Find your chill
It’s well documented that stress can have a negative impact on our health and is linked to all sorts of problems, from cardiovascular disorders to depression. But while it’s almost impossible to avoid anxiety-provoking situations altogether, what we can control is how we react to them. Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre’s stress workshop on Saturday, September 5, will help equip you with the tools you need to feel calmer and more comfortable in difficult situations. From 11am to 1pm, from Dh50 per person, www.dubaihtc.com, 04 335 1200.
Beware skinny jeans
Doctors are warning that the trend for tight jeans could render you a fashion victim in more ways than one. A recent case in south Australia saw a 35-year-old woman in hospital for four days recovering from nerve-compression syndrome caused by squatting in her skinny jeans. Wearing the restrictive clothing while emptying cupboards to help a relative move house reduced the blood supply to her leg muscles, causing swelling and nerve compression. Skinny jeans also pose a threat for air-travel; the risk of deep-vein thrombosis is heightened when in the air, and restrictive clothing exacerbates this.
New tanning drink
Académie Scientifique De Beauté recently launched a two-in-one nutritional supplement and suntan booster. Take one ampoule, diluted or straight, every morning for 10 days prior to sun exposure to get a prolonged safe and natural tan. Dh140, the Enigma Beauty Group.
Ditch unsupportive flats and flip-flops for the ergonomically designed FitFlop, which diffuses underfoot pressure and offers cushioning comfort that helps keep foot pain at bay. Biomechanically engineered with shock-absorbing Microwobbleboard midsole technology, they’ve also been shown to activate certain leg muscles, offering potential toning effects. The summer collection is available at shops across the UAE, including Debenhams and Shoemart.
Three healthy substitutes to try
A low-calorie alternative to dairy milk, the Mand’Or range of almond milk is gluten, lactose and cholesterol free, and contains 100 premium almonds per litre. Prices vary, available in Abu Dhabi at Spar, LuLu and Abu Dhabi Co-Op.
Swap your sports drink or juice for all-natural coconut water from Vita Coco for a hydrating alternative that is low in calories, contains no preservatives and is bursting with replenishing electrolytes. Dh11.50 at UAE supermarkets.
Chemical-, carb- and calorie-free Stevia is a natural, great-tasting sugar alternative made from the stevia plant, a sweet herb that originates from South America. Prices vary, available in Abu Dhabi at Spar, LuLu and Abu Dhabi Co-Op.