10 of the Best Health Tips Ever!

If health experts could give one piece of advice, what would it be? Read on to find out...
Tuesday , 25 October 2011
Stand on your head
Stand on your head
The whole tooth
The whole tooth
Eau yeah
Eau yeah
Bed head
Bed head
Start early
Start early
Label lover
Label lover
Keep on cleansing
Keep on cleansing

1. Stand on your head
“If you’re going to do one thing for your health, do yoga. It’s proven to give innumerous benefits to your body, mind and spirit. Poses such as the head stand, shoulder stand, plough pose, and half wheel can keep your body young, energetic and also help to reduce cellulite.” Vishnu Prasad, resident wellness practitioner, Six Senses Spa, Zighy Bay

2. Breathe easy
“Practice breathing in the moment. It’s so simple but it’s the bedrock of good health and wellbeing. I’m not talking about doing a fancy meditation practice – rather, stopping every so often and paying attention to your breathing, telling yourself that ‘right here, right now, I’m okay.’ Most of our lives we live either in the past (which can lead to regret and depression) or in the future (which can lead to anxiety and stress). Bringing your attention to your breathing, becoming aware of how you are – right here and now – plugs you into the present.” Jane Alexander, author of The Overload Solution and The Holistic Therapy Files (Dhs45, www.amazon.com)

3. Eau yeah!
“Every cell in your body is dependent upon water to maintain a healthy state. Our skin constantly loses water through evaporation and dehydration and this can’t be replenished through moisturiser, so keep on sipping.” Dr Abdullah, dermatologist at Aesthetics International

4. The whole tooth
“My grandmother used to say, ‘Look after your teeth and your teeth will look after you’. Brush and floss twice a day and you’ll reap the benefits. I don’t think there’s a better piece of health advice than that!” Beryl Comar, life coach, www.changedubai.com

5. Bed head
“Invest in your bed. A third of your life is spent sleeping there so it’s vitally important to choose one that is comfortable, provides support and is big enough for you to move freely in.” Dr Neil Stanley, sleep expert

6. Nip negativity
“For every negative thought that you have, make it a conscious habit to immediately recognise it, then reverse it into a more balanced and positive one. This will shut down the tendency in your brain to linger on the bad side and will change your day for the better.” Melanie C Schlatter, PhD, consultant health psychologist

7. Start early
“The key to great physical health is training consistently and with variety. The earlier in the day you exercise, the less time you’ll have to come up with an excuse for not training. Set targets in advance of what you’re going to do, then go all-out to beat them, be that either farther, faster, heavier or for longer. And each day do something completely different to the previous day, so that you give your muscles a chance to recover. Most importantly, enjoy it!” Paul Hymers, writer of barefootindubai. blogspot.com

8. Label lover
“Always read the food labels. ‘Low fat’ or ‘low sugar’ usually represents what the marketer wants you to think, not what you need to know. Study the ingredients. The first listed tends to be the dominant one, and always check how many servings the product has - the calorie content is often written per serving, not per package.” Ghida Arnaout, dietician at Live’ly

9. Curb carbs
“Women need to know that refined carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar quickly (e.g. white fl our) are the major culprits behind numerous health problems. Many of us would think it healthy to buy a low fat fruit yoghurt, when that pot of yoghurt could contain eight teaspoons of added sugar. For the ultimate in healthy eating you should eliminate added sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet for 80 percent of the time and eat little and often, going no longer than three hours between meals.” Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of The Natural Health Bible For Women (Dhs73, www.amazon.com)

10. Keep on cleansing
“Choose your cleanser wisely because what you use to clean your skin determines your complexion. Don’t use anything harsh containing alcohol and avoid products that are designed for spots and acne as these baddies simply dry your skin out more. And change your products every four to six months.” Alex Hurt, operations director, SensAsia Urban Spa