Gear Up for Winter

(Mid of November to Mid of March)


Ayurveda has always recommended Diet and Lifestyle according to season, because seasonal variation leads to changes in our body, as Ayurveda consider this fact that whatever that exist in Universe directly affects our physiological system.
There occur some special changes in our environment and our body in every season and hence certain foods and lifestyle modifications are specifically told for each season.




• Bodies therefore crave a more substantial, nutritive diet at this time of year so consume easily digestible food; emphasize more on quality than quantity. Stay hydrated; drink lots of Luke warm Water, spices like jaiphal, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and shunthi (dried ginger) can be used. Sunflower seed, almond, pine nuts, peanuts, spinach, flaxseed oil, soybean, nuts, papaya, pumpkinseed can be consumed in this season, they work as good supplements. Consume hot & freshly prepared food, instead of sugar prefer jaggery.

• Avoid cold beverages, food, processed or packed food. Stale food should also be avoided.




• Hot oil massage for healthy skin & hair. Exercise, Yogaasan, Pranayama is recommended in this season to improve blood circulation. Stay in warm and less windy places. Warm clothes are recommended. Wear masks to avoid coming in contact with allergens. Personal hygiene is important to avoid spread of infections.

• Avoid Day sleep or nap. Accumulation of deranged Kapha Dosha begins, which leads to diseases like Asthma, Common cold, Fever, Skin Disorders etc.

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Importance of a Healthy Diet for Head and Neck Cancer Patient

“… By talking with a nutritionist, I learned that staying well hydrated, consuming a certain number of calories daily, and overall good nutrition was the
key to successfully battling cancer, as well as the key to a more rapid recovery. Outside of maintaining a positive attitude, proper nutrition was key to my overall success.”


— Oral Cancer survivor M. Rahman.

A healthy diet is an important part of a head and neck cancer patient’s journey before, during, and after treatment. Eating healthy can help prevent weight loss, lack of appetite, and other side effects of cancer treatment. It can also help you feel better and respond
better to your cancer treatment.



Head and neck cancers can cause eating problems before treatment even begins. Side effects like trouble swallowing and mouth sores can make eating difficult. Eating well before treatment can help you with these issues. It can also help you succeed during treatment.



Eating problems are common during head and neck cancer treatment. Side effects like nausea or decreased appetite can make it hard to feel well and eat healthy. The good news is that eating healthy can help with these side effects and help give you more energy.

Addressing eating problems can help:


-Prevent delays or breaks in treatment


-Prevent hospital stays or reduce the time
you are in the hospital


-Improve how well you respond to


-Improve how well treatment works




A healthy diet is also important after treatment. A healthy diet can help with:


-Ongoing side effects after treatment


-Maintaining a healthy weight


-Prevention of heart disease and diabetes


-Overall health

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The Anti-Cancer Diet: Cancer Fighting Foods to Help Prevent Cancer

Enjoying a healthy diet can do much to lower your risk of developing serious diseases such as cancer. Including foods in your diet such as plenty of green leafy vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts, and oily fish can help prevent many health issues. Although no single food can stop cancer, consuming more “cancer-fighting foods” in your diet can help reduce your risk of developing the disease.


The best foods in a cancer prevention diet contain vitamins and antioxidants that help to strengthen your immune system. The cancer protection diet benefits come from combining a variety of foods that have anticancer properties.
Natural cancer-fighting compounds such as lycopene, phytochemicals, carotenoids, sulfur, and fiber are found in many foods. Eating the right combination of these anti-cancer foods can make a difference in helping to prevent diseases such as cancer.


Green Leafy Vegetables and the Cancer Diet

The best diet to prevent cancer should include plenty of green leafy vegetables for their high antioxidant content.Another reason why green leafy vegetables are in the cancer prevention diet is that they contain chlorophyll. One study found that chlorophyll from green vegetables can help reduce the risk of colon cancer.


Cruciferous Vegetables to Help Prevent Cancer

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts should be part of your anti-cancer diet plan.


Broccoli is an anti-cancer superfood

Broccoli is one of the richest sources of sulforaphane which is known to reduce cancer risk.


Cabbage has anticancer potential

Another cruciferous vegetable to include in a diet to prevent cancer is cabbage.


