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Luke Coutinho is a holistic lifestyle coach based in India who co-wrote the 2018 book The Dry Fasting Miracle with Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, also known as the Green Sheikh. During an appearance on The Livehealthy Podcast he spoke about the benefits of the practice, how to get started and what to watch out for. Why is dry fasting a miracle? Because a lot of us today are either drinking too much water or...

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My reasons for attempting a 72-hour water fast? An experiment to explore the power of the mind. It is not a weight-loss strategy.  There is an impressive body of evidence pointing to the health benefits of fasting, including improvements in metabolism, lowering the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and diabetes, and overall increased longevity. It’s recommended that you only do it for no longer than 72 hours; anything beyond that would typically require medical consent....

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On the surface, Florence Gillet, 39, looks like a happy-go-lucky mother of two beautiful kids. Naturally slim and a champion of feminism and body positivity, you’d never guess that she’s lived though more than a decade of disordered eating that stemmed from something as simple as increasing her intake of fruit and vegetables. What she didn’t know back then, as a 25-year-old whose plan was to lose a few pounds to “look better” in her...

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The region’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry is still somewhat suffering and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as prices of raw materials have increased along with price inflation, a major reason why we need to be more focused than ever on food security and sustainability. Most research studies have also pointed out that the major contributors to food security in the Middle East are related to climate, population growth, and overall dependence on importation.  When...

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Ahmed Al Balooshi, an Emirati living in Dubai, always drinks water when he works out, whether it’s cardio or weightlifting. But there’s one extra step he takes, to make sure his body is ready to receive that hydration and that it isn’t doing him any harm.  “I always insist on sitting down when I drink water whether I’m at home, at the gym or at work,” he says. “I learned this from my family, especially...

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The global food crisis spurred by fighting in Ukraine is affecting the Middle East in uneven ways. Countries like Lebanon and Yemen, struggling with economic instability and conflict before the war began, have been hit particularly hard. Egypt, which is deeply reliant on grain and wheat from Ukraine and Russia, has also struggled to manage the crisis and keep food supplies stable. The Gulf and Israel, on the other hand, have so far weathered this storm remarkably well. The approach to food security taken by these countries holds...

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On December 14, 2019, the UAE celebrated what appeared to be a remarkable achievement. In just one year it had climbed 10 places on the Global Food Security Index, ranking 21st out of 113 countries and apparently on course to fulfil its extraordinary ambition of achieving a top-10 position by 2021. At the time, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said the jump reflected the government’s determination “to transform the UAE into...

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People sure are interested in the Keto diet here in the UAE: According to a survey conducted by the digital marketing suite SEMrush, searches for ketogenic shot up more than 1,000 percent in the UAE between 2017 and 2020. And while lots of people may be eating paleo, the same survey found searches for that way of eating have fallen by 19 percent in the same period. The ketogenic diet recommends heaps of fats, moderate protein...

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It’s becoming easier every day to make balanced choices that nourish our bodies and respect the planet. Whether it’s saving fruit and vegetables from the landfill, picking up a basket of juicy berries grown on a farm in Al Ain or making a hot cup of soothing tea, here are the latest healthy food options. “ugly” fruit and veg  The UAE government recently announced aims to cut food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and...

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For as long as we can remember, our parents have always told us to finish off our plates before leaving the table. Every crumb, every dollop of sauce, and the last piece of pasta must be chowed down. Yet not everyone in the Kingdom has lived this way, clearly. As of 2021, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has estimated that food waste costs the Kingdom US$10.6 billion annually. A nationwide field study...