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Luke Coutinho is a holistic lifestyle coach based in India and a frequent visitor to Dubai. He’s a passionate advocate of using balanced nutrition, adequate exercise, quality sleep and emotional detox to heal from just about everything that ails us. During his appearance on The Livehealthy Podcast, he talked about everything from how our spiritual beliefs are linked to our health to why we shouldn’t be so obsessed with fitness trackers to why the body is the essence of...

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Could heading deep into the desert and burying yourself neck-deep in hot sand really be good for those aching muscles and joints? UAE environmentalist and social campaigner Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, better known to his almost 60,000 followers as the Green Sheikh, sure thinks so. A few years ago he introduced American educator and author Stephen Ritz to the experience of being buried up to his neck in sand. The somewhat forgotten tradition of sand...

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The UAE has more options to live healthy than ever, whether its wellness retreats, chances for families to compete together, additions to the sharing economy or giving you a chance to finally embrace ugly fruits and vegetables. Read on. Order the UAE’s first “ugly” fruit and veg box The UAE government recently announced aims to cut food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and you can do your part by rescuing fruit and veg that...

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Dana is a former gymnast who developed an eating disorder at age 13, which she says went hand-in-hand with overexercising.  “We would get weighed before competitions, so the older girls taught me how to throw up my dinner the night before a competition,” says the 41-year-old yoga teacher, who lives in Dubai. “But when vomiting became difficult, I figured I could purge the calories by running, climbing stairs or using the step machine instead. I would...

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I was sitting down with the other board members of a local personal finance group, SimplyFI when I first noticed it: they were all thin.   Health and body weight had been weighing heavily on my mind, and when I looked around at the other financially astute members, this was the striking commonality. Several of them have already accrued enough wealth that they never have to work again — they’re what we call “financially independent” — but...

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Under majestic palm trees, groups would gather to listen to Prophet Mohammed. Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity sitting under an apple tree. And it was in the shade of a massive Bodhi tree that a prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha. For centuries great thinkers have found answers to life’s deepest questions in nature, while everyday people have sought both meaning and comfort there.  Trees and the vegetation around them not only provide...

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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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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, improved...

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While many enjoy the reflective, spiritual and community aspects that are part of Ramadan, they struggle with moodiness and fatigue, which they attribute to lack of food or water during the day. The truth is that being “moody” and “tired” probably is the result of people experiencing withdrawals from addictive substances, dehydration, poor sleep, lack of exercise and eating poorly at sunset.  The research is conclusive: fasting, when done right, is healing and restorative for...

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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,...