‘If you would seek health, look first to the spine.’ – Socrates
One of the most critical parts of our body is possibly one of the most overlooked, and that is the spine. Looking like the letter S from the side (even though it is actually straight), the spine is a vital component of the entire central nervous system. However, in some children, the spine can look curved when seen from the front or the back, like the letter C or even S, and this spinal curve is known as Scoliosis.
Children with slight side-to-side curves in their spines (this is not uncommon) usually do not need treatment or intervention. But in children with scoliosis, the spine has a greater than 10 degrees tilt and that curvature needs some sort of treatment to correct. And gender seems to play a role in scoliosis, as girls are 7 times as likely as boys to have the larger curves in their backbones.
Developed in the 1920s in Germany by physiotherapist Katharina Schroth, the technique has become a standard treatment for scoliosis in children and adults in multiple European countries with extreme success. In the Hundred Wellness Centre, Nora our Schroth trained and experienced physiotherapist almost always chooses this method as the go-to option for scoliosis therapy and rehabilitation.
The Schroth method is a non-invasive and holistic method of treating scoliosis that uses exercises consisting of breathing techniques, and pelvic corrections. The scoliosis-specific exercises are always customized and based on the individual’s unique curve pattern. This therapy, which is tailored to each patient’s curves, focuses on stopping the progression of the existing curve, reducing pain, and improving posture, strength and lung function. Schroth Method scoliosis exercises when performed consistently, have been found to dramatically improve the posture, mobility and balance, in patients.
Only a physical therapist trained on the Schroth method can provide this specific type of care during any of the phases of scoliosis treatment, which also includes through the bracing or post-surgery phases. A Schroth therapist is able to evaluate the individuals posture and movement pattern, taking note of any and all limitations caused by changes in the spine, and then addressing any pain or imbalances in the muscles (as many times the muscles will overcompensate or become lazy, depending on the curve)
The evidence has clearly shown that in working with a Schroth Method trained physical therapist, this therapy can most definitely change and sometimes even stop curve progression in scoliosis. So, if you are looking for a non-invasive treatment option for yourself or your child, Schroth Method Therapy might be just what you are looking for and we are ready to help! Call us on +9714 344 7333 or email to book your consultation today.
Sometimes you just feel ‘off’. You’re slightly off-balance and can’t explain it. It may be a feeling of fatigue that just won’t go away, even after a full night’s sleep. Or maybe you’re feeling depressed or anxious without a rational cause. And even though you’ve been consistent with your diet and exercise, the pounds have somehow piled on pounds that just won’t budge. All of these symptoms can possibly point to a thyroid disorder.
To learn more about this delicate gland and its functions we share with you an excerpt from an in-depth article that Dr Faryal our in-house Naturopthic Doctor put together:
Countless individuals suffer from symptoms of low or dysfunctional thyroid and countless more are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Doctors either interpret lab values incorrectly or determine that these patients are “fine” because they do not fit into the conventional reference ranges on standard panels. Thyroid problems in women occur up to 7 times more often than in men, and globally, a staggering 200 million people are living with related disorders.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland which sits just below the voice-box in the neck and is responsible for producing hormones which regulate growth and energy production in the body, making it the master gland of metabolism. But that’s not all; the thyroid influences and interacts with other hormones in the body and is essential for proper functioning of all organs including the heart, musculoskeletal system, and brain.
High or Low?
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism are at opposite ends of the spectrum of thyroid disease. A healthy thyroid gland is initially governed by the pituitary gland in the brain, which senses low thyroid hormone in the blood and sends a messenger to instruct the thyroid to make more hormone. This messenger is TSH or thyroid stimulating hormone. An underproduction of these hormones will slow down metabolism resulting in Hypothyroidism which creates symptoms such as weight gain, feeling cold, fatigue, irregular menstruation, brain fog, depression, increased blood pressure and cholesterol, dry skin, hair loss and constipation. On the other hand, overproduction leads to Hyperthyroidism which speeds up the body’s metabolism. Classic features include weight loss, nervousness, anxiety, intolerance to heat, excessive sweating, palpitations and insomnia.
