The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — can cause cancer.

In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic" to people. A group of 22 scientists reviewed the evidence linking red meat and processed meat consumption to cancer, and concluded that eating processed meats regularly increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Their evidence review is explained in an article published in The Lancet.

The conclusion puts processed meats in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This does not mean...

The New Year is almost here, and we all know what that means: a jam-packed gym filled with newbie exercisers. (Hey, if you’re one of ‘em, more power to you!) But we also know that nothing brings down an endorphin high quite like waiting forever to snag a shower or hair dryer when you’re in a rush.

Fortunately, cutting down your actual workout time isn't the only solution—though of course, it helps! (Find plenty of quick workout ideas here.) Instead, try these brilliant hacks to shave serious time off your post-workout routine. These tips have been tested by people who exercise for a living (a trainer and yoga instructor) or...

I used to feel ashamed of my mental health condition, but now I refuse to let stigma and stereotypes dictate how I feel about myself. If you stigmatize me, that's yourignorance, not my truth. Cool people, who are educated about mental illness and confident in their own mental health, don't stigmatize. Stigma is dated, cruel and just plain wrong. Get educated about mental illness and come over to the cool side.

People with mental illnesses are not less-than. They are not damaged. They are not what you see on TV, the news or in movies. They are people; brothers, mothers, fathers, daughters... People. They are valuable, vibrant,...

1. Bloat Away Juice

That’s right! Bloat away! Bloating is a real problem for many people and can be extremely uncomfortable. The ingredients in this juice can really help. Pineapple has helpful digestive enzymes, but the secret to this juice is the fennel and ginger. They combine to build up good prebiotic gut bacteria, which helps the gut deal with food more efficiently and therefore reduces bloating.


  • ½ small pineapple, rind removed
  • ½ fennel bulb
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2- to 4-inch piece of fresh ginger (you may need to work up to higher amounts of ginger — it can be quite...

I met the love of my life at 17, while both of us were working at Burger King. She hated me at first — thought I was an arrogant know-it-all. Over the course of a few months, we formed a friendship. After that, we started dating. After we'd dated for a month, I asked her to marry me. We were married five months after meeting. And we've now been married for sixteen years.

We have had good times, but no marriage is good all the time — we even separated for six months at one point. Relationship stress always occurs for a variety of reasons, but I eventually identified one major source of ours: I didn't follow through on my...

Poor indoor air quality poses potentially enormous health risks. Asthma, allergies, inflammation, and even cancer can come from poor air quality. Nothing shines a light to one of those fancy ass expensive air purifiers, but if you’re looking for the less expensive, natural option, these six house plants are the way to go.

1. Jasmine, Jasminum.

Jasmine is a common outdoor vining plant in warmer climates but can do well indoors anywhere where there’s enough natural day light. Its smell can help improve sleep quality and alertness.

2. Lavender, Lavindula.

Lavender doesn’t just smell amazing, but it can help reduce...

We all do something to unwind at the end of a long day. Some people jog and others watch TV — but me? I love a nice glass of wine.

I’ve always been told that this is a vice, that alcohol is not good for you and has no nutritional benefits. But I beg to differ, especially since you can use wine to deep condition your hair, smooth skin, and heal bruises!

If wine can help the outside of your body in so many different ways, shouldn’t it be able to do the same for the inside as well?

Doctors have done multiple studies that have proven that one glass of wine a day has tons of really great medical and health benefits, as we...

in on Jan 24, 2016 .

Throughout the day you go through moments of stress, tension, anxiety, and have times that you might like to run away and hide from such situations. But what’s the most appropriate way to manage such negative emotions to keep them from damaging your health?

In today’s article we’ll discuss seven easy ways you can relax your mind in those moments when you need it the most. These are practical strategies that will be a great help, and we invite you to learn them with us.

1. Your private hideaway, your refuge

Here’s a simple example to help you understand this first tip. Imagine you’re at work with a thousand tasks...