Quick fixes won’t work: the only way to diet effectively is to change longstanding habits

Eating a well-balanced diet, taking regular exercise and getting adequate rest are all important for skincare. Photograph: Thinkstock

A balanced diet will give you all the nutrients you need for skin, hair and nails

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

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