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 Mar 13, 2014 .

 

Our bodies perform amazing feats every day. The millions of tiny cells in our bodies require essential nutrients to grow, develop and work together symbiotically. These essential nutrients, those that our bodies need but cannot produce, include minerals, which are inorganic substances found in foods.  We need a proper mineral balance to keep our immune system strong and healthy.

Here are seven minerals that everyone needs:

Calcium

Our bodies need lots of it! It’s found in milk, leafy green vegetables, and fish with bones like salmon.  Our bodies need calcium to build strong bones and teeth.  Calcium also plays a role...

Manuel Sanchez is a recycling truck driver in California who has made a very special connection with Daniel, a 5-year-old with autism. Each time he would come to pick up the recyclables,  Daniel would be waiting outside, mesmerized by the giant machine, even mimicking its motions with his arms. On this special day, Manuel brings Daniel a gift that Daniel is sure to cherish.

Dr. Ted Rummel lost his ability to walk or stand when a blood-filled cyst on his spine burst in 2010. However, after a year of intense rehabilitation later, he was back in the game. Rummel even overcame the hindrance of sitting as he worked by utilizing an ingenious stand-up wheel chair.

Now, the tenacious orthopedic surgeon can do virtually everything in the OR he previously could and maintains his physical strength with daily exercise and his emotional strength thanks to a deeply devoted family.

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Your digestive health guides your overall well-being.  Your gut is at the center of your mental and physical health.  Digestive issues can make a huge impact on how you feel and how easy it is to get going every day. If you want to improve your immunity, your digestion, and have better mental clarity and balance, you need to focus on your gut health.  By taking care of your digestive system, you’ll see chronic health issues, like fatigue, fogginess, common colds, little aches and pains start to go away, and you’ll begin to have more energy.

 

Here are 7 tips you can follow to improve your digestive health:

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Omega-3 supplementation plays an important role in health and performance throughout life. The following are 6 important health benefits from taking Omega-3 fatty acids:

 

1.     BULDING MUSCLE - Research has shown that protein synthesis (one of the key factors of muscle growth) can be increased by 30% when omega-3s are combined with a sufficient amount of protein or amino acids, compared to amino acids or protein alone.  The regulation of protein breakdown is controlled by a different process than protein synthesis, and evidence shows omega-3s, especially EPA, reduces protein breakdown. In other words, EPA plays two unique...

in on Feb 19, 2014 .

Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions such as breathing or physical activity and other lifestyle habits such as smoking produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. Antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Antioxidants are a bit like rust protection for the body.  Because they have one or more unpaired electrons, free...