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Healthy diets

The best way to detox

Want to detox? Maybe you'll go the all-fruit route, or try cayenne pepper and lemon juice for a week. The problem is, though, it's unlikely to shift a single toxin. Here's how to detox the scientifically proven way.

Your best body plan for 2016

Kick-starting a healthy lifestyle is not the easiest thing in the world but with a plan in place, you are already halfway there.

Do we really need to eat breakfast?

We were all taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but now researchers are asking if we might not be better off skipping breakfast altogether.

Goodbye from DietDoc

After 21 years as an internet diet and nutrition advisor, DietDoc is handing over the torch to her successors. In her final article she summarises what she believes are the most important take-home messages related to nutrition.

How to protect kids against obesity

The statistics for the increase in overweight in kids younger than 5 years old are a cause for concern, particularly in the developing world. DietDoc explains how to combat this problem.

How the DASH diet became the best eating plan

For the sixth year in a row, a panel of health experts has named the heart-healthy DASH diet the best overall eating plan, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Diets ranking.

Blocking stomach artery may treat obesity

A procedure that curtails blood flow to the stomach, suppressing production of the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin, shows promise for helping morbidly obese patients lose weight.

Rules for a balanced diet

What exactly is a balanced diet? How much of which foods should you eat? Here are a few simple rules that anyone can follow.

New research confirms that sugar is making us sick

With all the low-fat hype over the last few decades, many of us replaced fat with sugar but now researchers are showing that sugar is to blame for drastically increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and other lifestyle diseases.

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Could heartburn drugs upset your 'good' gut bacteria? Life is a gut reaction

Good news! Coffee & wine may promote a healthy gut

Diverse bacteria help your gut stay healthy. Here's how what you eat and drink can help or harm that balance - and it's not all bad news.

I gave hubby HIV »

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I gave my husband HIV and watched him die

Stephanie van Niekerk unwittingly infected her husband with HIV and ended up having to watch him wither and die in front of her very eyes. This is Stephanie's story in her own words.