The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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It is easy to make mistakes in your diet when you are a busy mother. You are so busy caring for the health of your children that you forget about your own health. The following are common mistakes mothers make with helpful tips and ideas on the ways you can easily fix them.

1. Planning Ahead

Managing your family is a constant struggle; therefore, food planning often gets overlooked due to convenience. Plan your meals and prepare your meals in advance. If you can, prepare most of your meals for the week on Sunday. If this is not possible, do not leave the house in the morning without knowing what you are preparing at night. This...

After my Upshot column on the potential health benefits of coffee, the No. 1 request I got was to look into the potential benefits — or harms — of tea.

Unlike coffee, tea does not seem to generate negative perceptions. I know many more people who think that tea is beneficial, much more so than coffee. (That is, until my coffee column, I hope.)

As with coffee, a fairly large number of studies have looked at associations between tea and health. Most of the studies don’t have the rigor of randomized control trials and don’t prove causality. But so many studies were available that I was able to focus on systematic reviews...

The idea that a “gay gene” exists is not without controversy, but evidence strongly suggests that sexual orientation, at least in men, is influenced largely (but not entirely) by genetics. New research is offering the first piece of evidence for an idea that has been proposedbefore: a link between sexual preference and DNA tags that can be influenced by the environment. This finding was presented on October 8 at the American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Baltimore.

The idea that sexuality is a choice is an archaic idea. The hypothesis that there is a genetic element to homosexuality has floated around for a while; gay...

Scrolling through Instagram, it seems like everyone you know is nailing single-arm balances andhandstands (in front of a mountain or on a picturesque beach, no less). But for those of us who aren’t hardcore about the practice, simply holdingdownward dog can be challenging.

The good news: You don't have to be the most flexible person in the room to reap the benefits of practicing. Still, you may wonder what good the occasional yoga class is doing for your body and mind. Well, let out an “om:” You don’t need to hit the yoga studio every day (or even at all) for significant benefits, both physically and mentally.

Reasons to...

If you haven’t jumped on board the yoga bandwagon, it’s never too late to start and experience the many mind and body benefits you’ll reap from regular practice. The good news is; you don’t have to commit to an hour every day in order to have a healthy mind.

“Truth be told, there is no magic number or exact amount of time to reap the benefits of yoga,” says Emilie Maynor, yoga instructor, wellness and mindful living coach at Emilie Maynor Living. Many people claim to experience lowered stress, increased clarity and productivity after just five minutes of practicing yoga, she says. Here, Maynor walks us through the brain...

About twenty years ago, I had a portable spa in the back yard of my first house. One day, the heater stopped working, so I called a repairman to come out and look at it. He told me that there would be an $85 charge no matter what, and I told him that was okay. When he got to my house, he opened up the access panel where the heater, pump, and filter lived. He looked inside, then looked back at me.

“Did you try pushing the reset button?” He asked.

“Um. No,” I said.

He pushed the reset button, and the heater came back to life.

“That’ll be $85,” he said. I paid him.

This post is about realizing that I was...

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis ofschizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors.

Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received a program intended to keep dosages of antipsychotic medication as low as possible and emphasize one-on-one...

Surprisingly few, it seems. According to a new review of studiesrelated to running and health, jogging for as few as five or six miles per week could substantially improve someone’s health.

The reviewers found that even with such skimpy mileage, runners generally weighed less and had a lower risk of obesity than people who jogged fewer than five miles per week or (more commonly) not at all. These runners also were less likely to experience high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers and arthritis than the barely- or nonrunners.

“It seems like the maximum benefits of running occur at quite...