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  1. Painkiller headaches

    Painkillers are a good way to relieve headaches, but if you take them more than 2 or 3 times a week, they could become the cause of your headaches. Up to 1 in 10 people who have frequent headaches do so because they take painkillers too often, says…
  2. Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

    We've all done it - dropped some food on the floor, picked it up, given it a quick wipe and put it in our mouth. The theory is that if food dropped on the floor is picked up quickly enough, it's safe to eat. While some people are…
  3. How to prepare and cook food safely

    Find out how to prepare, cook and store food correctly to minimise the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli.    This page covers: Washing hands Storing and preparing meat Cooking meat Cooking meat on a barbecue Acrylamide in starchy food  Washing fruit and vegetables Washing hands…
  4. Good foods to help your digestion

    The occasional fry-up or boozy night is unlikely to give you anything more than a short-lived stomach upset. But overindulge too often and you could be storing up trouble for yourself. Here's a tummy-friendly diet to aim for. Fill up on fibre to prevent constipation…
  5. Ways to manage chronic pain

    The old-fashioned treatment for persistent pain, also known as chronic pain, was bed rest for weeks or months on end. We now know this is the worst possible approach. Exercise and continuing to work are key to recovery. Forget resting if you have a painful…
  6. Dairy and alternatives in your diet

    Milk and dairy products, such as cheese and yoghurt, are great sources of protein and calcium and can form part of a healthy, balanced diet. Unsweetened, calcium-fortified dairy alternatives like soya milks, soya yoghurts and soya cheeses also count as part of this food group…
  7. Fish and shellfish

    A healthy diet should include at least two portions of fish a week, including one of oily fish. That's because fish and shellfish are good sources of many vitamins and minerals. Oily fish - such as salmon and fresh tuna - is also particularly high in long-chain…
  8. Meat in your diet

    Meat is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals in your diet. However, if you currently eat more than 90g (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day, the Department of Health advises that you cut down to 70g, which is the average…
  9. Underweight children aged 2-5

    Two- to five-year-olds may be small, but they're growing and need the energy (calories) and nutrients that come from a varied and balanced diet. If your child is underweight, they may not be getting enough calories. If you're concerned that your child is underweight or not…
  10. What does 100 calories look like?

    Find out what 100 calories looks like with this selection of everyday foods.  Go straight to 100-calorie portions of: oil, mayonnaise and butter cheese sugar biscuits crisps   meat and fish dried fruit fresh fruit vegetables Calories and kilocalories The term calorie is a commonly used shorthand for…
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