General health and seasonal – Aug 10, 2022
Why is my eye twitching?
Eye twitches and spasms might be annoying, but they’re usually harmless. They can be triggered by stress, lack of sleep, and having too much caffeine.
Eye twitches and spasms might be annoying, but they’re usually harmless. They can be triggered by stress, lack of sleep, and having too much caffeine.
Dr Rhianna McClymont shares the expert medical advice on spotting the signs of concussion and when emergency treatment is needed
It’s safe to exercise with high blood pressure as long as you take a little care. Here are 9 tips to help you get moving and manage hypertension confidently.
If you’re looking to keep your brain sharp, here are some research-backed ways to improve your memory and look after your thinking skills
Giving blood saves and improves lives, but there are even more reasons to roll up your sleeves. What are the other benefits of donating blood?
Words matter, especially in healthcare settings. Inclusive language both empowers patients to communicate their needs and helps doctors to meet them.
The UK is experiencing an outbreak of monkeypox, a rare infection transmitted between animals and humans. Read Dr Bryony Henderson’s answers to common questions about monkeypox.
Here’s our expert guide on sun safety and everything you need to know about sunburn.
Hay fever is a common condition affecting at least a quarter of adults. Simple lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms through the hay fever season.
Your cholesterol measurement is a key indicator of your heart disease risk. If it's on the high side, there are proven lifestyle measures that can help reduce it. Dr Rhianna McClymont, Livi Lead GP, shares her advice
The colour and texture of your tongue can say a lot about your health. It can give clues about what’s going on within your body, including nutritional deficiencies and illness
Lumps are common and can appear anywhere under the skin. But how do you know when to get one checked?
The benefits of cutting down on sugar, and doctor-approved recommendations to help you reduce your daily sugar intake
Expert medical advice on how to stop choking in adults, children and babies
Discover what really happens to your body when you give up alcohol in the short and long term
Medical advice on how to clear spots with lifestyle changes and understanding skin treatment for acne
Find out the best doctor-approved immune boosters and how to strengthen your immune system this winter.
Snoring can be a minor nuisance or a sign of an underlying health problem. Read our doctor’s guide for advice on how to tackle snoring for a better night’s sleep
Looking for inspiration to set healthier lifestyle habits? Our guide will show you where to start and how to make lasting change with five key goals
A doctor explains the basics of managing blood sugar to help you live well with diabetes.
Gout is a form of arthritis that’s often triggered by rich foods and alcohol. Read our doctor’s guide to help keep gout symptoms and pain under control.
Colds, flu and Covid-19 all have similar symptoms, such as coughs, sore throats and runny noses – here’s how to tell these respiratory illnesses apart
Are vitamin and mineral supplements beneficial for our health? Our doctor’s guide on the key vitamins our body needs will help
Learn more about how lifestyle choices around alcohol and diet can lead to a fatty liver, and how to protect yourself. Category: General health
It can be hard to tell the difference between natural tiredness and the type of fatigue that might have a medical cause. Our doctor’s guide can help
Read expert medical advice to find out more about the physical and mental health benefits of cold water swimming and ice baths
From constipation to mucus or blood in poo, your bowel habits can indicate a lot about your overall health. Read our Lead GP’s guide to poo health
How does our appetite work? And what causes a loss of appetite? Read our doctor’s guide to understand appetite loss.
After 18 months of social restrictions, there’s likely to be a greater circulation of common viral infections this winter. Dr Anam Ashraf explains what you can do to prevent them
Dr Rhianna McClymont explains the risk factors and how to spot the immediate signs of a heart attack.
A doctor’s guide to managing and treating stress and urge incontinence
How can you offer support if someone close to you is living with an eating disorder? Madeleine Gauffin, Licensed Psychologist at Livi, shares her advice
Trapped wind can be embarrassing and painful. It can also have many causes — from food to underlying conditions. Here’s a guide to dealing with flatulence
When and how should we talk to children and teenagers about sex? Get expert advice from Beatrice Lindéh, a Livi psychologist specialising in sex.
Guidance from Lead GP at Livi about managing excessive sweating
As the summer approaches, so does tick season. Although they are very rare, tick-borne illnesses can be serious. But there is plenty you can do to prevent tick bites or deal with them quickly if they occur
All you need to know about giving blood and why blood donations are so important. Expert advice from a Livi Lead GP.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, taking action now can protect your health today and in the future. Get expert advice from a Livi Lead GP.
