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HOW TO BE LESS OPINIONATED

We’re a nation more divided than ever. Whether it’s politics or social affairs, played out on screens or face-to-face, it’s a rare day when we don’t witness a heated debate of some sort. Social media has made it easier to express our views, and we’re seeing an outpouring of opinion, often put across in an aggressive and dogmatic fashion. And, it seems, you’re just as likely to be lambasted for sitting on the fence as you are for falling on the ‘wrong’ side of it. But the idea that uncertainty demonstrates weakness or apathy is not only wrong, it’s unhealthy.

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Welcome to the October/November issue of healthy. Our nutrition issue is here and in the latest edition, we look at why healthy diet is important for your physical and mental health. Plus, we’ve got some delicious seasonal recipes for you to try. We’ve all heard the phrase: ‘You are what you eat’, but to what extent is that true? Writer Charlotte Haigh attempts to give a definitive answer in our cover story, by looking at the nutrition tips we can all take to improve our health, despite the differences in our genetic makeup. In our recipe section, we’ve got a range of delicious seasonal dishes that are perfect for early autumn, along with immunity-boosting recipes to see you through the colder months. We also revisit the fermenting trend with some tips for having a go yourself. And that’s not all. In addition to our nutrition content, writer Laura Potter takes a thoughtful look at the potentially negative impact of fertility reporting, while controversial expert Ronald Purser gives powerful arguments against mindfulness in our ‘Fresh thinking’ franchise. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.

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Food is important all year round, of course. But at
Every issue we work with our leading experts in the fields of health, wellbeing, natural beauty, fitness and nutrition to review our magazine and ensure our content is balanced. Here, they explain how we can feel positive about the food we eat in a time of often difficult and conflicting messages about nutrition.
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the best in fitness inspo, trends and workouts
France doesn’t have to mean wine, butter and cheese. Lucy Shrimpton discovers that the Atlantic coast hosts a range of as-yet under-the-radar fun and quirky fitness activities and beauty treatments – so long as you go soon
The former banker and model, and mum of three, is rapidly getting a name for her sharp, insightful stand-up. As she tours her acclaimed show, Sandhog, Vee shares how she’s found balance in her early 40s
HEALTHY START
New research reveals that a quarter of Brits now prefer
From the food on our plate to the most remote places on Earth – plastic is everywhere. But should we be doing more about it?
NUTRITION
It’s a familiar message. But how much does your diet really impact on your health? We delve into the latest science
A growing number of specialists are recognising the link between what we put in our mouths and what goes on in our heads. Laura Potter investigates nutritional psychiatry – the next frontier in mental health
Rebecca Hill believed in veganism – but she gradually realised what she really loved was the control it gave her over her diet
THE HEALTHY AWARDS 2019
Nearly 2000 of you voted for the health, beauty and wellbeing products you just can’t live without. Read on to discover your winners
the latest health advice from leading specialists, just for you
THE CLINIC
With prescriptions for opioid painkillers at a high, the government is set to put prominent warnings on them, stating they can cause addiction. But what are the alternatives?
UK hospital visits for Victorian illnesses such as scarlet fever, whooping cough and gout have risen by 52 per cent since 2010. They’d previously been all but wiped out, so why are they back? Dr Martin Dedicoat explains
The new studies and stats you need to know about
The essential fuel needed for good gut bacteria to thrive, prebiotics are believed to support weight management and boost brain health
It’s not all about sperm production and male rivalry – women need testosterone, too. Here’s why
Could adding spoonfuls of seeds to your daily diet combat PMS, regulate your periods and even boost fertility?
Felicity Warner set up Soul Midwives, providing holistic and spiritual companionship to the dying
FITNESS
Virtual fitness platforms are growing in popularity for their unique ability to promise the benefits of group exercise in the comfort of your own home. But do they live up to the hype? Laura Potter finds out
Determined to redefine herself, Beth French took on the world’s toughest swims, and learnt a valuable lesson along the way
The kettlebell swing has a range of physical benefits, but it’s harder than it looks – and easy to get it wrong. Here’s what you need to know
With Strictly back this month, we’re in the mood to move. Here’s the dance kit you need to stay cool, comfortable and confident in your next class
new, healthy and delicious twists on veggie and vegan food
FOOD
The vogue for fermenting has been bubbling under for a while. Now, a new breed of chef-fermenters aren’t just adding a foodie twist, they’re boosting its already promising health credentials
Farm-to-table eating is never better than in early autumn, when we are spoilt for nourishing produce, bright flavours and filling dishes perfect for the darkening evenings
Their distinctive flavour might take some getting used to, but evidence suggests these powerful seeds help digestion, boost heart health and stave off snack attacks. Here’s how to use them
These recipes give traditional root spices a deliciously modern spin. Perfect for chilly autumn days, they’ll give your immunity a boost, too
These tasty vegan recipes from Londoner Rachel Ama reflect her multi-cultural roots in Africa and the Caribbean and will satisfy those fish cravings
After 20 years in the food industry, Anthony Warner, aka The Angry Chef, launched his blog in 2015 and quickly made a name for himself as the arch enemy of food faddism. Four years on, he’s still on the warpath
More than just a pretty addition to your salads, beetroot comes with convincing health claims
inspiration to help you look your best, naturally
BEAUTY
The field-to-fork movement has inspired a new breed of beauty brands determined to grow it alone, so you’ll know exactly what’s in your moisturiser
Loading up on moisturiser, but still seeing dry patches? Facialist Lisa Franklin explains how to optimise your hydration
For thousands of years we’ve mined natural salts and minerals for their healing and beautifying properties, and a recent revival has seen skincare options kicked up a gear. So what are the benefits? Step this way for a masterclass in minerals…
because self care is health care
BALANCE
Namely, it’s irresponsible – when it comes to female fertility – with damaging effects. Reports suggest 49% of women are worried about their fertility, normally for no good reason. The fightback starts here
Be it on Brexit or breastfeeding, we all have opinions. But our unwavering attitudes can come at a cost to our wellbeing. Here’s how to get comfortable on the fence
Mindfulness is seen as a panacea for our modern mental wellbeing issues. But Professor Ronald Purser argues it’s misused and sold alongside inflated promises, with serious implications for our health
NEWS & OFFERS…
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