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7 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

A lot of studies show that green tea is very good for the health. Here are the reasons why:

Helps you lose weight

If you want to cut those extra inches around your tummy, drinking green tea could be a simpler way to do so. A new study shows that green tea extract increases the rate of calorie burning by the body. It reduces blood fat, cholesterol, detoxifies the body and suppresses untimely food cravings. It also eliminates excess water and thereby reduces excess weight. So the best way to get rid of that paunch is to have green tea before having your morning jog.

Reduces the risk of heart attack

Consuming green tea rapidly improves the health of the body cells lining the blood vessels and also helps in lowering one`s risk for heart disease. The flavonoids present in this tea protect the heart by relaxing the blood vessels so blood can flow more easily.


Fights against various cancers

The antioxidants in tea helps protect against a variety of cancers, including breast, colon, skin, lung, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, liver, ovarian, prostate and oral cancers. Green tea extract is reported to induce cancer cell death and starve tumours by curbing the growth of new blood vessels that feed them.


Contrary to common beliefs that tea dehydrates, green tea provides hydration benefits similar to water. Green tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, it also has many other health benefits such as above.

Prevention and treatment of neurological diseases

Regular consumption of green tea could help in prevention of degenerative and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson`s because of the Polyphenols that help maintains the parts of the brain that regulate learning and memory.

Anti- Ageing benefits

Antioxidants found in green tea fight free radicals thereby keeping a check on ageing and promoting longevity. It contains high levels of oligomeric proanthocyanidins one of the most powerful antioxidants that makes green tea help in slowing down the premature ageing process.

Boosts your immunity

Polyphenols and Flavonoids present in green tea boost the immune system to make the human body stronger in fighting various infections. Also, Vitamin C is present in green tea that we all know to be a strong defence in various diseases.


An Introduction to Yoga

Yoga is a practice that originated in Ancient India to achieve certain permanent peace of mind in order to experience one’s true self. It involves several positions that for physical, mental and intellectual wellness.

There are many different types of yoga to practice, so it’s important to find out which type of yoga is right for you. Here’s a quick introduction to some of the most common and popular types of yoga:

Bikram Yoga  – This yoga is conducted with 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity and extremely hot for some. Bikram has only 26 poses and there are a lot of alignment work so it can be a good fit for beginners.

Hatha Yoga – This class is also likely to be focused on slow and gentle movements so it’s a great type of yoga to wind down with at night.

Vinyasa - Commonly called “Vinyasa flow” or just “flow”, you’ll definitely be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. It’s the most popular style of yoga in America.

Kunadalini Yoga  - “Kundalini” refers to surrounds the area around your lower spine. Get ready for a lot of work in your “core” area and classes are known to be intense.

Astanga Yoga - Commonly called Power yoga, Ashtanga is definitely physically demanding. This is not advisable for beginners.

Iyengar Yoga - Expect lots of props with this type of yoga such as blocks, harnesses, straps, and even cushions. There’s also a lot of focus on alignment so Iyengar can be great for physical therapy.

Anusara Yoga - Anusara is epitomized by “the celebration of the heart. Expect many “heart-opening” poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor in class.

Restorative Yoga- Looking to wind down after a long week of work? Or perhaps you want to quiet your mind? Restorative yoga might be the answer as it’s focused on relaxation.

Jivamukti Yoga - It’s a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist.

Prenatal Yoga – This is for expectant mothers. Some say that Prenatal is one of the best types of exercise for moms-to-be as there’s a lot of core work and a focus on breathing.

Be sure to ask the instructors and consult the doctor before taking up any of these classes for some might be very intense for you.


Pet Insurance In Dubai

The government has recently announced that health insurance will soon become mandatory for everyone in Dubai and plans have already begun rolling out to achieve this stupendous vision. However, while human beings in Dubai will soon be insured how about animals?

DogInsurance for animals? Yes! There is a widespread assumption that people in Dubai do not like pets. But this is not completely true. While having cats and dogs as pets might not be as popular as in Western countries, nevertheless there are many people in Dubai who own pets and love them dearly.

Naturally, owning a pet and looking after it is expensive business. You need to spend money on grooming the pet, feeding it, pet sitting when you are travelling and also take it to the vet regularly. It requires a lot of time and energy as well and unless you are really serious about caring for your pet, you must not take up the responsibility of owning a pet.

