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We searched the Livehealthy archives for the best mental and physical advice for Ramadan: everything from what to eat, to when and how; when to workout and what to do; how to be more sustainable, more mindful and more meditative, and how to clean out your closets – and your mind. Go easy on high-intensity cardio One thing that can happen during Ramadan is that the body can enter a catabolic state. This is when the...

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Fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times a variety of fasting diets have been touted not only as a popular mechanism for weight loss, but a route to overall better health, too. There are some key differences between fasting during Ramadan and intermittent fasting, however. Ramadan fasting periods are specified by the sun...

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Can people with Type 2 diabetes safely attempt Ramadan fasting or should they avoid this practice? And if they do go ahead and fast, how can it be done safely? This is an even more relevant question in the MENA region and throughout the UAE, where the total prevalence of diabetes is high: 16.3 percent, compared to 9.3 percent worldwide, according to a report by the International Diabetes Federation in 2020. According to a 2019 study in Dubai,...

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Whether it’s the guilt of having missed a workout session or dragging yourself out of bed for an early morning jog even if you aren’t at all up for it, the concept that exercise can be an addiction is becoming more of a concern among fitness experts and health specialists. Without knowing the individual circumstances surrounding each person, it can be difficult to determine how much exercise is too much. The addiction specialists from the private rehab...

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Obesity has been an ongoing public health problem in Saudi Arabia. Coupled with unhealthy eating habits, low participation in sports, lack of health education despite efforts by health and sports authorities to promote healthy lifestyles, the Kingdom has some of the highest rates of adult and child obesity in the world. Approximately 35 to 40 percent of the population has this problem. Weight-loss surgery is one way out for Saudis. A simple body assessment of...

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Everyone on the planet needs access to safe, adequate, and affordable food, and that means there is an “urgent” need to transform current systems toward a sustainable future, according to Mariam Al Mheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment. She made the comments in her opening address to the Gulfood Inspire Summit, held on the first day of Gulfood 2022 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Almost 811 million people are facing hunger, said the...

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The past year has seen kids spending more and more time in front of screens, which can take a toll on their eyesight, health and functionality. Muhammad Irfan Khan, consultant pediatric ophthalmologist at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, has seven tips for helping parents make sure their children are protecting their eyesight and to help spot any issues early. Get their eyes checked regularly Make sure your children visit an ophthalmologist regularly, ideally every 6 months. Monitor...

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With the new year well underway, many people are taking part in Dry January as a way to cut back after overindulging at Christmas, to explore the sober curious lifestyle, or because they may have developed some concerns about the extent of their drinking. According to a recent report from the British Beer & Pub Association revealed that Britons were expected to drink as many as 8 million pints of low-to-no alcohol drinks as a...

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In Saudi Arabia, yoga is coming out of the shadows and making up for lost time. Men and women across the Kingdom have embraced this practice for decades in small, private settings, through personal invites, private social media posts, and word of mouth. But it was only 2017 when that all changed, and yoga was officially recognized as an important sports activity by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports, a push instigated by Princess Reema bint Bandar,...