A doctor’s guide to the causes and treatment of knee pain
Discover the best ways to ease the most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis. With advice from a Livi Lead GP.
Dr Céline Guyomar explains the role of the thyroid-stimulating hormone and how to spot the signs of a health issue. Learn more about your thyroid health with Livi.
Common bloating causes, tips for bloating relief and when to seek help. From the experts at Livi.
How to keep you and your family safe during summer with an essential first aid kit
If you don’t take care when exercising in the heat, you may be putting your health at risk. Read our Lead GP’s advice on how to exercise in the heat safely.
Get advice from the experts at Livi on how to perform CPR for a cardiac arrest.
A guide on how to spot symptoms of dry skin, possible causes and expert advice on how to prevent and treat dry skin
Vasovagal syncope is the medical term for fainting caused by not enough blood reaching the brain. Discover what triggers fainting and what you can do.
Dag Härdfeldt, Livi Psychologist, shares his advice on the important things to remember when coping with grief and loss. Get expert advice with Livi
Dr Céline Guyomar, a Livi medical doctor, explains everything you need to know about the key appetite hormones and how to keep them in balance
How can I lose weight healthily, and what’s the most sustainable way to do it? Lead GP at Livi, Dr Samuel Menon, shares the key things to know
Knowing the signs of a stroke can save someone’s life. Dr Rhianna McClymont, Lead GP at Livi, shares how to notice the symptoms of a stroke, and what to do
Summer means embracing the great outdoors, but it also comes with the increased chance of bites and stings. Here’s a guide to stings treatment and more
Maintaining a healthy blood pressure is essential for avoiding conditions like heart attack, stroke and kidney damage. Read this doctor’s guide to blood pressure.
Dr Rhianna McClymont, Lead GP at Livi, explains what causes heart palpitations, what you can do to minimise them, and when they can be a cause for concern
Scared of heights, the dentist or social interaction? CBT helps you change the thoughts, beliefs and attitudes behind a phobia. A psychologist shares how
Why are we so stressed at work? Livi psychologist Dag Härdfeldt explains and shares useful tips for managing workplace stress
Long-term stress can cause health problems. Discover how stress affects the body physically, and how to reduce stress levels
A nearly constant need to pee – known as ‘urinary frequency’ – can be uncomfortable and annoying. Discover the causes and what you can do to help
Over 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. But simple changes to the way you move, sit, and sleep, as well as knowing what to do when your back pain arises, can help you prevent recurring bouts. Here’s a simple guide
Iron deficiency is very common, but many people have symptoms for years before discovering the cause. Dr Samuel Menon, Lead GP at Livi, answers your questions
Angry feelings are natural, but learning to manage them can help you avoid outbursts. Madeleine Gauffin, Licensed Psychologist and Psychotherapist at Livi, offers her advice around dealing with anger, with both short and longer-term tips
Whether you’re having sex for intimacy and pleasure or just for fun, its benefits extend beyond the bedroom. Here are some of the ways a healthy sex life can enhance your wellbeing
If you get itchy skin, red patches or eczema flare-ups in the cold weather, there are simple solutions that can help. Livi GP Dr Vasiliki Vanky answers your winter skin questions
During winter, it’s normal to be more anxious about your child’s health. While most winter illnesses in children are not serious, it’s helpful to know how to recognise them and what to do. Livi Paediatric Consultant Dr Tommy Södergren has advice
As the pandemic continues, so does its impact on our mental health. If you’re feeling more fearful or anxious than ever, Livi’s experts have advice that can help
Most GPs would agree that prevention is better than cure. Doctors have worked and studied hard to help give patients the best care they can, but what they really want is for us all to be well-informed and on top of our health, to minimise the risk of becoming unwell. We spoke to Dr Rhianna McClymont, Lead GP at Livi, who shares some important advice about what doctors really want their patients to know
If your arthritis joint pain feels worse in the colder months, there are plenty of things you can do to help. Dr Rhianna McClymont, Livi Lead GP, explains
If the pandemic or winter’s dark days have affected your mood, these simple tools have been shown to help day-to-day mental health
Excess fat around your middle can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. We explain why, and how shifting abdominal fat may not be as hard as you might think
If pandemic stress has left you feeling unmotivated, you may need good advice to make your health goals stick. Here’s the science on how to stay motivated
It’s the season for eating, and that can come with feelings of a burning in the chest, gas and other signs of heartburn and indigestion. A GP gives her tips
Do antibiotics make a cold go away faster? Can we build resistance to them? Infectious diseases expert Dr Annette Alaeus answers your questions
It’s normal to be feeling lonely as the dark days of winter set in. Here are some healthy ways to cope
As we become more aware of the risks of obesity, it’s important to keep to a healthy body mass index (BMI). Follow these 5 simple tips for success.
