Turn from a Couch Potato into a Spring Chicken

You only have to look on your social media pages or pop your head into a gym to find people who are hugely enthusiastic about keeping fit. Just about everyone has a friend who talks about it all the time. Not everyone is so upbeat about exercise, though, and many haven’t done any real exercise for a long time. Or maybe even ever. Pretty much everyone has to move every day, from walking to the store to climbing the stairs. But many people don’t really make an effort to do much more than that. If you’re more of a couch potato, you might be thinking that it’s time to start getting fitter.

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Find Something You Enjoy

Before you get into your new fitness kick, it’s worth deciding how you want to get fit. While it’s tough to push yourself physically, that doesn’t mean it has to feel like complete torture or be really boring. If you’ve never enjoyed running, don’t decide to force yourself out on a run three times a week. You don’t have to enjoy every moment, but your workout should leave you feeling better mentally, even if you ache all over physically. There are so many ways to get active, from team sports to solo pursuits. Find something that works for you.

Choose Your Goals

Staying motivated when you’re trying to get fit is tough. Setting some goals to aim for helps to make it easier to motivate yourself and have a direction to head in. Everyone has different goals when they want to get fit, and they could be both big and small. It’s best to have concrete goals to aim for, instead of a vague “get fit.” For example, maybe you want to be able to run a marathon in a year’s time. Perhaps you want to lose a certain amount of weight, or you just want to climb the stairs at work without huffing and puffing.

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Create a Plan

Once you’ve decided on your goals, you should work out a plan to reach them. You should look for advice on the best ways to achieve what you want to do. Take a look at a building muscle for dummies guide if you’re hoping to get strong and buff. Read about how to alter your diet if you want to lose weight. Think about your plan in both the short-term and long-term. Remember that your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone. You can make changes to it.

Start Slowly

If you haven’t exercised in a while, don’t rush into it. You should start off slowly and try to only make one change at a time. If you attempt to turn your whole lifestyle upside down from one day to the next, you’ll have very little chance of sticking to your new routine. Start with just one thing, like going to a new fitness class, and build up to doing more.

Getting fit if you’re not much for exercise can feel like a huge challenge. Create a solid plan, and you’ll have a better chance of success.

Are Your Teeth In Tip Top Condition?

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Being human comes with a lot of responsibility. Our bodies are incredibly powerful machines that are super strong and can take us all the way from infancy to old age. To make sure that they can do that, we have a lot of health concerns to take care of. From healthy skin to organs that function properly, our lifestyle choices can make or break the way our bodies handle things. This couldn’t be any truer when it comes to out teeth. Not only are they an important part of our beauty regime, but they also are a huge part of our health. So, you need to be able to ensure that you keep them in tip top condition.

Clean

First things first, we all need to make sure that our teeth are clean. Although you make sure that your brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, that might not be enough. You have to get serious about flossing and start to focus on your gums too. If your teeth aren’t properly clean, even if you think they are, your gums will suffer and could even get infected. So, it could be in your interest to book in with a full-scale cleaning service with the hygienist at your dentist’s office. That way, they can be sure to clean off all of the junk and keep your teeth super clean.

White

Perhaps more of a beauty concern than a health one, but it’s always beneficial to your overall oral health to ensure that your teeth are super white. You might want to consider professional whitening options, but they can often be quite costly. If you don’t want to put a lot of money upfront to get whiter teeth, there are alternatives to consider. Along with at-home whitening kits, there’s also the super exciting idea of using charcoal toothpaste to create a longer lasting, shinier whitening effect.

Fresh

Getting back on to the health side of teeth, let’s talk about how to freshen up. Even if you don’t suffer from a strong case of halitosis, nobody likes to think that they have bad breath. So, you might want to take a few precautions to make sure that yours stays extra fresh. If you’re keeping everything clean, then you’re probably doing a good job already, but you’ll also find that mouthwash will help you out with this too. You can even get super strong brands that aim to kick bad breath. And just to be extra sure, it’s always a good idea to keep breath mints to hand.

