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How to beat cancer?

health and fitness Updated: Dec 22, 2011 14:57 IST
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While your doctor who made the cancer diagnosis may have a plan for you, it is not the only plan that is needed. You need other therapies too, to beat cancer.

The more knowledge you have about your condition and other supporting therapies available, the more successful you will be in your journey of treating cancer.

Nourish your body
Cancer lowers appetite while increasing nutrient and calorie requirement. You need to strengthen your immune system with protein rich food like curd, paneer, milk, sprouts, eggs and fish.

Boost your immune system Detoxify your body. Eat well and take a professionally well designed detoxification program. Some nutritional supplements like colostrum, mitake mushrooms and shitake mushrooms have demonstrated an ability to boost the immune system.

Nature is full of cancer fighting ingredients in tomatoes, garlic and vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and onions, berries like strawberry and cherries, as well as green tea Herbs , vitamins and minerals. The basic herb all cancer patients should be using is garlic. Season your food with garlic.

Eat it raw in the morning, cook it in a tomato puree or use it as a sandwich spread. Other herbs like ginger, yashtimadhu, echinacea, ginseng, astragalus help fortify your immunity. Healthy fats like flax seeds, fish oils supplements, minerals like selenium, magnesium, chromium and zinc helps lower cancer risk.

Antioxidants like vitamin C, E and A and probiotic like yogurt helps in fighting cancer. Make sure you eat more fiber and pass stools everyday.

Belly breathing
Do some yoga and start breathing properly. Suck in air to the bottom of lungs and watch your stomach protruding out. Breathe full to expand your chest. Then push your stomach in to exhale all the air out of your lungs as you breathe out. Repeat this cycle for 10 minutes everyday. .

Exercise oxygenates tissues and helps in starving the cancer cells. It also balances blood sugar levels, thereby restricting the amount of sugar available to the cancer cells to grow.

Mind-body connection
Fill your mind with good thoughts and laughter. Feed it with feelings of love and forgiveness, and provide your body with the best diet and supplements.

Dr. Anjali Mukerjee, Nutritionist and Founder, Director - Health Total