A pet animal can fall sick due to various reasons or it might get involved it an accident. There are also some sadistic people roaming around who do not think twice about hurting a living creature. In fact, only recently, there was a story in the local newspapers about how a pet cat was shot by unknown people with an air gun. As you can see one cannot predict what misfortune might befall your beloved pet and hence it is a wise idea to insure your pet.

Insuring your pet might seem unnecessary when everything is working out fine but it will enable you to provide adequate medical assistance if and when the animal requires it. Otherwise you might be forced to witness your pet suffering and you might not be in a financial position to help the dear animal.

Although pet insurance is not very well known in Dubai, there are a couple of insurance providers who offer insurance policies for animals. You could check out PawSure or Pet Secure Pet Insurance and get a quote for insuring your pet. The price may vary depending upon the type of animal you own, its age and other health factors. Insuring your pet will give you peace of mind and you will breathe a little easier knowing that your pet’s health is covered.


Celebrities And Insurance

You and I would probably have a few insurance policies in our kitty; medical insurance, car insurance and home owners insurance to state a few. However, did you know that celebrities tend to insure a whole range of different things entirely and at astronomical prices as well? Yes, it’s true!

Jennifer LopezHow much are your legs worth? Well if you are anything like singers Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey they could be worth more than a million dollars! Shocked? While we might think that their voices are their biggest assets, it seems as though they surely are aware of their most important assets aren’t they?

Moving onto other body parts, rumour has it that Jennifer Lopez has insured her butt to the tune of 27 million dollars! I can hear you say Oh my God! What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Julia Roberts? Her smile? Correct! Reports state that Julia Roberts’ smile is insured for about 30 million dollars.

Most celebrities deny having undergone plastic surgery or the fact that they have breast implants. But Paris Hilton does not belong to this category. She has insured her breast implants for 1million dollars. It looks like many celebrities are highly concerned about their breasts! For instance, Madonna has allegedly insured hers for 2 million dollars whereas Holly Madison for 1 million dollars.

If you thought that only women were obsessed with insuring their body parts, you are mistaken. David Beckham, the famously handsome English footballer has insured his legs for about seventy million dollars! Speaking of football players, Cristiano Ronaldo has also insured his legs for a whopping – wait for it – 144 million dollars! Unbelievable?  In fact, if you had imagines that James Bond was totally fearless, you thought wrong! Daniel Craig is supposed to have insured his whole body for around 9 million dollars as his work involves doing a lot of stunts.

The list of such celebrities and their insured body parts are never ending. It is not a recent phenomenon either. Even yesteryear stars were known to insure their body parts for many years. As more and more celebrities join the bandwagon, I am sure that we will continue to hear more such interesting and outrageous insurance stories!


Reasons For Over Sized Breasts

Breasts start to develop around the time of puberty for girls – typically around 11-13 years of age on an average, although for some it might be earlier or later.

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As the years go by, the woman’s body undergoes several changes and her breasts as well might grow bigger due to various reasons like:

  1. Usually during the time of the monthly period, a woman’s breasts tend to grow fuller and become more sensitive due to hormone imbalances. However, this subsides in a few days.
  2. A woman’s breasts can grow larger during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Again, the breasts tend to go back to nearly the old size once the woman stops breastfeeding
  3. Weight gain and obesity might lead to a woman gaining weight around her breasts. Often, even if a woman exercises and diets it is difficult to lose weight specifically in targeted regions and so she might be unable to lose the weight around her chest area.
  4. A report by the Daily Mail last year states that women who take contraceptive pills over an extended period of time or have opted for hormone replacement therapy, might face increased risks of large sized breasts. It is thought that the hormone estrogen contributes to this issue.
  5. For some women, over sized breasts could be due to hereditary reasons. If large breasts run in your family then chances are you might also face the problem of large breasts with your body.

Apart from these factors, studies also suggest that changing environmental factors as well as things such as increased intake of fast food can also be triggers that contribute to large breasts. In fact, statistics show that the sale of bras with larger cup-size has increased significantly in recent times.

Large breasts can cause a lot of health problems to women, including back and neck pain, difficulty breathing, skin rashes and cuts, embarrassment and negative body image, hunching, depression, mental stress and a general decrease in their quality of life. Some women have even reported to have become dependent on painkillers and analgesics to be free of the pain that oversized breasts can cause. Often, many women don’t even realize that these issues are being caused by their oversized breasts.

