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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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The months ahead are going to involve a massive marketing push for vaping products of all kinds, after the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology lifted its sales ban earlier this year. And while for many people vaping provides a valid way to quit smoking, it still involves the highly addictive stimulant nicotine. There are issues with some of the other ingredients too: for example the impact of ingesting sugar for flavor-loving vapers and the possibility...

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At just 28, Nawal El Masri has managed to figure something out about her own mental health that it can take others decades to discover — if indeed they ever do. “Honestly, it’s been a long journey,” she tells livehealthy.ae. “But the more I used to go to doctors, the more I understood that it’s either you strengthen your brain or you take the medication.” The 28-year-old Palestinian-Canadian (born and raised in Montreal and later...

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Former Emirates cabin crew Shane Seery transformed his body and became a fitness coach after realizing his high-flying lifestyle had left him drained. Now he’s passing on his top tips for eating well on the go for livehealthy.ae readers. Hint: you don’t have to eat the airplane food. 1) Eat intuitively Don’t eat because you’re bored or because food is presented to you. Eat when you are actually hungry! I know this is easier said...

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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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As one of the world’s global business and tourism hubs, the UAE sees huge numbers of travelers entering and exiting the country via hundreds of daily flights. It is also home to thousands of employees for homegrown airlines Emirates, Etihad, FlyDubai and Air Arabia. The role of cabin crew has long been regarded as one of the world’s most glamorous professions — enabling people to travel to exotic corners of the globe and explore new...

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One of the great things about the UAE is the vast number of places there are to escape to for a short staycation. And one of the newest offerings that opened last year in Sharjah is all about getting back to nature: Kingfisher Lodge, which offers a glamping experience in the protected Al Qurm Nature Reserve. Arriving at the village of Kalba, an enclave of the emirate of Sharjah that’s nestled in the middle of...

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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...

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Most of us hate being a beginner. We dislike not being the ‘expert’ let alone not knowing anything about a subject or practice. And yet all of us start as a beginner in any new endeavor. Yoga, for many of us, can feel particularly intimidating, especially if we follow any of the famous yogis on social media and see lots of pretzel poses done flawlessly, in full makeup and expensive clothing (By the way, this...

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One of my all-time favorite comments is, “Our traditional homes were so organic, so healthy, one could pull out a twig from the roof and use it as a toothpick.” It was made by an elder of a tribe in Abu Dhabi, who remembers living as a child inside an arish – a traditional home made of palm fronds. Take a moment to think about this: Is there anything inside your home now that you...