Get the correct Tests
Most physicians believe that the patient is fine if TSH values are within the “normal” range, however the TSH value is grossly unreliable at determining low thyroid function. Often patients are given prescription medication for low thyroid or dismissed entirely because their TSH and T4 levels are “normal” according to the conventional understanding.
The upper limit for TSH accepted conventionally is between 4 and 5 mU/L. However, from a naturopathic perspective, the acceptable upper limit is 2.5 mU/L, with most patients feeling best at 1.5-2 mU/L. This discrepancy of opinion is one of the main factors resulting in underdiagnoses which affects health and quality of life.
Measuring free T3 and free T4 levels is essential. Fluctuating levels along with TSH measurements can distinguish between cellular resistance to active T3 or conversion problems from T4 to T3.
Thyroid antibodies must also be tested to ascertain any autoimmune issues and is the best way to diagnose Hashimoto’s. The common antibodies tested are Anti-TPO (thyroid peroxidase) and Anti-TGA (thyroglobulin).
Finally, reverse T3 testing is crucial as it is the third most abundant form of thyroid hormone. Active T3 can sometimes be diverted back into an inactive “reserve” form which happens during times of illness or stress. This is worth checking when fT3 is low but fT4 and TSH are normal.
Treat the Cause
The physiology of this gland is complex and is interconnected with other endocrine glands, immune system, the gut, and various cellular signals A multitude of factors influence thyroid function, which if overlooked, may worsen the condition. Some of these factors are:
Stress– an inescapable part of modern day life and a major contributor toward thyroid issues. Chronic or high stress elevates cortisol which when prolonged, fatigues the pituitary and adrenal glands and interferes with TSH. Many overweight individuals attribute weight gain to low thyroid function, not realizing the connection to high stress and cortisol levels which further inhibit weight loss.
Conversion of T4 into T3– Most thyroid patients receive a medication called Thyroxin which is mostly T4; this is not effective if conversion into T3 is problematic. T4 comprises 90% of thyroid hormone, however up to 60% of conversion into the active T3 form takes place in the liver. A sluggish liver despite normal liver enzymes on lab tests, will impede conversion. Toxins from the environment and food need to be detoxified effectively by the liver, so naturopathic support for the liver may be needed. Another twenty percent of the conversion into T3 takes place in the gut so healthy digestive function is vital as well.
Mineral and vitamin deficiencies– these are common since iodine (present in T3 and T4), selenium, iron and even Vitamin D are all necessary for proper thyroid function and are involved in converting T4 into T3. Tyrosine, zinc and methylfolate are also major players, which if deficient, can lower T3.
Hormonal imbalances– in particular excess estrogens from birth control pills, xenoestrogens from plastics and toxins in the environment, hormone-injected meats – all lower thyroid hormone. Hormones interact with each other and excess estrogens interfere by increasing the protein that binds to thyroid hormone (TBG) making it inactive.
Naturopathic management always aims to treat the root cause. Diet is the foundation, and specific nutrients and natural medicines are used to regulate and restore thyroid function as well as to clear dysbiosis and improve gut function.
To learn more and explore possible imbalances call today on +9714 3447333 or email us to book a consultation with Dr Faryal
Rooted in passion the Hundred Wellness Centre offers a wide range of classes, treatment options and lifestyle consultancy services, that are unique to the UAE and are designed to help you better understand your body, mind and spirit. One of the things that we pride ourselves on is that we also offer a cutting edge range of highly specialized, non-invasive diagnostic tools, state-of-the-art screening programs and therapies that complement our day- to-day health and fitness services. One of these technologies is the AlfaSight 9000 that when used in combination, as part of a bespoke program, can help our in-house experts by providing a 360-degree view of your body’s overall condition, and provide extra information that enhances your diet and fitness efforts and can even anticipate problems before they arise.
The AlfaSight 9000, non-invasively conducts a whole-body scan of the autonomic nervous system allows for the early detection of potential dysfunctions of the body.
This non-invasive thermography test can identify possible problems a person may encounter down the line with glands and tissues, vascular problems and musculoskeletal disorders and various inflammatory conditions, allowing you, with our assistance to take preventative action with your diet and lifestyle. To do this the AlfaSight 9000 uses a temperature sensor to take temperature measurements at over 100 points on the body; gathering information about the functioning health of the nervous system and blood flow of your major organs, glands, lymph, sinuses and teeth.
