Your health

Health knowledge

Understand your health condition and discover nutrition and wellbeing advice to help manage symptoms and improve wellbeing.

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Bloating

Bloating

Sometimes, it's as if our stomach 'blows up' uncomfortably after eating, or seems permanently distended. If this happens to you, the first thing to do is to keep a food diary fo...

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Loss of appetite

Loss of appetite

Our appetite and desire to eat anything is influenced by so many factors, from physical issues such as pain, sickness and constipation to anxiety, fear and feeling low. Take a ...

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Nausea

Nausea

When you’re feeling sick, either because of your illness or as a side-effect of a treatment such as chemotherapy, food may be the last thing you want to think about. The body c...

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Weight loss

Weight loss

Doctors worry about losing too much weight when we are ill. These shifts are not always down to the disease itself – sometimes medication and the anxiety around your illness can...

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Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea

We can develop diarrhoea to differing degrees and for many different reasons. It may be a side effect of cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy; a result of medic...

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Constipation

Constipation

A sluggish gut can be caused by a number of factors, including a lack of fluid and fibre in the diet, age, being less active (exercise can have quite a big impact on how regular...

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Taste changes

Taste changes

A change in how you experience the flavours of foods can happen when you’re ill, particularly if you have cancer. Chemotherapy treatment may result in a strange taste in the mou...

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Sore mouth

Sore mouth

A sore mouth, caused by illness, nutritional deficiency or side-effect of drug treatment (it classically occurs with many types of chemotherapy), or something as basic as poorly...

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Weight gain

Weight gain

Putting on too much weight can be an issue when we are ill. It’s a problem not just for health reasons but because it can make us feel so out of control of our body and negative...

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Reduced bone mass & osteoporosis

Reduced bone mass & osteoporosis

Bone cells are busy throughout our lives manufacturing new bone, and this process, although most evident in childhood and our teenage years, continues to be vitally important th...

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Chewing and swallowing difficulties

Chewing and swallowing difficulties

Physical skills like keeping our mouths closed while food is inside, to help us chew and swallow, can become difficult when we are poorly. If you are caring for someone, look ou...