13 November 2018Last updated

Healthy body

Health news

What’s new in the world of health, fitness and nutrition

Tabitha Barda
20 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
  • Learn how to deal with difficult situations in Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre’s stress workshop.

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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,, 04 335 1200.

Skinny jeans

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.

Tanning drink

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.


Fit feet

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.

Vita Coco

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.

Tabitha Barda

By Tabitha Barda

Deputy Editor