Brightly-Colored Vegetables are Great Anti-Cancer Foods

Vegetables that have vibrant colors are good foods that can help to prevent cancer.


Some of the best cancer killing vegetables are red peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, and carrots. These contain phytochemicals with antioxidant activity.


Tomatoes are among the best foods to prevent cancer

Tomatoes are one of the best lycopene foods to include in a cancer-killing diet.


Beets have a protective effect against cancer

Beets are another brightly-colored vegetable that has cancer-fighting properties. Research has shown that beets contain a compound called betanin that has chemo-preventive properties. Beetroot extract can help to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer or help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy.


Fiber Helps Reduce Cancer Risk

Cancer-killing foods should contain plenty of fiber to help prevent cancer in men and women.


Beans and Legumes are Cancer Fighting Foods

An anticancer diet should contain servings of lentils, peas, beans, or chickpeas because they help prevent cancer.


Garlic and Onions are Foods that Help Prevent Cancer

Garlic and onions are among some of the best cancer-fighting foods to include in your healthy, anti-inflammatory diet.


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The anti-cancerous properties of Mango

Fruits that are high in vitamin C and antioxidants such as mangoes boost the body’s defenses against infection and can help prevent chronic diseases like cancer.


Mangoes contain an anticancer compound called mangiferin. Studies have found that mangiferin helps reduce inflammation and benefits the immune system. Mango extracts also help to inhibit the spread of cancer cells and even reduce the size of cancerous tumors.


There is even evidence to suggest that consuming mango fruit and mango peel has a protective effect against cancer. Scientists have found that eating the whole, unpeeled mango fruit could be very beneficial to health and could help to prevent the spread of certain cancerous cells.


For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe the stomach. Similar to papayas, they contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties. Mango is rich in fiber, so if you have at least one mango every day, you may alleviate constipation, piles, and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


Mangoes are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are an excellent source of dietary fiber and vitamin B6, as well as a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.


Mangoes have high amounts of pectin, a soluble dietary fiber that efficiently contributes to cholesterol lowering. Pectin can also help prevent the development of prostate cancer. The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer also has come up with a strong association between eating a mango and lowering the risk of cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Further, comprehensive research suggests that the polyphenols in mango have a chemotherapeutic potential against breast cancer.


Other health benefits of Mango:


-Promotes weight gain

-Aid in Digestion

-Treat Anemia

-Useful in Pregnancy

-Reduce Acne

-Delay Aging

-Promotes Brain Health

-Boost Immunity

-Manage Diabetes

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Decorate your health with flowers

We all know & discuss about the nutritional benefits of fruits & vegetables. But there are some flowers that are also helpful for prevention of disease & fight cancer. Normally we use this flowers to decorate our house, but never thought that it can be used in different purpose also. Most of these flowers are normally used as tea or to make a drink or cooking purpose. But we don’t know their benefits actually. Let’s discuss about some of them.


1-Hibiscus flower-This flower nowadays are used in form of tea or others drink. Hibiscus tea has been known to prevent hypertension, lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels, keep your liver healthy, help with menstrual cramps, help with depression, aid digestion and help with weight management. Its rich in Vitamin C, contains minerals such as flavonoids and has laxative properties. It is also popular nowadays for health benefiting properties such as reducing the risk of cancer, preventing hair loss and relieving nausea and sore throats.

2- Blue Pea flower– Blue pea is used as a tea. Butterfly pea tea is known for its beautiful colors but funnily enough what’s less known is its ability to preserve health & beauty. The blue flower has been studied to show that it helps combat wrinkles and protects your skin from premature aging.

It has several health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and helps in digestion. It lowers blood pressure and has anti-anxiety, anti-asthmatic and pain relieving properties. When steeped the butterfly pea flower releases antioxidants much like green tea. Antioxidants help your body lower risk of infections, cancer and is great for your heart health. The tea helps reduce inflammation in the body as well as symptoms such as breakouts or rashes. The flower has also been known to revitalize the brain.

3- Jasmine – Jasmine can help prevent against a variety of severe illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Thanks to high concentrations of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, jasmine tea can also help promote beautiful, healthy skin and boost your immune system. Normally used in tea, drinks & cooking preparations.

