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There is a serious health crisis in the UAE – an epidemic of overweight and obese children. Unless we take action now, there will be grave consequences for all of us.  Life today is not how it used to be. Mornings used to start slowly with a good, nutritious breakfast eaten with the family. You walked to school, ate a balanced lunch and exercised in gym class and after school. Dinner was a home-cooked meal that...

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We’ve been diving deep into all the podcasts coming out of the UAE — keep up, it’s a fast-growing field — in search of savvy new offerings and established all-stars. Our criteria? Each podcast must be current, produced regularly and provide valuable tips for improving the health of your mind and body. Here’s what we found. Enlightened Abroad Derek Straat is an American ESL teacher who has lived in six countries and travelled through 50 since...

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Derek Straat was still sound testing when he realized that the guest he was interviewing for an episode of his new podcast, Enlightened Abroad, was “pure gold.”  Devanshu Wiersma is a practitioner of Tibetan “pulsing,” a therapy that combines eye reading for spiritual and emotional healing. Among other things, Wiersma got on the topic of meeting the Indian spiritual leader Osho and the controversy surrounding his death.  “He starts talking about all of these secrets and...

After taking up its digital space last year, livehealthy.ae met up with Dubai’s health and fitness community for an IRL launch at Native, the hip new gym and wellness space at Zabeel House Dubai. The event was organized by travel and wellness influencer (and livehealthy.ae contributor) Danae Mercer, who drew together a crowd of the city’s most popular fitness influencers. The group were introduced to Stick Mobility, a brand-new workout led by Rania Boucher and...

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The months ahead are going to involve a massive marketing push for vaping products of all kinds, after the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology lifted its sales ban earlier this year. And while for many people vaping provides a valid way to quit smoking, it still involves the highly addictive stimulant nicotine. There are issues with some of the other ingredients too: for example the impact of ingesting sugar for flavor-loving vapers and the possibility...

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When my son was born two years ago, I wanted to protect his delicate fair skin from the sun’s harsh rays, but didn’t want to smother him in sunscreen containing chemicals I knew little about. My priority was, and still is, to limit his sun exposure, and when that isn’t possible, cover his skin and use sunscreen containing minerals, believing it to be more ‘natural’. It turns out my preference for mineral, or physical, sunscreen...