FUN FACT #94
11% of people are left handed.
CAFFEINE FOR DRY EYE
A small study of 78 patients released from Tokyo suggests that moderate caffeine use may help dry eye symptoms. They reasoned correctly that since caffeine stimulates saliva and gastric juices, it might also increase tear production. Further validating studies are needed, but initial results suggest that moderate caffeine use may be helpful for patients with dry eye syndrome.
YOUR JOINTS ON WEIGHT
Keeping your weight in check can keep all of your moving parts healthy. Research published in Arthritis Care & Research reports that rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that causes painful joint swelling, is not only twice as common in women as men but also 1.2 times more common in people who are obese. Regular exercise is important for weight control and strong bones, and both of these can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
HEALTH TIP #69
Studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of plant-based fat, fight heart disease and help you lose weight from your most troublesome spot – your belly.
BACK PAIN TREATMENTS A PAIN IN THE WALLET
Americans spend $86 billion dollars per year on back pain treatments (almost three-quarters of cancer treatment costs). One recent study of 313 people found that yoga decreases back pain, strengthens core muscles, decreases stress and improves overall health measures for those with back pain both long and short term. Various yoga classes may focus more on relaxation, stretching, or strength building. To maximize health and minimize back pain, investigate yoga classes and experiment until you find the right level of intensity.