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 Apr 16, 2014 .

Carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and squash all contain an antioxidant called beta-carotene. It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives them their rich colors. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which we need for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision. 

Researchers found that subjects who ingested 3 grams of an amino acid mixture before one hour of moderate-intensity exercise on a stationary bike burned the same amount of total calories but more fat than those taking a placebo drink.

Consult your doctor before trying a fat-burner if you have any pre-existing...

Vitality and beauty are gifts of nature for those who live according to its laws. -Leonardo Da Vinci

When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change. -Annette Funicello

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to become extraordinary.

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. -Deepak Chopra

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies...

Loren Krytzer, also known as L.T. or Big L.T., lost his leg in a car accident and his disability checks were barely paying the bills. Krytzer saw a Navajo First Phase Chief’s Blanket that was similar to his blanket -- handed down in the family for generations -- appraised on the Antique Road Show for $350,000-$500,000. He never expected the blanket to be worth that much and went out to get his blanket appraised by John Moran Auctioneers. He was ecstatic to find out his blanket was worth $100,000-$200,000. Come auction day L.T.’s life was forever changed as his 1840/50’s Navajo First Phase Chief’s Blanket sold for $1.5 million...

Shark liver oil has been used as a remedy for many ailments by people on the coasts of Norway and Sweden for hundreds of years. It was mainly used to promote wound healing and as a general remedy for conditions of the respiratory tract and the digestive system.

Shark liver oil is taken from the liver of cold-water sharks.  The oil is a rich source of alkylglycerols, chemicals that may have anti-cancer properties. Alkylglycerols are also found in human bone marrow and in breast milk.  Other chemicals in shark liver oil being studied against cancer are squalamine and squalene.  Shark liver oil is a dietary supplement used to boost...

This video from The Queen Latifah Show shows US Soldier Jess reuniting with her best friend, Emma, after a year, and it is an absolute tearjerker.  What an incredible way to give back to our hardworking military men and women! Make sure you watch the entire video.

in on Apr 02, 2014 .

The B vitamins are a group of individual vitamins, often referred to as the B-complex vitamins.  These nutrients critical for all things mind-related: mood, memory, easing stress, even migraines can benefit from the B's. In the right amounts, the B's can quell anxiety, lift depression, ease PMS, and boost your energy.  B vitamins are also essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, which provides energy for the body. They also aid in the breakdown of fats and proteins, which aids the normal functioning of the nervous system.  Making sure you get the right amounts of all of B vitamins can greatly reduce your risk for...

Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water our bodies lose each day.  When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp.

Here are eight reasons to make sure you're drinking enough water every day:

1Drinking water helps our bodies maintain the proper balance of body fluids.  Our bodies are composed of about 70% water. The...

When we think of coffee beans, this is what we think of, right?

These coffee beans have been roasted, that’s why they’re brown. These are ground up and make the coffee we all love. 

But before all of this roasting and browning, coffee beans look like this:


When they are green like this, they are full of a powerful antioxidant called chlorogenic acid.  The roasting process of the green coffee beans is what destroys the chlorogenic acid, leaving only a nominal amount in the coffee beans.  So the coffee we drink doesn’t give us the same health benefits as we can get from raw green coffee beans.

What are the...