Living healthy is a lifelong process. However, most of us are inadvertently exposed to a lot of toxins in our daily life, which can negatively impact our bodies in the long run. One of the simplest ways to reduce the impact of toxins in our day to day life is through awareness and avoidance of chemicals and artificial products that have taken root in our lives.
As someone who wants to lead a healthy life, I strongly believe in the need to detox our lives. With that in mind, I have researched far and wide to find chemical-free products that can be used every day, reducing our exposure to toxins.
Below are some of the products that I use and recommended as part of the detox program.
Use A Non-fluoride Toothpaste – Desert Essence
Fluoride is a very misunderstood chemical that we encounter in our daily life. Small quantities of fluoride is essential for our teeth remineralization, keeping them healthy. Most of us get this required dosage from normal tap water provided at homes. However, in high quantities, fluoride is an extremely strong chemical that can harm our dental and general health. This is why it is best to avoid toothpastes with added fluoride. After understanding the effects of fluoride, I have switched my toothpaste to Desert Essence, a natural toothpaste devoid of harmful chemicals including fluoride. Desert Essence toothpaste can be ordered online from Amazon.ae or can be bought from Organic Food & Cafe in Dubai.
Natural Teeth Whitener – Ugly By Nature Organic Activated Charcoal
Over-the-counter teeth whiteners are quite popular all over the world due to their ease of use. However, they are loaded with bleaching chemicals, which can strip off the teeth’s natural enamel and cause sensitivity or gum irritability.
Apart from regular brushing and flossing, I prefer the use of Organic activated charcoal from Ugly By Nature for teeth whitening. You can buy this particular product online from Amazon.ae.
Skincare And Cosmetics – Katavi, Beauty Counter And Mad Hippie
You might have noticed that your skincare and cosmetic products come with an array of multi-syllabic chemicals. While most people assume that they’re safe enough to be applied, how much do we really know about these products?
A 2013 study showed that 1 in 10 consumers in the UAE spends around DH60,000 a year on their beauty products, which may have only gone up since then. With the high demand for beauty products in the country, it’s necessary to identify brands that use natural and FDA approved.
I prefer to use skincare products and cosmetics from brands like Katavi, Beauty Counter, and Mad Hippie. These brands promote the use of ‘clean’ and ‘vegan’ products that are approved by the FDA and safe to use on the skin. Katavi skincare range is available in the UAE and can be bought from their official website katavi.ae. If you are interested in Beauty counter and Mad Hippie products you can shop and ship them to the country.
Organic Deodorant – Dr. Organic
Sweating is a natural process in which the toxins in our body are expelled. However, most of us are uncomfortable with sweating and body odor, which is why we tend to use deodorants. The sole purpose of deodorants is to eliminate body odor. However, most Aerosol deodorants or antiperspirants clog up the sweat glands, thereby stopping one of our body’s natural way of expelling toxins. Aerosols antiperspirants are also known air pollutants, which is why it’s high time we say no to them and switch to a harmless alternative.
Dr. Organic roll-on deodorant is a really good product that serves the purpose without harming the body or the environment in any way. I use Dr. Organic Manuka Honey roll-on, non-spray deodorant knowing it’s helping the world around me as well. This is available online in Amazon.ae or at Holland and Barrett health shops around the UAE.
Replacing Plastic With Glass Water Bottles
Plastic is one of the most toxic materials that has invaded our everyday lives. While it has become near impossible to avoid them completely, we can reduce its use in numerous ways. For instance, replacing your drinking bottles with glass bottles will bring a lot of difference. This is especially useful for all of us who live in such a hot country. Plastic bottles heat up in hot weather, releasing chemicals into your drinking water. Imagine the amount of harmful chemicals you consume when you drink from a bottle of mineral water! The ideal way is to carry water in glass bottles as they can be reused without the worry about toxins. You can buy good quality glass bottles from any of your local hypermarkets or order them online from Amazon.ae.
Plastic drinking straws are still one of the many things that people use every day, despite knowing its environmental impact. A lot of us even use it at home or while traveling, without thinking twice about them.
If you are a person who uses a lot of drinking straws at home or your workplace, collapsible silicone straws are a good alternative to plastic straws. Personally, I have them with me whenever I am traveling as they are reusable and easy to carry. Collapsible silicone straws are available in Amazon.ae.
Reusable Bee’s Wrap, Cloth Bag & Reusable Food Storage Bag
How do you normally store your foods at home? People tend to keep their food in plastic containers or bags for long term storage. But is it really safe to do so?