Straight

And finally, up there with keeping your teeth white for beauty reasons, you might want to think about making them straight. Now, you may have had braces when you were a teen, but that doesn’t always mean that your teeth stay straight. The best part is that you don’t even have to wear the same kind of braces anymore. There are so many different ways to straighten crooked teeth; you can have a teeth straightening treatment and not even notice.

GAIA- New Revolution in Health Products

By now you all must be knowing that I am fond of green tea and this fondness has been growing over the years. This fondness is the reason that I keep exploring new brands and flavours and the recent one being Gaia Green Tea.

Got hold of this assorted pack of green teas, 25 sachets in all, 5 sachets of 5 flavours each. Green Tea, Lemon Green Tea, Tulsi Green Tea, Ginger Green Tea and Mint Green Tea were included in the pack, and trust me each of them was refreshing and flavoursome. No flavoured tea had overpowering flavours or aromas, but just the right balance of taste and flavour. I loved the Lemon Green Tea and Tulsi Tea the most. As we all know the benefits of Green Tea, which helps in metabolism, and also in loosing weight, adding this pack to your shopping cart is a must. Gaia offers green teas in a lot of flavours like Jasmine, Honey, Camomile, Lemon, Mint etc. but when you aren’t able to decide which one to go on, this assorted pack really cracks the deal for you.

Also from the same brand, I tired Nutty Delight Muesli, which too was perfect. Crunchy, Crispy, Goodness of Fibre, No Cholesterol, it makes for a perfect breakfast and people like me also indulge in a bowl for healthy snacking whenever I get those untimely hunger pangs. You can enjoy it mixed a bowl of milk or just eat it like that, it tastes extremely good, both ways. It is made from rolled oats, wheat and corn flakes and is fortified with the goodness of honey. High on health and low on fat, it is all natural and a good source of fibre. Raisins & Almonds also enhance the taste a lot and helps getting that sweetness.

Gaia also offers loads of other health products like Oats, Honey, Digestive Cookies, Olive Oil, Supplement Capsules like Amla, Flax Seeds etc. and also Granola Bars. I also caught hold of a granola bar and it too served as a perfect way to satiate mid time hunger.

GAIA was founded on the belief that nature, through its diversity of flora and fauna, offers us the best solutions for all our health and grooming needs. Which is why it harnesses nature’s everyday miracles, tests them scientifically, and offers these solutions to help people take better care of their own selves.

These time-tested natural ingredients are formulated and validated by using modern scientific principles to bring people only the finest quality in natural health and skin-care remedies.

The health and wellness Industry in India is estimated at Rs 3600 crores and has a huge potential for the future. It is only in recent years that the majority of people have realized the importance of wellness in our lives. In today’s world where ailments like diabetes are affecting even little children, it is high time all of us woke up and realized the significance of living a better, healthier life.

Nowadays, a normal urban person’s daily schedule includes working for 12 hours with little or no time left for self, no one has the time to make the effort of eating the recommended five servings of fruit a day, and most people lead a sedentary lifestyle. No wonder ailments are on the rise. GAIA was conceived to provide a healthier living experience to the world to coincide with the emerging health consciousness in India. Since its inception, GAIA has been able to successfully formulate its products to cater to the growing health & wellness needs of the people.

GAIA as a brand brings people the benefits of nature’s everyday miracles through its range of products. With the current product portfolio of nutritional supplements like Spirulina, Neem, Aloe Vera, Glucosamine,Granola bars, Flax and Amla along with natural substitutes such as Green Tea, Green Tea + Lemon & Green Tea + Tulsi, Stevia tablets & sachets as well as Muesli in various flavours and oatmeal, multigrain cookies .GAIA has been able to make its presence felt in a very short period of time.

As time progresses GAIA would keep moving forward in its endeavour to provide the most effective natural solutions to one and all, whilst keeping in tandem with the trends of the future.

So what are you waiting for log on to GAIA and fill your shopping cart and get healthy goods delivered to your door step.