If you suspect that you might be suffering from large breasts, then perhaps you could consider going for a free consultation with an experienced medical professional to discuss your options. A breast reduction consultation can help you gain some clarity on your situation as well as the possible solutions available for you.


10 Tips for Dental Health

Our teeth play more than a functional part in our lives. Not only do we need them to chew properly, but a perfect set of teeth also have aesthetic appeal. I know many in Dubai are not confident enough to flash a smile because we are conscious about the appearance of our teeth. Despite being so concerned about having good teeth, several of us sadly neglect oral hygiene.

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Here are some points to keep in mind when it comes to your oral health:

  1. It goes without saying – brush regularly, atleast twice a day. If you wear braces then you need to brush after every meal as it is more difficult to maintain clean teeth with braces.
  2. Replace your toothbrush periodically as soon as they start showing signs of wear. Continuing to brush your teeth with old and worn toothbrushes is not going to do a great deal of good.
  3. Don’t forget to floss as well. Many people tend to skip flossing but properly flossing your teeth will help clean debris from between your teeth and will prevent gum diseases such as gingivitis.
  4. Use a mouthwash as well to prevent bad breath and for extra added protection.
  5. Visit a good dentist in Dubai regularly, atleast once a year. Ensure that you address dental problems when they are minor so that they don’t develop into major issues. For instance, getting your cavity filled promptly will avoid having to spend more time and money on complicated root canal surgery later on.
  6. Confirm that your dentist is well qualified and well trained. Ask your friends for recommendations and make sure to establish a comfort level with your dentist so that you can trust him and go ahead and clarify any questions you might have regarding your dental health without hesitation.
  7. Make sure that you have dental insurance so that any expensive dental treatments are covered and you don’t have to delay the treatment simply because of the costs involved.
  8. Try to cut down on foods that have an adverse effect on teeth such as those which have high sugar content like chocolates, sweets, pastries as well as aerated drinks.
  9. Reduce habits such as excessive smoking and too much coffee as these habits can harm your teeth.
  10. Avoid exposing your teeth to abrasive actions, especially if your teeth are already a little weak or have had some work done on them previously; some people gnaw on bones or use their teeth as tools to open bottles and what not! Such things can cause harm to your teeth.

Our teeth are an important part of our bodies and the enamel is one of the hardest substances. However we need to put in some effort and take care of them if we hope to have trouble-free teeth!


Taking Care Of Your Health When Pregnant

Motherhood is a beautiful phase in a woman’s life. Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body undergoes several changes in order to support the newly developing baby. Expectant mothers need to pay extra attention to their health and well-being during this time. A nutritious and balanced diet is of utmost importance. Many people believe in the concept on “eating for 2” and will advise you to start eating more. However, the point is not to simply eat more, but to eat better. You might not really have paid much attention to your eating habits so far – but it is time to start doing so now.


In the first trimester, you might find it difficult to eat well because of morning sickness and nausea. If you feel that you might not be getting enough nutrients from your diet, be sure to take some suitable dietary supplements, especially vitamin, iron and folic acid, after consulting your doctor. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits and remember to drink lots of water.

While you must not exert yourself too much, going for walks and getting some mild exercise is good for your body. Apart from your physical well-being, also take steps to safeguard your mental health. Practice meditation and yoga to be in the right frame of mind. Don’t stress yourself too much and try not to get worked up about anything. Don’t miss your regular doctor checkups and don’t hesitate to clear up any questions that you might have with your doctor.

As your due date approaches, remember to pack a delivery bag to take to the hospital. Also, ensure that all your papers, forms and health insurance are in order. Unless you are having a high risk pregnancy, it is usually fine to keep doing the activities that you used to do before getting pregnant – as long as they are safe. If you were working, chances are you can still continue to work. But if your work involves extensive travelling, lifting or tiring field work, try to get a desk assignment for a few months so that you don’t place too much strain on your body. Apart from that, there is nothing to worry! Just keep calm and carry on!


Insurance In Dubai

With over $7.2 billion of insurance revenues in 2012, the UAE happens to be the biggest insurance market in the GCC region. Forecasting further growth, the authorities are also looking to introduce new laws to regulate the insurance market over here.

