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UAE, India come together to reduce plastic footprint on the occasion of World Environment Day

June 6, 2018

The Embassy of India in UAE and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) have joined forces to 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the minister of MOCCAE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri, and heads of leading private sector companies in the UAE got together at the MOCCAE headquarters in Dubai to pledge their support to fight plastic pollution on Tuesday, June 5. The private companies that took the pledge are Aster DM Healthcare, the Apparel Group and Lulu Group.


Don’t use headphones for more than an hour at a stretch

June 3, 2018

Earphones have become popular among all age groups and are becoming an increasingly popular sight. Yes, they look cool, but it has dangerous implications on your hearing, with the damage being temporary and in some cases, permanent. Dr Shyam Anil Pai, specialist ENT surgeon at Aster Clinic, Al Nahda, says that everywhere you look - on the streets, commuting by metro or cab, in the gym, etc - everyone is using headphones or earphones connected to their mobiles or portable listening devices.


Don’t Lose Sleep Over Ramadan Routine

Keeping a healthy sleep cycle during Ramadan is essential as most worshippers stay up late and wake up early, doctors have said.

As the demands of the discipline of the month of Ramadan require Muslims to make significant changes to their usual routine — from altering their food intake, increasing their prayer time, to waking up before 4am to catch up for Suhoor — many end up falling short of sleep.

Given the importance of sleep for a healthy body and mind, with a little care and discipline those fasting can effectively manage the altered sleep pattern to minimise its adverse impact.


Eat light to eat well this Ramadan

What should you eat? That’s a pertinent question at any time of the year but during Ramadan it assumes greater significance. With only two meals to get you through the day, needless to say, they should be well balanced and wholesome.

But the diet that most people follow is far from nutritious. “Poor eating habits and wrong choices of food often result in unhealthy practices and alter the health benefits that Ramadan brings,” says Lubna Abdussalam Dhalani, Dietician at Aster Clinic in Bur Dubai.


The best ways to maintain exercise routines during Ramadan

This time of year is about reflection, self-control and being more mindful of those who are less fortunate. So you might be forgiven for assuming that exercise routines can slip for the duration – after all, when the tank is empty after 15 hours or so of no food or water, it must be counterproductive to engage in strenuous physical exercise, right?

Wrong, says Dr Nasrullah Jakhrani, a GP at Aster Clinic in Bur Dubai. “Most people are of the opinion that exercise during Ramadan is not advisable. However, moderate physical activity during Ramadan is a healthy practice – it helps keep control over excess body weight that could be gained during the holy month,” he says.

“High-intensity workouts that strain the body are definitely not advised; however, activities like brisk walking, cycling etc, are to be continued. The best time to exercise is before suhoor or after taraweeh prayers.”