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Using e-cigarettes to stop smoking

Over recent years, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop smoking aid in the UK. Evidence is still developing on how effective they are, but many people have found them helpful for quitting. An electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) is a device that allows you to inhale…

Vagina changes after childbirth

The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the…

The vegan diet

A vegan diet contains only plants - such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits - and foods made from plants. Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. Healthy eating as a vegan You should be able to get most of the nutrients you…

Vegetarian and vegan children

If you're bringing up your child on a diet without meat (vegetarian) or without any food from an animal (vegan), they'll need two or three portions of vegetable proteins or nuts every day to make sure they get enough protein and iron. Don't give whole nuts to…

Vegetarian and vegan diets Q&A

Read our answers to common questions about staying healthy on a vegetarian or vegan diet, from looking after your bones to healthy eating in pregnancy. What is a vegetarian? At what age is it safe to become a vegetarian or vegan? Can babies and children have…

Vegetarian and vegan mums-to-be

Eating healthily during pregnancy is important for your own health and the health of your developing baby. It's important to eat a varied and balanced diet during pregnancy. This will provide enough nutrients for your own health and the development and growth of your baby…

The vegetarian diet

For vegetarians who eat dairy products and eggs, a healthy diet is the same as for anyone else, but without meat or fish. Healthy eating as a vegetarian The Eatwell Guide shows the different types of food we should eat - and in what proportions - to have…

Vegetarian food on a budget

If you shop carefully, you can eat a healthy vegetarian diet on a limited budget. When buying your fruit and vegetables, remember that fresh, frozen, canned, dried and juiced all count towards your 5 A DAY. This means you can include a variety of fruit and…

Very cold weather

Cold weather can affect your health. The Met Office provides the weather forecasts for broadcasts on radio and TV, so listen in to these bulletins regularly to keep up to date with the weather. Severe weather warnings are also issued on the Met Office website, through the…

Very low calorie diets

A very low calorie diet (VLCD) is a clinically supervised diet plan that involves eating about 800 calories a day or fewer. The diet usually involves replacing normal food with low-calorie shakes, soups, bars, or porridge containing milk. VLCDs are typically for adults who are obese - defined…
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