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Thrush: Cause And Cure

Thrush: Cause And Cure

Candida Albicans is one of the many organism living in the human body.
These organisms live in about 80 percent of the human population. Thrush can be present in different parts of the human body including the colon, vagina, stomach, throat, mouth and rectum. Candida Albicans does not pose any health problems under normal conditions but an overgrowth of the said bacteria can cause a condition called Thrush or candidiasis.

Thrush is not a serious problem but if left untreated it can cause major discomfort. In some instances, thrush can also lead to a much serious condition. This is why anyone who thinks that they are suffering from thrush must immediately seek medical advice. Thrush, especially if it is persistent, must never be ignored.

So how do you know if you are suffering from thrush? One of the telltale sign is having white creamy patches in the mouth. Red spots on the roof of the mouth, throat, gums and on the tongue are also clear indications of Thrush. A person suffering from Thrush may also see crusts forming on the corners of his or her mouth. Difficulties in swallowing, nausea and chest pains are some of the other signs of having Thrush.

The most common telltale sign of Thrush among women is a vaginal discharge that resembles cottage cheese. This discharge is often accompanied by burning and itching of the vaginal area. The lips of the vagina can also swell and become red and tender to the touch.

Thrush can usually be detected by a doctor by examining your throat and mouth. In some cases, the doctor may need to check your stomach and throat by using an x-ray machine or an endoscope to check whether you have actually have thrush or not. Sometimes though, a visual examination by the physician is sufficient diagnosis.

Majority of Thrush sufferers are women. It is estimated that a whopping 75 percent of all women in the world will experience having Thrush at least once in their lives.

Can Thrush be prevented? Of course it can. Every women must remember that a normal amount of yeast is necessary for good vaginal health. That is why it is not advisable to result to primary prevention of the formation of yeast. Yeast infection like Thrush feeds on sugar. This is a very helpful information among Trish sufferers. And because Thrush feeds on sugar, limiting sugar intake was found by most Thrush sufferers to be very effective.

A low sugar diet can also prevent the recurrence of Candida Albicans overgrowth. The affected area must also be allowed to breathe so it is highly advisable to wear cotton undergarments, pants and skirts and loose fitting pants and skirts.

If Thrush infection is persistent, then it is highly advisable that the sufferer seek the advice of a medical expert. Self treatment through over the counter medication is also not recommended since some medicines especially antibiotics can worsen the Thrush infection. Always ask the advice of a doctor before undergoing any kind of medical treatment.

It is also wise to seek the counsel of other individual who are suffering or who has recovered from a Thrush infection. The insight and advice that they will provide will be valuable in your own road to recovery. The Internet is a very good place to find individuals who are suffering or who has recovered from Thrush.

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Vitamin B-2

Vitamin B-2

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Riboflavin is a common name for vitamin B-2 and was once known as Vitamin G. You will see Vitamin B-2 described as Riboflavin on the back of vitamin bottles and in other food packaging.

An interesting and curious fact about Riboflavin is that it is naturally produced by the bacteria in your gut. Although it may not be produced in sufficient quantities to prevent deficiencies. Intestinal production, however, can reduce the symptoms of a deficient state.

Some experts claim that B-2 deficiency is the most prominent nutrient deficiency in North America. Those who eat a diet largely constructed of refined and fast foods may be at risk. And of course, alcoholics are at higher risk of B vitamin deficiencies. Low-income individuals may also tend to be at higher risk due to diet.

Problems with blood proteins may lead to deficiency. And states that block or reduce the uptake of riboflavin into the cell can also be responsible for a deficient state. Therefore, just having an adequate supply of Riboflavin in your food does not necessarily preclude deficiency.

Brewer’s yeast and organ meats are sources that are high in Riboflavin. Lower amounts may be found in milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables and some fruits.

As a side note, I once had a biochemistry teacher whom offered two pieces of advice to his students. He told us to drink a gallon of water per day and to take some brewer’s yeast every day. As I remember it, he talked about how brewer’s yeast was excellent food for the cellular processes of the body. That was probably due to the fact that brewer’s yeast is an excellent source of the b vitamins.

Drinking a gallon of water per day was slightly unusual advice as most experts and nutritionists agree that 2 liters is an adequate intake. This biochemistry teacher was recommending twice that amount. Remember to consult with a physician before changing your diet, supplement or water intake.

Riboflavin is very important in cellular metabolism, the process by which your body produces usable energy. It is important in forming the coenzymes that are necessary to make ATP, which is the energy currency of the cells.

A partial list of deficiency symptoms include fatigue, sensitivity to light and dermatitis. Nerve tissue damage and retarded growth in infants and children can result from a deficiency.

More detailed and technical information about Riboflavin can be found at emedicine.com. If you have any doubts about your health as it relates to Riboflavin, ask your doctor for a proper diagnoses and treatment. Each human body is different with different needs and contraindications, that is why it is important to consult your physician.

This article is for information purposes only and is not intended to prevent, treat or diagnose any health issue. If you have or think you might have a health condition or issue, please contact your primary care physician for proper diagnoses and treatment. The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the US FDA as far as I know.

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Recipe: Pretzels


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* 1 tbsp. yeast
* 1/2 c. warm water
* 1 tsp. honey
* 1 1/3 c. flour
* 1 tsp. salt


* oven (You’ll need help from your adult assistant. )
* small bowl
* mixing spoon
* medium-size bowl
* cutting board, sprinkled with flour
* baking sheet, sprayed with nonstick spray
* measuring cups and spoons


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (165 degrees Celsius).
2. Put the yeast in a small bowl with the water and honey. Stir a little, then let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
3. Mix the flour and salt together in a medium-size bowl.
4. After the 5 minutes is up, check on the yeast mixture. It should be bigger than before and a little bubbly. Add this mixture to the flour and salt mixture.
5. Stir everything together. Use a spoon to start. Finish with your hands. The dough is ready when it’s still a little crumbly and flaky.
6. Put the dough on the cutting board and knead it like you are playing with clay. Knead it into one big ball.
7. Break off a piece of dough that’s about the size of a big gumball or superball. Use your hands to roll it into a skinny snake.
8. Twist the snake into a medium-size pretzel shape, and put it on the cookie sheet. Do this with all the dough, making 12 pretzels.
9. Bake your pretzels for 10 minutes. Let them cool and take a bite!

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Recipe: Apple Roquefort Bread

Apple Roquefort Bread

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3/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese
1 tablespoon shortening
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup bread flour
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon active dry yeast


Add the ingredients to the bread machine as directed by the manufacturer. Add the cheese and juice together. If possible, use the light crust setting for best results.

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Recipe: fried puffs in syrup

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Fried Puffs in Syrup (Fritelle di Chanuka)
2 envelopes active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 1/2 to 3 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons anise seeds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup dark seedless raisins
1 cup olive or other vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of warm water.

Combine flour, salt, and anise seeds in a bowl. Gradually add the dissolved yeast and the olive oil, mixing until a rather soft dough is formed. Turn out onto a floured working surface. Knead for about 10 minutes, or until dough is smooth and elastic.

Spread the raisins over the working surface and knead the dough over them until they have all been incorporated into the dough. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.

With the palms of your hands, flatten down to about 1/2-inch thickness. Let rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes. With a sharp knife, cut into 36 diamonds.

Heat the oil in a deep saucepan and fry the diamonds, a few at a time, turning, until golden on both sides. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Heat the honey in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and boil for just 3 minutes. Arrange frittelle on a serving plate and pour hot honey over the.

Makes 3 dozen.