Nexus Insurance ServicesThere are several regional as well as global insurance companies in Dubai. Some popular ones are Arab Orient, Salama, Alliance, Zurich, Oman and AXA among many others. Apart from offering various insurance products such as life, car, travel, health and property insurance, many insurance companies in UAE also offer takaful insurance. Takaful is a type of insurance which is favoured by Muslims and is governed by Islamic laws.

Apart from insurance companies, there are also many good insurance brokerage companies in Dubai such as Nexus insurance services, Millennium insurance brokers, Elite insurance brokers and Al Wasl insurance brokers among others. Experienced insurance brokers will be able to guide you in choosing an appropriate insurance coverage for you. Professional insurance brokers will take the time to explain the finer points of your insurance and will help sort out any concerns that you might have.

Insurance not only acts as a safe cushion to fall back on during emergencies but it is also an investment tool, since it forces us to save some money regularly by paying the premium periodically, instead of frittering all our money away. Although, admittedly there are others forms of investments which may be more profitable, nevertheless insurance can still be considered as an investment.


The Importance Of Health Insurance

Health insurance is an important safety net which ensures that you don’t lose out on essential medical attention when necessary. While some people tend to think that health insurance is not very beneficial, the truth is that it offers a much needed helping hand. Protecting yourself and your dear ones from unexpected situations is the wise thing to do. It is highly advisable that you insure yourself, because life is unpredictable and you never know when you might need it. For the uninitiated, when you sign up for a health insurance package, basically, you agree to pay an agreed sum of money periodically to the insurance company. In return, if you ever land up in a hospital or clinic, you only need to pay a nominal amount of money as your share. The remaining costs are borne by the insurance company.

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Most companies in the UAE provide health insurance to their employees as well as their dependents, although the schemes tend to offer only basic health insurance. UAE has a large expat population where most people in the UAE live away from their families and home countries. This only reiterates the need for solid health insurance coverage. However, make it a point to find out the exact terms and conditions of the health insurance that is offered to you, so that you are aware of what to expect the next time you need to visit the hospital. At times, it might even make sense to sign up for additional cover, depending on your circumstances. Healthcare costs are quite high in the UAE and if you are not careful and not properly insured, your medical expenses might eventually burn a deep hole in your pocket. With a reliable health insurance coverage, you can be relieved of the financial burden and instead concentrate your efforts on getting better or on looking after your loved one.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the insurance jargon, you could avail the services of insurance brokers. There are several well-known insurance brokers in UAE such as Nexus, Al Wasl, Al Nabooda, Millenium, Petra, Omega and Marina, among others. Insurance brokers will take the hassle out of following up on your insurance and will offer you reliable advice on what plans are best suited for you. In most cases, it is prudent to choose insurance packages offered by local companies, rather than overseas ones, since the companies here are well-informed of local rules and legislations and are quick to adapt even if anything changes.


Mandatory Health Insurance in Dubai

While the law for mandatory health insurance in Abu Dhabi has been in place for some time, the law for mandatory health insurance for Dubai was discussed but was never put into law. There was much discussion after which it was put on hold. But the subject was brought up by the Dubai Health Authority a few weeks ago and now they say that implementation is very close. In fact, they say that the announcement could come at any time.

With the mandatory health insurance comes an e-claim system. This online system helps to reduce fraud and improve services. It gives people a better way to compare facilities, allowing them to make the best choice for their care. Under the original plan, employers would pay the Dubai Government between Dh 500-800 a year for each employee, who would register with an outpatient clinic for basic healthcare services. This plan was postponed because of the effect of the financial crisis on business.  There was a new proposal in 2011 requiring companies to buy private health insurance directly from insurance companies for their staff. At the time, this plan was to be finalized some time in 2013 and still looks as though this will be the requirement.

Abu Dhabi first required mandatory health insurance in 2005. Since the system was implemented, employers and sponsors have been required by law to provide health insurance for employees and their families. Health insurance is compulsory for all employees, their spouses and up to three children up to the age of 18, as long as they live in the emirate. Failure to comply with the law may incur a fine of at least Dh 300 per employee per month.

In April, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched a customer services portal for residents who currently have insurance coverage to ask questions, voice opinions, and file complaints. The  DHA says this is an important step in launching the mandatory health care initiative.  This gives residents a chance to give the DHA much needed information about insurance companies as well as health care providers. The government of Dubai is gathering information in an attempt to make the new mandatory health insurance coverage fair to all concerned.