4-Marigold flower-It is also known as Calendula, these flower types are not the first thing you’d think of for making tea. They’re more common in the world of essential oils and skin care and are used to treat almost all sorts of skin issues. But they have plenty of benefits as a tea, too. With their peppery taste, immune-boosting, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, they make for the ideal detox tea. These yellow flowers can also be used to color dishes yellow or orange like saffron.

5-Orange Blossom-These small white flowers bloom during the month of May and tea made from them is really good for people with anxiety, muscle pain and digestive problems. These pretty flowers can also be used to make orange blossom honey which is full of lots of antioxidant & anti-carcinogenic properties.

6- Lavender– It is great for headaches, stomach-aches and calming nerves as well as antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties.

7- Saffron– Saffron contains an impressive variety of plant compounds that act as antioxidants molecules that protect your cells against free radicals and oxidative stress. Notable saffron antioxidants include Crocin, Crocetin, Safranal, and Kaempferol. Crocin and Crocetin are carotenoid pigments and responsible for saffron’s red color. Both compounds may have antidepressant properties, protect brain cells against progressive damage, improve inflammation, reduce appetite, and aid weight loss.

In test-tube studies, saffron and its compounds have been shown to selectively kill colon cancer cells or suppress their growth, while leaving normal cells unharmed, This effect also applies to skin, bone marrow, prostate, lung, breast, cervix, and several other cancer cells .

8-Clove– Cloves are high in antioxidants, including eugenol and vitamin C, both of which can help reduce oxidative stress. Test-tube studies show that the compounds in cloves may reduce cancer cell growth and promote cancer cell death. Eugenol is toxic in high amounts and overdosing on clove oil may cause liver damage, especially in children.

9-Banana Flower-We can make several dishes and beverages by using Banana flower including salad, pakoda, banana flower curry, thoran, wine etc. Banana flowers having antioxidant activities, which display a wide variety of biological functions, mainly related to intervention in various stages of cancer development such as initiation, progression, promotion, invasion and metastasis. The extract of banana flower has antioxidant property that prevents free radicals and control cell and tissue damage.


There are many more flowers which are beneficial for health & nutritionally enriched. Moringa flower (known as Drumstick or Sajne), Rose, Pumpkin flower, Hummingbird (commonly known as bok phool)& many more are in the list.
Many of them are toxic & over dose can cause poisonous effect too. So don’t choose blindly, know your food properly to be healthy.

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Recently we celebrated Women’s day with lot of enthusiasm and zeal. Everyone spoke a lot about women equality, women empowerment and all related things. A day before I was about to give seminar on women related cancer, a patient visited to clinic with the history of cervical cancer. When asked if she has a habit of eating stale food, she gave a very surprised gaze towards me and sarcastically said that “being a woman it is my duty to eat it myself and not to serve it to my family! I was so disappointed having heard this on the occasion of International Women’s day.


Next day I heard a woman speaking that women should be allowed to do things the way they want. I questioned the group of ladies that who should allow you? Who should empower you? Who should give you the equal rights? It is no one else but YOU. You should start respecting yourself, your thoughts and most importantly your own body. Women in urban population are so busy working for themselves and their family that they completely ignore their health issues. Only 1 in 50 women actually does any form of exercise regularly. How can you empower yourself without actually being healthy?


The Indian Council of Medical Research recently surveyed that India might register over 17 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8 lakh deaths due to cancer by 2020.


Among these cases, it is more of women than men, who have been diagnosed with cancer, with the most common forms being breast, lung and cervical cancer.


Stress is an important factor in everyone’s life these days which could also be a major risk factor for Cancer. Indulging in any form of hobby like dance, music, painting etc can also help you deal with stress. But again the ratio of woman actually doing this stuff as compared to men is disappointing.


Ayurveda believes that prevention is better than cure. Moreover while talking about cancer; early detection always has greater chances of successful treatment. Visiting a doctor for check up in case of any problem or going for a routine follow-up for general check up is the most ignored fact by women.


Eating healthy food, doing exercise or yoga, indulging in any form of stress busting activity and not ignoring their health issues are the facts women should really reconsider as it could certainly empower them.

