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™!

in on Oct 28, 2014 .

Daniel Fernandez's awesome gift for a special cashier at his convenience store.

WEST JORDAN, Utah — A Utah family knows they only have a limited amount of time left with their son, and they are determined to make the most of it.

At 22 months old, Ethan van Leuven was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

After years of treatment, his family learned last week that his fight is coming to an end. Ethan, who just turned 5, will likely not see Thanksgiving, KFOR reported.

“His leukemia has gone out of control and is no longer treatable, so he was given a few days to several weeks left,” Merrill Van Leuven, Ethan’s father said.

Knowing time is running out, the van Leuven family decided to...

If you’ve ever used music to psych yourself up for a big presentation, an important negotiation, or a job interview, you’ll know that certain songs can evoke strong emotions.

But what is it about blasting beats that helps us to mentally prepare for these challenges?

According to a recent study, listening to certain music not only makes us feel more powerful, it can actually trigger other physical and psychological responses that are useful in the workplace and other social contexts.

“When people hear powerful music … they initiate tasks more often, they feel more in control in social situations and they’re more...

5 useful tips and tricks for the aspiring life hacker.

Your digestive system plays a major role in the overall health of your body. Digestive problems are particularly common in Western society and have become part of the daily routine of many of us, but in normal condition they are not supposed to appear at all. Too many people have become accustomed to living with digestive disorders such as abdominal pain and bloating, irritable bowel and constipation.

Here I would like to show you 5 factors that can affect your digestive system and cause it to function improperly. I will also suggest you solutions to overcome these factors:


1. Stress

You don’t need a doctor to know...

By Wendy Schmid

Trainers and nutritionists regularly sing the praises of protein—it helps build muscle, stabilizes blood sugar, and increases focus to name just a few benefits—yet there’s still a lot of misinformation floating around. 

“Protein is made up of amino acids, it’s the building block of the body. Without it we can’t build all the things that help the body run smoothly—muscle, connective tissue, neurotransmitters, blood cells, hormones,” says Ryan Andrews, R.D., a fitness and nutrition coach with Precision Nutrition. “I get questions about it daily from clients—there’s still some...

in on Oct 24, 2014 .

By Q Editors at Equinox


Somewhere along the line a terrible rumor was started: White rice is bad and brown rice is good. We’re not sure who started it, but Ryan Andrews, RD and Director of Education for Precision Nutrition is here to explain the confusion:

The claim: All white foods are ‘bad.’
The truth: “Many nutrition experts demonize all ‘white’ foods: white rice, potatoes, pasta, white bread, etc. because it's an easy rule to remember and grasp, but these foods are really only a problem if you overeat them, which usually happens when you slather them in salty, fatty, sugary sauces—also making them a vehicle...

By Wendy Schmid, Q by Equinox

When your body is trying to tell you something — for example, that you’re skimping on critical vitamins — it may go to some strange lengths. “With today’s diet of processed foods it’s easy to become vitamin deficient — either by not eating enough of the right foods or not absorbing them properly due to digestive issues,” says Dr. Susan Blum, founder of the Blum Center for Health and author of the new book, The Immune System Recovery Plan. “You may not get a disease but you can end up with impaired functioning, because vitamins are co-factors for all the bio-chemical reactions in the...