This unique diagnostic tool is not new and is actually supported by 30 years of research and over 7,000 published medical studies. The AlfaSight 9000 measures the amount of heat being emitted from the body due to the inflammatory process in the area being studied. Surface temperature of the human body is symmetrical (virtually the same on both sides). Inflammation at any tissue depth will be recorded by the sympathetic fibers in the nerve supply to that area. This information will be processed through the Central Nervous System which will cause a sympathetic response in the area of skin corresponding to the affected site, and the AlfaSight 9000 will detect this change. Thermography screening is 100% safe, radiation free, and will take approximately 30-60 minutes depending on the number of regions of the body to be studied.
So, if you are interested in knowing more about your body, the AlfaSight 9000 can be a great option as it can literally evaluate the physiology of your whole body in a matter of minutes. Call us on +9714 344 7333 or email us to book your session and consultation.
Beauty comes from within… in more ways than one! The texture, tone and overall complexion of your skin tells others a lot about your general state of health. Did you know that only 20- 30% of the skin aging process is actually determined by genetics? The rest is in your control!
It is commonly said amongst Naturopathic Doctors that the state of one’s skin reflects the health of the gastrointestinal tract or gut, as the building blocks to create and regenerate healthy cells actually start in the gut! So, what we put into our bodies, ultimately determines how well we age, and how inflamed our cells are – many skin complaints can be treated by eliminating irritating and chemically-laden foods and by incorporating a good skin-diet and powerful antioxidants into our diets.
Join us at The Hundred Wellness Centre on Saturday June 23rd at 3pm sharp for a two-hour information packed talk in which you will learn more about:
Leading this talk is Dr Faryal Luhar our in-house Naturopathic Doctor. Dr. Faryal has successfully worked with many individuals suffering from various skin concerns such as acne, dark circles, puffiness, fine lines/wrinkles, cold sores, eczema and psoriasis.
We truly believe that the products that you put on your skin, what you’re eating, and your personal nutrition and lifestyle choices are really integral to your health and your overall wellness. So we want to be able to offer support to anyone that feels that they need some more encouragement, and more guidance in adopting a healthier lifestyle. This talk is a fantastic opportunity and starting point for anyone who wants to take control of their skin naturally from a diet and overall wellness perspective. Sign up today as spots are limited!
When: June 23rd at 3pm-5pm sharp
Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre Café
Fees: AED79 per person
Facilitator: Dr Faryal Luhar
Bonus: You’ll even leave with a delicious all-natural skin-care recipe to enjoy whenever your skin needs a little pampering.
Space is limited so please contact us on +9714 344 7333 or via email us to book your spot
Many of us grew up with the idea that drinking milk “does a body good” and is essential to building strong bones and teeth. However, we now know that high consumption of dairy does not actually protect us from fractures, in fact too much of it may actually weaken our bones and lead to a variety of other health problems! Countries in which milk is consumed the least are the ones with the lowest rates of Osteoporosis. We turned to Dr. Faryal Luhar our in-house Naturopathic Doctor for her thoughts on dairy milk and here’s what she had to say: “In my clinical experience, cow’s milk is a major allergenic substance which contributes to, and worsens many conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, eczema, arthritis, allergies and others. These conditions improve remarkably after the elimination of dairy from the diet.” Well, she has us convinced!
Still got milk? Dairy has been touted for years as the best source of calcium – but contrary to popular belief, calcium needs can be adequately met by eating dark leafy green vegetables and nuts and seeds. Magnesium and Vitamin D are actually more important for bone health. Milk used to be called “nature’s perfect food”, but modern milk is far from it, as the actual production involves pasteurization and homogenization with the added use of hormones and antibiotics. These processes have been found to contribute to immune dysfunction with inflammation in the gut, and also can lead to autoimmune conditions such as Diabetes, even in children. Dairy milk also contains a molecule known as “Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1” which has been implicated in promoting cancers of the prostate, colon and ovaries. Furthermore, many people are lactose intolerant and suffer from digestive discomfort and distress when consuming dairy.
