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Best 17-2021

Best delivers a varied and lively mix of ideas and inspiration to inform and entertain real women and help them get more out of every aspect of their busy lives. Best is topical, practical, offering more variety than any other weekly by embracing traditional topics in a modern way.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

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2 min
what’s up doc?

HELP WITH CHRONIC PAIN I could so sympathise with Eamonn Holmes when he spoke on Twitter and This Morning about his chronic pain. I’ve suffered with my own version of this, fibromyalgia, for the last few years now and often have excruciating pain all over and extreme fatigue. Is there anything in your experience that could help me? Diane, Liverpool DR HILARY SAYS: The chronic pain and extreme fatigue of fibromyalgia is distressing and life-changing – but there are many things which can help you. You’ve probably already tried ordinary painkillers, such as ibuprofen paracetamol or codeine. However, you can also obtain pain relief from a low dose of an antidepressant such as amitriptyline, venlafaxine or fluoxetine. These increase neurotransmitters, which tend to be low in people with your condition. Your doctor can also…

1 min
mega moisture from top to toe!

TOP TIP! Add two layers to dry patches – like knees and elbows – for extra hydration.…

2 min
look younger for longer

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Did you know the skin microbiome is just as important as the gut microbiome, and plays a crucial role in protecting our complexion? And to manage this, the new trend is using prebiotics and probiotics in skin care. HOW DO THEY WORK? Research has shown that protecting and respecting the skin’s microbiome or flora (the billions of microbes that live on it) has an impact on skin health. Much like our gut relies on active probiotics and other gut bacteria to restore health, the skin biome needs to maintain certain bacteria on the skin to reduce inflammation. When prebiotics and probiotics are applied topically, they encourage skin to grow its own beneficial bacteria, thus becoming healthier and reducing inflammation and strengthening the barrier layer. WILL IT SUIT ME? Great for all…

1 min
time to say goodbye

A love match from the start, the Queen’s cousin Margaret Rhodes wrote in her memoir, The Final Curtsey, that from the first time Elizabeth met Philip as a teenager ‘she never looked at anyone else’. No doubt, they had some rocky patches in 70 years but they were an amazing example – especially to Kate and William – on how to dig deep, be tolerant and make a marriage work. Britain’s future King and Queen are about to celebrate 10 years of marriage (they’re not the only ones, see page 18). So far, so good – and we can but hope they have as long-lasting a relationship as the Duke and the Queen. Another woman devoted to her husband is Kate Garraway, and on page 10 she talks about life now Derek…

2 min
dragons’ den

‘This year, one dragon didn’t speak to me for an hour after I won a pitch!’ Fans can’t get enough of Dragons’ Den, back for its 18th series in its new home on BBC One. As ever, a new set of eager entrepreneurs are hoping to strike a life-changing deal with the toughest titans of industry; Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, Touker Suleyman, Tej Lalvani and Sara Davies. Here, longest-serving Dragon, Peter Jones, 55, tells us why he loves the show so much… You’re the den’s longestserving Dragon, do you still enjoy it? I absolutely love it – it’s like a day job for me, I just sit in that chair waiting for the next Levi Roots to come along, it’s quite exciting. I’m happy to invest in anything as long as there’s a…

2 min
‘mum is my rock’

She’s had more than her fair share of problems to deal with, but Katie Price recently revealed that she is facing her most heartbreaking prospect yet – the loss of her beloved mum. Amy Price, 66, was diagnosed with an incurable lung disease in 2017, and now uses oxygen at home to help her breathe. She moved to Spain in the hope that the better climate would help her lungs, but, in a harrowing update last week, Katie, 42, revealed that Amy ‘hasn’t got long to live’. In a film recorded for Steph McGovern’s chat show Steph’s Packed Lunch, Katie spoke to Amy on a video call, begging her: ‘Turn your oxygen up, Mum, you’re coughing.’ The film explores how, together, Katie and Amy have been preparing for the inevitable. Katie spoke to a grief…