The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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Potassium is important for muscle strength, nerve functioning, and a healthy cardiovascular system. It’s in lots of foods we like, such as bananas, melons, avocados, kiwi and almonds. The recommended daily value of potassium is 4,700 mg per day.  Even if we are definitely getting that much every day, we still might have a deficiency.  How could that be?  It’s because, the more sodium we consume, the more potassium our bodies excrete. 

Some symptoms of having a potassium deficiency are:

  1. You feel worn out - Every cell in your body needs the right amount of potassium to function, and a sustained dip can result in generalized...

Pine bark extract, which is used for its antioxidant properties, is made from the bark of the maritime pine tree, latin name: Pinus pinaster. The bark contains naturally occurring chemicals called proanthocyanidins. The maritime pine tree is native to the western Mediterranean. Pine bark extract is usually sold under the brand name Pycnogenol.

Pine bark was used by a French explorer named Jacques Cartier in the winter of 1535.  The ship was in freezing conditions in the St. Lawrence River, in what is now Quebec. The crew became ill with scurvy, a disease resulting from vitamin C deficiency, because there were no fruits and...

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Nick Vujicic - No arms, no legs, no worries - look at yourself after watching this!

Enzymes are naturally secreted by our digestive organs to speed up the breakdown of food, so our gut can extract and dispense the nutrients that are inside of the carbohydrates, fats and proteins.  They also help us to absorb these nutrients and get rid of what isn’t needed. Without enzymes, the food we eat would just sit in our gut and slowly rot.  There are several enzymes with specialized roles: lipases that break down fat, amylases that handle carbohydrates, and proteases that work on proteins.

Poor digestion can leave us feeling full and bloated after a meal.  Unfortunately a lot of that has to do with the processed foods...

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Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again.

He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try -- he couldn't do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried DDP YOGA and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story.

Dallas was so moved by his story, he began emailing and speaking on the phone with Arthur throughout his journey - he encouraged Arthur to keep going and to believe that anything was possible. Even though doctors told him walking would never happen, Arthur...

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Exercise can be a great way to lift our mood and balance our emotions. When we exercise, our bodies feel more relaxed and calm.  Our brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals all work together to make us feel good.   Sometimes, after working out, or after a long run or walk, we feel a sense of accomplishment.  Our muscles are able to relax more deeply because of the workout, relieving built up tension and strain.  You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

Studies have shown that exercise...

Coenzyme Q10 is a substance that is very similar to a vitamin.  CoQ10 already exists within our body. It is found in the mitochondria of our cells, and assists in producing adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. Our bodies makes CoQ10, and our cells use it to produce the energy our bodies need for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts. ...