Hidden deep inside each of us, we all have what is called ikigai. This mysterious Japanese word translates to a sense of purpose in life or what a French philosopher might call a “raison d’être”. While many may have found their ikigai, others continue their ongoing search for it although it resides within them.
Authors Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles wrote the international bestseller book Ikigaiwhile researching the concepts of longevity and meaning or purpose in life. The book was born through the discovery of this Japanese philosophy on longevity and happiness, in particular while studying why the inhabitants of the island Okinawa in the south of Japan live longer than people anywhere else in the world. For every 100,000 inhabitants in Okinawa, 24.55 people are over the age of 100 which is far more than the global average.
Known as the Village of Longevity, Okinawa holds first place among the world’s Blue Zones which include 5 regions in the world where people live the longest. The other blue zones include Sardinia (Italy), Loma Linda (California), The Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica), and Ikaria (Greece). Members of these communities consume little meat or processed foods, walk rather than drive, and enjoy gardening and growing their own vegetables. A common saying in Japan known as “hara hachi bu” refers to the ancient wisdom advising them to “fill the belly to 80 percent” and avoid overeating and burdening the body with long digestive processes which accelerate ageing. Okinawans have a body mass index between 18 and 22 compared to 26 or 27 in the United States.
It appears that nurturing friendships, keeping busy and active, eating light, getting enough rest and fostering yuimaaruor strong social ties and a sense of community are all essential elements for good health. However at the heart of the joie de vivre that inspires these centenarians to joyfully cherish each day is their ikigai. The book goes on to describe the experiences of many centenarians who may have had difficulties in their lives, but are equipped with a positive attitude and a high degree of emotional awareness and resilience – another key element for longevity. The concept of Ikigai offers readers insights into time-tested approaches that inspire purpose and passion in a way that moves us from material possessions towards a life where living with less creates happiness, vitality and longevity.
The concept of Ikigai offers readers insights into time-tested approaches that inspire purpose and passion in a way that moves us from material possessions towards a life where living with less creates happiness, vitality and longevity.
A complete lifestyle destination in Dubai, The Hundred offers all of the elements of wellness under one roof including Pilates, Yoga, Physiotherapy, holistic treatments, a cafe and so much more. There are many things that make The Hundred Wellness Centre unique, please give us a call on +9714 344 7333 to learn more!
We’ve all heard of miraculous stories of human beings who have been able to recover completely after a traumatic injury or experience. Many of these people have gone further than just survival and have thrived and flourished remarkably. One explanation behind these magical outcomes is something known as Neuroplasticity.
Our brains are truly extraordinary and neural pathways can be created or discarded, according to our experiences. The term Neuroplasticity was first used by Polish scientist Jerzy Konorski in 1948 where changes in neuronal structure could be observed, in response to interactions in the environment. Unlike what was previously believed about the brain, it has now been discovered that the brain is dynamic and its architecture can change. It is actually possible to stimulate new circuits within the brain’s neuronal machinery. This “malleability” is the brain’s ability to literally change shape over time, for the better or worse.
People who continuously experience chronic or traumatic stress, or who hold a negative state of mind with feelings such as anger and resentment, shine a “spotlight”, so to speak, on the neuronal pathways, that strengthen these states of consciousness. With training however, scientists are showing that neural pathways in the brain can literally be rewired. By focusing attention or awareness on positive moments and experiences, the neuronal pathways build upon and strengthen positive states of mind. Pathways that regulate emotions, thoughts and reactions can be reprogrammed and recreated to move us away from feelings of fear and anxiety and towards feelings of joy and happiness!
Rick Hanson, bestselling author and psychologist, points out that it is possible to stimulate our neuronal pathways to cultivate positive states of mind, and therefore enhance our wellbeing. People, who consciously practice gratitude, benefit from higher flows of reward-related neurotransmitters like dopamine. Synapses or gaps between neurons become stronger and new synapses form. This is also the case with those who practice mindfulness techniques such as meditation and deep breathing.
In a world where we are experiencing higher levels of stress and chronic diseases from environmental triggers, it is encouraging to know it is possible to preserve and even enhance brain health. We can skillfully stimulate positive mind states and therefore strengthen the pathways for a long-lasting effect like many people regained their happiness through Neuroplasticity. As the famous saying by the Canadian scientist Donald Hebb goes, “Neurons that fire together, wire together.”
Here are 5 ways to rewire your brain towards happiness:
Based in Dubai, the Hundred practices a holistic approach to wellness, which means they focus on how the three main areas of your life – body, mind and soul – are connected and how they can be optimized to improve your overall sense of well-being and happiness, as we experience the magic through Neuroplasticity. The team has been painstakingly curated to truly help our clients feel at home – and at peace. Each and every piece of art at The Hundred Wellness Centre has a purpose and a story behind and it’s a journey to finally finding its home here, and you can read more on the tales of some of the pieces that are dotted around the space by visiting our website, or the next time you visit just ask one of our team based in Dubai! We can help you navigate holistically through all things health, wellness, and movement. Give us a call on +9714 344 7333 today to learn more.
