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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...

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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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Pete Aldwinkle had a decidedly rocky six months leading up to his mental health crisis, followed by a diagnosis of depression and post traumatic stress disorder. After splitting from his partner of 15 years, the Dubai-based Briton took his first holiday in three years back in late 2016 to cycle from Mexico to Canada with his teenaged daughter — only to return and find his company embroiled in turmoil.  “I was very aware that I...

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In some ways, when an illness gets a hero, it becomes somewhat less formidable. That is probably why when one of the Arab world’s most beautiful women shaved off her signature long dark hair in solidarity with cancer patients, her post went viral. “Yes beauty is important and we all want to look our best, but we often forget that true beauty is from within, when we are at peace with ourselves,” 2004 Miss Lebanon...

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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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...

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The other day I was sitting down with the other board members of a local personal finance group, SimplyFI.   Health and body weight had been weighing heavily on my mind, and when I looked around at the other financially astute members, I noticed one striking commonality: They were all thin. Several of them have already accrued enough wealth that they never have to work again — they’re what we call “financially independent” — but you...