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™!

Pick up any bodybuilding or fitness magazine and you’ll be bombarded with a plethora of supplements to buy and take. Some of them work well, and they’re popular in gyms around the globe. Many are marketed so heavily, though, that you’re not sure if they actually deliver on their promises. A few, however, are effective, cheap and safe. Not only that, but new research suggests the following four supplements can help you out in more ways than one.


1. Nitrate

Nitrate refers to a small nitrogen-containing molecule found in many vegetables, particularly leafy greens like lettuce or rocket. Nitrate is most well known for...

What is Pycnogenol®?

In the 1960s, a scientist called Charles Haimoff developed a revolutionary substance in his Berlin laboratory. This substance, now known as Pycnogenol®, was extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine tree. Since Haimoff first discovered this unique substance, millions of dollars have been invested into scientific research to ensure the safety and effectiveness of Pycnogenol®. 


Recover faster from jet lag faster 

According to a scientific study, Pycnogenol® has been proven to reduce the length of jet lag by 53.8% and severity by an average of 61.5% after 24 hours. The study involved...

There are many benefits of drinking water, from helping to accelerate weight loss to healthier and younger looking skin. Unfortunately, most people are not drinking enough every day, until recently, water was the 2nd most popular beverage in the US, behind sugary soft drinks. (1)

Water is one of the most important elements in the human body. It makes up about 60% of our bodies, more or less. Every single cell in your body needs water to function properly.

At Lose Weight by Eating, we LOVE water and all it’s health benefits. It’s why we have so many fruit infused water and detox water recipes, simply because it’s so good...

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Benefits of Pycnogenl: #1 Edema During Flights

The goal of one study was to evaluate whether or not Pycnogenol could prevent edema (fluid build-up) during long-haul flights in healthy people. There were 88 in the control group and 81 in the Pycnogenol group. In those treated with Pycnogenol, the edema score was increased by 17.9% versus an increase of 58.3% in the control group. Not bad.

Benefits of Pycnogenl: #2 Retinopathy

A total of 40 patients with retinopathy (damage to the retina part of the eye) from diabetes and other vascular causes were enrolled in one study. Thirty patients were treated with 150 mg of Pycnogenol a...

Do you every find yourself wondering why you have to cut carbs out of your diet but your friend gets to indulge in them and not put on any weight?

This is most probably because each body works in a different way; from burning fat to absorbing nutrients.

If you want to start to eat right for your shape, you’ll find that the key is to implement achievable, simple practices and embrace nutrition, instead of fad diets. This will enable you to become more in tune with your body, helping you to achieve balance. Once you have found this equilibrium your body will be the size and shape you were always meant to be.

The ancient...

The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders.

All this sounds great, but what does the “power of positive thinking” really mean?

You can define positive thinking as positive imagery, positive self-talk or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous...

Natural pine bark extract found to help boost overall cognitive performance including attention span and coping with stress in healthy professionals.

New research delivers exciting news for those seeking natural ways to boost memory and mental performance. A study recently published in the Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences shows daily use of Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), a  natural plant extract from French maritime pine tree bark, may help improve attention span, memory, decision-making – including executive-level performance – and overall cognitive function.

"This study finds Pycnogenol® to be a safe and effective...

Get off the weight-loss roller coaster by creating sustainable eating habits instead of following an intense, short-term diet. Here's how to eat well for life!

It's no secret that many dieters abandon their plans in a few short weeks, and that those who do lose weight successfully often gain a majority of the weight back once they return to their regular eating habits. Alas, both situations can lead to an emotionally and physically damaging cycle, and this cycle is the catalyst for everyone's favorite recurring New Year's resolution to lose weight and keep it off.

In principle, there's absolutely nothing wrong with dieting....