Learning to show yourself kindness and compassion can benefit your health — both physically and mentally
People with Covid-19 can experience an extreme immune system response known as cytokine storm. Dr Alaeus, Head of Infectious Diseases at Livi, explains
If you suffer from panic attacks, read our expert advice to help you figure out why, and see what you can do to get them under control
Exercising outside was the norm for many of us during the summer. But as it gets cooler, there are benefits to continuing with outdoor workouts.
Most of us have days when we feel depleted, stressed and lacking in energy, but if you feel like that most of the time, you may be at risk of burnout.
There’s no need to suffer in silence with a skin condition. Our doctor’s guide explains what to look for and the help available.
Looking after your sexual health is always important – especially as some sexually transmitted infections take time to show up, while others have no symptoms at all
If you have tried giving up smoking before without success, don’t despair. There are now more options than ever to help
Whether you’re holidaying somewhere local or have managed to get a flight abroad, stock up on these holiday first aid essentials
What is being overweight or obese? We can help you understand the terms overweight and obesity, their causes and where to find help.
Some commonly-held beliefs about weight loss are simply not accurate. Know the full picture – and talk to your GP – before deciding on a healthy lifestyle to suit you
A few simple lifestyle measures can help get your body’s complex energy production systems working optimally
Hot weather, swimming, plants and even animals can cause skin rashes and itching. Our guide will help you to be prepared this summer
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between feeling naturally tired and the type of exhaustion that might have a medical cause. Our guide will help
From making memories to bonding with friends and family, there are simple ways to get the most emotional health benefits from your holidays
Time spent in nature has a number of benefits to emotional and physical health – and it doesn’t take long to feel the effects
If you’re craving salty, fatty or sweet foods, our guide to making healthier choices could help
Think you might be drinking too much? Here’s how to know. Plus, the benefits you can expect if you cut back
Change can be unsettling, especially when it’s accompanied by challenging times. But there are ways to cope with – and even grow – from the experience
With everyone spending less time out and about, hay fever sufferers may not be hit so hard this year. But staying inside can bring on hay fever-like symptoms itself, thanks to some less well-known allergies.
If the past few months have brought you bouts of insomnia or early morning wakefulness, we have practical advice
You don’t need the gym to stay active. Short bouts of intense physical activity worked into your daily routine can be just as effective
Did you know that up to 80% of your immune system is found in your gut? The good news is, with a few simple lifestyle tweaks you can help support your gut bacteria and your immunity
As humans, our natural instinct is to connect, especially during challenging times. The good news is, even with restrictions in place, there are plenty of ways we can help each other.
With over a billion couples in lockdown across the globe, we ask the experts how to stay sexually safe
Turn your home into a working sanctuary and keep yourself well with our simple guide.
Discover how the simple techniques of mindfulness can help you feel more relaxed, positive and reduce feelings of stress.
COVID-19 spreads primarily through close contact with someone who is infected, but it can also spread if you touch contaminated objects and surfaces. So good hygiene is critical to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Excess salt can often be found in surprising places. Find out where, and discover how much salt we should be eating.
What we eat impacts all aspects of our health – even our mental health. So we’ve explored the relationship between food and our mood.
The health benefits of sleep are extensive. So how can you beat insomnia and get a better night’s sleep?
With the rise in ‘sleep tech’, we take a look at three apps that the NHS recommends to help you sleep better. Although there are many other apps available, these have been more rigorously assessed by doctors or had clinical trials.
Fit notes, sick notes, doctor’s notes… what they are and when you need one if you’re off ill. Here’s a quick guide on what to do when you’re not well enough to work.
Finding the right resolution for you – and the right mindset – is crucial to succeed in making a positive change. If you’re planning to set yourself a health-based New Year resolution, here are a few tips to help make it a success.
Sometimes, the only way to make sure you have enough of certain vitamins is to take supplements. But which ones?
With flu season just starting, those in the higher risk groups for flu – such as over 65s and pregnant women – should visit their GP for vaccination. For everyone else, if flu strikes, doing a few simple things to speed up your recovery is important.
While many people don’t enjoy the Winter months, for some the shorter days can have more serious effects. This is because around 2 million adults in the UK experience Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, which is a type of depression triggered by the darker days in Winter.