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™!

When it comes to building something of value -- whether that's a business, a joint venture, a brand, or even yourself as an individual -- the most important thing to remember is that "challenge" is part of the process.

All too often, people seek the easy road, as if that's the path they would prefer to travel.  The truth is, it's not.  You don't learn anything when the wind is always at your back.  You don't improve your problem-solving skills when there's never a problem to solve. 

Instead of looking for ways to avoid obstacles, take a page out of Ryan Holiday's The Obstacle Is The Way.

1. Someone else has run into this...

“Attitude determines altitude.” It’s something I heard during a speech that resonated with me.

I read recently that the most important times of the day are the first half-hour after you awake and the half-hour before you turn in at night. We all have our ritual for both segments. But when I read that I realized my routine was in sync with that concept. Up at 5:15 , in the gym at 6. At night the routine is to listen, read or watch something positive, uplifting or motivational. When I miss out on one I can sense the imbalance, especially the gym routine.

So as I thought of that quote, I decided I will call that my attitude...

We all know the power of antioxidants to improve health and the high-antioxidant foods we should eat regularly. But did you know that pine bark extract, like pine oil, is one of nature’s super antioxidants? It’s true.

What gives pine bark extract its notoriety as a powerful ingredient and super antioxidant is that it’s loaded with oligomeric proanthocyanidin compounds, OPCs for short. The same ingredient can be found in grapeseeds, the skin of peanuts and witch hazel bark. But what makes this miracle ingredient so amazing?

While OPCs found in this extract are mostly known for their antioxidant-producing benefits, these...

Why Is This Important?

Because this is a great reason to keep working out.

Long Story Short

Exercising reduces your chances of dying from health issues associated with drinking alcohol, including cancer. However, working out won't help you if you binge drink or drink too much on a consistent basis.

Long Story

If you think hitting the gym will offset all of the impacts of binge drinking three nights a week -- you're kidding yourself. But having a healthy exercise routine can play big dividends if you like to drink.

Exercising just two and a half hours a week can reduce your risk of death from cancer that's associated...

Use this “bark” to take the bite out of heart disease…

Would you scrape the bark from a tree and eat it?


Well, what if you were stranded without fresh food supplies, weakened and facing death?  If a stranger told you the bark could save your life, would you consume it then?

These days, you may not need this plant-based substance to survive – but it still offers a bevy of benefits that may improve your health.

In fact, it appears to offer a one-two antioxidant punch that may make this substance an important piece of many people’s supplement regimen.

So just what is this powerful product?

A Surprising...

in on Dec 29, 2016 .

Pycnogenol is an herbal dietary supplement that "Today' Dietitian" magazine notes is unique in its potential ability to affect a variety of health conditions. Pycnogenol is the name for pine bark extract that comes from the maritime pine tree Pinas pinaster, which grows in France. Pine bark extract contains proanthocyanidins, which are antioxidants. Research studies indicate that pycnogenol functions as an antioxidant, contains anti-inflammatory properties and widens blood vessels. Check with your doctor before taking pycnogenol to treat any medical condition.

Heart Health

Heart health is one area in which pycnogenol has shown...

Dish: Shakshuka

“Shakshuka is a great dish… even when you’re a little tipsy, because it only requires a few ingredients,” says Chef Danny Elmaleh of Cleo at The Redbury Hotel in Los Angeles.

Chef Elmaleh’s unique culinary style was deeply influenced by his upbringing. Born in Haifa, Israel—to a Moroccan father and a Japanese mother—Elmaleh began his training at the famed Culinary Institute of America in New York. He then cooked in Japan and in Milan, finally landing at Cleo, where you’ll find a rather bohemian vibe to the dining room and a light, super-fresh menu that centers around mezze platters built to...

We all know that a hot, milky drink and a warm bath are supposed to relax you before bed, but many of us still can’t slip into slumber.

Ten million prescriptions for sleeping pills are written every year in England alone and a survey by Crampex has found that 86% of us suffer from sleep disturbance.

But you can trick yourself to sleep by trying these expert natural tips... Or you can look at buying one of these gadgets or apps.

1. Inhale through your left nostril

This yoga method is thought to reduce blood pressure and calm you. Holistic sleep therapist Peter Smith says: “Lie on your left side, resting a finger on your...