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While many people tend to put off altruism for various reasons, we often forget that an act of kindness can have a ripple effect on the community around us. Even less well-known is the power that selfless acts have to positively affect not only the recipients of those good deeds, but our own health and wellbeing. It might  seem counterintuitive, since altruism is about giving to others without getting or expecting anything in return (think,...

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The signature facial at the Native Club, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, is one of the best I’ve ever had – and with my job, I’ve had a lot.  It lasts a decadent 90 minutes and includes the elements you might expect (cleaning, exfoliating, moisturizing) along with a few of the touches you hope for (a head massage and a face massage, with no pressure to buy products). But the real kicker is the spa’s use...

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I’m a minimalist, which means I love doing something you probably loathe the very idea of: cleaning. Never did I have to be forced to clean my room as a child. I took to the task merrily, happily, purposefully. I make a mean bed – throws, pillows, configurations, tightly tucked sheets – and I do it upon waking. Likewise, hoovering is an exfoliation, removing the dead home cells to let the lively ones underneath come to surface...

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From the outside, Olivia McCubbin does not look like someone who would be having problems with binge eating. Tall, glowing and fit, the 30-year-old Australian exudes health. It’s also her business, as co-founder and head coach at The Best Body Co, the fitness company she runs with her husband Adam.  But that is the thing with appearances — and the point McCubbin is now trying to make. “Many women and many clients look up to...

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As a dietitian who has witnessed body shaming of children, and was also overweight as a child, I know it’s time to put an end to the kind of body shaming of children. A few months ago, one of my clients showed up for her 10-year-old child’s consultation with the sole purpose of reducing his weight.  The moment the boy stepped on the scale, his eyes filled with tears.  “Mommy, I gained weight,” he said...

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Life in the UAE often involves a lot of flying on planes, and with travel – particularly long-haul travel – comes jet lag. So we went to a pair of experts: Charlotte Hodgson and David Loftus, who are based in the UAE and have 20 years’ experience as cabin crew. Here they give us their top tips on how to try and reduce, beat and recover from jet lag. What is jet lag for you?...

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Majid Al Qassimi has a big ambition. What he wants is nothing less than to start a food revolution in the UAE and across the Middle East. Already an environmentalist, conservationist, entrepreneur, trained veterinarian and now adviser to the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Al Qassimi’s goal is to help the population understand the importance of homegrown food, suitable agricultural food production and reducing food waste. “I believe there isn’t just one way to grow...

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Beyond regular brushing, there are a number of other good habits − including flossing, coconut oil and using a mouth guard −that you can easily adopt for healthier teeth.  Floss before bed It will help you in the long run. Your toothbrush cannot reach certain places, especially those between your teeth, but flossing can. Imagine going to the dentist to get an inaccessible cavity filled. Targeted rinsing Try not to rinse your mouth after brushing and...

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Core 8, a wellness platform in Dubai, was actually born out of horrible pain. “My head felt like it was parked on a spike,” recalls co-founder Nikki Meyler. “I was taking medication every single day, going to hospital and being given pethidine injections as well as morphine. I was trying to get myself better but nothing was helping. I wasn’t getting anywhere. Pilates was recommended to me, but I would end up in incredible pain...

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Some of the key ways of ageing well without cosmetic help are well-documented: avoid the sun, quit nicotine, cut back on alcohol and eat a well-balanced diet. But there is an even better way: a holistic health approach that goes far beyond the doctor’s office or surgery.  “Holistic health – I get asked a lot about its meaning by my patients,” says Dr Hoda Makkawi, a consultant in family medicine, integrative holistic medicine and an anti-ageing...