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The power of WORDS

Read your way to better mental health by jumping aboard the bibliotherapy trend – it’s food for the heart and mind
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How do you manage anxious thoughts, deal with depression or navigate grief? Professor Philip Davis, director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society at the University of Liverpool, says that reading – both alone, and as part of a group – can be a useful strategy. ‘I’m glad of anything that helps with mental health, be it medication or therapies,’ he says, ‘but sometimes we can over-medicalise things.’ He argues that by reading another person’s experience, real or imagined, we are able to confront our feelings in a safe environment. Here’s how reading can help…

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It's time to go with your gut! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page expert guide which will get your gut health on track, from how it impacts the rest of your body to unlocking your microbiome. We investigate whether alcohol really is becoming the latest taboo, if we're in the midst of a loneliness epdiemic and why poetry can be food for the soul. Plus, our food section champions power plates, for recipes to nourish your mind and body, and reveals the art of fermentation - the biggest food trend of the year. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!