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On Your Health

Check back to the INTEGRIS On Your Health blog for the latest health and wellness news for all Oklahomans.

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Can Sleep Quality Impact How Easily You Gain, Maintain or Lose Weight?

Poor sleep is associated with a generally poorer quality of life. One or two sleepless nights may leave you fatigued, unfocused and short-tempered. Chronic poor sleep is a more serious situation, but there are treatments and tactics that may help.

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Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Coconut oil has been trending for years, and enthusiasts credit it for all sorts of health and nutritional benefits. Is it actually healthy? We break it down.

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What Older Adults Should Know about Eating Bad Carbs

Aging brings about many changes. Your metabolism slows down, aches and pains become more commonplace and your mind may not be as sharp as it once was. It can be easy to let your food awareness slip and focus less on nutrition. We talk about the importance of eating healthy as you age. More specifically, we explain the impact bad carbohydrates can have on your body and mind.

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Plant-Based Jerky You Can Make at Home

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy plant-based jerky. People following the flexitarian diet use it as a healthier snack alternative, while others may eat plant-based jerky if they’re trying to cut back on their animal protein intake due to cardiovascular health risks such as high cholesterol. We’re here to offer insight on this new food trend and provide plant-based jerky recipes for you to try at home.

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Foods That Give You Energy

If you plan it right, what you eat can help keep you healthy and energized all day long. The key is to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and to eat meals made up of low glycemic index carbohydrates combined with protein and small amounts of healthy fats.

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Nutrition for Kids: How to Incorporate Healthy Foods

Ninety percent of children don’t eat enough vegetables and 60 percent of children don’t eat enough fruits, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest analysis from 2014. That’s why we’re delving into how you can incorporate more healthy foods into your child’s diet. We’ll discuss how to talk to your child about nutrition, go over which nutrients your child needs to grow and share easy recipes you can try at home.

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Intuitive Eating

The idea behind intuitive eating is this: eat what you want, as much as you want, whenever you want. No foods are restricted or off-limits. That’s a heady plan. It’s kind of no plan, a sort of free-range approach to eating. According to its adherents, food becomes something to enjoy, not something to constantly measure, regulate and evaluate.

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What Are Microgreens?

You’ve likely heard or seen microgreens before, but what exactly are they and what is the fuss about them? We’re here to answer those questions and provide three recipes so you can cook with microgreens at home.

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Is Maple Syrup Better than Sugar?

Many people choose sugar substitutes or natural sweeteners such as maple syrup. Does natural mean better for you and is maple syrup superior to table sugar? We sought out the answer to those questions by diving into more detail about how sugar affects your body and analyzing the potential health benefits maple syrup has over other options.

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Eat for Hydration: 20 Water-packed Foods to Enjoy

Taking in enough water is one of the smartest things you can do for your day-to-day comfort and overall good health. We list 20 foods that contain at least 80 percent water to help you stay hydrated this summer.

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What Is the Flexitarian Diet?

The flexitarian diet is one of the more recent trendy diets to pick up interest, largely in part due to a movement toward plant-based foods compared to the traditional meat options. We share information on how this diet works, why you can benefit from it and some recipes to try at home.

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How to Make Your Own Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are starting to make a comeback due to their health benefits and eco-friendly nature. We share how you can make your own fermented foods at home, and reap their many benefits.

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What to Eat to Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a word we hear a lot in health and wellness circles. It’s something we’re encouraged to reduce or avoid. It’s bad news. But what is it? We break it down and share what foods to look for and avoid to help reduce inflammation.

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Are Air Fryers Worth the Health Hype?

Air fryers claim to offer the same taste, texture and golden brown crisp of fried foods but with a fraction of the fat and calories. While the capabilities of an air fryer sound convenient and delicious, are they healthy? We explain the benefits and share easy recipes to try.

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The Rise in Virtual Cooking Classes

It’s one thing to read a recipe online and rely on photos and text to guide you through the steps. It’s an entirely different experience when you can visualize how to make a dish through a recorded video or hands-on virtual class. We’ll walk you through the different types of virtual cooking classes, what you can expect and the options to choose from online.

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Different Cooking Oils and Their Health Benefits

The cooking oils section in your local grocery store seemingly grows by the day. No longer do you have one or two options to choose from to whip up a weeknight meal. While the expansive cooking oil selection is nice to have, it can also create some confusion. Knowing which oils are healthy or the best to cook with is the first step, and we’re here to help you understand it all.

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Mindful Eating or Dieting: What's the Difference?

Mindful eating is the idea that is that a slower, more thoughtful way of eating may help us to enjoy our food more, choose more healthful foods and make us less likely to overeat. We explain the differences between mindful eating and dieting.

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Pros and Cons of Different Diet Lifestyles

With the start of a new year, you may be thinking about cleaning up your diet and making healthier lifestyle choices. There are so many different diet lifestyles to try, it can be overwhelming and confusing to figure out what dietary needs are right for you. We explain common diets to help you understand what might work for you.

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How Much Physical Activity Do I Need?

It can be hard to take the slow and steady approach to build a healthy lifestyle when we're surrounded by advertisements for crash diets and 30-day fixes promising fast results. How much physical activity do you actually need? We're breaking down everything you need to know to establish healthy habits and a consistent activity level for the long term.

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Home Remedies Using Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a low-cost ingredient that's said to restore your body's pH balance. Is it worth the hype? We'll walk you through what apple cider vinegar is, how it works within the body and a few popular home remedies you might have seen making the rounds online.

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