The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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UNDER ARMOUR WAS founded on a simple idea: Make athletes better. To do that, it’s turning human performance into a big data problem. The company is betting on the notion that the right hardware, the biggest dataset, a lot of machine learning, and powerful motivational tools can make everyone better, faster, and stronger. It’s betting that technology doesn’t exist solely to make us lazy, to bring everything to our door with the push of a button.

The centerpiece of that bet is a $400 kit, announced today, called Healthbox, that provides a scale, an activity tracker wearable, and a chest strap for measuring your heart rate....

“Life is not meant to be a struggle.” I had heard these words so many times, but the true magnificence of this statement wasn't fully clear until I welcomed its insight into my life -- and began to experience a significant positive shift in my overall health as a result.

For years, my body had been trying to tell me that something was off. Unbeknownst to me, chronic fatigue, persistent anxiety and intestinal pain were all physical manifestations of the absence of contentment and ease in my mind. What I needed was to empower my mind so that I could deeply heal my body.

By finally acknowledging that I had the capacity to play...

There’s a misconception that you need to eat meat to get big. Although many professional athletes don’t eat meat, people still believe that meat equals muscle mass. I’ve been a no-meat athlete for the past twenty years, and I have not found it difficult to effectively build muscle on a plant-based diet.

How I Fuel Myself with Whole Plant Foods

The standard American diet is filled with calorie-dense processed foods, but when you eat whole plant foods, you will find that they are lower in calories per bite of food, and you will need to eat more volume to feel full and satisfied. I eat five bananas (about 100 calories each)...

Recent research done at the Athlone Institute of Technology studied the effects of several natural oils on common bacteria found in the mouth. And to no one’s surprise coconut oil came out as the big winner.

These new findings were a follow up study of earlier work that showed digested milk made it harder forStreptococcus mutans to stick to tooth enamel.

Enzyme-modified Coconut Oil, The Toothpaste of The Future Scientists found that when the oil was treated with digestive enzymes it effectively inhibits the growth of the majority of bacteria found in our mouth, S. mutans included.  

S. mutans is an acid-producing...

It’s easy to believe all the people you know who are just getting back from their run as you stumble bleary-eyed to the coffee maker are born morning people. If you took an informal poll of the runners in your life, though, I think it would surprise to you to find out there are a lot of reluctant morning runners out there, getting their miles done before they even realize what they’re doing. It is possible to become a morning runner, even when every fiber of your being cries out when the alarm goes off in the early hours. (If you remember, the short answer to ‘When’s the best time to run?’ is ‘Whenever you can.’)

This...

Our alarm goes off and we hit the snooze button. That happens a few more times. Then with no time to waste, we leap out of bed, dash into the shower, fly out of the house wearing a wrinkled shirt and grab a quick coffee on our way to work. Basically, we live every morning as if it were “Groundhog Day,” always promising ourselves we’ll do it differently tomorrow.

Though this kind of morning routine affords a couple of extra blinks of sleep, many in the medical field insist that beginning the day under such stress is just not healthy. It sets a chaotic tone, inviting further stress as the hours progress, and completely undermines...

 

Wheat may be the staff of life, but cucumber water is the elixir. Adult bodies are between fifty and sixty percent water depending on an individual’s health.

Water serves a number of essential functions to keep our bodies running as efficiently as possible. It…

·        is a vital nutrient to the life of every cell, acts first as a building material;

·        regulates internal body temperature by sweating and respiration;

·        metabolizes and transports carbohydrates and proteins that our bodies use as food;

·        flushes waste mainly through urination;

·        acts as a shock absorber for the...

Balance is key to a healthy life and state of mind, and that sentiment couldn't be truer than when it comes to the pH levels of the body.

A measure of how acidic or alkaline something is, the pH scale is an important tool for taking care of ourselves since many believe that an acidic body is a magnet for illness, cancer, and early aging. When your pH levels are off, the cells of the endocrine glands suffer, compromising all systems in the body.

In Ayurveda, classic Pitta afflictions like stress, anger, and impatience can cause the mind to become acidic, which then manifests in the body as heartburn, acid reflux, and hair loss....