Welcome to Health Matters

BMI Healthcare's guide to health and wellness. Practical, intelligent advice for better living, to help you look after yourself in mind and body.

Are immune system booster foods really a thing? We take a look at some of the foods credited with boosting your body's natural defences.Read more

20 of our top tips to keep you sane and productive if you’re working from home, from the pitfalls to avoid to the benefits to embrace.

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Having a healthy immune system is essential for your body to fight off infection. We take a look at 7 ways you can bolster your body’s defences.Read more

A healthy mouth can keep you happier and prevent uncomfortable conditions. Here are eight tips to encourage good oral hygiene.Read more

Stopping smoking is hard, but it can be done. If you're looking for that last push, read our top five reasons to quit smoking. Remember, help is available.Read more

From breathing exercises to treating yourself, these are our top 18 easy tips to calm you when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.Read more

Everybody loves a good chilli con carne. Our healthy version is full of vegetables and low in fat, but still packed with layers of great flavour.Read more

Consultant Health Psychologist Dr Sue Peacock explains how sleep – or lack of sleep – can affect our mental health and wellbeing.Read more

The NHS running plan aims to take you from absolute beginner to running 5K in just nine weeks. We consider the pros and cons of the programme.

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Nose and throat allergies are common conditions all year round, but especially in the spring. Our consultant explains why.Read more

There are lots of things you can do to prevent heart disease. We highlight five simple lifestyle changes that will help you look after your heart.Read more

If you're looking for a heart healthy recipe that's easy to make and good for you too, this vegetable curry could be just what you’ve been searching for.Read more

Can you bolster your immune system by eating certain foods? We take a look at 5 of the best options for looking after your body's defenses.Read more

This buzzword shows no signs of going away, but what does self-care really mean and why does it matter? We take a closer look.Read more

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Mr Christopher C.T Lee shares his advice on what to eat – and what not to eat – when you’re pregnant. Read more

Can smartphones and social media encourage symptoms of anxiety and depression? We offer advice on how to step away from your screen. Read more

Sleep is vital to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Find out if you’re getting enough and, if not, what you can do to sleep more and sleep better. Read more

Plant-based cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. This vegan stir fry is super easy and on your table in 20 minutes or less. The perfect healthy midweek meal. Read more

While there is no real ‘gut health diet’, we’ve put together 15 of the best diet and lifestyle tips to help you improve or restore gut health naturally.Read more

More people in the UK are going vegan than ever before. Is it just a fad, or are there real health benefits to be had? We take a closer look.

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Drinking plenty of water is essential to keep virtually every system in your body working properly, and not only in the warmer months.Read more

Our consultant gastroenterologist answers questions about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two forms of inflammatory bowel disease.Read more

We answer common questions about this respiratory disease and consider the lifestyle changes that can help to manage symptoms.Read more

Ahead of World AIDS Day, we're shedding light on the real facts about HIV and AIDS and dispelling some commonly held false beliefs.Read more

Ditch the takeaway this week and instead make this easy and delicious curry, packed with flavour and bursting with vegetables.

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Could alcohol be the cause of your belly fat? We consider the science behind visceral fat and its links with alcohol consumption.Read more

Tips from an experienced psychologist on managing fear of the dentist’s chair, from pinpointing the causes to specialised hypnosis.

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We examine the facts around antibiotic resistance, considering why it’s a problem and what research can do to solve it.

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A quick and easy recipe for homemade beans on toast that’s tasty, comforting and vegan too. Your new weeknight favourite.

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Do you suffer from knee pain? Swollen joints? Stiffness in your hip? We discuss if complementary therapies can actually help with joint pain.

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Are you eating enough fibre? We take a look at the recommended intake and offer tips on adding fibrous foods to your diet.

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Carrying excess fat around the waist is associated with various health risks. But why is belly fat so dangerous? And what are the different ways to lose it?

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Our healthier take on this classic Italian pasta dish has a fiery tomato and aubergine sauce and counts as two of your 5 A Day.

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We consider the stigma around men and mental health and the importance of changing perspectives, and also share advice on how and when to seek help.Read more

We share the key facts about blood pressure, including what the numbers mean and what you should do if yours is high or low.

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We take a look at male pattern baldness including early signs and the underlying causes as well as available treatment options.Read more

We share our favourite simple soup recipes including butternut squash, cream of tomato and a garlicky spinach soup.

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Are you a binge drinker? Get the facts on binge drinking and the potential health risks, along with tips on monitoring your alcohol intake.

Everyone's favourite comfort food gets a makeover in this cosy yet healthy mac and cheese recipe, made with a creamy hidden veg sauce.

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We speak to a consultant gynaecologist about self-care and staying healthy for women who are experiencing the menopause. Read more

Urinary tract infections are common among children. This handy guide for parents covers causes, symptoms, treatments and preventative measures. Read more

We share advice on cholesterol and what it means to your health, with tips on lifestyle changes that can help to lower your levels. Read more

An easy recipe for roasted vegetables plus five ways to use them in healthy meals throughout the week, from vegan pasta to five-minute flatbreads.

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Do you really know what your gut microbiome is? We consider the science and the ways you can boost the health of your own gut.

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