who specializes in gastroenterology at INTEGRIS, discusses facts about chronic constipation and diarrhea and advice for when to seek help.

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Do You Need a Digital Detox?

Technology has improved our lives in many ways. But like anything in life, too much can sometimes lead to harm. Have you ever thought about trying a digital detox to give your mind and body a rest? It can be just as beneficial as eating your daily vegetables.

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Products To Help You Sleep

There is no doubt Americans need to get more restorative sleep to keep their minds alert and their bodies healthy, so it’s no wonder the market has been flooded with products that might help you get more shut-eye. But which ones are effective?

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How To Teach Your Child To Wear a Mask

There is a lot of information swirling around, and it’s difficult to sort through it all sometimes, but one thing is clear: wearing a mask helps stop the spread of the virus. It is well worth your effort to teach your children to embrace this important change in their lives.

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Should You Avoid Certain Foods While Breastfeeding?

Your breast milk is perfectly suited to provide your new baby with all of the nutrients, cells, hormones and disease-fighting antibodies he or she needs. However, there are certain foods and drinks you should consume with caution as too much can cause problems or have a negative effect on your baby.

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Is Telemedicine the Future of Health Care?

Long before the coronavirus forced changes in the delivery of health care, the use of telemedicine had already expanded out of need. The benefits of telemedicine are easy to see. Does this mean it will affect how you receive care going forward?

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What To Know About CBD

You’ve probably heard the health claims about CBD but it can be difficult to suss out what’s fact from fiction in order to make the right health choices for yourself. In this INTEGRIS On Your Health blog post, we dive into the science of CBD: what it is, how it works and how you can incorporate this product into your wellness routine — if you and your doctor agree that’s the best plan for you.

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Can Cryotherapy Help Athletes Recover Faster?

Nowadays, your local gym, spa or strip mall may boast fancy whole-body cryotherapy machines touted to help alleviate pain, minor ailments and general muscle recovery. But is it safe? Is it effective? What benefits, if any, can athletes receive from cryotherapy?

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Your Immune System During COVID

You've probably never pondered your immune system so much as now, during the coronavirus. Are there things you can do to keep your immune system strong?

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Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

If you have tried the Keto Diet, the Paleo Diet, the Atkins Diet or any of the others that call for a high protein intake, you may have wondered just how much protein is too much. We’ve asked an expert for the answer.

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Gaining Weight the Healthy Way

While it seems everyone is always trying to lose weight, there's a significant number of people who want to gain weight, too. Being underweight can be just as dangerous as being obese, but if you do need to gain weight, what's the best way to do it healthily? An INTEGRIS dietitian explains.

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What to Know About Birth and Breastfeeding During COVID

It's Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which is a good time to talk about navigating the birth of your baby and your options for breastfeeding during the pandemic.

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