The Bark – A Healthy Living Blog

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Many of you are already familiar with honey and its benefits and uses for beauty. Honey is a very healthy food, loaded with benefits and many properties that can significantly improve your health and fight off disease. Its effects are even more powerful when mixed with water and consumed regularly.

Numerous studies are confirming that honey mixed with water offers many benefits for your health and is an excellent way to consume it regularly. In this article, we’ll explain the important benefits of drinking water and honey on an empty stomach.

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Honey is a food that provides a feeling of satiety and helps control...

Walking is a serious exercise option -- and not just for people who are trying to recover from an injury or “take it slow." Instead, it's a bona fide way to weight loss, improved cardiovascular health and more.

Sure, it's not surprising when government officials call for more walking, as U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy did recently for his initiative Call to Action. But it certainly makes the exercise seem poised for a trend when someone like celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, who helps actors like Halle Berry and Tobey Maguire get in shape for superhero movies, goes on the record in favor of it. He says walking 12,000 steps...

It is no secret that the rise in obesity in America has something to do with food. But how much? And what role does the food industry as a whole play?

As part of Here & Now's series this week on obesity, America on the Scale, host Jeremy Hobson spoke with investigative reporter Michael Moss of The New York Times.

For Moss's book, Salt Sugar Fat, he went inside the industry and spoke with food inventors and CEOs about how the industry has shaped what people eat and capitalized on how American eating habits have changed — for the worse and, maybe now, for the better. Highlights from their conversation follow, edited for brevity...

Have a hefty weight loss goal? Consider walking, not running, toward your best new body. A recent British study found people who regularly walked for fitness—albeit at a fast pace—weighed less than those devoted to other types of physical activity, including running, swimming, and cycling. (Burn calories and build muscle—all while boosting your mood—with our 21-Day Walk a Little, Lose a Lot Challenge!)

Though she's tried everything from kettlebells to gyrokinesis, personal trainer and fitness video guru Jessica Smith says walking remains her workout of choice for fitness and weight control. "I truly believe it's the best...

Lemon is the foundation for many types of cleanses out there, as it is known to kick start the digestive system.

In addition, we have found ten more ways that drinking warm, lemon-infused water every morning can aid your health.

1. It Balances pH.

Lemon is a very alkaline food. By drinking it every day, you’ll be going a long way to reducing your body’s overall acidity.

You may think this sounds counter-intuitive because lemons contain citric acid, but it does not add acidity while the body metabolizes it.

2. Lemon Water Is Great For Digestion.

Lemon is a cleanser, which means that it acts as a flusher for...

I'm often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about this medication?

People are usually disappointed when I don't share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in particular, are often underwhelmed by my medical advice.

I'll be the first to admit that I don't always do a great job of conveying why I'm skeptical about the newest medical technology, reports of the latest health news and fashions and even people's symptoms. Mostly it's because in my experience, so much about health just isn't that...

(CNN)Throughout the ages, coffee has been called a virtue and a vice for our health. The latest study comes down in favor of virtue: It says that drinking coffee, whether regular or decaf, could reduce the risk of death.

Researchers started with data from surveys of adults in the United States that asked how much coffee they consumed, as well as other foods and drinks, and then they looked at their rates of death and disease over the following two decades.

The study was large, including more than 200,000 women and 50,000 men.

At first, researchers did not see an obvious relationship between coffee consumption and death rates....

Every night you're making a choice. Do you throw on those flannel pajamas or go commando? Talking to some haters, you'd think that sleeping naked is the most disgusting thing in the world. Truth is, it's actually amazing. It has health benefits galore, not to mention how much easier it is to sleep naked in general. If you aren't already sleeping naked, you will be after this.

You'll Air Yourself Out 

You've kept your sensitive bits under wraps all day, and now they need a bit of airing out. According to The Sex Drive Solution for Women, airing out your genitals can prevent bacteria from hosting a party down there. While it's...