The digestive system is affected by a number of small changes as we age. Photograph: Getty Images

Having symptoms such as cramps, bloating and irregular bowel movements is known as diverticular disease

Bringing your own food that you prepared at home allows you to take control and reduces your reliance on canteen or cafeteria food.  Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York Times

Alternative work patterns can lead to serious health risks, so here’s what you can do to resolve the problem

The vegan diet: accepting it is not for the faint-hearted. Photograph: Thinkstock

While there’s much to be said for the strict regime, supplements should also be considered for balanced diet

A fatty, rich meal may delay stomach emptying and increase the risk of symptoms. Photograph: Thinkstock

Prolonged reflux can result in inflammation and caustic damage to the oesophagus, so how do we avoid it?

People who need supplements often don’t take them. Photograph: Thinkstock

The advice is that we get all we need from a healthy diet but there are areas in which supplements seem to help

Fuelling teenage bodies as they juggle school work, night study, personal stuff and sports is challenging

Eat the whole fruit as nature intended rather than consuming large volumes of fruit juice.

Research shows that a daily breakfast is a common factor among those losing weight and keeping it off

Women are best to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin E from food, such as nuts, rather than from supplements as a general rule. Photograph: Thinkstock Women are best to ensure an adequate intake of vitamin E from food, like nuts, rather than from supplements as a general rule. Photograph: Thinkstock

The menopause need not be the end of the world as you know it – some diet changes will go a long way to help

Studies suggest that avoiding certain foods altogether often makes them irresistible. Photograph: Getty Images

There is no magic bullet, but finding a way to enjoy the foods you like in reasonable amounts will help

More articles