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Devinder Bains, Author at Live Healthy

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The recent UAE Sustainable Eating Awards celebrate the top chefs who are taking care in their kitchen. They are using local ingredients in their recipes, reducing food and kitchen waste, making use of sustainable suppliers, and are committed to boosting food security. Shortlisted chefs were asked to submit a dish that was 100 percent made up of locally sourced foods and from there three overall winners were chosen. One of the top honors went to...

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I’d never heard of the term bruxism until a few months ago, when I found myself waking up with an ache in my jaw and clenching my back teeth during the day. A quick Google search landed me at ‘bruxism’ – a medical (and dental) condition where you grind, gnash or clench your teeth in response to a number of factors including stress and anxiety, an abnormal bite or missing and cooked teeth, or it...

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The UAE’s successful bid to host the 28th Conference of the Parties — COP28 — in 2023 is inspiring hope and confidence that the Government’s pledges on the environment will lead to real and lasting change. The announcement came last week during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, with the UAE’s bid being endorsed by The Asia Pacific Group of nations and receiving real support due to a number of pledges the UAE has made. The...

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The UAE is in the midst of a diabetes crisis, but what might be lesser-known is that prediabetes — often the precursor to full-blown type 2 diabetes — is also at critical levels. Research from GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center in Dubai has revealed that around 15 percent of people in the UAE have prediabetes.  That’s around 19 percent of Emiratis and 15 percent of expatriates living with the condition. “One in six people are affected...

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Media coverage of COP26 over the last three weeks has been almost relentless and often  confusing. But what does it actually all mean for those of us who live in the Middle East, and particularly, in the UAE? How will the climate crisis affect our daily lives and how might the pledges made as part of the summit’s Glasgow Pact at the summit actually impact our future health and wellness? First, we need to understand...

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There’s a positive buzz spreading across the region and beyond about Method By Kat, a program of functional, predominantly bodyweight workout classes for women who want to lose weight, get strong or just feel healthier. We decided to track down Kathryn Diab, the Dubai-based woman behind the brand to find out what it’s all about. The mother-of-six — SIX — looks fresh and energized when we meet and I get the feeling that this is...

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Gracie and Sophie Tyrell had a very personal reason for creating their healthy snack brand Squirrel Sisters with no sugar added. The 2015 launch of their company was directly linked to Sophie’s diagnosis with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a potentially life-threatening heart condition, and her recovery from major heart surgery. Sophie was an active 25-year-old who loved endurance runs and bike rides, trekking mountains in the UK and working hard in her marketing job, until a free health...

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Social media is everywhere, as Facebook company changes its name to Meta and a second company whistleblower comes forward just weeks after former employee Frances Haugen. She claimed that the company prioritizes profit over public safety and tried to cover up internal research showing that Instagram was damaging the mental health of teenage girls. This is in addition to the first big social media outage, which saw much of the world without access to their...

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On May 22 this year, 21 of the 172 runners taking part in the Gansu Ultramarathon died from hypothermia and eight others were hospitalized. The race, organized by the local government in Jingtai county in the Chinese province, was a 100km trail run through the high-altitude and exposed mountainous terrain of the Yellow River Stone Forest.  The Chinese government has since banned ultra races, and have held 27 race officials accountable for the deaths that...

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The National Pavilion UAE has earned a top architecture prize in Venice for a “bold experiment” that uses a byproduct of desalination to change the way one of the world’s most energy-intensive compounds is made. When the Biennale Architecture 2021 jury awarded the Golden Lion Award to Wetland out of 60 pavilions vying for the prize, the panel’s president, Kazuyo Sejima, a Pritzker prize laureate, called it “a bold experiment that encourages us to think about the relationship...

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They live in Abu Dhabi and they had been friends for years. Before Covid-19, they spoke on a daily basis and made sure to meet up at least once a week. But as lockdown hit, and personal contact became restricted, they found themselves starting to drift apart. Even when restrictions began to lift, Zainab still didn’t feel safe enough to venture out, and refused to meet up with Soraya, who was eager to get back...