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Raise Your Hand If You’re Bloated and Sleep-Deprived

Yes, you may be lactose intolerant.

Look around you – at least two of your friends are dealing with lactose intolerance, according to a recent study of over 1,000 people by the team at Al Ain Farms. Founded in 1981, the country’s first dairy company recently set out to understand the struggles and needs of those with this (surprisingly common) condition that results in the body’s inability to digest lactose, the naturally occurring sugar in regularly produced milk. As for what they discovered? A whopping one-third of UAE residents are on the lookout for more lactose-free options, especially as most people discover they are lactose intolerant in their early 20s.

For the uninitiated, there’s no cure for lactose intolerance and it can negatively impact one’s day-to-day life in a myriad of ways – lactose-intolerant people have to think carefully about where they eat out, as well as choosing what to eat and drink at home. This is because of the often debilitating symptoms such as stomach rumbling, a bloated stomach, or stomach cramps that develop from consuming dairy, with women more likely to suffer than men. 

Furthermore, the likes of irritability, headaches, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, and low self-esteem are also correlated with food intolerances. What’s more, 31% of those surveyed are having to spend more money on lactose-free alternatives that aren’t always readily available. And because transparency is no longer an option – it’s a must – better labelling is called for. 39% of people aged 16 to 24, 56% of people aged 35 to 44, and 57% of people over the age 55 believe lactose information should be more abundant on product packaging. Many people also want more guidance from healthcare professionals and education around the issue.

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Subsequently, moving to a lactose-free diet improves one’s quality of life (read: better sleep, a better digestive system, less bloating, and more energy). “Studies show food intolerances may affect almost any system in the body,” says Nardeen Turjman, a Clinical Psychologist at the German Neuroscience Center, referencing the two-way communication system between the digestive tract and the brain. 

“Individuals with food intolerances commonly report its effect on mood, thoughts, and energy levels. If not treated and managed properly, it will most likely result in lower physical functioning and play a role in one’s social limitations and daily activities, like isolation,” she explains. “This is due to the chronic immune responses and inflammation to food intolerances, which can have a negative effect on the brain as it will damage the blood–brain barrier, its own structural barrier, which may lead to mental health and well-being challenges.”

Dietician, Saja ElMasri,

Elsewhere, Saja ElMasri, a registered dietician at Novomed observes, “The number of people who have intolerances is getting higher and higher. We recommend our patients shift to lactose-free milks and cheese or alternatives. As lactose intolerance is becoming so common, having lactose-free options is very important so that consumers can have options and still maintain good gut health.” 

Enter: the Lacto Free Dairy range by Al Ain Farms. Spanning fresh milk (1L), long-life milk (1L), fresh yoghurt (400g), and laban (400g) – all full fat – the new range boasts the same great taste as the regular range, reflecting the company’s belief that lactose-intolerant consumers shouldn’t have to compromise on taste.

“At Al Ain Farms, we’re proud to have supplied the UAE with fresh products, made locally with love for over 40 years,” says Hassan Safi, CEO of Al Ain Farms. “Our new Lacto Free Dairy range champions our mission to make the great taste of dairy available to all consumers, without compromise. That’s why our new lactose-free recipes have been tried and tested to ensure the superior taste and quality standards we are known for.”

Visit www.alainfarms.com or follow @alainfarms on Instagram for more information.


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Revitalise After Feasting: A Post-Thanksgiving Workout Regimen to Recharge Your Body

Revive, Recharge, Thrive

As the Thanksgiving feast fades into fond memories, it’s time to give your body the attention it deserves. In this post-feasting recovery guide, we’ll explore a tailored workout regimen designed to revitalise your body, recharge your energy, and counterbalance the indulgences of the holiday season.

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1. Wake Up the Body with Cardio Bursts:

Kickstart your post-Thanksgiving regimen with invigorating cardio bursts. Whether it’s a brisk morning walk, a jog, or a dance session, get your heart pumping and awaken your body from its food-induced slumber.

2. Core-Strengthening Pilates:

Engage your core muscles with a Pilates session to restore balance and stability. These low-impact exercises are perfect for toning and strengthening, providing a gentle yet effective workout for your post-feast body.

3. Yoga for Digestive Ease:

Explore a sequence of yoga poses designed to aid digestion and promote relaxation. Gentle twists and stretches will help soothe your stomach and release tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

4. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

Inject a burst of energy with HIIT exercises to elevate your heart rate and boost your metabolism. Short, intense intervals followed by rest periods are an efficient way to burn off excess calories and jumpstart your fitness routine.

5. Mindful Cool Down with Stretching:

Wind down your workout with mindful stretching. Focus on areas that may have tightened during the holiday festivities, allowing your body to recover and preventing post-feast stiffness.

As you embrace this post-Thanksgiving workout regimen, remember that it’s not about punishment but restoring balance. This curated routine aims to invigorate your body, clear your mind, and set the tone for a healthy and active holiday season. So, lace up those sneakers, roll out the yoga mat, and let’s embark on a journey to revitalise and recharge after the Thanksgiving feast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after Thanksgiving should I start this workout regimen?

The post-Thanksgiving workout regimen can be started as early as the day after the feast. However, listen to your body, and if needed, allow a day or two for digestion before engaging in more intense exercises.

Can I customize the workout routine based on my fitness level?

Absolutely! Tailor the regimen to suit your fitness level and preferences. Modify intensity, duration, or choose alternative exercises to ensure a comfortable and effective workout experience.

Is it necessary to follow the entire workout routine, or can I focus on specific exercises?

Feel free to adapt the regimen to your needs. While the full routine provides a well-rounded approach, you can choose specific exercises based on your preferences or focus on areas that feel particularly tight or in need of attention.


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