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Whether you’re recovering from a massive injury or simply misjudged a yoga pose, there are simple ways to promote healing on your own after getting hurt — and to avoid making anything worse. We went to the experts in physiotherapy and rehabilitation — here in the UAE and beyond — to find out what they are.  When MoveU’s Michael Wasilisin started posting videos showing stretches to help prevent and recover from injuries, he never expected...

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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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Oral hygiene is as important as a healthy lifestyle and it all starts with you, because children adopt what they see. Here’s how to get a head start — and keep it up.  Children should see a dentist early They should have their first dental visit within six months of their first tooth coming in or at 12 months of age, whichever happens first. Taking them to the dentist at this young age not only...

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A visit to the plant souk at Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed, particularly in the depths of summer, can be like a breath of fresh air — believe or not. Sure, you have to shimmy through narrow alleys lined with giant bags of soil and assorted greenery. You have to step around watering hoses, navigate a street cat or two and even a mechanical butterfly. But at the end you are likely to come away with a...

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The concept of cryogenics is one that still feels a little sci-fi, reminiscent of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey or the more questionable Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise. For fans of the futuristic, a visit to a °CRYO Health location in the UAE may be slightly disappointing. These facilities are not about suspended animation, but rehabilitation. Japanese doctor Toshima Yamauchi was the pioneer of cryotherapy, first using it as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in the...

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Mark Doherty’s Instagram page features dozens of images of people shaping up, toning up – and  eating more as they do it. This nutrition-focused coach transforms people by helping them change what they eat. Among this Irishman’s success stories is the UAE fitness influencer and personal trainer Nicole Drinkwater. She has documented her journey from strong and lean to adding more muscle, more curves and definitely more calories, all while maintaining a striking physique. Driving her success,...

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As the old Arabian proverb says, “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.” And what better time than the hot, slow summer to take this “garden” out of your pocket and lose yourself in an imaginary world? Besides the sheer enjoyment of it, research, such as a 2015 study by the UK’s Reading Agency, shows the multiple benefits of reading for pleasure: increased empathy, improved relationships with others through better communication, reduced symptoms...

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Summer in the UAE is not just uncomfortable. It can be life-threatening for babies and children, who are more sensitive than adults to the effects of heat and humidity.  Their small bodies are unable to regulate temperature effectively, making it vital that parents and caregivers limit exposure to excessive heat and learn to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness.   Dr Eunice Adei, specialist pediatrician at Emirates Hospital Palm Jumeirah, says that the evaporation of sweat...

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Max Fardan knows all about keeping a healthy lifestyle: not only is he a fitness enthusiast and freelance model living in Dubai, but he has also survived cancer. Fardan was 24 and working as a sales manager in his home country of Uzbekistan when he found out he had breast cancer. Due to his epilepsy, he had frequent appointments with his doctor, who detected something and ordered an MRI. After his diagnosis, Fardan underwent a...

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Holidays are supposed to be fun, but if you are asthmatic or prone to allergies, they can be a minefield of discomfort. It’s wise to anticipate how unfamiliar pollens, hotel dust mites, pet hair, second-hand smoke, feathers and even exotic foods will affect you when you are in an unfamiliar environment.  A little extra preparation can go a long way toward making your stay more comfortable, according to David Lang, allergist-immunologist at Cleveland Clinic. Here...

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There’s a good reason to care about what goes into the products you put on your face and body, whether they are vegan, natural, organic or a combination of all three.  “Your skin is a sponge; it absorbs literally everything,” says Emmanuelle Bonham, a UAE personal trainer and long-time vegan. “Brands that are more conscious tend to be inclined towards healthier, natural ingredients, which are just better for you.”  The skin is the body’s largest...