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Why Juicing Is A Must

Everyone has probably heard of juicing. When I first heard of it, I was skeptical. Mostly because I really didn’t like the sound (and taste) of liquified veggies and fruits together. But the more I read about the benefits, I was getting really interested in giving it a try.

A few tips about juicing. Invest in a good juicer. Start off by juicing fruits and veggies you actually like eating whole. Juicing isn’t a full meal, you have to incorporate into your daily food intake.

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Juicing has a lot of benefits like,

- Weight Loss

- Improving overall health

- Increasing intake of vegetables/ fruits

- Consuming a wider variety of vegetables/ fruits

- Absorbing all the nutrients from the vegetables/ fruits

 

I started off by juicing green apples, carrots and mint leaves. It tasted quite good so I’ll be looking out for new recipes to try. Here are some recipes that caught my eye.

 

Morning Glory - It contains beetroot, carrot and orange. It helps in cleansing the liver and blood. It also helps in weight loss.

Heart Beet – It contains apple, beetroot, carrot, lemon and orange. It improves digestion and your complexion.

For more recipes, check out juicerecipes.com

 

- Neha Prasad

Eating According to Your Body Type

Eating healthy and avoiding processed food is the first step towards a better you. But there are other things to consider as well. Ayurveda stresses on how important it is to eat according to your body type.

 

Ayurveda is an ancient medical practice that originates from India. According to ayurveda, there are 3 body types or “doshas” namely, Vatta, Pitta, Kapha.

Doshas

Vatta

People with slender/small build are considered to be vatta. They are very thin, find it difficult to gain weight and they always feel cold.

Vatta body types should avoid dry food, carbonated drinks and raw vegetables. They should eat more warm, cooked food, drink lots of milk and introduce clarified butter (Ghee) to their diets, to help them gain weight.

 

Pitta

These individuals have a medium build. They always feel warm and have a high level of energy.

Pitta body types should avoid spicy food, alcohol, vinegar, coffee and citrus/acidic foods. They should increase their intake of vegetables which have a high water content, like cucumbers and lettuce, and eat more fruits.

 

Kapha

The largest of all the body types.Their physical stamina is high. They also have wide hips and shoulders.

A person with this body type should reduce their intake of salts, sweets and fats. They should eat food that are cooked with spices and eat lots of vegetables and legumes.

 

According to the specific body type, there is a simple lists of foods you can eat and have to avoid. You can feel difference not only in your body but in your mind and well being as well.

 

If you’re not sure what body type you are, here’s a quiz you can take to find out.

For more information, Check out Doctor Oz

- Neha Prasad

Practicing Yoga At Home

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After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home  the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:

1) Create  your own space

Set aside a space in your room making sure  it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has  compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.

2) Prevent Injury

Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.

3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):

Hatha Yoga at Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAA-SZ05zSg

Weightloss Yoga with Tara Stiles

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown1

4) Research!

The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice.  Itunes has many yoga podcasts and  I Yoga Life has many videos  for a variety of levels.

7) Meditate

Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.

-Leila Antakly

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S.O. Beauty Secrets

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Stefanie Ost always share her favorite beauty secrets with our team here at S.O. so we asked her to share some of those with you our lovely audience.

Stefanie what is one of your best kept beauty secrets?

I have plenty of beauty secrets but here are just a few of my favorite:

If you have a pimple and you know it’s gonna look really nasty, apply Manuka Honey on it before going to bed and the next day your complexion will be a lot more clear. Honey has been known as an antimicrobial and antibacterial properties since prehistoric times.  Manuka honey is honey produced from bees that eat only plants flower known as manuka or tea plants in several countries.

I take vitamin E oil which is fabulous for your skin, Chlorella tablets and Spirulina (a species of algae as seen in photo above) which is packed with minerals.  I love to add Chia Seeds to my foods as they are full of omega 3 fatty acids which are also good for your skin and apparently they help with metabolism.

Argan tree is one of the world’s oldest tree species. This tree grows only in southwest Morocco, between Essaouira and Agadir. Oil from the argan tree is known as an oil rich in antioxidants and vitamin E so that both are used in skin and hair. This oil is absorbed much more easily than the beauty oils in general.

Perhaps this is not a secret anymore as everyone has heard of the benefits of juicing, but  it is definitely one of my favorite beauty remedies.  Just don’t think that because your juicing that you wont be needing your daily intake of eating fruits and vegetables as well! Juicing will supercharge your nutrient intake by providing you with pure micronutrients, vitamins and enzymes so you can kick start your metabolism and give your body a break from all of the strange chemicals you’ve been challenging it to process until now.

Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready.

-Sherri Jafferi- Social Media Manager

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The Hottest Workouts in Dubai

             5 of the hottest, current and SO-favorite workouts! We keep you up to date. 

Okay! So we have all heard when the going gets tough, the tough gets going! Oh yes! Tough, toned and fit are the prerequisites for a revolutionized youth of today’s day and age! And how could Dubai be behind when such is the youthful trendiness? Think no further but come along for a bird-eye tour to the top 5 distinguished locations in the workout eminence.

  1. Flywheel:

If you’re into spin classes this is the place to be in Dubai. Integrated with state of the art equipment and instructors to help and push you with the beat of music propelling you to fly the workout through. Flywheel studio keeps you going to burn those extra calories and more by maintaining an account with them tracking down your calories burnt and various other statistics through their website. Not to mention that the staff are some of the nicest and coolest people in town, always willing to motivate and keep you in shape! We at SO love flywheel and specially those competitive friday and saturday morning sessions!

