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

Fibre provides a source of energy for the friendly probiotic bacteria living in the large intestine that in turn may help to boost the immune system

Health benefits of a diet high in fibre include reduction in cholesterol and protection against certain cancers

Children are often fed up with sandwich bread and the same old fillings that remind them of school days. Think about colour to entice them, with their lunch boxes and the food you put in them. Photograph: Thinkstock

Steer clear of lunches that remind them of school days during the summer

Make sure your diet is full of calcium-rich foods. Photograph: Thinkstock

Reduce your risk of osteoporosis by including plenty of calcium and vitamin D in your diet

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