Studies show that plastic containers and bottles used to store foods leach small amounts of a chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA) into the items stored inside them. Long term use of these materials to store your eatables can therefore negatively impact your health through the consumption of unwanted chemicals.
A safer alternative to plastics for safe storage of edibles are reusable cloth bags, silicone bags or bee’s wrap. While cloth and silicone bags can be used to store raw foods, bees wrap can cover cooked leftovers while storing them in the refrigerator. You can buy reusable cloth bags from Amazon.ae, shop and ship Bee’s Wrap from their official website and silicone bags from Tavola.com or stasherbag.com.
Non-Stick The Original Green Pan & Stainless Steel
A lot of people depend upon Aluminium vessels for cooking their daily meals. However, cooking in Aluminium can negatively impact the users in the long run. According to Health Canada, cooking your meal in an aluminum saucepan can add approximately 1 to 2 mg of aluminum to your food, which can be highly toxic for your body.
Instead of this highly dangerous material, I have personally opted to use Green pan from The Original. This non-stick pan can resist heat, flaking and leaching harmful chemicals and thereby not react with your food in any way. Unlike stainless steel, which is also a safe option, green pan from The Original is non-sticky, which prevents the food from sticking to the pan while cooking. You can buy The Original Green Pan from Amazon.ae.
I also have quality stainless steel pots and vessels for more general uses in the kitchen. Similar to Green Pan, steel cooking surface also resists heat and flaking. Stainless steel products are ideal for heating water and cooking liquid foods like soups and gravy. With a wide range of stainless steel vessels available in the market, switching your cooking utensils has become a lot easier. Good quality steel vessels are now available online in Amazon.ae.
Eat Organic To Stay Healthy
The food we eat plays one of the most important roles in our health and fitness. This is why many people have consciously shifted to organic foods. However, with the increased cost of these products, many of us find it hard to sustain this lifestyle in the UAE.
If you have access to cheaper organic food in the country, always opt for the same. If you are looking to choose which foods to buy organic and which can be bought non-organic, here is a list of the ‘dirty dozen’ that you should remember. The 12 products with the highest levels of pesticides such as peaches, apples, cucumbers, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, potatoes, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and snap peas must be bought from an organic marketplace. By doing so, you can easily avoid consuming dangerous toxins along with your food daily. You can buy organic products from Organic Foods and Cafe.
Use Sea Salt Instead Of Table Salt
Although sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium, the former undergoes very minimal processing, making it a much safer choice for consumption. Sea salt retains traces of minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which is essential for the body in small quantities. On the other hand, table salt is highly processed, which removes these minerals and instead uses additives to make the grains stop from sticking together. You can start buying sea salt from your local grocery store and use the same for cooking your foods.
Reduce The Use Of Processed Foods
Although our busy lifestyles force us to consume processed foods or eating out in restaurants more often than we should, it is important to consciously make an effort to reduce the consumption of such food. Ready-made foods are unhealthy and can harm your body in the long run, leading to diseases and conditions that may or may not be treatable.
The best way to look at this situation is to learn from our forefathers. Our parents and grandparents made everything from scratch as processed foods were not available during their times. By living off organic produce and home-cooked meals, they lived a much healthier life than what we have now; which is something we should look up to and follow.
Use Natural Products For Cleaning Your Home
To maintain a clean and healthy home, regular cleaning is very essential. However, I personally advise against the use of toxic chemicals to keep your home clean. For instance, the presence of bleach and acids in cleaning products like Clorox releases chemical fumes, which is very harmful to your body, paving the way to lung diseases through continued exposure.
At my home, I use vinegar, baking soda or tea tree oil mixed with water to clean various surfaces.
Baking soda and water can remove the dirt from your bathroom tiles, white vinegar is great for floors, windows, and mirrors. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties which makes it a great alternative to Dettol and helps disinfect your home on a daily basis. These products are not only safe for your home, but will also help save some money!
Choose Your Fabric Softener Carefully – Seventh Generation
Most fabric softeners are loaded with chemicals that are harmful to us. The vapors from the softeners can irritate the eyes and the respiratory passages and can be absorbed through the skin as well. As our clothes have already been cleaned with soap or detergent, softeners are not exactly a necessary product.
However, if you want to use softeners occasionally to maintain the feel of the fabric, Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener is a good choice. This particular product reduces static without the use of animal-derived ingredients, dyes, and synthetic fragrances and uses a biodegradable softener formula that doesn’t harm the environment. You can buy this product from Momzworld.com.
You can also choose natural methods like spraying diluted essential oil or baby cologne on your clothes before ironing to help your clothes smell great and feel fresh.