 2. Model Boot Camp:

Designed to get you in the best shape ever, John Gianino’s boot camp at Jumeira Beach Residence and Safa Park gives you a real feel of how a boot camp is like! From running on the beach to lifting sand bags, this boot camp works on stamina building for burning maximum calories in just an hour long workout!

3. Physique 57:

For muscle sculpting Physique 57′s focus is to use your own bodyweight for resistance and interval training. Best for eliminating fatigue and improving muscle flexibility and making the core stronger Physique 57′s classes are very effective but we hear there can be a long waiting list if not booked in advance.

 4.Gold’s Gym:

An international chain of very famous gyms that helped make celebs like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This gym is located in Al Barsha with a stunning view this place is equipped for a variety of group exercises.

 5. Beast Squad:

Boot camps and personalized workouts are offered by Jordan Branford. Workouts are mainly to push you to lift heavy weights and pumping the muscles for a toner and smarter you!

So what are we waiting for? Let us get up and visit the nearest to start unpacking those unwanted extra pounds or to kill the sedentary lifestyle once and for all! Have a great weekend!

Have You Heard of Coconut Oil Pulling?


Stefanie Ost recently read this article on MIND BODY GREEN and decided to try it at home. She has since become a fan of “oil pulling” and raves on the results.  The following excerpt comes from the article.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. It definitely has a mystical and exciting vibe around it, which made me eager to try. But what exactly is it? What does it do?

To oil pull, simply swish your choice of unrefined, high quality oil in your mouth; similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. My favorite is coconut oil. This can be done anywhere from five to 20 minutes. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. This sounds good, right? But how exactly do you do it?

Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil. The reason I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. A perfect exchange!

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!

Have fun with it, though! Hum a little song, or practice deep breathing through your nose. Allow this to be a sacred time. Enjoy the feeling of cleansing, the relaxation with the absence of talking. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with a mouth full of oil. Something about it just feels so right!

Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Why oil pull? A popular reason for oil pulling is to find relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat. It is unbelievable how quickly this happens! Immediately after rinsing, you will find yourself blowing your nose and clearing your throat. I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.

I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. My gums strengthened, and teeth became much whiter! It also proved to be beneficial to my skin, which cleared up dramatically, and became bright and almost glowing. Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.

Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but for a more thorough detox, its best to do this in the morning, before eating or drinking. If you are having a hard time fitting oil pulling into your routine, I’ve found a nice time to do this is while in the shower. This way, you aren’t counting the clock until the minutes are up; simply spit when your shower is done.

An Interview With Dubai’s Beauty Dannielle Blaker

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What do you love most about Dubai Dannielle?

There are so many things I love about Dubai, but the main thing for me is beach living! The weather has had a tremendous impact on me and has made outdoor activities easy accessible which has become a big part of my lifestyle and makes me happy. I’ve spent most of my life in cold weather cities with a lot of rain (Vancouver, London, Luxembourg) and until I moved to Dubai, I had no idea how much weather affected my mood. I’m more positive and I’ve finally become a morning person who loves waking up, as I’m greeted with sunshine!

Tell us about your beauty routine Dannielle!

I’m a firm believer that what you eat and your lifestyle contribute to a person’s beauty. For me, I try to incorporate eating well (lots of greens and water) into my routine along with weekly reflexology to keep the energy flowing. As for skincare, I use a gentle face scrub 4 times a week followed by a toner with 2% salicylic acid as I’m a little obsessed with getting rid of dead skin. I have several night creams on rotation depending on level of moisture needed and I always wear at least 30 SPF on my face everyday.

What are 3 of your favorite beauty products?

- I really like Alba Botanica products and I’ve recently discovered their Deep Clean Astringent toner.

- The Faceshop ( South Korean brand) BB Cream Power Perfection.

- Natura Bisse C+C vitamin scrub

Best Makeup tip you d like to share with our audience?

This is a really big secret but it’s the best tip I’ve ever been told so I’ll share it. There’s a liquid solution called Latisse and if you apply it to your eyelashes regularly, they grow crazy long! I get it from the US and it’s usually by prescription only, however I think it’s become available over the counter now due to popularity.

How do you stay in such great shape?

I run a lot. I find it’s the best way to keep fit and it’s a great stress relief for me. I like to mix up the running with yoga, Cross Fit and I love trying all the new fitness trends/ classes that come to Dubai. I get bored easily and I find this keeps exercise interesting. I also go horse riding 2 times a week and play on a competitive beach volleyball team.

Anything else you’d like to share?

This wonderful city is new but it’s growing up so fast and it’s great to be a part of it. I work in digital advertising and this is somewhat new to the Middle East compared to North America or Europe. I love being part of an industry that is learning, pushing the boundaries and trying new things everyday. It allows us to be innovative within this region.

Dannielle Blaker

 

Don’t Forget To Protect the Hands!

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Many people spend a lot of time protecting their skin with SPF on their face and neck but forget their hands!
Your hands will show sun damage and age more quickly than you think. While your face may remain line free, smooth and glowing thanks to state of the art treatments, your hands may do the opposite. When you treat your delicate facial skin, you should be treating your delicate hand skin right along with it. The production of collagen will begin to slow down once you hit your 30’s.
SPF is the key. While applying your daily facial sunscreen, make sure to always apply it to the backs of your hands. If you have a day outdoors planned, it is especially important to reapply.
A few other tips to protecting your hands:
- Avoid washing your hands with hot water. Use lukewarm water to retain moisture.
- While working around the house (doing dishes or while using household chemicals) wear gloves!
- Reapply lotion/sunscreen every time you wash.