How your hands improve your health
Give your palm and fingers an, um, hand--they're a powerful ally for your health. Sure, they lace up the sneakers that power you through energizing walks, dice the veggies that provide essential nutrients, and dial the doctor when you're under the weather. But your hands are also an excellent health resource in less obvious ways. Here, simple strategies to hand yourself a health boost.
Stop restaurant binges
Portion distortion is the main reason we overload on calories when we dine out. To keep calories in check, use your palm to check portion sizes. Three ounces of meat or fish is about the size of your palm (though many restaurant entrées plate more than twice that amount). An ideal 1-ounce serving of dessert (say, a decadent triple-fudge brownie) is roughly the size of an average woman's thumb.
Keep your metabolism healthy
If your fingernails are ragged and breaking more than usual, it could be a