While there are a number of detergents available, both perfumed and otherwise, they are generally considered harmful to the environment. As an alternative to conventional detergents, I switched to laundry balls for washing my clothes. Contrary to popular beliefs and arguments, I personally find them quite useful. At the most basic Eco Balls are an alternative to washing detergent and are supposed to make the Laundry clean without the addition of fabric softeners, fabric conditioners and anything else you normally add to the Laundry to get it fresh and clean.
Laundry Balls contain no detergents at al and work on the principle of Ionic cleaning. The ions released during washing will penetrate deep into the cloth fibers, cleaning them without fading them. They lift the dirt via without the need for any detergents or any of the other normal additions that most of use to get clothes clean and smelling nice.
So there you have it – 14 ways to detox your life from harmful chemicals and its long-time side effects. The products mentioned here are some of the personal recommendations that I use at my home. If you are really interested in detoxing your life the way I do, try switching to these greener alternatives and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Have you heard the phrase “you are what you eat”?
Just like it’s literal meaning, every food and drink we consume has some impact on our body. The food we eat is broken down into its many constituents such as carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals and is absorbed into our body to constantly repair, heal and rebuild its many cells.
Science tells us that every cell in our body has a “shelf life”. For instance, a red blood cell has about four months of lifespan, while a stomach cell only lives for a day or two. This means that your body is constantly making new cells to replace the ones that have expired. And unknown to most of us, the health of these new cells is solely dependent on what we eat and how well our body absorbs the essential nutrients from it.
Health and wellness experts recommend eating clean nutrient-rich whole foods that help our organs work better and repair the many cells in your body. This not only helps with cell regeneration but as a result reduces our susceptibility to premature ageing and diseases.
With a greater understanding of the need for eating good food, we at The Hundred Wellness Centre conceptualized The 100 Café – a quaint little place for nutritious food.
What to expect at The 100 Café
Like everything we say, give and do at our centre, The 100 Café emphasizes the wellness practices and ethos we live by. Our experience with good food has helped us ensure that healthy eating doesn’t have to be exclusive. With quality produce and the best methods, healthy food can also be delicious, nutritious and comforting to one and all. At our healthy café, we provide nourishing foods on a plate that can satisfy the hunger and taste buds of our customers.
Why we choose natural produce
Did you know that the way your food is grown has a major impact on your physical and mental health?
Naturally produced foods are nutrient-rich and have less exposure to chemical pesticides/preservatives. Without the use of chemicals to grow or preserve these foods, they are fresher and healthier than conventionally grown food.
When we consume natural foods, our body gets the right nutrients necessary for its cell generation, without inhibiting any of the biological processes with the presence of harmful chemicals. In essence, this will ensure good physical and mental health in the long run.
At The Hundred Wellness Centre, we have partnered with IGR, one of the first UAE-based organic farms to be certified by the Emirates Authority for Standardization. This allows us to bring naturally produced vegetables, freshly picked from their farms in Al Rahba and Al Khawaneej to our customers through our weekly vegetable market. We also source the vegetables for our healthy café from the same farm, ensuring that all our dishes are cooked with the best produce.
After sourcing the raw materials right from farms across the world, our team has carefully curated a menu that offers plant-based foods that are free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar. At the end of the day, we want to present dishes lovingly produced by our in-house café team, made from sustainable and eco-friendly products that provide you the right nutrition always.
So the next time you are at The Hundred Wellness Centre, don’t forget to drop by The 100 café to dig into some of our mouth-watering vegan foods.
Every one of us are different in so many ways. The way we look, speak, think and behave depends on a lot of factors. But what makes us inherently different?
Today more and more people are curious to learn about their genetic makeup. As a result, DNA testings are now very popular all around the globe. At The Hundred Wellness Centre, we offer a range of highly specialized non-invasive diagnostic tools to analyze your DNA, to receive highly personalized insights into your hormones, metabolism functions and risk factors.
But what can you do with this information? How do you interpret the results and how does it help you lead a better life? In this blog, we will discuss more about our DNA testing methods and how it can be effectively used to get a better understanding of your own body.
Why we recommend DNA testing
Previously, medical and fitness experts provided a general treatment to people who exhibited similar physical discomforts. However, people usually respond differently to external influences such as medicines, supplements, and exercises that are meant to help them lead a healthy life. This eventually leads to the question as to why such a variation exists when it comes to treating and managing similar conditions in different individuals. This is where our DNA comes into play.
DNA is like an all comprised memory chip that has all the genetic information that allows you to function, grow, repair and reproduce. Through DNA testing, experts are now uncovering the basic physical makeup of every one of our patients, which in turn helps our team tailor treatment plans for the individual. Along with factors like age, gender, medical history, and lifestyle indicators, genetic makeup is now taken into consideration to devise a comprehensive health management plan for our patients.
