Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hummus - One of the Healthiest Condiments

Hummus is an Arabic cuisine made of cooked chickpeas, mashed and mixed with olive oil, tahini or sesame paste, lemon juice, garlic and salt. It is popularly used as dip or bread filling throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. It is perfect with pita bread. Tahini or sesame paste is a very important ingredient of hummus and no other ingredient can replace it.

No wonder, hummus has been named one of the healthiest condiments by a well-known nutritionist for its rich vitamin and iron content. It is also rich in folic acid and vitamin B6.

How To Make Hummus


1 small can of chickpeas (also called garbansos)
lemon juice to taste
1 to 2 tablespoons tahini
2 to 3 cloves crushed garlic
21/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup liquid coming from the chickpeas can
salt to taste


Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy. Place in a bowl and you are ready to served your hummus.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

What is Onychomycosis - Its Causes, Manifestation and Cure

Onychomycosis, the medical term for nail fungal infection, refers to any type of fungal infection that affects the nails. According to medical literature, it is the most common nail infection yet the most difficult to treat.

Onychomycosis is caused by dermatophytes, a type of fungus that attacks both human and animal hair, skin and nails. Two dermatophytes, the Trichophyton rubrum and the Trichophyton mentagrophytes are responsible for causing 90 percent of all nail fungal infectons. The disease is not life-threatening but it can cause pain, extreme discomfort and embarrassment to those who are suffering from this unsightly disease.

How Will You Know That Your Nails are Being Attacked by Fungi

You will know that your nails are being attacked by dermatophytes when they start to show discoloration and develop deformed and uneven yellowish lines underneath and on the sides of the nails. Your nails could also turn into a black color with that portion of your nails developing uneven and yellowish lines.

Treatment of Nail Fungal Infection

The treatment primarily used for onychomycosis or nail fungal infection are terbinafine, itraconazole and fluconazole. Most medical publications say that these medications are effective for the elderly, for patients with diabetes and for children.

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