Natya Yoga by Dimple Kaur @ Eros Hotel Spa

Spiritual enlightenment and transformation of the entire human self, one’s body, mind and soul are the true virtues of Natya Yoga. Elements of natty Yoga are found in the contemporary Bharatnatyam and also to some extent in the Odissi, which are referred as the most ancient forms of classical Indian dance.

Recently as an initiative by Eros Hotel Spa, Healthy Self, a Natya Yoga Workshop was conducted by none other than a very well known Nayta Yoga and Bharatnatyam expert Dimple Kaur. Dimple is a very learned dancer with many degrees accolading her work and also she is associated with lot of causes. With qualifications in psychology (PhD., MSc.), Trainer in Clinical Hypnotherapy (CHt, USA) along with training in Indian classical dance, public communication and English literature (MA), she is also the Founder Director – Imatter Institute of Behavioral Sciences & Director – Sumangali Institute of Valuable Arts.

Pioneered first of its kind approach using Dance Movement therapy (DMT) for children with multiple disabilities, and she has been working with large number of colleges, schools (residential & day schooling) in training teachers in areas of Indian Classical Dance, Dance Movement Therapy, responsible child care and parenting.

In her own words “Dance has been my passion, my prayer, my happiness, my sadness and hence encompasses every aspect of my life. The “eternal bride” – wedded to the divine, through dance; is what I feel. I have always loved the “bhakti” aspect of dance, I see my lord as always dancing and blessing me with “Anand” & “Rasa”. My soul is always dressed in the costume, bedecked with jewellery, with alta feet and always moving with the sound of Ghungroos.

As I kept flowing with the river of life – growing up, getting educated in dance (Prabhakar), Psychology & literature, I gradually became aware of miraculous dance of life within, which is Omnipresent & is always there with me.

In my extensive research & work in areas of psychotherapy, counseling & education, I have been able to successfully use the power of Indian classical dance as a tool of self expression, motivation & positive energy.”

The workshop was specially organised for the members of Healthy Self and must say it was a wonderful experience. Dimple engaged and interacted with the audience and made them learn the basic steps of Bharatnatyam. She made it so simple and fun for everyone that even those who had two left feet, could really dance. The setting and ambience was perfect and serene and everyone was just flowing with the time.

But still the highlight of the evening was Dimple’s own performance especially curated for Shivratri and dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was a treat watching her perform and it truly felt as if being transferred in other world. Here is a glimpse from her performance

Truly a great effort by Eros Hotel, Healthy Self and Dimple Kaur to come up with this initiative and help others in unwinding and transforming their mind, body and soul through Natya Yoga.

 

6X Green Tea- The New Revolution..!!

I have never ever been fond of tea in my life, and when I say tea, I mean the regular tea. I may have tried flavoured teas on and off but I am not the morning tea, office tea, or evening tea type of person. But since past 2 years, green tea is something I am hooked too.

I have tried a lot of brands and flavours and my reason for switching to green tea is primarily because it helps in detoxification and weight loss.

Recently Four Fountains Lab has launched 6X Green Tea which has 6 times higher antioxidants and is amazingly helpful for weight loss.

Obesity and weight gain is one of the biggest problem of urban India. 6X green tea is infused with high potency antioxidant that boosts metabolism and protects the body against free radicals oxidative stress. The antioxidant potential of 6X Green Tea is 6 times higher as compared to normal green tea. Thus it is much more effective than normal green tea for weight loss.

Exposure to pollution, medicines, eating too much junk food and stress, altogether increase level of toxins in the body in the form of free radicals. The free radicals are reported to be the precursor for almost all lifestyle disorders including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Consumption of 6X green time on regularly increases antioxidant levels in the body and flushes the toxins out. The best part it is devoid of caffeine and so can be consumed daily.

For any other green tea to be effective, you need to consumer 4-5 cups in a day. With 6X Green Tea you just need to have one cup and that provides you all the antioxidants you need for a day.

How to use:


Open a sachet and pour the contents into a cup. Add 150 ml hot water and your 6X Green Tea is ready.

You may not take a liking for the taste immediately because its little different from the regular green teas that we are used to, but regular use of the same, and you will adapt to the refreshing change in taste easily. I just enjoyed my cup of tea, when are you enjoying yours..

