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SLS is a known irritant to human skin. But if it’s only in contact with your skin for a short time, it’s probably OK. from www.shutterstock.com

What is sodium lauryl sulfate and is it safe to use?

If you looked at the ingredient list on your body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and cleaning products, you'd probably find most contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It is a known irritant to human skin.
Strange coloured poo is usually due to the food we’ve eaten, medication we’ve taken, or the processes involved in breaking down what we ingest. Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock

Why is my poo green?

Poo can come in a range of colours, including green. Most of the time there's nothing to worry about, but there are a few signs it's time to see your GP.
Vigorous exercise is safe while pregnant, even in the final trimester. But if you don’t feel up to it, lighter exercise is beneficial too. From shutterstock.com

Is vigorous exercise safe during the third trimester of pregnancy?

It's normal for expectant mums to worry about how their activities might affect their baby's health. But when it comes to vigorous exercise, the evidence shows there's nothing to worry about.
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t. From shutterstock.com

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Do you really need a dental clean every six months? Most healthy people will probably be OK if they go anually. But some people are at higher risk of cavities or gum disease, and should go more often.
Dwelling on the past, like writing in a diary, is part of being human and helps us form our identity. But not all memories are helpful. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do I dwell on the past?

Remembering past events, experiences or emotions is a big part of being human. But if dwelling on the past is distressing, here's what you can do to help.
Getting older? If you grunt when you bend over, you’re not alone. From shutterstock.com

Why do I grunt when I bend over?

Is grunting a sign that we’re ageing fast? Or is it just one of those things that come with the middle years, like reading glasses, greying hair and 'dad jokes'?
There’s not only one correct sitting posture. Mixing it up is the best thing to do. From shutterstock.com

Health Check: what’s the best way to sit?

Contrary to what you might think, there's not one right way to sit. According to the principles of ergonomics, there are three good options.
When you’re constipated, you have hard or lumpy stools that are difficult to pass. Shutterstock

Health Check: what causes constipation?

Constipation can occur when there's a delay in digested food passing through your body and being expelled. It can also happen when your poo is too hard, often because it doesn't contain enough water.
There’s good evidence drinking coffee before exercise can marginally improve your performance. From shutterstock.com

Health check: can caffeine improve your exercise performance?

Many people drink coffee for that extra bit of energy to go about their day. As well as sharpening our minds, there's evidence caffeine can give us a physical boost, too.
We previously thought moderate drinking could be good for our health. There’s now evidence that says the opposite. From shutterstock.com

Health check: is moderate drinking good for me?

Evidence that people who drink moderately are healthier is probably influenced by many other health and lifestyle factors. We're now seeing that even modest amounts of alcohol could impact our health.
We’re having less sex than we used to. Toa Heftiba

Health Check: how often do people have sex?

Australians report having sex once or twice a week, on average, but there are many variables. And that's assuming people's estimates are accurate.
Feeling itch is a warning from your skin. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do we itch?

Itch is usually caused by something harmful, or something our body assumes might be harmful when actually it's not.

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