The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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“I awake in bed … In the corner of the room there are two men. I cannot see them but I know that they are there, and what they look like. I can hear them talking. They are talking about murder. I cannot move. One of the men comes and stands directly above me … He spits, and his spit lands in the socket of my closed eye. I can feel the impact, the wetness, the trail of slime.”

This may sound like a scene from the X-Files, but it is actually a personal account of a real experience – told as part of a project on sleep paralysis. This is an unusual condition where one wakes up in the night, unable to move, and often...

in on Jan 25, 2016 .

It’s interesting, my relationship with pixels. I realize I had both slowly and quickly parsed my own self into many, many discrete pixels. But unlike work, where I do it in a mindful, creative, deliberate way, I obfuscated my coherent, authentic self.

The person on the left was photographed on September 15, 2015.

His name is Geoff Teehan. He feels like a distant acquaintance now, but I do remember bits about him. People wouldn’t know this, but he doesn’t look after himself nearly as well as he should—it just sort of crept up on him. Because you know, life gets busy, and there’s always tomorrow, and then maybe tomorrow,...

New federal dietary guidelines announced on Thursday urge Americans to drastically cut back on sugar, and for the first time have singled out teenage boys and men for eating too much meat, chicken and eggs.

Despite those warnings, the guidelines were also notable for what they did not say. While draft recommendations had suggested all Americans adopt more environmentally-sustainable eating habits by cutting back on meat, that advice was dropped from the final guidelines. And longstanding limits on dietary cholesterol were also removed, a victory for the nation’s egg producers, which have long argued that cholesterol from eggs and...

If you have a daily coffee habit, here's something to buzz about: A new study finds those cups of joe may help boost longevity.

"In our study, we found people who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had about a 15 percent lower [risk of premature] mortality compared to people who didn't drink coffee," says one of the study authors, nutrition researcher Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health. Decaf drinkers also saw benefits.

The findings, published in the journal Circulation, build on a body of evidence linking a coffee habit to potential health benefits.

As we've reported, previous research has pointed...

in on Jan 25, 2016 .

Pumpkin is fall’s signature vegetable, but did you know that it’s good for more than carving and pie? That bright orange flesh of a pumpkin is actually loaded with nutrients such as fiber and key vitamins and minerals that can help keep your body running in top form. With over 200 percent of your daily need of vitamin A, 20% of your daily need for vitamin C, 10% of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese as well as 5% of B6, foliate, iron, and phosphorus, there’s no denying that pumpkin is a super food.

Now we know that canned pumpkin flies off the shelves during the fall months, but you should consider...

The most persistent theme in exercise science in 2015 was that to live long, age well and maintain both a nimble mind and shapely brain, we must be physically active, but not for as long as many of us might fear or in the ways that many of us might guess.

Certainly the most encouraging exercise research this year focused on the links between regular exercise and improvements in our thinking and the structure of our brains. I’ve often written in past years about how exercise — usually running, especially in animal studies — increases the number of new neurons in the brain and sharpens thinking skills and mood, especially as we...

Are you bored will all the same stuff at your fitness club? Gym workouts can be one wonderful way of staying fit but they are not the only thing you can do to keep yourself fit. You can enjoy so many different workouts at home, and can even try some outside, which will help you get the same results. Here are 5 fitness tips that will help maintain your fitness without even going to a gym.

Create a Bootcamp of Your Own.

The workouts that are bootcamp-style are so much fun. Everyone loves to have challenges thrown upon him. You can simply make one by doing cardio and strength exercises at your home or in some park nearby. You...

Is coconut water as magical as everyone says it is?

Most of you are probably familiar with coconut oil and the numerous benefits it offers.In this article, we will look into some of the major benefits that accrue by coconut water consumption.

Many people are not aware that coconut water has virtually similar structure to the blood plasma which is present in the bloodstream in all humans. Therefore, this miraculous water made extensive use in the past war conflicts when it was frequently used as a substitute for blood plasma because it was vital for the survival of vast number of war casualties. The numerous wounded and injured...