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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

On Nutrition: Yeast infection diet

By Barbara Quinn



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A reader writes: "I struggle with reoccurring yeast infections. The doctor gave me an oral medication for them about 5 years ago and I didn't have them for a year. Then my body started to be allergic to that medicine.

"I've always known I can change my diet, but you know how hard that is! I know I need to cut out refined sugar and starches. Again not so easy!

"Can you give me some ideas as to what to eat for breakfast? It's hard to go to the store with four kids and actually read the labels."

Dear Reader,

Fascinating information out there about this condition and much of it is not very reliable. Suffice it to say, some diet changes can help prevent yeast infections. But it may not be as drastic as you have been led to believe. Here's why:

Yeasts are everywhere. They live in soil. They reside on the skins of fruit and berries. And they live in the body. Some yeasts are good and others are not.

The yeast most often responsible for infections in the body is Candida albicans (aka Candida). Although a normal resident of the body, Candida is considered an "opportunistic pathogen" which means it is only harmful if it is allowed to grow out of control.

The most common cause of yeast infections? Antibiotic use, say experts. Antibiotics kill good bacteria (which protect the body from yeast overgrowth) as well as bad bacteria. Other conditions that may promote the abnormal growth of yeast in the body include pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy, diabetes and HIV infections.

Yeasts in food, however, are entirely different species from the pathogen Candida albicans. Nutritional yeasts are "friendly fungi" much like mushrooms and other "organisms" we add to food for one reason or other. Saccharomyces cerevisiae (abbreviated S. cerevisiae) is a common yeast that has been used to make bread for thousands of years. Other strains of Saccharomyces are used to ferment grape juice into wine. Kombucha is a fermented sweetened tea made with a nutritional yeast. Some yeasts are even used to turn corn into ethanol fuel. But I digress.

Although the internet is full of diet advice on how to prevent yeast infections (one site says you must eliminate everything but garlic, spices, herbs and vegetables), here are some reliable remedies:

Increase your intake of Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus). These good bacteria in the gut keep Candida yeast cells from growing out of control. Sorry, but you will need to look at food labels to find foods such as milk, kefir, or yogurt that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus as an ingredient.

Keep up your defenses. Protein-containing foods strengthen our immune system so it can thwart the growth of wayward yeast cells. Include at least one of these at each meal: fish, poultry, meat, eggs, low-fat cheese, yogurt, milk, beans, nuts or nut butters.

Make half your plate vegetables. (Have we heard this before?) Cooked or raw, these foods feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut that keep the bad Candida boys under control.

Add some raw garlic to your diet. Garlic has proven anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Smash it up and add it to salad dressings and other fresh foods.

Consider taking a probiotic supplement that contains Lactobacillus — the good guys shown to control the growth of Candida. One trustworthy brand is Culturelle which, contains Lactobacillus GG.

Cut extra sugar from your diet. Eat whole fruit and avoid excessive amounts of juice and other sugared beverages. This is a good recommendation for all of us.

Ideas for breakfast? Try plain or low-sugar yogurt made with Lactobacillus "live active" cultures. And sprinkle with some raw garlic just kidding.

Bottom line: Avoid the overuse of antibiotics. Replenish your gut with good bacteria in the form of active live Lactobacillus-containing foods. Eat some protein at each meal. Load up with vegetables. If you haven't already, let your doctor know about your symptoms so he can prescribe necessary medical therapy.

And don't believe everything you read on the internet.

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Barbara Quinn is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.



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Questions from readers

Beware of the hCG diet
Diets that work
Pregnancy advice from mom
Terminology review
Thoughts for the New Year
Reasons to have a cup of tea
What's new for 2012
Applications for healthy living
Clarifying organic terminology
Facts about type 1 diabetes
Myths and facts about diabetes
Food Still Better Than Supplements
Celiac questions


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