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. To learn more or to book your consultation email or call us on +9714 3447333
What foods we put into our bodies impacts our energy, moods as well as the obvious– our physical health. By becoming more mindful and intentional about what, when and why we eat, we can create balance and harmony both physically and emotionally.
One of the best ways to do this is to imagine and understand that the nutrients in our foods act as information to our cells. When we give our bodies the right information, they will function at their highest levels —we will have more energy, our minds will be clearer, and we can live life to our best and highest ability.
And the truth is that the quality of what you eat is FAR more important than how much you eat. The body is dynamic system and it’s responsive to the quality of the calories you’re eating and the type of information that you’re fuelling your body with. Eating poor quality food is like talking to your body over Skype with a bad WIFI signal, it simply can’t understand how to use that information.
The anatomy of your food matters; white bread and broccoli are not the same kinds of carbs, and on the same token, soybean oil and coconut oil are totally different kinds of fats. And all calories are NOT created equal. The sources and nutrient-density of your food play a much larger role in your health than the amount of calories a food contains.
Your body is smart, it knows the difference, and it knows which of these are supplying quality information and which are toxic.
How can you feed your body with the right information? Here are a few guidelines:
1. Eat a diet low in sugar, flour, and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.
2. Eat dark leafy greens, lots of vegetables and some fruit (low sugar options are best). The deeper the colors, the more variety, the better.
3. Avoid any and all foods with pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives, additives, hormones and GMO’s.
4. Eat high quality fats rich in omega-3. So, plenty of virgin cold-pressed organic olive oil, raw nuts, seeds and avocados.
5. When possible opt for foods that are organic, local, and fresh. Grass-fed/ grass-finished meats are also the best option if you consume animal protein.
At the Hundred we take this all very seriously, and if you follow our social media you will see some of the wholesome, nutrient packed foods and drinks that we offer in our café. So, if a healthier lifestyle is what you are looking for, The Hundred is here to help. With our vast resources, 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– or email us here!
‘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
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!
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’
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
Keeping your family healthy is not always easy. We all know that with the busy-ness of daily life paired with the challenges of preparing healthy meals and making time for exercise, living well can be challenging to say the least!
The good news is that there are some great, practical, and convenient ways to overcome many of these challenges. And the even better news is that you are only one step away from receiving those valuable tools and tips that will help you learn some real solutions for some of the most common problems faced by families today!
So, if you would like to learn some tips on how you can build the health of your whole family – join Ryan Penny at The Hundred as he shares his own family’s approach to living well in Dubai, and then learn how to make the Penny Family’s nutritious and delicious ‘Immune Boosting Breakfast Smoothie’ (known to be a hit with kids of all ages!)
Join us and learn the steps to experiencing more active and truly healthy lives!
What: Join us for a discussion on family health and breakfast smoothie
When: 15th April, Sunday
Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre
Time: 10:00am sharp
10:00am – 10:45am: General discussion on family health with a Q&A session.
10:45am – 11:00am: Learn from Ryan how he makes his ‘Immune Boosting Breakfast Smoothie’ and of course have a taste as well!
Spots are limited. To reserve your seat email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us today on +971 4 344 7333