Monthly Archives: June 2018

skin deep | a talk with our naturopathic doctor

skin

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: 

  • Theories on aging, and how you can push the clock back to enjoy a clearer, younger looking, more radiant complexion.  
  • The role of gut health, hormonal triggers, stress and how they contribute to “inflammaging”.  
  • The best nutrients for glowing complexion, and the treatments to keep it healthy. 

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! 

 Talk Details: 

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 


not milk… ‘nut mylk’

milk 

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! 


making a vegan cake with chef Hayley | a class for housekeepers

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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?!

Details: 

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’

Spots are limited so book now by calling +9714 344 7333 or emailing us here. For updates on this class and much more follow us on Instagram.


Free Talk | Gut Instincts – you are what you eat 


Gut health is not just about digestion; gut health affects everything from our mood, brain function, sleep, weight, hormones, allergies and immune system.

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 info@thehundred.ae to reserve your spot.

Details:

When: Monday April 30th   10am sharp

Where: The Hundred Wellness Centre

Cost: Free

Facilitator: Dr Faryal Luhar, Naturopathic Doctor


Health – It’s a family affair | Free talk with Ryan Penny

family

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! 

Details: 

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 info@thehundred.ae or call us today on +971 4 344 7333 


art + wellness | under one roof

art

Gympilates studio, cafe, art space – all these words have been used to describe our favourite spot in all of Dubai –  The Hundred Wellness CentreWith 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 bringtogether 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! 


let’s talk adaptogens and immune 360

 adaptogens

You may have heard, there are some new kids on the block and their names are ‘adaptogens’— Only they aren’t new to us at The Hundred Wellness Centre! If you are a regular client you know that our best-selling supplement ‘Immune 360‘ has somewhat of a cult following, and we can’t keep it on our shelves! But did you know that part of the magic of this supplement lies in the ingredient list which includes.. Can you guess it? Adaptogens! 

Now, we can’t tell you how excited we are about this post! We get countless questions about adaptogens and now we will finally shed some light on this topic for you. So let’s dive right in! 

What exactly are Adaptogens? 

Adaptogens are a special group of natural herbs that help your body ‘adapt’ to the specific needs that your body has, such as coping with stress or fatigue. They are natural remedies for your adrenal system. They enable the body’s cells to access more energy by helping them eliminate toxic by-products and utilize oxygen more efficiently. And these Adaptogens have been ‘Tried and Tested’ in Traditional Chinese and Indian cultures as medicinal herbs for thousands of years! 

One of the most potent adaptogens in Immune 360 formula is Ashwagandha, which is probably the most known adaptogen today- Ashwagandha is great for soothing your nervous system and boosting immunity and is a rich source of iron. 

Another powerful ingredient in Immune 360 is Astragalus —a Chinese herb used for thousands of years to strengthen the body. Astragalus supports immune cells, which play a major role in protecting us from viruses.  

And finally adding the finishing touches on this blend we find the Maitake mushroom, also known as the Magnificent Dancing Mushroom. This highly regarded Japanese mushroom has been shown to activate the immune system and contains beta-glucans (Beta-glucans work by activating the immune cells known as Macrophages. These Macrophages trap and consume foreign substances that do not belong in the body.!)  

Of course these adaptogens are in the formula in addition to lots of other good stuff! So, what do you think? Do you already use any adaptogens, and have you noticed a difference in how you feel? Are you thinking of adding some to your diet but still have questions? Drop us an email or call us to book a session with Dr. Sean Penny to explore further. 

Oh, and if you’d like to try Immune 360 for yourself drop by to pick up a bottle! 


plants – every home needs some

plants

 

There’s something about plants that just liven up a room, right? They add color, texture and warmth to the home, and they can even improve air quality. Most indoor plants are pretty easy to grow, but they must be given appropriate care in order to thrive, but as lovely as they can be, they are one of the more intimidating parts of home décor. After all, when was the last time your coffee table began to yellow, or your floral wallpaper refused to blossom? 

That said, they are 100% worth all the trouble! Not only is some greenery good for ambiance, but studies actually show that adding even one indoor plant in your living or work space can: 

 

So, what do you say? Ready to go green with The Hundred Wellness Centre? Here are some tips below, but remember: To be a good gardener, you need patience and grace because you will make a few mistakes along the way – and that usually means killing a few plants til you get a hang of it all! 

How much light?
All plants need light. But not the same light. It’s one of the most defining factors for plants, so it’s important to know what type of light your house receives before selecting your varieties. Not sure what all this means? Ask! The people that work with plants are a wealth of knowledge and love helping us choose which plants work best for our homes. 

Water accordingly:
One of the most common mistakes you can make is over-watering or under-watering a plant. (We are guilty of this one!) Do your research and understand what your particular plant needs. If you’re an inconsistent waterer, get plants that tolerate a little neglect. 

Clean the leaves:
Some indoor plants have large leaves and because of their large surface, they tend to collect a lot of dust. To keep the plant healthy (dust can block light absorption), wipe dust off with a soft cloth. 

