Health Radar : December 2012

BULLY GRIP

195: Gray Maynard’s grip strength in pounds per square inch.

Poor: <96
Below Average: 97-104
Average: 105-112
Above Average: 113-122
Excellent: >123
* Grip Strength for Men Aged 30-39

MINTY MOJO

The smell of peppermint around the holidays may evoke fond childhood memories, but treats aside, peppermint oil has quite the array of health benefits. Found in natural products for nasal congestion, headache relief, upset stomach, stress, and pain, peppermint isn’t just for candy canes and seasonal goodies.

DON’T LAG BEHIND

A recent study suggests that you can train your brain to ward off jet lag by working out and eating at the same time in both time zones. Your inner clock will realign based on eating, exercising, and light cues.

WINTERIZE YOUR SKIN

The low relative humidity of cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin, making it dry and flaky. You can ditch the winter itch by using a petrolatum based moisturizer, utilizing a room humidifier, and taking a vitamin D supplement.

PUMP YOU UP

According to a recent study, people who lift weights are less likely to have metabolic syndrome—a cluster of risk factors linked to heart disease and diabetes. Research has linked greater muscle strength and muscle mass to lower rates of metabolic syndrome. Incorporating weight lifting or other forms of resistance exercises into your daily regimen is a step in the right direction to keeping your heart healthy.

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