Can beer cause yeast infections?
Can beer cause yeast infections?
You may have heard that it’s best to avoid drinking beer when you suffer from yeast infections. I love having a beer from time to time, especially on hot days and I always wondered if it could cause my yeast infections. Somehow, I was always skeptical about beer triggering Candida bouts and I decided to do some research to find if it’s true.
Next time you ask yourself if having a beer will cause a vaginal yeast infection, remember these facts about Candida and beer:
- The type of yeast used in brewing and baking belong to different species than Candida, mainly Saccharomyces cerevisiae and they’ve got no connection to Candida whatsoever. So consuming yeast containing foods, such as bread or beer, cannot trigger Candida infections. It doesn’t affect Candida either in a positive or a negative way because your body treats it as any other food.
- Candida doesn’t feed on alcohol either, it actually produces ethanol as a waste product, so you can safely enjoy an alcoholic drink without causing a new Candida bout. You could argue that alcohol, as a form of complex sugar, can feed Candida. However, there is a lot of evidence that suggests that ingesting sugar will not cause a vaginal yeast infection in healthy women, only in women with an impaired tolerance to glucose, diabetics.
Does is mean that drinking alcohol doesn’t cause yeast infections?
- Unfortunately not. Alcohol upsets bacterial balance in your body. It can destroy friendly bacteria that help maintain healthy levels of yeast. When the balance becomes upset, yeast can start overgrowing and causing infections in different parts of your body, such as vaginal yeast infection.
To reduce the risk of upsetting your bacterial flora while drinking, it’s best to drink moderately and take probiotic supplements on daily basis. The probiotics that are especially potent against vaginal yeast infections are Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus plantarum. Make sure the probiotic supplement you’re using contains at least two of these strains.
- Alcohol has also been shown to increase cortisol levels in your blood. Cortisol is a stress hormone which can inhibit your immune system and make you more susceptible to vaginal yeast infections. In order to lower cortisol levels in your blood you should limit your alcohol and caffeine intake, make sure you get enough sleep and learn to handle stress effectively.
- If you’re currently trying to get rid of a yeast infection, apart from supplementing with probiotics, choose either a natural cure, such as boric acid suppositories or check my article about medication for vaginal yeast infection to find an option that suits you best.
All in all, it seems that beer doesn’t trigger yeast infections because Candida doesn’t feed on yeasts found in beer nor on alcohol itself. I think we can all enjoy a nice cold beer or any other alcoholic beverage from time to time without the risk of suffering from another Candida bout.
However, we have to remember that alcohol does upset the bacterial flora in our bodies, so if you drink, make sure you supplement with probiotics on daily basis to keep Candida at bay. If you often suffer from vaginal yeast infections, apart from taking probiotics every day, you could also insert a probiotic vaginal suppository overnight after a night out.
Anyway, it’s always safer and healthier to drink moderately or even better, not drink alcohol at all!
Do you think drinking beer triggers your yeast infections? Please share your comments and experiences in the comment section below.