Our 10 Most Popular Health Stories of 2018

From weight loss to health warning signs, readers clicked these Family Circle Health stories the most in 2018.

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7 Ways to Banish Belly Bloat

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Photo by JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Photo by JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Quit struggling to button your jeans after lunch. Give yourself a break from bloating with seven expert-backed tricks.

Read our tips here.

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What Your Hands Say About Your Health


Important info about your overall health may literally be at your fingertips, according to Debra Jaliman, M.D., a dermatologist and member of the Family Circle Health Advisory Board. Here, she decodes pale nails, puffy fingers and more.

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Best Walking Playlists

woman walking in neighborhood

Photo by Jason Donnelly

Photo by Jason Donnelly

We created 10 playlists of different lengths and tempos to get you moving and make your walks more fun.

Get the lists!

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5 Surprising Signs You Need to Have Your Thyroid Checked

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Photo by KidStock/Getty Images

Photo by KidStock/Getty Images

Your thyroid gland may be tiny, but it sure is mighty! And when it’s not working properly, it can throw your whole body out of whack. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these red flags.

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How My Co-Worker Helped Me Lose More Than 100 Pounds

Rene Falgout

Photo courtesy of Rene Falgout

Photo courtesy of Rene Falgout

At 272 pounds, Rene Falgout had resigned herself to a lifetime of obesity. But then she had a chat with someone at work that changed everything. Here’s how the now 32-year-old mom of two learned to love herself while losing the weight.

Read her inspiring story.

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Next Steps After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis


You may feel alone after a breast cancer diagnosis, but you're not: That is well traveled. Our guide will steer you through these tough times.

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6 Surprising Signs You’re Eating Too Much Protein

woman with bad breath

Photo by Getty Images

Photo by Getty Images

Protein is an important macronutrient. It provides energy, helps build muscles, stimulates your metabolism and contributes to satiety. However, there is such thing as too much—especially with the current trend of high-protein diets.

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The Belly Bloat Cure Diet

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Photo by Veer Images

Photo by Veer Images

Win the battle of the bulge in just three days flat!

Get the details here.

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How to Handle Common Summer Rashes

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Photo by GARO/Getty Images

Photo by GARO/Getty Images

More time outdoors means increased exposure to heat, bugs, and other irritants that can bother your family's skin. Here's a guide to common problems, prevention tips, and fast relief.

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The Latest on Produce & Pesticides from the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Lists

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Getty Images / Shana Novak

Getty Images / Shana Novak

Every year the Environmental Working Group evaluates fruits and veggies for pesticides, and the most contaminated culprits are probably in your favorite smoothie. 

Find out which are the safest to eat.