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Lifestyle modifications to prevent Cancer

The cancer rates in India are considerably rising each year. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors, including diet, inactivity and exposure to carcinogens such as alcohol, tobacco, smoking play a major role in the development of these common cancers. Hence it is important to make certain lifestyle modifications to prevent the risk of developing cancer.


Quit Smoking, Tobacco and Alcohol

One of the major cause of cancer is Smoking. India has one of the highest rates of oral cancer in the world, with 90% of the patients being tobacco chewers. Approximately half of all cancers in men are tobacco related. Smoking increases the risk of lung, esophagus, mouth, throat, bladder, liver, stomach, kidneys, pancreas and cervix. Also people who are exposed to passive smoking have a 25 per cent increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. There is a strong association between alcohol consumption and risk of cancer of 7 types of cancer which included mouth, Pharyngeal, oesophageal, laryngeal, breast, bowel and liver cancer.


Eat a healthy and balanced diet

Unhealthy dietary habits are one of the causes of cancer. The quantity and the type of the food you eat will have a major influence on your health. Studies have shown that diets which are high in vegetables and fruits and low in animal fat, meat, and calories have a reduced risk of some of the most common types of cancer. Also high-fat diets have been associated with an increase in the risk of cancers of the colon and rectum, prostate and endometrium.


Following are the steps you can take towards healthy eating habits:


• Eat small and frequent meals.

• Choose whole grains food over refined food and sugars.

• Include at least 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit in the diet.

• Include antioxidants in the diet by including variety of fruits and vegetables.

• Limit consumption of fat (Saturated & Trans fats) in the diet and opt for good quality fats (Mono saturated fats & Omega 3 fats).

• Avoid consumption of Red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed meats as it increases the risk of colorectal and stomach cancer. Choose fish, poultry or beans instead of red meat.

• Avoid high consumption of salt and processed foods.


Maintain a healthy weight

Research has shown that obesity is linked to cause certain types of cancer. We can take an important step by maintaining a healthy weight as it will greatly reduce the possibility of developing certain forms of cancers. To achieve a healthy weight it is very important to adapt a healthy lifestyle by including a healthy and well balanced diet, be physically active.


Protect yourself from harsh sun

The UV Radiation (UVA & UVB) from the sun can damage the DNA in the skin and cause skin cancer. About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 65 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Therefore it is mandatory to take precautions and protect yourself from sun. Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as the sun’s rays are strongest during that time. Apply a sunscreen with good SPF before you step out in the sun.


Exercise regularly

There is strong scientific evidence that following healthy dietary patterns in combination with regular physical activity may reduce the risk of several types of cancer including cancers of the breast and colon. According to American Cancer Society including daily moderate activity for 30-45 minutes may reduce the risk of cancer.



Infections are responsible for almost 22% of cancer deaths in the developing world. Certain Infections such as Viral hepatitis B and C cause cancer of the liver; human papilloma virus infection causes cervical cancer; the bacterium Helicobacter pylori increases the risk of stomach cancer. Hence preventive measures such as vaccination should be taken to prevent the infections.


Regular Checkups and screening

Visit your doctor for regular checkups especially if there is any family history of cancer. Most screenings and checkups are to detect cancer early, when it’s easier to treat and may even be curable.

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When we ask females what is it likely meant to be a woman, many reply that being a woman means having strength, courage, equality, ability to maintain family and so on. Is it all about? It doesn’t end there, as a women we need to understand our health, our risk factors and our life style. Our health is not just self-wellbeing but also our family and community wellbeing. It is really surprising that being a woman itself is a risk factor for few cancers.


One in Eight denotes the incidence of Breast cancer in women. For every 8 women one develops breast cancer in her life time. As per National Institute of Cancer Prevention And Research, for every 2 women diagnosed with breast cancer one succumbs to it in India. Breast cancer has risen to No. 1 cancer in world pushing Cervical Cancer behind.


While there are many risk factors which are uncontrollable, equally there are risk factors that can be prevented or controlled which primarily include lifestyle. Staying aware of these risk factors that can be controlled and adopting to good lifestyle can reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.


High Risk Factors that can’t be controlled:

1. Gender: Even though breast cancer is also seen in Men it is highly seen in women.

2. Age: As age advances women are more prone to breast cancer. Age group 30-60 and above.

3. Familial History: history of breast cancer in mother, sister [first degree relative] or relatives may increase your risk of getting it.