Its easily available on Amazon, so don’t waste time, order now!

Pole Fitness- The New Mantra to a Fit Lifestyle..!

Celebrity fitness instructor Namrata Purohit has been in news for introducing Pilates to the life of some of the fittest and most well known faces from fashion, Bollywood and society. She has instantly hit limelight and gathered a large following due to her innovative techniques making the workout so much more fun. This month she introduces yet another kind of workout to get you to come back to her studio.

Namrata Purohit speaks about her new workout routine. “Pole Fitness is one activity that targets not only the entire body, but also the mind and soul. I tried pole fitness for the first time while I was studying at Loughborough University and immediately fell in love with it. It didn’t take me more than 5 minutes into my first class to decide that this was something I want to bring to India, a fitness form that Indians need to experience. Throughout my class I found this new appreciation for pole dancers, and people who practice pole fitness. They make it look so beautiful, so effortless but it is hard, really hard. Your entire body needs to be in sync in order to be able to do a move, and look good while doing it. I felt each muscle in my body, my arms, core, legs everything was working, and I was also having a lot of fun. Like Pilates, I found pole to be something that worked the body and mind. It not only works on your strength but on flexibility, balance, stability, and most importantly builds your confidence. After finishing a pole fitness session, you feel strong, sexy, and beautiful and you tend to appreciate and love yourself even more. It is a very enlightening experience.”

There are many times in a pole class you will not know what you are doing, it does get complicated, but that is just part of the fun. You work your way through it and when you get it right it is the most satisfying feeling. Pole fitness is great for many reasons. It strengthens the core, burns calories, improves strength, flexibility, stamina, and balance, builds self-confidence, reduces stress, and is also something that will make you extremely happy. As I have always said fitness should be fun, and pole fitness is definitely a fun way to get fit. ”

So what are you waiting for, just Get Set and Go.. for more details log on to their website and start today towards a fit and healthy lifestyle..!!

Atlanta Healthcare’s N99 Cambridge Air Pollution Masks!

Tuesday Dec 13th , 2016 saw the awareness meet for bloggers of The Atlanta Healthcare as they introduced N99 Cambridge Air Pollution Masks.


As we are all aware of the deterioration in the air quality specially in Delhi and the hazards of smog engulfing Delhi, some really serious measures are needed to combat this situation both by the Government and Private organizations and individuals alike.
As we are also aware that there are n number of Air Purifiers doing the rounds of the market for homes, offices etc, but what about individual safety when one ventures out for work,or goes to the market or traveling etc.
Atlanta Healthcare, an air quality management company, was founded in 2010 with their focus on helping people breathe pure. Atlanta Healthcare has joined hands with Cambridge Mask Co Uk to bring you N99 Cambridge Air Pollution Masks.


The very first thing one notices about these masks is they are not the usual drab looking white or grey usually found in the market. They have been presented more like a lifestyle statement.
The masks are available in very vibrant designs and sizes to suit your face structure. They are available in 5 sizes catering to weight from 6 to 90 kgs n beyond. They are available in 3 options of No valve(1799/-), One valve (1999/-) and Two valve (2199/-) with an average usage of 340 hours.


Now about the masks, the cloth used to make the masks is woven from threads treated with carbon to enable the whole mask have a complete carbon treated cloth.The masks are triple layered.
The primary filter layer is designed to filter out larger particles such as dust and PM10.
The three ply micro particulate layer is designed to block particulate pollution such as PM2.5 and tested to filter particles as small as PMO.3. The textile is a three-ply non woven melt blow polypropylene,a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide range of applications.
The third layer is The Military Grade Carbon Layer made from a 100% pure activated carbon cloth,which was originally invented by the UK Ministry Of Defence and boasts of a series of activated carbon filaments, each about 2,000 nanometers in diameter.The pores in each filament are 25 times smaller than standard carbon materials hence more powerful and effective.


Another service they are providing is the customization of these masks as per ones requirement for bulk orders. The masks are available online on prominent e-commerce websites like Amazon, Snapdeal with increasing presence in Medical stores across Delhi/ NCR.