So, as you can see, dairy milk is NOT nature’s perfect health-promoting food—unless you are a baby cow, in the same way that human milk is perfect for human babies! And as we all know, in nature neither species truly requires milk after the infancy stage.
After reading all this you are probably thinking: “This all sounds great, but I could never live without -[insert dairy food you love here]-” Here’s what we say to that: So don’t! For most of your favorite foods there are some pretty outstanding dairy free alternatives. And the options available for dairy free milks include almond, rice, coconut, cashew, brazil nut and more! And let’s not forget fermented yogurt and kefirs are also healthier options than their dairy counterparts.
Now, if you can’t go cold-turkey on eliminating dairy and replacing it with non-dairy mylks, do what you can and gradually take milk out of your diet. Try it and trust us when we say that the benefits will speak for themselves, and you’ll be inspired to eliminate dairy completely!
If you need help with this journey, please reach out to us and let us help you. Our team and café are the perfect support for this transition and we would love nothing more than to get you addicted to Nut Mylk!
When it comes to our physical health, we all know the importance of our food choices. However, when it comes to taking care of our mental health and minds, the part that food plays is somehow overlooked. Which is such a shame because having a healthy diet rich in nutrients and antioxidants has been clinically shown to significantly improve our moods, and general well-being.
Having said this we are not disregarding that serious mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders require appropriate management by a doctor, but the positive impact that diet can have shouldn’t be neglected. In fact, making sure that we get all the vitamins and minerals we need can help our brain chemistry and make it easier for us to take charge of our mental health.
If you’d like to take a few extra steps today that can help improve your mental well-being and make you feel better overall, here are a few diet changes that you can try out for a few weeks to see what happens and ultimately how you feel:
Genetically-modified foods (GMOs) are biological products that are laced and saturated with toxic herbicides, and because they are largely unstudied, we are only now beginning to understand how they do their damage, as well as the relevance of the gut to mental health. (GMOs in our books are THE WORST and should be avoided at every cost) Here’s what we do know: people almost ALWAYS report some degree of improvement once eliminating all GMO foods from their diet. So, start looking more closely at food labels when you at are the grocery store next time, and you will most probably be surprised to find in the small print that at least one of the ingredients has been genetically modified!
Gluten is often processed with genetically-modified oils and is just plain unhealthy. The proteins in gluten are gut irritants: it’s as if they create little papercuts in the lining of your gut, causing an inflammatory response from the body, which is not good. Many people with mental health issues and well as ADHD and even Autism have seen marked improvement when removing gluten from their diets.
Often, this is the second or third ingredient on any package of food on grocery store shelf, and as humans we are simply were not built to manage the (at least) 22 teaspoons of sugar that many of us ingest daily! Clinically, sugar imbalance can look like depression, panic disorder, and even bipolar. Oh, and did we mention that its addictive?! The best way to avoid extra sugars? Stick to whole foods that you prepare yourself and stay away from fast foods and packaged ones as well.
These are possibly the top three brain sabotagers, but unfortunately there are more where these came from. The biggest take-a-way here? Do not underestimate the power of your diet to influence your mental health.
Mindfully supporting your body and mind through the times that you don’t feel your best offers you the opportunity to take a look at the symptoms and see how small changes to your diet and lifestyle can affect your overall wellbeing. We believe that when it comes to dealing with our bodies and minds, there is always a natural and gentler way to approach things.
If you feel that this is something you would like to learn more about reach out to us and we will connect you with one of our team members that can guide you further to a more natural and healthy lifestyle.
Ever wished you could hand over the cooking to someone else– at least sometimes? Well, we can help! On Sunday May 20th, we are hosting a cooking class for your housekeepers and nannies so that you can have some extra help in the kitchen this Ramadan (and beyond)! Chef Hayley Mac, known as Dubai’s first and favorite plant-based chef, will be teaching a class that will give your nanny or housekeeper the skills needed to prepare a delicious Raw Vegan White Chocolate & Rose Cheese Cake that is free of dairy, gluten, and sugar..and then decorate it using all natural colouring!
The class is open to English and Tagalog speaking housekeepers. All participants will learn the steps to prepare this healthy dessert, and it will help to give them more confidence in the kitchen so that they can be encouraged to cook more nutritious, delicious meals for the whole family.
