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Dr Chris Steele on sun, Coeliac UK and his gardening Vitamin D-Day Getting out in the sunshine is good for your health – it’s official. Dr Chris says: ‘We all feel better in the sunshine – it’s not just psychological. ‘When you’re out in the sun, the rays act on your body’s vitamin D factory, which is your skin. If the sunlight isn’t there, you’re not making this vital vitamin which means you could be defic ...

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On the move: mobility in old age

Staying active is key to being happy in old age. There are a host of conditions that can affect your mobility from arthritis to Parkinson’s disease – and sometimes, it’s just the turning clogs of old age. But it’s not only the elderly who require help with everyday movement, so if you’re concerned that your joints aren’t what they used to be or you’ve recently had a bad fall, there are people and devices to ...

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20-minute (or less) meals: Galician-style monkfish

Fast food has never tasted so good: for some delicious tuck that’s ready in minutes, whip up these delectable dishes after a hard day’s work. Whipping up culinary masterpieces can prove near-on impossible come the evening when time’s short and the kids are getting peckish. This is when frazzled mums all too often find themselves seduced by the convenience of processed food. To avoid this, here are five 20-m ...

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Planning for retirement: A new chapter begins

Entering retirement offers a fresh lease of life for everybody, so make the most of your twilight years by planning ahead… Have you always looked forward to the day you leave work for the last time, with a slice of your farewell cake to take home, a ‘happy retirement’ card under your arm and a skip in your step? Whether you relish the freedom from paid employment or wonder what on earth you’re going to do w ...

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20-minute (or less) meals: Duck with honey and lime salsa

Fast food has never tasted so good: for some delicious tuck that’s ready in minutes, whip up these delectable dishes after a hard day’s work. Whipping up culinary masterpieces can prove near-on impossible come the evening when time’s short and the kids are getting peckish. This is when frazzled mums all too often find themselves seduced by the convenience of processed food. To avoid this, here are five 20-m ...

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Is your sweating excessive?

Is hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) ruining Your life? If so, there are simple ways to ease and solve the problem. Q Help! I sweat uncontrollably a lot of the time, even when doing the most unenergetic of everyday activities and it's damaging my self-esteem. What can I do about it?Gemma Foster, 32, Cardiff For the six-packed hulk at your local gym, the sweat pouring from his brow – and every other pa ...

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Stay healthy at work

You spend most of your life working, so it makes sense to use those hours to maximise your wellbeing and be as alert as possible. You may try to eat well and hit the gym after work, but there’s no reason your healthy lifestyle has to go on hold when you’re in the office. With a bit of know-how and some easy tweaks to your work regime, you can easily supercharge your health while you do your nine to five. Pa ...

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20-minute (or less) meals: Linguine with ham and eggs

Fast food has never tasted so good: for some delicious tuck that’s ready in minutes, whip up these delectable dishes after a hard day’s work. Whipping up culinary masterpieces can prove near-on impossible come the evening when time’s short and the kids are getting peckish. This is when frazzled mums all too often find themselves seduced by the convenience of processed food. To avoid this, here are five 20-m ...

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Dr Chris Steele: The seven healthy habits

Dr Lester Breslow, a public health leader in the US, practised ‘seven healthy habits’ – and lived to be 97! Dr Chris reveals how many he follows… ‘I’m not one for reading obituaries,’ says Dr Chris, ‘But I get the British Medical Journal (BMJ) every week and a recent one caught my eye. In 1965, Dr Breslow published a paper called The Seven Healthy Habits, discovering that people who had healthy routines liv ...

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20-minute (or less) meals: 15-minute soup

Fast food has never tasted so good: for some delicious tuck that’s ready in minutes, whip up these delectable dishes after a hard day’s work. Whipping up culinary masterpieces can prove near-on impossible come the evening when time’s short and the kids are getting peckish. This is when frazzled mums all too often find themselves seduced by the convenience of processed food. To avoid this, here are five 20-m ...

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Unhappy with your teeth?

Dread grinning in photos because you’re unhappy with your teeth? Cosmetic dentistry solutions are so effective, you can get the perfect smile. The so-called Hollywood smile may have fallen out of favour due to its ‘fake’ look, but that doesn’t mean the majority of people are happy with excessively wonky or gappy teeth. A sexy Lara Stone-style gap is one thing, but if you have crooked teeth, it can affect yo ...

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20-minute (or less) meals: Indonesian beef strips

Fast food has never tasted so good: for some delicious tuck that’s ready in minutes, whip up these delectable dishes after a hard day’s work. Whipping up culinary masterpieces can prove near-on impossible come the evening when time’s short and the kids are getting peckish. This is when frazzled mums all too often find themselves seduced by the convenience of processed food. To avoid this, here are five 20-m ...

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Are you getting enough vitamin D?

With a distinct lack of sunshine recently – June was the wettest month for the UK since records began – increasing numbers of people are deficient in vitamin D and that can have serious consequences. Sunshine is not just for boosting our mood and giving you the chance to show off your pins. It is also important for your health and that’s because a good dose will boost your levels of vitamin D, which is esse ...

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Beat new mum worries

From sleep deprivation and vaccinations, to postnatal depression and competitive parenting, we’ll help soothe your parenting fears. The early days of motherhood can be fraught with anxiety – are you doing the right thing? Should you be feeling this way? But allowing yourself to fall into a constant cycle of worry won’t help anyone. Thankfully most baby concerns are easy to address with the right frame of mi ...

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The Vascular System: What are the causes and treatments of vascular disease

Veins and arteries allow oxygen to be carried to your entire body, so blockages and ballooning in your circulatory system need immediate attention. The vascular system, which is also known as the circulatory system, is made up of vessels that deliver oxygen and essential nutrients to every cell in the body, and remove waste products made by those cells. Blood is carried from your heart to the rest of your b ...

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Improve your chances of pregnancy in later life

Not all women get pregnant with ease. Some, especially the over-40s, may need medical help to achieve their dreams of having a family. Not so long ago, women started having children in their early twenties. Nowadays, however, it’s more common to start a family as much as a decade or so later. The call of a career, meeting a partner later in life, or simply not finding the ‘right time’ all contribute to the ...

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Protect your breast assets

Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK, but more people than ever survive. Every woman has lumpy breasts. And many lumps, bumps or nodules women discover are, in fact, just areas of normal breast tissue, which can become more swollen and noticeable just before starting a menstrual period. Each of your breasts contains 15-20 lobes of glandular tissue, arranged like the petals of a daisy. These ...

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Understanding irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around one in five people, yet remains a condition that is misunderstood and, all too often, stigmatised. Living with the symptoms of IBS can be distressing. They include abdominal pain and spasms, chronic diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, excessive wind, an urgent need to go to the toilet, a feeling that you’ve had an incomplete bowel movement – and sometimes e ...

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Hard of hearing?

Always asking friends to speak louder or turning up the radio? chances are you have some degree of hearing loss. The ability to hear is by far one of the most important senses of the body – it enables you to communicate with other people, to entertain yourself through music and stay safe by warning you of dangers, such as any approaching road traffic. However, there are a number of ways in which hearing can ...

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Smoking: Stub it out

In the UK, one in six people smokes. Dr Chris Steele has run smokers’ clinics for more than 30 years and has lectured all over the world on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation techniques – all in order to help those who want to quit… For many smokers, quitting can be very difficult because nicotine is a highly addictive drug. In fact, it is as addictive as cocaine and heroin. Smokers use cigarettes to ...

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