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So go grab your mask Breathe Pure Stay Healthy.

Health at what cost– a session for fitness freaks!

“Health at What Cost” an interesting talk session was held at Oxford Bookstore Connaught Place recently. The session was organised to discuss the key reasons beneath the healthcare and fitness issues in India. The concept was to highlight the solutions through day-to-day practices in the masses towards fitness. The event was moderated by Shrey Khanna which had a talk session, headed by esteemed group of panelists like  Sonu Wassan– a holistic yoga expert, Sapna Khanna-a well-known fitness coach and Nidhi Mohan Kamal– Indian nutrition and health expert.  The esteemed panelists talked about how to maintain routine fitness with absolute comfort in this busy and competitive life. The discussion went ahead resolving the common myths of workouts that changed the way one think about fitness & healthy lifestyle. The panelists also discussed about the benefits of yoga, losing weight with normal Indian diet and the nutrients and supplements required for having a healthy and fit body. The panelists also interacted with the audience suggesting some interesting workout routines like indoor rock climbing, hula hoops, yoga sessions etc. to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The event was hosted by Ms. Neena Gulati

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ABOUT THE PANELISTS


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Sapna Khanna a certified fitness enthusiast believes that the fitness is customized to individual needs, skills lifestyle and aptitude. She spoke about the common mistakes people do while exercising, the correct way of exercising which people are following. Doing crunches and running and spending an hour for workout is not just needed for losing shed and to be fit. You can lose weight and still gain muscle; likewise, you can also gain weight while still losing fat. The quality of your workouts is more important than the quantity.

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Nidhi Mohan Kami


Nidhi Mohan Kamal helped in guidance with losing weight with normal Indian Diet, the truth about protein powders and weight training for women makes manly or helps in losing weight or not. Protein has become a staple supplement for most bodybuilders and other athletes but has more recently caught on with the anti-aging groups also for its effects on immunity.

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SonuWassan

SonuWassan is a Delhi based yoga instructor and started her experience with yoga seven years ago, with Sivananda Yoga. She followed this with a specialised teacher training course from the Aurobindo Ashram on yoga for children and adults. Sonu has trained under the direct guidance of Swami Vidyanand, and is a certified Master and Grand Master of transformational Yoga. Sonu has taught yoga in the prestigious Aurobindo Ashram, and has since conducted her own independent yoga classes. She emphasizes on traditional gentle yoga working upon the body, mind, breath and awareness, leading to a transformed you with good health, balanced attitude and vitality to deal with urban and modern day lifestyle and stress. Sonu offers personalized classes, to suit all age groups and all levels of experience in yoga.


Guests who attended the event were: Salma Sultan, Nishant Choubey, Aashmeen Munjaal, Niladri Paul, Deepa Sondhi, Shuchi Khanna, Minu Talwar & many more.

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Not all juices are born equal, how healthy is your bottle of juice..

Are you aware what is in the bottle of juice you are drinking or have been drinking because you thought it is healthy? Is your juice really as good as you are made to believe? The reality is that all juices are not born equal.

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We opt for fruit juices compared to the frizzy or synthetic drinks that are available in the market are we think that juices are more healthy and natural. But let’s understand if they are. There are majorly 3 types of juices that are available in the market, here is a fact check to decode which is giving you the maximum nutrition:


Centrifugal Juice – The most well-known way to extract juice, it uses metal blades to break down the fruit or vegetable to make juice. The heat generated by the metal blades destroys the delicate enzymes and brings down the nutrition value of the juice. Though it is an easy way to make juice and money, the process leads to high wastage, oxidation in 20 minutes and a juice which is low in nutrition. Popular brands like Real, Tropicana, etc use this technology.


Masticator Juice – This method uses a slow rotating gear to break the fruit or vegetable and then extract juice. Though this method is able to retain more nutrients compared to Centrifugal process due to less heat, it leads to oxidization of the juices limiting its nutritious value. This process leads to a lot of wastage and a modest quality juice.  