Homeopathy has been gaining more and more attention as its popularity spreads. And with good reason – it is convenient, safe, effective, and affordable. So… what is homeopathy?
Founded back in the 18th century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, this system of medicine is based on the premise of “like-cures-like,” otherwise known as the law of similars.
This law of similars was already known and utilized in several traditional cultures and was used this principle in healing practices, but it was Dr. Hahnemann who developed it into the system of medicine we know today as homeopathy.
Homeopathy utilizes remedies formulated from various substances found in the plant, animal, and mineral worlds which are then diluted to make them more potent.
The more diluted a remedy is, the stronger its effect on the body. The idea is that as the physical aspect of the remedy is weakened (through dilution), the energetic properties are heightened.
Working by matching a remedy to the symptoms a person is experiencing (whether physical or emotional) clinical homeopathy looks at the whole picture of the person including all the tiny details that one may not think are relevant can make the difference between the correct match or not.
Not just anyone can match and treat with homeopathy successfully. Clinical Homeopaths undergo extensive education and training to practice. They are skilled professionals that are trained and experienced in taking a complete case of a person seeking treatment and will know best what to look for when matching a remedy. And while homeopathy is safe, and an incorrect match of remedy to symptoms will not cause any harm.. It also will not help relieve and cure.
More and more as of late many people find themselves turning to homeopathy as an alternative gentle healing modality when seeking to treat an acute or chronic condition.
In conclusion, for those seeking to expand their healing journey, homeopathy definitely warrants some exploration. It is safe, convenient, easy to use, does not interfere with other conventional treatments or medications, and can be very effective when used in conjunction with other diet and lifestyle adjustments to promote health and wellbeing. As with any new therapy, it is best to consult with a trained professional. In our team at the Hundred we have a clinical homeopath and would love to support you on this journey.
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!
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’
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.
Gym, pilates studio, cafe, art space – all these words have been used to describe our favourite spot in all of Dubai – The Hundred Wellness Centre. With so many wellness services on offer here, it was important that the space itself reflects The Hundred Wellness Centre lifestyle, and anyone that knows our founder Asma Lootah, knows that this centre brings together two of her passions – fitness and art. It’s no secret we love to host art workshops whenever possible! Now with Art Dubai starting we wanted to turn the spotlight on to our centre, and some of the curated design and art pieces you will see when you visit us. The Hundred Wellness Centre is a hybrid concept born from the perfect union between the love for art & design, and a fully functional fitness center. Tucked inside a peaceful villa in the heart of Jumeirah, every little design and decor detail has been thought out, from the chairs in the waiting areas, to the original photography by Asma herself, all the way to the coasters that you rest your teacup on.. The Hundred is definitely not your average fitness studio. The team here practice a holistic approach to wellness, which means they focus on how the three main areas of your life – body, mind and soul – are connected and how they can be optimized to improve your overall sense of well-being. The Hundred has been painstakingly curated to truly help our clients feel at home – and at peace, while celebrating amazing UAE local talents, and the mere fact that a person can get all of these services within a functional art-centric space is truly unique. Each and every piece of art at The Hundred Wellness Centre has a purpose and a story behind it‘s journey to finally finding its home here, and you can read more on the tales of some of the pieces that are dotted around the space by visiting our website, or the next time you visit just ask one of our team!
Did you know that in the UAE there is a disease that affects ONE in every FIVE people living in the UAE? Its growth can certainly be described as a “Tsunami of Diabetes”! And studies show the rates rising steadily with approximately 450,000 undiagnosed cases, and a 2017 survey points out that 15% of expats and one-fifth of Emiratis in Dubai are diabetic! What makes this even worse is that according to the statistics many who develop diabetes are children as young as 13 years old!
So, what can be done to combat this disease? We had a chat with our in-house Naturopath Dr Faryal Luhar and here are her thoughts:
With Diabetes the conventional approaches typically focus on medications to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin function, however it is important to identify and treat the underlying contributing factors. Diabetes is primarily caused by lifestyle and environmental factors, which if addressed properly, can actually prevent and possibly reverse the course of disease!
Poor-quality diet and nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise or too much sitting, poor sleep, and of course stress are some of the main culprits. Environmental toxins and genetic susceptibilities also play a big role, but as Dr. Mark Hyman says, “while genes may load the gun, environment and lifestyle pull the trigger”!
So by realizing that Food is Medicine and is the most powerful tool against disease will lay the foundation for great health. An emphasis on real, nutrient-dense foods such as meat, fish, organic vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and some starchy foods like sweet potatoes will provide the body with the necessary nutrients to combat high blood sugar and balance metabolic problems. Processed foods create havoc with blood sugar balance and provide little to no nutritional value.
