Diet and Fitness

Inflammation could reduce heart disease

Inflammation, often seen as a villain in relation to health, may protect against heart disease, a study suggests.

Drinking coffee may lower risk of multiple sclerosis: researchers

Two studies say coffee could protect against MS.

People who drink four to six cups of coffee a day may be less likely to get multiple sclerosis, US and Swedish researchers say.

Instagram's top health tips

Valeria Ramirez.

Some of Instagram's most popular health personalities share their top tips for fitness and weight loss.

Equine therapy: horse power that heals


Paula Goodyer 12:00 AM   There’s a growing interest in Australia in how horses can help treat conditions such as addiction, mental illness, PTSD and autism.

Got breast milk?

Got breast milk?

Hold it: Breast milk is good for babies, but perhaps a protein shake would suit adults better.

Catherine Rodie   Breastmilk is often described as liquid gold, but should health fanatics be drinking it?

Greasy, salty and so tempting: the most addictive foods

Rich in processed carbs, fat and salt, pizza is one of the most addictive foods you can eat.

Susie Burrell   There are some foods you cannot seem to stop eating, no matter how hard you try.


Flexercise: do real runners take walking breaks?

Run your own way: flogging it may not get you there faster.

Sarah Berry   I can't call myself a real runner, can I?

The new black

Activated Charcoal: the new black of health crazes

Body cleanse: Americans are turning to activated charcoal.

Jo Hartley   If you thought that health crazes had got about as ‘out there’ as they possibly could, then think again.

Burning issue

Sun damage keeps happening even after you go inside according to study

Burning issue: Some of the damage caused by sunlight may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study.

Rachel Feltman   Some of the damage caused by sunlight — the DNA damage that can lead to sun burns and even skin cancer — may occur after sun exposure ends, according to a new study published this week in Science. And the damage may rely on the presence of melanin, the skin pigment often thought to protect us from sun exposure.

Soluble solution

The one food that can help you lose weight

Nuts: a good source of fibre.

Sarah Berry   We know that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to diet or exercise. But, is there just one change we could all make if we want to lose weight?

Bigger picture

Can super foods reduce your risk of cancer?

Super foods: diet is one part of the health puzzle.

Suzanne Allard Levingston   Blueberries. Green tea. Tomatoes. And, oh, that cruciferous cauliflower. All make the lists of super foods that might help prevent cancer. Then there are the foods such as smoked meat and fried foods that supposedly might cause cancer. Such information is standard fare for TV doctors and Websites, but most of us don't know how to judge such claims.

Sarah Wilson responds

Sarah Wilson responds to The Katering Show’s sugar-free parody

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan star in The Katering Show.

Megan Blandford   Comedians Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney have brought their own special ingredients to the cooking show world.

Brew building

How to make the perfect cup of tea

Brewed awakening: It's official, the perfect cuppa requires the milk to be added first.

The British Standards Institution have released official guidelines for making the perfect cuppa.

Sleep schedule

Uberman: How Matt Mullenweg built a billion dollar business sleeping six times a day

Nap time: the Uberman schedule is not for the faint-hearted.

Sarah Berry   At his most productive Matt Mullenweg slept six times a day.

Ultimate guide

Why you should never eat a bacon sandwich: what you can - and can't - eat

Bad combo: processed meat and white bread.

Anna van Praagh   Finally: the ultimate guide on what to eat. Butter can be good for you but don't fry with olive oil. Anna van Praagh considers the latest findings that flip our food wisdom on its head.

Inside the mind of a 'food addict'

Illustration: Simon Bosch

Bellinda Kontominas   Eating to live, not living to eat, is a struggle for some people.

Top 10 mainstream diet myths debunked

Portion control.

Sarah Berry   "Dietary advice does not merely need a review; it should not have been introduced."

If butter's back, do we still have to take our statins?

Butter is back.

Victoria Lambert   We should question a little harder where some researchers get their funding from for these see-sawing studies.

Health perks of a daily coffee


Sandra Gordon   If you're like many adults, caffeine is part of your daily routine. But it doesn't just help get your morning off to a snappy start or power you through a mid-afternoon slump. It's good for you too.