The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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For many people -- especially the alpha dogs of the world -- hot sauce is more than a mere condiment, it's practically a way of life. But, apparently, the fiery red substancedoesn't just make your food taste way better, it's actually incredibly good for you, too, scientists say. That's right, pounding a dozen buffalo wings actually comes with some health benefits.

As reported by TIME, two of the world's top pepper experts have suggested that dousing your food with hot sauce can easily (and deliciously) improve your diet and overall health. In particular, scientists point to the active ingredient in peppers, capsaicin, which has...

In the morning, we feel a little, well … less than stellar. Achy, stiff, the bed is calling our name to stay in, and let’s be honest, we just don’t feel so hot. While most of us do enjoy some coffee in the morning, before we head to the glorious pot or French press (or Starbucks for some of you), we should pause and make an effort to enjoy something else right beforehand.

The body is naturally very acidic in the morning because as it cleanses itself overnight. As we give it a break from food and allow our organs to rejuvenate so we can feel our best the next day, all the wastes from the previous day (or even days before that)...

You want sleep. You need sleep. You never get enough sleep. But once you find what sleep — and the lack of sleep — does to your body, you'll want to get the most out of one of the best things you can do between the sheets

As we struggle to allot enough time to the job, kids, family, friends, Lost, and Joaquin Phoenix message boards, sleep stands out as a suspiciously long block of idle hours. We set the alarm early, stay up late, and order a tall whatever-we-want to help us get by on the minimum. But the fact is: When you lose sleep, you lose your health

Experts say most of us need about 8 hours of sleep a night, but half...

Clearly, we’re believers in burpees here at Men’s Health. In fact, here are my favorite ways to do them: 25 Badass Burpees You Must See to Believe.

Burpees involve quickly moving from a standing position to a pushup position and back again. They work every muscle in your body. You’ll burn a lot of calories and your heart rate will go sky high. It’s certainly an amazing exercise to burn fat. 

But I personally believe there are 13 moves that are better for fat loss training, especially for men with some serious miles on their bodies. 

What do I mean by better? Well, the burpee is a really complex movement that combines...

It’s no secret that human beings have adopted a lifestyle that doesn’t really take health into consideration, especially when we are talking about the large number of products that we choose to surround ourselves with on a daily basis, many of which have serious health concerns associated with them. What’s even more troubling is the fact that these products are still approved as safe by government agencies despite all of the evidence clearly showing serious cause for concern.

The list of concerning items can indeed by a long one, and again, when we are talking about disease, there is a general and growing consensus in the...

According to a new study, mindfulness meditation exhibited even stronger physical pain reductions than morphine, says the study's lead investigator

Open any magazine (this one, for example) and you’ll find that mindfulness has gone mainstream. You’ll also notice there are studies that purport to show meditation’s benefits on just about everything, from kids’ math scores andmigraine length to HIV management and bouncing back after a crisis. Now, an elaborate new forthcoming study looks at how the brains of meditators respond to pain, to be published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Dr. Fadel Zeidan, assistant professor of...

Mother Nature comes knocking — sometimes banging — at our door about400 times in a lifetime. Yet no matter how many periods we've got under our belts, we still get affected. We feel run-down and/or a bit cranky, and the aches and pains put us on our a**es. Don't feel like you have to tough through it without a little help, though. With all the latest research and blogging and tweeting that's been done lately to further our understanding of the female reproductive system, we have more resources at our fingertips than ever before. It's nice to know you're not the only one suffering, isn't it?

It can be the simplest things that...

You’ll be pleased to hear that science has got your back if you want an excuse to get more sleep. There are many health effects linked to a lack of sleep, both physical and psychological.

Usually people are advised to get around seven to eight hours sleep a night (although that claim has been brought into question). Yet, according to a recent survey, over 40 percent of U.S. citizens are getting fewer than seven hours of sleep.

It seems to be a symptom of the ever-accelerating pace of modern life – in 1942, just 3 percent of people in the U.S. got five hours or less sleep; in 2013, that figure was 14 percent. Seventy years...