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Hailed as a health food with numerous benefits for the gut microbiome, kombucha has taken the global wellness world by storm. Yet it was never officially for sale in the UAE — largely due to concerns over whether or not it contains traces of alcohol — leaving fans to brew their own or get their fix elsewhere. But that issue appears to have been addressed, as in recent months kombucha has been turning up for...

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A year ago, I set myself a challenge: Go the whole month without ordering food or going out to eat more than once a week. I was able to complete this challenge, but I did not like it. I felt constrained, anxious and antisocial. And I was sick of doing dishes.  But the important thing is that I made it and I realized I could mentally cope with producing all my own food. However when...

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The phrase “cool as a cucumber”, written by the English poet and dramatist John Gay, is an idyllic Ayurvedic idiom. Cucumbers are a summer vegetable that can have an inner temperature up to 20 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature. An accumulation of summer heat can heighten emotions, creating impatience, anger, and agitation. Physical manifestations of excess heat can cause imbalances of the liver, gallbladder, urinary bladder, blood, skin, and eyes. Luckily, the cooling and...

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Instagram-friendly and cute-as-a-button Tania’s Teahouse is so committed to wellness that the Jumeirah Beach Road cafe is having its first special dedicated-to-wellness week later this month. One of the events will be a workshop, personally hosted by owner Tania Lodi, all about DIY face masks.  The New Yorker, who moved with her family to Dubai in 2005, became obsessed with the power of tea and also mindfulness and positivity while learning how to overcome chronic...

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Healthy eating takes time and effort and can sometimes be overwhelming. Even though I edit livehealthy.ae and read about this stuff all day long, I struggle as much as the next person to make the best, most balanced choices for my health. I also have to accommodate increasingly common food intolerances to sugar, diary and wheat. And like anyone else, I find it harder to make healthy choices in the face of stress. And then...

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The list of great steakhouses in the UAE is long: Boa and Butcher & Still in Abu Dhabi; Prime 68 and The Rib Room in Dubai, to name a few. But sometimes you just want to kick back at home and prepare your own. We went to Chef Daniel Irvine at one of the capital’s top steakhouses, Ray’s Grill, which is located in Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, for some top tips.  It’s all...

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It takes more than losing weight to feel healthy, look healthy and stay healthy.  With information coming at us from all sides, we all have our pick of diets and lifestyle choices. Whether it suits us and how long we will stick to any given plan is another matter altogether. That’s why I like the paleo method, simply because it’s a sustainable lifestyle, not just a diet. I started experimenting with this way of eating...

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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Former Emirates cabin crew Shane Seery transformed his body and became a fitness coach after realizing his high-flying lifestyle had left him drained. Now he’s passing on his top tips for eating well on the go for livehealthy.ae readers. Hint: you don’t have to eat the airplane food. 1) Eat intuitively Don’t eat because you’re bored or because food is presented to you. Eat when you are actually hungry! I know this is easier said...

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No more telling yourself that pasta you ordered was probably prepared in a healthy way: under new regulations by Dubai Municipality (DM), all eateries are going to be required to list the calorie counts of their dishes, right there on the menu. Maria Abi Hanna and Nadine Tayara are dietitians who founded KeepEATReal to provide the local food and beverage industry with guidance on health and nutrition claims and menu development. We asked them to...