Kira Roark

When not writing for Books for Better Living, KIRA ROARK is practicing yoga, meditating, reading, and going on relaxed runs on the creek trail down the street. Or ... watching Real Housewives and lazing by the pool. (Life is all about balance, right?) She lives in "the city house zoo" - a highrise apartment in downtown Denver she shares with her husband, stepdaughter, dog, cat, tortoise + two fish. You can reach her at

Articles by Kira Roark

Cupping Therapy Shocked Me (and Bruised Me)

I knew I'd have those weird round bruises. But this? Very unexpected.

I walked in for my cupping therapy appointment curious and hopeful. My massage therapist has been practicing cupping for over 20 years, so I knew I was in good hands. I’m not queasy about acupuncture, so I thought this would be a breeze. Wow. It was intense.

How to Survive a Best Friend Breakup

Best friend breakups suck. Learn to let go with love.

When adult friendships end, there’s usually a deep ache that comes with self-knowledge. We know ourselves better, we understand the world better, and we know we’re probably not going to make up over Snapchat that same night.

Eating More Salt Might Save Your Life

Have a salt tooth? Grab a bag of potato chips and read this interview.

Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a leading cardiovascular research scientist, has reviewed over 500 publications to unravel the impact of salt on blood pressure and heart disease. He’s reached a startling conclusion: The vast majority of us don’t need to watch our salt intake.

Hot Trend in Fitness Wear: Florals

These are not your grandma's florals.

Well, actually they are your grandma's florals. Imagine having tea in your grandma's breakfast nook. There's a white wicker couch with bright floral upholstery and curtains to match. That's it - that's what's hot in fitness wear these days.

Books That Bring Us Joy: May 2017

Our 5 Favorite Books for Practicing Self-Care

Here are some of our fave books for May, organized around the idea that springtime is about change and renewal and growth. Time for self-care, in all its forms: financial, physical, spiritual. Forget New Year resolutions, spring is the best time to make change in your life. Align yourself with the earth’s energy as it transforms itself and use this time to sweep out the old and bring in the new. These books will give you what you need to spring forward!

How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time.

Be prepared, travel light, and get globetrotter gorgeous. Don't stress about packing for your summer getaway! Packing can be part of the pleasure of travel. You just need to know what you’re doing. How to Pack by Hitha Palepu gives you everything you need to travel smart for any trip.

The New Allergy Solution

Why You Should Be Smart About Allergies Even If You Don't Have Them

The New Allergy Solution is a practical guide for finding relief from allergies. Dr. Clifford W. Bassett talks about how we’re now living in a world where allergies are on the rise – in frequency, severity, and complexity. The reasons why go far beyond the fragile nature of our “microenvironments” (our food, homes, offices, bodies). These factors affect all of us, no matter if we suffer from allergies or not.

The Perfect Gift for Your BFF

Maybe you know better than anyone how to read your bestie's expressions - from "first-bite-of-ice-cream bliss" to "a wrath of fury about to be unleashed." Maybe your BFF has lifted you out of a sad time, forcing you to go outside to see "that the world was still there ... I was still me. And we were still us."

Practice Mindfulness with Houseplants

Plants purify the air and cleanse away stress. They create a feeling of sanctuary. A small potted houseplant can also be a lovely reminder to pause throughout your day. In four easy steps, here's how to bring a little mindfulness and beauty into your day.

Relax and Energize with Abhyanga, Ayurvedic Self-Massage

Benefits of abhyanga include the natural production of ocytocin, the “feel-good” hormone. Try it in the morning and at night to see which feels better for you – it can help you lift your energy for the day ahead or help settle you down for a good night’s sleep. Ayurvedic self-massage can also help release toxins in the soft tissues so your body can naturally detox.