Examining one’s lifestyle to address areas that need attention such as exercise or sleep or digestion are equally important. Diabetes CAN be prevented and reversed with effective nutritional and lifestyle strategies. Even those with advanced disease can make improvements with natural medicines and therapies designed to restore the way cells and the body functions!
So, if you or a loved one suffers from this disease or if you would like to know how you can help educate your family to protect them email or call us on +9714 344 7333 to book a session with Dr Faryal Luhar today!
Expressing gratitude isn’t always easy, actually sometimes it’s work.. Really hard work! Why? Because we can get so caught up being busy with our to-do lists and keeping up with everyone in the fast lane, that some days can leave us completely losing sight of all the gifts that are all around us.
You see, gratitude isn’t something that only happens to us when good things come. It’s something we practice and cultivate and give. ‘Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more’- Melody Beattie. It’s so easy to look at the ‘little’ things and think of them as small and non-important. But let’s shift that perspective and look at each and every one as a little miracle. And the everyday miracles and gifts in our lives were meant to be acknowledged, shared, and passed on.
To help you on your gratitude journey, here are a few tips to become more aware and able to practice gratitude in your daily life. Simply choose 5 minutes (or more) a day to sit quietly and express your gratitude by writing them down – big and small. This practice alone will improve your overall outlook on life. So, go ahead, write 10 things, or write 50! The number isn’t important… Just give it a try!
This month, we have a special challenge for you. Pick a friend, family member, colleague or whoever, and agree to share daily 3 things that you are each grateful for. You could also do this on social media possibly, by paying it forward and sharing stories of giving (maybe highlight a friend or small business who is doing great things for others!) Let’s help each other appreciate and celebrate the blessings all around, and right in front of us! You never know how your little gesture of thanks — whether a text to a friend, an open door, a small donation, a smile, or an unexpected long hug will completely change someone’s life.
Make thanks AND gratitude happen today. Let’s get started right now! What are YOU grateful for? Let us know in the comments below or tag us on social media @thehundredwellness
Quick exercise: Thank someone RIGHT NOW. If you are reading this, you either have a phone or a computer, so make the call, send that text or write that email. You never know how your kind gesture it will affect and change a person’s life.
With each new year, comes new health and wellness trends. In 2017 as we became more focused on sustainability, gut health and better nutrition, and it set 2018 up to see a flood of new health products that better support our general health and wellbeing. To give you a heads up on what wellness trends we expect to be huge hits in 2018, we compiled a list of a few:
01. DNA testing for optimal fitness performance—DNA testing has become more popular than ever over the past year. The promise of genetic testing is that it can tell you more about the way you’re built, so that you can tailor your lifestyle to fit your biology — and ultimately change up your fitness routine to get the best results.
02. Gut Health—Fermenting – Have you been noticing more kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut around these days? That’s due to the role of bacteria in gut health, which is linked to everything from Alzheimer’s, immunity, and obesity. A Google Trends analysis (June 2017) showed ‘gut health’ as one of the most growing search terms when it comes to managing health through food.
03. Mindfulness trackers—Move over fitness trackers, because 2018 is all about the mind trackers. We’ve already seen apps such as Headspace and Buddhify, but now mindfulness trackers are being developed to help monitor our breathing patterns with a view to working out exactly when and what causes you stress. It’s thought that these devices will also pay attention to the way in which we sleep, recording different levels of sleep and again relating it to how stressed we may be feeling.
04. Digital detox—Digital detoxes are also becoming more and more necessary in our constantly switched on society. (We have been promoting this trend all year long!) As much as we try we just can’t ignore the pings of status updates, WhatsApp messages and Insta-stories. We predict that the phrase ‘disconnect to reconnect’ is going to be massive in 2018, as more and more of us start to notice the impact that social media has on our health.
05. Cooking—While it may seem silly to include this in our list, but can you believe that a large percentage of the world’s population still doesn’t engage in cooking daily sometimes not even weekly? Cooking from home doesn’t just ensure the quality of your food, and your ability to control what ingredients are actually used, but it also can be super relaxing!
06. Plant based diets— It’s not just about fancy superfood salads anymore, it’s actually creating delicious, sustainable, and healthy menus surrounding plant-based food. We have started to see restaurants pop up with with whole food menus, and our fingers are crossed that this trend will stick and grow bigger into 2018.
07. Ditch the fad detoxes—This is one trend that we wish had been gone a long time ago, so we’re predicting that these harsh detoxes will die down, and be replaced with whole food resets/ lifestyle programs, that use more evidence-based science which shows that whole foods and compounds support our body at what it already does best- detox every minute of the day. *Spoiler alert: Stay tuned for more on this from us early 2018!!
So, tell us, what are the trends you’re predicting for 2017? What about trends you wish would go away!?