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Eid Al-Fitr is upon us, but this year will be unlike any Eid before it. In his fourth Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed, broadcast on Al Emarat Channel, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed gathered frontline workers and asked them about their experience working to combat Covid-19, praising them as role models for the rest of the nation. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces also reminded those watching that “There...

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Tired of squeezing fresh orange juice and swallowing countless dietary supplements? There’s another way to help your body heal and boost its immune system: full-body cryotherapy.  Strictly speaking, cryotherapy is any treatment that uses freezing temperatures to treat the body. Think cold showers, plunge pools and ice packs used to treat bumps and bruises on the sports field. Or ice baths, a core principle of the Wim Hof Method and a favourite method used by...

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A common refrain on social media during Coronavirus lockdown as been: “why am I breaking out?” Dr Fiona Cowie, a dermatologist and cosmetic esthetics specialist at Dubai’s Dermalase Clinic on Al Was Road  breaks down why this might be happening — hint: it’s what you are putting in your body — and what you can do about it.   Diet • During lockdown we tend to snack more on unhealthy foods. Did you know that your gut...

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Even if you’re enjoying iftar and late-night suhoor at home this Ramadan rather than going out, it’s still easy to let health and fitness routines lapse by eating more and training less.  That’s why Dr Nasr Al Jafari, functional medicine practitioner at DNA Health and Wellness Center in Dubai, and Hala Dakhil, co-founder of the Jeddah-based Pulse Studio KSA, give their top tips for how to have a healthy Holy Month.  Take catch-up naps With...

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With my previously disordered relationship with food, I shouldn’t be attempting a 72-hour water fast. This experiment however, is focused on the power of the mind. It is not a weight loss strategy. And I trust myself enough to know there are no ulterior motives. It’s been long enough since that complex relationship with my body and food was put to rest.  Several studies have linked water fasting with some impressive health benefits, including a...

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Anna MacMillan started UAE Buddy, a group focused on bringing together people who need help with people who will give it, after seeing her mother struggle with stress and worry in Spain.  “She’s immune-compromised, lives alone and has a dog that needs to be walked,” says MacMillan. “She was very stressed with the current scenario, so I arranged for young neighbors to walk the dog so she wouldn’t need to come out daily.”  The results...

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Medical researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center have developed a promising treatment for Covid-19 which has seen 73 patients make a full recovery. Results have been so encouraging that researchers are ramping up testing on more patients. The treatment involves harvesting and activating stem cells from the patient’s own blood. The stem cells are then nebulized into a fine mist, which the patient inhales via an aerosol. The first patient was treated on April 4...

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As students continue to adapt to the reality of home schooling in these unprecedented times, experts are offering some recommendations on how to manage their mental health. Concerns were addressed in the recent webinar Health Out Loud x Re:Set Dialogues: Student Life during Covid-19, hosted by Middlesex University Dubai and Re:Set. “Students have been in touch with us regularly,” says Aditi Bhatia, lecturer in psychology and a wellness support group facilitator at the university. “We...

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Are you an Emirati aged between 18 and 40? Would you like to be part of a pioneering study, the first and biggest of its kind in the UAE? Then researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi want to hear from you.  The UAE Healthy Future Study is being conducted by the university’s Public Health Research Center to examine Emirati health and the community’s well-documented problems with prevalent diabetes, heart disease and obesity.  And as...

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Anyone found to be spreading false health information or rumors about communicable diseases and epidemics like coronavirus can be fined Dh20,000, according to a decision by the UAE’s Council of Ministers. The decision was announced via Wam, the state news agency, on April 18 2020 in light of government efforts to promote health awareness through facts, instructions and correct procedures, certified speakers and experts, and accredited government sources. The only bodies that can legally make health...

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At livehealthy.ae, we like to know what’s in our food, especially the sugar content. That’s why we are telling you what’s in some of the most common items we eat and drink – and the news might surprise you. That protein bar? Five teaspoons. A Spanish latte? Eight. We are all good at rationalizing what we eat, as evidenced by a recent article in The Independent in which readers were shocked to learn that their favorite...