Tired woman

‘Why am I tired?’ is a question many of us ask ourselves. Below, we reveal different reasons you might be feeling sluggish. Your Diet Too many processed carbohydrates (such as…

Back pain

Four out of five of us will suffer at least one episode of back pain, but many have repeated/chronic pain that can affect work, home and relationships, even though there’s…

Chicken soup

Eat better Chicken soup A bowl of chicken soup is the ultimate comfort food. Research in the American Journal of Therapeutics found that a compound in chicken soup – carnosine…

Christmas party shoes

Your Eyes Champagne corks are the most likely cause of seasonal eye injuries, so make sure bubbly is properly chilled, as warm bottle corks are more likely to pop unexpectedly.…

Tooth brushing and the truth about your teeth

MYTH 1 You should brush your teeth straight after meals   ‘Never brush teeth immediately after meals or snacks,’ warns Karen Coates of the Oral Health Foundation (dentalhealth.org). ‘Eating alters…

Urinary incontinence

Up to a third of women ‘leak’ occasionally, and over three million regularly experience urinary incontinence (UI), especially as we get older. But we tend not to talk about it,…

Butternut squash

Butternut squash & sweet potatoes Their vibrant orange colour is packed with immune-boosting beta-carotene – the brighter the pigment, the more antioxidants you’re also getting for cardiovascular health. ‘Both are…

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects around one in 50 UK women – that’s 7,100 each year – but it can be hard to diagnose early, as symptoms are often vague to start…

Orange peel

Every year we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink – enough to fill around 97 million wheelie bins, or around one and a half wheelie bins for…

Clinical trials

Medical advances rely on high-quality research to find new or more effective treatments, or abandon old ones. More than 600,000 of us took part in clinical NHS research in 2014,…

Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome affects up to one person in 200, and is a high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a lifelong condition that affects the way people interact with the…

Hay fever

Who knew? In the last three decades, the number of people affected by hay fever has trebled. There are now 18 million sufferers in the UK, and even if we…

Multiple sclerosis

More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), a long-term condition that affects the nervous system. It occurs in three times as many women as men and…

Menopause

1 Which foods are better to avoid? A Spicy B Soya Answer: A Spice is a notorious stimulant and likely to trigger night sweats and hot flushes if you’re one…

Heart

Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common cause of hospital admissions, with more than 67,000 a year in England and Wales. And although it’s more likely as we get…

Salad

In Your Twenties And Thirties A hectic time when healthy eating might be low on our list of priorities, but it’s the time for laying down a healthy foundation. Eat…

Bathroom scales

Over half of us are now overweight in early adult life, and almost two thirds of us are overweight or obese by our mid-fifties. Obesity is becoming such a problem…

Cancer

Q Why is it so important to avoid infections such as colds? Chemo drugs suppress the immune system so there’s a much greater risk of a mild infection developing into…