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Protect yourself with a healthy diet

ACNE can be helped by a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. Reducing your intake of dairy products can help some, but experts advise against cutting it out altogether, as dairy is a rich supply of calcium.

Acne can be helped by a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. Reducing your intake of dairy products can help some, but experts advise against cutting it out altogether, as dairy is a rich supply of calcium.

Colds and coughs

Though vitamin C tablets are a common remedy, it's far better to get that vitamin C from food. Ensuring you are eating enough foods containing zinc -- seafood, dairy, Brazil nuts, eggs and poultry -- is another worthwhile defensive measure. Garlic has anti-viral properties which may also reduce the number of colds you catch.

Headaches

Eating a healthy balanced diet and eat regularly -- a snack at least every four hours -- and avoiding dehydration can all help guard against headaches. Magnesium deficiency is a common trigger for migraines -- eating enough magnesium-rich foods, such as nuts, bananas, oats and beans, is one tactic, experts suggest.

Insomnia

A high-carb snack at bedtime stimulates the release of insulin which, in turn, can help the body create melatonin, which encourages sleep. A milky drink with high levels of melatonin can help.

Prostate trouble

A Mediterranean diet -- high in fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, a moderate proportion of dairy and fish, and a low proportion of meat -- is believed to help protect against prostate cancer.

Only make significant changes to your diet with advice from a qualified dietician


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