Tell us— do you have a green thumb? Can you share with us any tips that have worked for you? 


a power session with Beryl

 

beryl

Ever wonder what a session would be like with an NLP Gold Master Trainer, Emotional Intelligence Development Coach, published Hypnotherapist, and Relationship/Communication Coach? Well, wonder no more! This month we are excited to welcome one of the only people on Earth that holds all those titles (and more!). Our super talented friend Beryl Comar is coming back to The Hundred Wellness Centre, and whilst she is here over the upcoming month, Beryl will be seeing clients to conduct private sessions using a combination of counselling, coaching, hypnosisNLP and EFT for a variety of issues including: fears, phobias, stress, anxiety, relationships, communication, quit smoking, hypno-fertility, pain management, anger management, insomnia, grief, sadness amongst other things.  

Beryl has also been working with people that have a selective eating disorder (SED) or food neophobia (which is an extremely restricted diet, often to the point of avoiding entire food groups). She also is the only person in the Middle East trained by Felix Economakis in his “Freaky Eaters” techniques. She will be specializing in these techniques during her visits to The Hundred. She can help people with their “strange” food issues.

So, if you (or someone you know) have trouble eating healthy food because you’re a picky eater. Or if you experience significant anxiety when trying new things, or eating things outside your comfort zone or, you have a very small repertoire of accepted foods.. consider booking a session.

Selective eaters can change, they want to change, but don’t know how. Beryl can guide them through the change, so call The Hundred and make an appointment to see Beryl – places go fast! All ages welcome from 6-66

Beryl will be available Sunday thru Wednesday at The Hundred during February and April. Email or call us on +971 (0)4 344 7333 to book your session.


marathon runners | stretch it out 

Get your running shoes out and ready for some action, because in a few days it’s that time of year again… Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon time! Now maybe this year you’re running to raise awareness for a cause that’s close to your heart, or maybe it’s something that’s been on your bucket list and is a personal challenge. Whatever your motivation is for running a marathon is, one thing is for sure— the experience is ambitious, and life-changing.  

Training for a marathon is an intense process that takes place over the course of months or even years. From building your base mileage, to working on your time and speed, you will constantly be challenging and pushing your body to its limits. So, it’s no surprise that many runners implement yoga into their training for a marathon. Sure, we all know that yoga is a stress buster. But it also packs some serious perks for runners, like improving flexibility, easing aches and pains, and helping you recover from long runs and races faster.  And the body isn’t the only thing to benefit from yoga. During a yoga practice the mind is also strengthened with a sense of determination that will definitely be crucial on race day. 

We asked our in-house super strong+ stretchy Yogi Walid for some of his favorite poses for runners. These can be practiced pretty much anywhere, but try focusing on these postures next time you’re in a yoga class, and feel free to ask Walid for pointers on how to perfect them. Good luck on your race! 

 

Upward-Facing Dog Pose 


marathon
 

This pose will challenge you to lift and open your chest by expanding the rib cage, while strengthening your arms, shoulders and wrists, as well as increasing flexibility in the back and neck. This is an important pose in yoga for its ability to align the spine and stimulate the nervous system, and can be done before and after the run. 

Steps:

01. Begin lying on your belly with your legs extended straight back behind you and the tops of your feet relaxed down on the mat, hip distance apart. 

02. Plant your palms beside your ribs so that your elbows are bent approximately 90 degrees and your forearms are relatively perpendicular to the floor. 

03. Look up and on an inhale, press firmly into your palms and straighten your arms, lifting your torso, hips, and the tops of your thighs up off the ground. Your shoulders should be stacked directly over your wrists. 

04. Relax your shoulders away from your ears, then begin to roll your shoulders back and find the action of pulling your chest forward through your upper arms.  

05. Keep your belly in toward your spine. Remain in the position for 5-10 deep breaths, then exhale slowly and come back to starting position. 

 

Bridge pose 


marathon
 

This pose can be performed before or after a run, and is effective in relaxing the body and reducing stress. It stretches the chest, spinal cord and neck, and works exclusively on your spine and hip joints. It also helps relieve pain, stiffness and discomfort in these regions and helps resolve any disorders associated with the neck, arms and palms.

Steps:

01. Lie flat on your yoga mat, with your feet flat on the floor, and your arms by your side, and knees parallel to your hips. 

02. Now exhale and push up, and off the floor with your feet. 

03. Raise your body up leaving your neck and head flat on the mat, and the rest of your body is in the air. You can use your hands to push down for added support. 

04. Stay here for a few deep breaths, then bring your spine back to the floor by articulating it one vertebrae at the time. 

 

Legs-Up the Wall Pose 


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This a restorative yoga pose that allows the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension while stretching the hamstrings and back after a run. 

Steps:

01. Find an open space near a wall.  

02. Lie on your back, making sure that your hips are grounded on the floor as the back of your legs press against the wall, and the soles of your feet face upwards. It will take you a little bit of movement to get comfortable in this position. (you can also bend your legs a bit if you have tight hamstring muscles). 

03. Now take a few minutes to breathe and enjoy this relaxing stretch!

 

We hope that these help and remember: A muscle is only as strong as it is flexible! So get stretching!!


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