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10 self-help tips to stop smoking

If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up. Think positive You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don't let that put you off. Look back at the things your…

8 key times to quit smoking

Research shows that most smokers get motivated to quit very suddenly, spurred into action by a specific event, milestone or resolution. Did you know? Smokers who use their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to successfully stop smoking for good.…

Stop smoking: coping with cravings

If you can control your cravings for a cigarette, you'll boost your chances of quitting. The most effective ways to tackle cravings are a combination of stop-smoking medicines and behavioural changes. Going cold turkey may be appealing, and works for some, but research suggests that willpower alone…

Stop smoking without putting on weight

You may be worried about piling on the pounds when you stop smoking - but there are steps you can take to keep weight gain to a minimum. They are: Take more exercise  Use stop smoking treatments  Diet cautiously - it can help reduce weight while you quit, but you must be…

Weight loss success stories

The NHS weight loss plan has been downloaded more than 3 million times. Find out why the 12-week programme is such a hit from people who have successfully lost weight. Lesley Trundle, 53, from London Weight lost: 14.5kg (32lbs) "I started the NHS weight loss plan on January 7…

Is garlic an everyday superfood?

Aphrodisiac, currency, food, medicine, vampire repellent - garlic has had many uses throughout the ages. Garlic contains vitamins C and B6, manganese, selenium and other antioxidants (notably allicin). More recent evidence-based research suggests garlic may be effective against high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, colds and some…

Pomegranate: superfood or fad?

Pomegranate and its distinctive ruby-red jewel-like seeds have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The Middle Eastern fruit is claimed to be effective against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation and some cancers, including prostate cancer. Pomegranate is a good source of fibre. It…

Oily fish: mighty omega-3 or codswallop?

Interest in the health benefits of oily fish started when researchers observed that Eskimos, who mainly eat oily fish, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are said to help against cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, age-related vision loss and dementia. It's a…

Calorie checker

Use the search box above to look up the calories of more than 150,000 different foods and drinks quickly and simply. For quick access to the calorie checker on the go, save this page to your mobile device's home screen, just like an app.   Online calorie counters are one of the easiest ways…

Wheatgrass: detox tonic or just juice?

The discoveries in the 1930s by US chemist Charles Schnabel, dubbed 'Mr Wheatgrass', have inspired a body of scientific research into wheatgrass that continues to this day. If you believe the hype, wheatgrass has a higher nutritional content than any other vegetable, protects against inflammation, builds…