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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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Several countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, generates on average 2kg of waste every day for every man, woman and child. During Ramadan, that figure increases significantly, according to Bioenergyconsult. Waste is a fundamental global issue and the Middle East has made great strides in dealing with this worldwide problem, such as increasing green areas, developing water resources, and improving marine environment and protecting it from pollution.  Veolia Middle East is working to raise...

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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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Check out this Middle Eastern-inspired recipe from Chef Naima of Tagine Restaurant at Dubai’s One&Only Royal Mirage for the month of Ramadan. It is easy to prep and can be cooked in just under two hours, making it perfect for iftar.  Ingredients Batch one 2 kg whole chicken 30 g chopped garlic 800 g chopped onion 20 g dried coriander 20 g fresh chopped parsley 30 g ginger powder 20 g salt 20 g white pepper  40 g smen...

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Maitha Al Khayat is a best-selling author of children’s books. In fact, you could almost call her the J K Rowling of the Arab world, except that she is far more prolific – 172 books so far, including a set of school primers – and she does her own illustrations. She has also written TV scripts for the Arabic version of Sesame Street and Hamdoon, the Emirati cartoon series. Oh, and she writes equally well in...

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Exercise and fasting can go together without causing any harm to the body. During the fasting period, exercise can help elevate energy levels, improve physical fitness, build muscle and joint strength and boost body composition. It also helps control weight and keeps the body healthy.  As well as various physical and health benefits, exercise also has many neurological advantages, including improved neurogenesis (increased brain cell production) and enhanced mental strength and toughness. More people around...

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Looking for some culinary inspiration this Ramadan while staying at home? Monaco’s Michelin-starred Chef Marcel Ravin has shared three of his renowned dishes, served at Monte Carlo Hotel Bay and Resort, including his famous roast chicken and Nutella and banana cake for dessert. In case you’ve got roast chicken leftovers, he’s also shared a leftover recipe. Marcel’s roast chicken Ingredients for 4 people 1 free-range chicken 1.2 kg ½ lemon 125 g softened butter 2...

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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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Gradually, cautiously, the UAE is beginning to relax the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 but there’s no denying they have taken their toll. People have felt under emotional strain for a considerable length of time and tempers are short. If the cracks are starting to show in your household, be assured that this is perfectly understandable and normal. Dr Marta Ra, chief executive of Paracelsus Recovery, an international mental health and addiction clinic, tells you...

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When Mariam Hourani was growing up in Canada her family gave her an Arabic nickname that translates into “girl with appetite.” At university, where she studied marketing and human resources, she was the only one of her friends who would cook meals instead of ordering them in. She moved back to Dubai 13 years ago and when her brother was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease two years ago, she started looking for organic, plant-based and...

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Rawkure may conjure up images of anti-inflammatory sweet treats like Sinless Cacao Donuts and superfood Kreamy Kupcakes. But there is a savory line too, including this recipe for Beetroot Risotto that Rawkure’s founder Mariam Hourani shares with livehealthy.ae readers. Ingredients 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil 4 small beets, chopped and made into puree 1 cup white arborio rice 3 -4 cups homemade vegetable stock 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp black pepper ¼...