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Devinder Bains, Author at Live Healthy

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Your primary care doctor is ultimately the person you trust with your health and wellbeing, the professional you can turn to when you or a family member are in physical pain and is likely to be your first port of call if you’re suffering with mental health issues. So, why is it that some of us take longer to choose our dinner than we do to pick the right doctor?  It might be easier to...

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It’s been well over a year since Covid-19 began dominating headlines worldwide, and unfortunately that still remains true today.  In the UAE, the vaccination programme is proving successful with the Emirates moving up to 8th place in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, which ranks the countries in terms of how effectively they are handling the pandemic. What these rankings – and indeed daily case figures – don’t reveal is how many people are still suffering from...

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The number of people living with eating disorders is on the increase both in the UAE and worldwide, making World Eating Disorders Action Day (June 2) more important than ever.  One organization that’s working to raise awareness in the region, while supporting those living with a variety of eating disorders, is the Middle East Eating Disorders Association (MEEDA). The not-for-profit association was founded in Lebanon in 2009 by clinical psychologist Dr Jeremy Alford who wanted...

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Loud music, hairdryers, lawnmowers, drills, heavy traffic and vacuum cleaners are just some of the sounds that we have to tolerate on a daily basis. The bad news is that they’re putting our hearing at risk, which is what Save Your Hearing Day (May 31) is all about. According to figures reported by the World Health Organisation last month “over 5 percent of the world’s population [or 430 million people] require rehabilitation to address their ‘disabling’”...

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Training plans don’t always, well, go to plan and with so many of us starting to feel the fatigue of fasting during the Holy Month, the disappointment of missing the mark with your fitness goals or indeed losing your workout mojo can leave you wanting to veto training altogether. The same goes for non-fasters, who had high hopes for workouts galore during reduced office hours, but find themselves exhausted from still working late into the...

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If you’re thinking of trying a fast, Ramadan is a very good time to do it. But what are the rules? How many hours should you be abstaining from food? Are you still allowed tea and coffee? Should you try intermittent fasting or a fasting mimicking diet or something like the 5:2? Or should you dive straight in with a prolonged fast? Which one best suits your goals? Are you looking for weight loss, better skin,...

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Your body goes through a number of changes during Ramadan when you’re fasting, owing to the adjustment in sleep patterns, fluid intake, modifications in what and when you eat, as well as altering the timings of your exercise schedule and indeed the type of exercise you can among to do. All of these changes can lead to a loss of lean muscle mass.  Maintaining and indeed increasing lean muscle requires following a careful diet and...

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It’s been a stressful 12 months, so reports of a a 2,000 percent increase in Google searches on headaches should not come as a huge surprise. Headaches affect up to 78 percent of the global population at some point in their lives. Then there’s the 15 percent of people who suffer from the crippling impact of migraines.  According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world, classed by the...