The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

The attribute of greatness once awarded to leaders and spiritual icons is now found everywhere. From the classrooms to the field – from beneath us to heavens, the boundaries of greatness are being blurred. So go out and live. Live with a purpose and Live Better, Longer™!

Since the 1940‘s antibiotics have been internally embedded as conventional medicine amongst the medical profession for a resolution to bacterial infections. Although antibiotics have had their place in society, we need to ask ourselves; are antibiotics really worth the underlying risks?

Studies show that even short-term use of a course of antibiotics can effectively disrupt the body’s natural gut flora and potentially lead to a spread of antibiotic resistance. This is a concern because bacterial resistance  cannot be controlled or killed by antibiotics. Studies show that the organisms in which are responsible for diarrhea,...

We get it: when you’re a beginning lifter, you want muscles, and you want them right away. We were there too once. And while the routines you see on this site and in the pages of Muscle & Fitness will put you on the fast track to a ripped, powerful body, all the willpower and work ethic in the universe won’t completely overcome your genetics and the physiology the human body was designed with—so it’s important to maintain realistic expectations of your progress.

Here are four hard truths about what it takes to build hard biceps and abs, and tips to make the best gains possible.


Grin and bear it.

Sure, you can whistle while you work—if you have very chill office mates. But it turns out the real payoff comes from smiling while you sweat. By switching that pain face to a pleasant grin, you may feel stronger. One study from the University of Cambridge found that people judged boxes they lifted as lighter if they had a happy outlook. Show us that smile!

Ice Queen

If an Indian summer is killing your autumn running vibes, reach for the cold stuff. Research from the University of Birmingham found that when runners’ skin was cooled (with ice packs or submersion in cold water), they were able to run...

Despite the dramatic growth in popularity of gluten-free food, studies have failed to find that they provide any health benefits to people who have no diagnosed intolerance to gluten. New research has now produced the largest database of gluten-free products, showing that gluten-free products are not nutritionally superior to gluten-containing counterparts, but they are more expensive.

The availability and variety of gluten-free (GF) foods is important to guarantee a satisfactory diet to patients with celiac disease (CD), and GF products have become extremely popular with the wider public, under an aura of being a "healthier"...

You probably don’t notice it right away. It might creep up after you've been sitting at your desk for hours, chipping away at your daily to-dos. Or perhaps it's because you always carry your backpack on your right side or take calls by squeezing your phone between your shoulder and ear.

Whatever the reason, sooner or later it hits you: Your shoulders are scrunched, your neck hurts, and your muscles feel tight.

“The neck and upper back area hold a lot of tension,” says Karena Wu, a physical therapist and owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapyin New York. “The amount of time spent with forward head and shoulder posturing...

The adult coloring book craze is an international phenomenon sweeping the front tables of bookstores everywhere. Wonder what all the fuss is about? Here are five good reasons to surrender to the coloring movement:

1. Coloring helps you unwind.

Let’s face it — our day-to-day lives are jam-packed and stressful, full of long hours, deadlines, hellish commutes, and draining social interactions. Studies show that coloring helps clear your mind and center your thoughts to help you relax and de-stress after a long, hard day. Sitting down and focusing your attention on one calming activity can have a tremendous effect on your mood,...


Cutting out soda, sweet tea, and alcohol is one of the simplest strategies to reduce overall calories when dieting. If you follow this tip at home, simply carry it with you to any restaurant meal. Choose calorie-free options such as water (bonus: this one is usually free!) or a diet beverage. Instead of blowing your calorie bank on liquids, save indulgences for the main course.



Too often, people are hesitant to speak up about their preferences when ordering at restaurants. Never...

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Eating Avocados Every Day

We’ve all heard the age old quote, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Now we say, “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away, forever!” and here are 5 reasons why.

1. Avocados Will Not Make You Fat                  


Fast food, chips, soda, white bread, those are all things that will make you fat, avocados…not so much. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat and, like olive oil, a high preponderance of oleic acid – this is a healthy fat and a beautifying oil. Oleic acid is gaining a reputation (through the Mediterranean Diet) as helping to keep us slim as we...