Cold Pressed Juice – Fruits and vegetables are grounded to a pulp which is then squeezed to extract the juice. This is considered as the healthiest way to make juice. The resultant produce is 5 times healthier than the other processes as it retains the maximum nutrition value of the fruit / vegetable and minimum wastage. The HPP technology also avoids oxidation of the juice. Also, there are no added sugar, flavors, chemicals or preservatives. So technically it is the best thing after consuming the fruit or vegetable in its natural state. Brands like RAW Pressery use this technology.

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I tried 4 different flavours from RAW Pressery and have to admit that the juices were simply amazing. I could taste the pulp extraction and the rawness of the juice. It was fresh and authentic and learning about the experience of which juices are the healthiest, my outlook is completely changed.

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From all the juice flavours that I tried, I loved Tangerine, Carrot & Ginger Juice the most. My next favourite was Apple, Beetroot, Carrot, Ginger & Lemon Juice. I could taste each and every fruit individually and still none of the taste was overpowering. It was an awesome blend and a truly healthy option.

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Here is an interesting video to show how different kind of juices are made.. watch the video, grab a RAW Pressery Juice and make your life healthy with a truly healthy and delicious juice option

 

5 Best Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer

 

October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month worldwide, which is also known as Pink October to increase the wakefulness on this dreadful disease. While majority of women are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps and chalk out a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. There is also less awareness about the proper diet which actually helps to prevent the risk of Breast Cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has predicted that by 2020 the number of breast cancer cases will jump to an alarming figure and one in every eight women would run the risk of developing the disease in her lifetime. Nearly 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer DO NOT have a family history when caught early. The best part is that breast cancer has a 98% survival rate.

A healthy diet and lifestyle modification can reduce the chances of breast cancer by nearly 40%. Some of the factors like family history can’t be changed but there are lifestyles changes that you can make to lower down the risk of the breast cancer.

Let’s have a look at them :


1. Keep your weight in check: Maintaining a healthy weight is an important factor to reduce the risks of various types of cancers which includes the risk of breast cancer especially after menopause

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2. Breastfeeding is a must: Women who breastfeed consistently for 6 months are at less risk. This further helps keeping their child healthy and their own bodies healthy too

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3. Keep it moving! : Doing exercise and physical activity seem to protect against the breast cancer in several ways. It also helps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeps the weight in check.

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4. Say No to smoking and limiting alcohol intake: Smoking has already been proven as a major factor for various types of cancers which also includes breast cancer. It is also advisable to keep your alcohol intake in control.

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5. Diet, the most important part: There is growing evidence that eating the right food plays an important part in helping to prevent breast cancer risks. Some foods, such as oily fish (forage fish, sardines, pelagic, etc.) can prevent the growth of cancerous tumors; while others, such as green leafy vegetables helps to fight cancer-causing hormones. Some of the key foods that can help protect you against breast cancer are:

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Tomatoes: They are rich in lycopene which have been proven to lower the risk of getting cancer


Green Tea: It is packed with powerful antioxidants that may lower blood pressure


Grain cereals: They contain folate, Vitamin B, which helps prevent breast cancer


Beans & Pulse: They offer an excellent source of vegetable protein into your diet and the intake of beans and pulses such as lentils and chickpeas are associated with reduced breast cancer risk


Garlic: It contains rich source of cancer-fighting compounds that can slow tumor growth and prevent breast cancer risk


Dark Green Leafy vegetables: Studies have shown that chemicals present in them may help prevent cells from DNA damage and induce cell death which could reduce the risk of cancer


Ms. Kanchan Naikawadi, preventive healthcare expert, Indus Health Plus says, “Breast cancer is one of the most dreaded ailments in India and is rapidly increasing amongst women of younger age. Irregular lifestyle changes and improper food intake is adding to its numbers year on year. Breast Cancer is completely curable if detected at an early stage. We are consistently trying to spread the awareness and therefore trying to make it imperative for one and all to invest in healthy living and a preventive health check-up before it’s too late.”


Article contributed by Ms. Kanchan Naikawadi, Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus

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