4. Personal History : if you had previous history of breast, endometrium, ovarian, colon cancer you are at high risk

5. Genetic Mutations: Inherited/ defective genes BRCA1 and BRCA 2.

6. Reproductive Factors: Early Menarche and Late Menopause increases the risk by increased exposure to hormones for longer period.

7. High Breast Density


High Risk Factors that can be controlled:

1. Obesity: studies suggest that high Fat tissue can increase oestrogen levels there by increased risk of breast cancer mainly in post-menopausal women.

2. High Fat Diet: risk is less in low fat diet women compared to high fat diet.

3. Physical-Inactivity: being physically fit reduces the risk of breast cancer.

4. Alcohol consumption: few studies show that increased alcohol consumption increases hormones mainly oestrogen thereby increasing risk for breast cancer.

5. Hormonal replacement therapy: studies have established that greater risk is associated with Hormonal replacement therapy mainly in women using HRT to treat menopausal symptoms.

6. Recent/ current use of Oral contraceptives.

7. Late Pregnancy: pregnancy after 30 years of age increases risk of breast cancer.

8. Breast Feeding: during breast feed mothers have hormonal changes that delay menstruation and decrease exposure to hormones especially oestrogen thereby reducing breast cancer risk.


The more you are aware, the less is the risk, if you can’t control your risk factors they make sure to take control over you. Stay aware, stay healthy.

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Blood Donation Camp 2019

In the blessed memory of Dr. Uma Shankar Tiwari Ji, co-founder of D. S. Research Centre, DS Foundation conducted Blood Donation Camp and Free General Health Check Up on 6th March like every year. This was conducted across the length and breadth of the country at six venues Bengaluru, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.


The gift of blood is the gift of life. Blood donation is a generous act. In our Country, someone requires blood every 2 seconds and one donation can potentially save 3 lives. The first and foremost advantage of donating blood is no doubt the exhilarating feeling of saving someone’s life. It helps both the donor and the recipients. It reduces the risk of heart attack and improves cardiac health, replinishes blood, burns calories. Hence everyone should come forward and donate blood and save valuable lives. Come forward, let us make a difference in someone’s life…Let us all make it a huge success.

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Harmony through Ayurveda

The healing methods of Ayurveda teaches how to maintain our health and wellbeing. Health cannot only be absence of sickness .This includes “Prassanna Atma Manah & Indriya” i.e. A Happy or Content state of our Soul, Mind & Senses.
Ayurveda recommends a variety of practical techniques for keeping a Healthy state of body, soul & senses if we can incorporate following few of the steps:


• Meditate on a regular basis: Studies are increasingly confirming the genetic changes that occur with regular meditation, which can help restore the body’s homeostasis, including the processes controlling digestion. To achieve maximum benefit, meditate for 20 to 30 minutes, twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.

• Do some form of yoga every morning, or a daily walk.

• Don’t overeat: Ayurveda recommends that we leave one-third to one-quarter of our stomach empty to allow space for our body to easily digest our meal. If we eat food more than our stomach can accommodate, then adequate breakdown of food is not possible leading to indigestion.

• Eat your largest meal at lunchtime: Ayurveda says that our Agni i.e. digestive fire or power is strongest at noon between 12p.m. to 2p.m., so we must have a heavy meal in between this duration. Studies have shown that digestive juices are in high amount during noon.

• Focus on releasing negative emotions: Our emotions influence your digestion. You may get heartburn when you are under stress, loss of appetite when sad, feel nausea before a big exam or presentation. Research show that stress associated with negative emotions can inhibit the normal digestion process and lead to chronic digestive issues.

• Helping respiratory distress: If Respiratory system or cardiovascular system has to be maintained in healthy state one must solve condition of chronic Constipation. Ayurveda states that both are interrelated through Vata dosha.


“Applying a paste prepared of Ghee & Rock salt over chest & back will help to ease respiratory distress.”

“Helping Cough bouts: If a person suffers cough bouts wrapping a cotton scarf, sipping Luke warm water also helps.”
The outcome of recommended method of Ayurveda harmonizes Mental & Physical balance, resulting in regularization of Physiological & Metabolic activity in body.

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