Wheat – meaning and origin

Wheat is one of the sweet grasses (Poaceae) of the genus Triticum L. The two most commonly grown species are durum- and common wheat, whereby the second one is more starchy. The term „wheat“ is derived from the „white“ (light) flour and also the bright color of the wheatfruit. Furthermore „Triticum“ is derived from the Latin participle „tritum“, which means „rubbed“ or „threshed“.

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Am 1. März, 2018 von Sarah Appel

Grain – benefits and usage

Grain belongs to the grass family and is an essential part of the human diet. This is mainly because it has a high nutritional value and coupled with very good storage properties. Wheat, rice, millet, rye, oats, corn and barley play a particularly important role here. Nowadays grains are an integral part of our diet, many people eat it every day. Bread, pasta and other baked goods are just a part of the foods that are made from grain. It is also used as animal feed (mainly barley, oats, corn and triticale) and as a raw material for the production of luxury foods and technical products.

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Am 28. Februar, 2018 von Sarah Appel

Parasitic worms – the unwanted cohabitants of our organism

Parasitic worms are worm-like organisms, living in and feeding on hosts, receiving nourishment and protection while disrupting the hosts‘ nutrient absorption. Parasitic worms can live inside humans and other animals. Once inside the body, they can cause a large variety of diseases which, depending on the state of the host’s immune system, can range from general discomfort to serious illness. Worms most commonly live in the digestive tract, but they can also be found throughout the entire body. No organ is immune to parasitic infections.

Worms can enter the body in many different ways. Human parasitic infections can, for instance, be caused by absorption of contaminated food or water or by contact with animal feces (that’s why it is important to wash your hands with soap and hot water). The route of transmission, the path of infection and the symptoms vary depending on the type of parasite.

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Am 23. Dezember, 2012 von Björn Snoek

Joint-friendly summer exercise

Exercise is essential for keeping the musculoskeletal system and the entire organism fit and healthy. Choosing physical activities that you enjoy will help you stick with them, but be careful to choose wisely. Whatever sport you practice, be safe, and be watchful not to strain your joints too much, as overstraining can result in negative after-effects – if not immediately, then in the future.

There are many different types of joint-friendly sports to choose from. You can have a lot of fun with them, burn calories along the way, and your body will thank you for it.

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Am 23. Dezember, 2012 von Björn Snoek

Candida Krusei – a pathogenic yeast

Candida Krusei is a budding yeast and a subspecies of the Candida Alibcans fungi, about which we wrote in the preceding blog article.

Candida Krusei can populate a variety of living environments. It can be found in food products, ground soil and waste water.

It is mostly people with a weakened immune system who are afflicted with Candida Krusei, which can cause skin infections and damage to inner organs. The nails and the bronchia are most frequently affected; however, infections of the gastrointestinal tract, the gall and the bladder are also common.

The symptoms caused by Candida Krusei are wide-ranging and include, for example, stomach aches, flatulence, shortness of breath, joint pain, heart problems, breathing difficulties and, as a result of a suppressed immune system, the common cold. It is precisely this variety of signs and symptoms that often makes a diagnosis of Candida Krusei so difficult.

Candida Krusei can primarily be detected in stool samples that are analyzed specifically for fungi. Conclusions as to the occurrence of fungi can also be drawn from saliva cultures and special blood tests.

You can contribute in a very important way to the treatment – be it medical or holistic – of a fungal infestation: change your diet!

Yeast cells love all things rich in sugar and carbohydrates, which is why you should be firm in staying away from industrial sugars, fruit sugars and bread for the duration of your therapy. So-called complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables and potatoes, are allowed. The duration of the treatment varies from person to person. Some may find permanent relief within a few weeks, others may need many months to get rid of their Candida symptoms. Patience is a key virtue when it comes to fighting fungi. It is important to stick to your diet as strictly and as long as possible and to not fall back into old habits at the first signs of improvement. If you keep up your new, healthy lifestyle, Candida will have no chance in the long run.

Did you know that Candida Krusei also has an industrial function?

The budding yeast plays an important role in chocolate production: in order for them to lose their bitter taste, cocoa beans have to be fermented and broken down. This takes place with specific strains of Candida Krusei. They produce an enzyme, similar to acetic acid, which eliminates the bitterness in the beans, allowing the chocolaty aroma to unfold. Candida Krusei is also used in the ripening process of cheese and in the production of baker’s yeast.

Should you have any questions about Candida Krusei, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

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Am 27. November, 2012 von Björn Snoek

Candida Albicans – symptoms and methods of treatment

Candida Albicans is an opportunistic fungus. It is a normal part of the gastrointestinal flora, present in 75% of the human population with no harmful effects, as it is in balance with other bacteria. The trouble begins when there is some change in the body that throws our organism off balance. A weakened immune system allows the Candida population to grow out of control, releasing immune-suppressing toxins into the bloodstream, causing many undesirable symptoms throughout the entire body.

One of the changes that can cause an imbalance in our system, for instance, is the frequent use of antibiotics, which has become a customary practice nowadays. A prolonged diet of processed foods rich in carbohydrates and sugar and a suppressed immune system due to illness are other common factors that promote an overgrowth of Candida (Candidiasis), allowing it to spread throughout the entire body.

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Am 27. November, 2012 von Björn Snoek

Mycoses – the invisible „enemies“ of our organism

Many people suffer from fungal infections, mostly without even knowing it. If a mycosis remains undetected, and therefore untreated, the fungus can spread uninterruptedly throughout the organism. Among the most common mycoses are athlete’s foot and fungal infections of the nails and of the skin.

But fungal infections don’t only appear on the visible parts of our bodies – fungi can colonize an entire organism.

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Am 18. November, 2012 von Björn Snoek