The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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Stepped on the weighing scale lately? Unhappy about the number staring back at you? Fret not, take a deep breath. Losing weight can be frustrating, at times. But instead of constantly fretting over that number, think about how you feel inside.

Does sluggish, weary, drained come to mind? Yes, we know the feeling. Focusing on how you feel could do the trick (fix the number on the scale!).

And let’s break it to you – there are no shortcuts to weight-loss. What works is – eating right. Yes, eating. Starving brings the opposite of the result you are seeking. Adhere to the winning pattern – eat right – did we say that...

Despite eating (what I thought was) a wholesome breakfast every morning, the pounds weren't dropping. So why was I not losing weight? All the experts say breakfast is key to boosting metabolism, after all. I didn't realize I was making three huge mistakes, but once I changed them, I could see the difference in how my body looked.


Bye-Bye Granola

Cereal was my go-to breakfast all the way from elementary school through college. Although sweet, delicious, and easy, it was the worst breakfast for me. It's full of sugary carbs and not much fiber or protein. I even went for the healthy stuff like Kashi's GoLean Crunch, granola,...

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Pycnogenol is one of those natural cures that has been in existence for ages but has only recently seen a real increase in acceptance and major use. This unique treatment option delivers a variety of health benefits including regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and relieving pain, which makes it a great option for treating a wide array of common ailments.


What Is Pycnogenol?

MedlinePlus defines pycnogenol as the U.S. registered trademark for a product that originates from the bark of a pine tree classified as Pinus pinaster. However, the compound can also be derived from other sources, such as peanut skin,...

A pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Childhood mental illness and obesity are significant public health concerns in the US. Since they start in childhood, preventive and early intervention approaches are needed.

Pet dogs have been linked with health benefits for adults, as promoted by the US Public Health Service (USPHS).

In Australia and the UK, dog ownership has been linked with increased physical activity among children aged 5-12 years and healthier body mass index (BMI) in those aged 5-6 years, due to walking and active...

The way your brain works may vary from season to season, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that when people in the study did certain cognitive tasks, the ways that the brain utilizes its resources to complete those tasks changed with the seasons.

Although people's actual performance on the cognitive tasks did not change with the seasons, "the brain activity for the ongoing process varie[d]," said study author Gilles Vandewalle, of the University of Liege in Belgium.

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In the study, the researchers looked at the cognitive brain function of 28 people in Belgium during each season of the...

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is practiced the world over by many people- regardless of race, creed, religion, or beliefs.

It’s one of the few eastern practices that has been thoroughly researched and discussed in many medical forums.

Overall, the advantages of meditation extend beyond the brain, and published studies have shown it can improve physical functioning and vitality, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.

As you keep up with meditation, you’ll notice these benefits begin to show themselves in many ways in your life!

Benefits include...

What is it you do when you first wake up? Do you greet your day with a stretch and a cup of coffee or tea? Do you exercise or do yoga? Whatever it is that you are doing to create your day, if you haven't opened your day through deep breathing via meditation then you are going to be lost to mindlessness instead of mindfulness. In many ways, not embracing your day through a peaceful awareness may affect your health, your mood, and sabotage you in body, mind and spirit. The benefits of meditation for health alone is a game-changer and one we all desperately need to adopt in order to engage in better health and wellness.

Here are some...