Over here at The Hundred we are currently obsessed with this healthy dessert! And even though it looks and tastes a cheesecake, it doesn’t contain ANY of the usual unhealthy or processed ingredients that you would find in a regular cheesecake. Sign up today so you don’t miss out on registering your nanny for this class, because, well.. who doesn’t love a good cheesecake?!
The day: Sunday May 20th
The time: 11am-12:30pm (sharp)
The participants: English and Tagalog speaking Nannies and Housekeepers
The dish: Raw+Vegan White Chocolate & Rose Cheese Cake
The fees: 160aed per person
The place: The Hundred Café
The chef: Chef Hayley Mac*
The bonus: Participants will leave with some goodies, the recipe and feeling ready to prepare some sweet treats!
*Get to know Chef Hayley:
No stranger to Dubai’s wellness, raw food and vegan scene, Chef Hayley is known as the UAE’s premier Plant Based Chef and is accredited with being the first person to bring superfoods to the region. With over 7 years of experience opening & running vegan restaurants in Dubai, Chef Hayley is now collaborating with The Hundred Wellness Centre founder Asma Lootah to open the much anticipated ‘The Hundred Café’
Are you ready for a total body re-set? Imagine being able to kick-start your metabolism, enhance your immunity, and extend your lifespan; all while losing excess fat and feeling more energized. Well, by fasting you can! When you fast, you actually give your cells a chance to detox and recycle, so your body can slow down aging, and it even helps prevent age-related diseases.
As the holy month of Ramadan is almost here, take the opportunity to learn how fasting can actually change the physiology of your body, cleansing and re-setting it to improve all of its functions.
Some health benefits of fasting include:
Join us on Monday May 14th for a transformative discussion with Dr. Faryal our in-house Naturopathic doctor, on the many benefits of fasting. There’s no question that fasting is a powerful and therapeutic process, so whether your fast is practiced as part of a religious tradition, or a wellness regime, you will definitely benefit from attending this talk.
When: Monday May 14th at 10am-11am followed by a Q&A session
Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre
Facilitator: Dr. Faryal Luhar, Naturopathic Doctor
Space is limited so please contact us on+9714 344 7333 or via email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot and get Ramadan ready!
An intimate relationship does not banish loneliness. Only when we are comfortable with who we are can we truly function independently in a healthy way, can we truly function within a relationship. Two halves do not make a whole when it comes to a healthy relationship: it takes two wholes.
Join Devika Singh-Mankani, Licensed Psychologist, in the first instalment of her insightful [Love Lab Series] to learn more about the science of love and relationship longevity. Devika helps individuals and couples to master their relationships with themselves and others.
Join us for this eye-opening session, in which you will learn what the most important element is to the longevity of a relationship is, and how to strengthen your relationships by applying tried and tested research-based skills. The [Love Lab Series] is designed to provide you with tools and experiences to elevate and build strong and meaningful connections.
Relationships are a profound means for personal growth and the deeper the love discovered, the more elevated our connection to life and our true selves becomes. In this session you will also gain skills that will help to dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationships and help you manage conflict in healthy, positive ways.
So, if you want to find and build that true relationship with yourself and others book your spot today, and bring your significant other with you too!
Date: May 9th, 2018
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre
Cost: AED275 for single ticket or 500AED for a couple
Spots are limited so please email us or call on +9714 344 7333 to secure your attendance.
Join us for an insightful discussion with Dr. Faryal Luhar about ‘Gut Intelligence’ and how your gut health is not just about digestion!
Digestive dysfunctions can lead to various imbalances on physical, emotional and mental levels. What you eat is just as important as how you eat and how well nutrients are absorbed. Indigestion, cramps, bloating, acid reflux and bloating are common GI complaints, but they are not the only symptoms associated with poor digestive health.
In this discussion Dr Luhar will also take a look at how diet plays a role in gene expression. Learn how your genes interact with your environment to reveal and manifest health or disease.
Join us to find out more about the fascinating relationship between our diet and the incredible world of our gut.
Spaces are limited, so please call us on +9714 344 7333 or email us on email@example.com to reserve your spot.
When: Monday April 30th 10am sharp
Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre
Facilitator: Dr Faryal Luhar, Naturopathic Doctor