The grim summer means there's a good chance you're experiencing an unseasonal bout of illness. But the weather needn't rule your health — or your mood. Y! Lifestyle's nutritionist Rachael Anne Hill looks at what to cut out and what to add in to your diet to improve some common ailments …
Refined flour and sweet foods such as chocolate, cake and biscuits. Cravings for these foods can increase when you are premenstrual but they'll only make you feel worse so avoid them and reach for a piece of fresh fruit, a low fat yogurt or a handful of mixed nuts and seeds instead.
Flaxseed oil and flax seeds. Flaxseed (also known as linseed) is a great source of omega 3 which can help to prevent a whole host of hormone-related ills such as PMS, prostate problems and some hormone sensitive cancers such as prostate and breast cancer.
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Meal skipping, especially breakfast. Cold sores are