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How fasting helps us heal

April 21, 20226 min

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,...

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Patients with diabetes can go about fasting safely during Ramadan by understanding their risks, managing their condition and carefully following doctor’s recommendations. Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how the body turns food into energy. Most food is broken down into sugar (glucose) and released into the bloodstream. When blood sugar goes up, it triggers insulin production — unless a person has diabetes. For those with diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough...

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A new fitness destination has opened in Abu Dhabi, which is combining state-of-the-art gym technology with cutting-edge treatments, environmentally friendly products, and thought-provoking workshops to deliver the ultimate wellbeing experience. The Bridge, which is situated near the capital’s National Aquarium in Al Qana, consists of seven different areas, which the location calls ‘tracks’. These tracks combine to make a holistic hub which aims to transform its members with treatments and classes that are backed by...

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During Ramadan, it is common for nutrition to go slightly out of the window due to eating larger meals less frequently. However it is important to remember that in times like these, we need to nurture our bodies with essential nutrients during the time we have from sunset to dawn. Evidence suggests that the health benefits of fasting include strengthening the digestive system and improving its efficiency, helping adjust fat and sugar levels in the...

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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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Metabolic flexibility — a buzz phrase of late — describes the body’s ability to switch between using carbs and fat for energy, depending on availability. Improving this metabolic flexibility is being touted as the key to healthier living, through losing or maintaining weight naturally, promoting a better immune system, increasing your ability to build lean muscle, feeling more energized, feeling fuller for longer, improving performance and avoiding blood sugar spikes.  So how can we improve...

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Paul Thornley isn’t afraid of making enemies, clearly. Almost everything this Dubai-based former British military neuromuscular therapist and body movement specialist — and Pilates instructor — says challenges fitness and movement as we know it. What does he believe in? Biotensegrity, which is all about understanding fascia, how to maintain our most efficient movement, and adaptation, without compromising structural integrity. And stretching? As he told The Livehealthy Podcast on March 9, not so much. You ask ‘should...

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Dee Popat has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 25 years. She was officially diagnosed in 1997 but in hindsight realizes that she began experiencing symptoms two years prior, following a car accident. Dee’s symptoms, which were attributed to whiplash, included “weird feelings, such as a day or so of numbness in my right leg and then everything was normal or episodes when I could only see partially from one eye”. Finally, after two years...

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Aging is a woman’s superpower but embracing the physical changes that come with passing decades may prove difficult for some. No worries. It’s completely possible to maintain a healthy body as you age and these female fitness trainers over 40 show can tell you how. Donna Howarth: The Motivator Donna Howarth is set to turn 50 in May and with this milestone on the horizon, there’s no stopping her resolve to help menopausal women manage their symptoms through...