What can be uncovered through DNA testing
There are different variations of DNA tests, which can be used to interpret the unique needs of an individual. At The Hundred Wellness Centre, we have 4 different tests, each of which focuses on a specific area or requirement that needs to be learned.
The DNA health test, for instance, is highly comprehensive and general, covering markers for lipid metabolism, detoxification, inflammation, oxidative stress, insulin sensitivity, methylation bone health and food responsiveness. For individuals suffering from potential metabolic issues, the DNA Diet test explores food responsiveness like lactose intolerance, caffeine sensitivity, salt sensitivity, iron overload, and polyunsaturated fat metabolism. Based on your unique DNA, this test will help in understanding how your diet can impact your health, for better or for worse.
DNA Oestrogen test is focused on uncovering potential issues with estrogen metabolism in your body. According to popular research, high exposure to estrogen in your life can increase the chances of developing breast cancer. The DNA Oestrogen tests for gene variants that impact the processing of estrogen and related compounds to determine whether it’s healthy for your body.
The DNA Fit test is ideal for individuals involved in physical training as the report shows how your DNA impacts your performance in sports or training. The test can give insight into soft tissue remodeling, inflammation, energy production, fuel metabolism, blood flow, and respiration. With the right insights, our experts can personalize a training strategy that optimizes your genetic potential.
In a nutshell, these tests can help experts analyze your genetic makeup and provide information about potential health risks that are influenced by lifestyle, diet, supplements, exercise and social habits. With this information, our experts can recommend the best diet to follow, physical exercises and lifestyle changes that ensures a positive impact and reduce the overall risk of contracting diseases.
Have you ever wondered how your everyday life can impact the world around you?
Like every other living being on the planet, each and everything we do leaves some impression on nature. Did you know that something as trivial as our daily food wastage is negatively impacting the earth? According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, roughly 30% of food is wasted globally across the supply chain. Unknown to many, this contributes to 8% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the world.
Gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons are produced and emitted from food production to the use of our refrigerators. Taking the amount of metal cans, cardboard boxes and plastic packing into consideration, which we get when buying food, we are all generating a lot of waste, thereby contributing in one way or another to climate change. Overall, we can say that reducing food waste is one way to reverse the effects of global warming.
Recent studies by Project Drawdown tell us that reducing food waste and resorting to good recycling practices can reduce more than 70 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
But how do we do this? What can we, as individuals and families do to help reduce greenhouse emissions? Apart from switching to natural products as part of your personal detox program, there are more ways in which you can lead a life of wellness; by reducing your food wastage and by starting a bokashi composting. Here’s two:
Why we recommend bokashi
Unlike other composting methods, Bokashi composting is an anaerobic process that relies on the inoculated barn with Lactobacilli to ferment kitchen waste including dairy and meat. As the input waste is fermented by bacteria and not decomposed, the process doesn’t emit any greenhouse gases or heat. The fermented matter is then directly fed to fields or garden soil, virtually taking all the carbon, energy and nutrients in it to enter the soil food web.
How we do it at The Hundred
Since we realized the impact of ‘seemingly harmless’ food waste on the environment, we were researching alternate ways to manage our organic waste. On learning about bokashi composting, we started using the method to manage the vegetable wastes from our daily meals as well as the waste generated from the 100 cafe.
During the fermentation process, the breakdown of the input releases liquid runoff, which is high in proteins, nutrients, and lactic acid. Occasionally we drain and collect this liquid, known as the “bokashi tea”, dilute it with water and sprinkle it over a targeted area of the soil. This ensures that all of the nutritional value of the waste is utilized to feed the soil ecosystem, along with solid matter at a later stage.
Bokashi is also a hygienic waste management method due to the amount of lactic acid it produces. Lactic acid is a strong natural bactericide with antimicrobial properties. As more of the acid is produced during the fermentation process, it suppresses the lactobacilli, slowing down the fermentation and eventually stopping it.
As a result, the fermentation bin does not release any smell when it is closed. On average, this bin must be opened only for a minute or so in a day to add the input waste or to drain off via the tap. Once the bokashi compost is ready for use, we dig trenches in our garden adding the waste and covering it over with soil. When we see our garden in full bloom, we say a silent thank you to the bokashi.
Bokashi Compost is one simple way in which you can reduce the everyday carbon emissions in your household. It’s a perfect detox program you can provide for the environment. By reducing food waste and composting it efficiently, we can all take small steps in making this world a better place to live.