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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > Sept-19 > IN SEASON… figs


You’d be forgiven for thinking these delectable fruits are more indulgence than health food, but figs are a favourite of the wellness crew – and with good reason

Known as the ‘fruit of the Gods’, igs are a member of the mulberry family, native to the Middle East and Mediterranean. They’re believed to be the irst cultivated fruit, dating back to around 9400BC. Throughout history, igs have symbolised prosperity and fertility, as well as sin and sexuality, thanks to numerous biblical and cultural references. In ancient Greece, igs were regarded so highly that laws were created forbidding their export. It’s here we ind the root of the word ‘sycophant’ (originally referring to one who seeks to curry favour by informing against another for exporting or stealing igs – ‘sykon’ is Greek for ig). It’s no wonder they pair so well with a dollop of Greek yoghurt.

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Welcome to the September issue of healthy! Our intimate health issue is here! The September edition of healthy seeks to end embarrassment around the topic of ‘down-there’ care and give the answers to the questions you won’t find anywhere else. From updates on endometriosis, to an empowering take on orgasms, we hope that this issue will help you to understand your body better. We’ve got a debate on whether or not watching porn can be healthy, advice on the best choice of contraception for you and tips on how you can balance your vaginal microbiome. Don’t worry – there’s no vaginal steaming and not a jade egg in sight! And that’s not all. In addition to our regular features and expert-led content, we’ve also investigated the health impact of microplastics, written about why we’re loving church hall fitness classes and shared some nutritious breakfast recipes for you to try. Plus, we’ve chatted to inspirational women who are paving the way for eco-friendly beauty. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy.