Does Caffeine Cause Yeast Infections?
I love my morning cup of coffee and there are times in my life when I convert into a proper coffee addict, having more than 3 cups a day to stay awake!
When I was getting recurring yeast infections I read that coffee can trigger a Candida bout, so I would always stop having it for a week or two to speed up my recovery, but eventually, I’d always get back to my old habit.
Today I’ll be looking at this topic in depth, to find out if and why caffeine can trigger a yeast infection, and what we can do about it. Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that stimulates the nervous system. It’s found not only in coffee but also in:
- Energy drinks such as Red Bull
- Soft drinks such as Coca-Cola
- Cocoa bins
Drinking coffee temporarily raises cortisol levels in your blood, making you more alert and active. However, if you drink more than 3 cups a day your cortisol levels may be similar to those of a person under chronic stress having a devastating effect on your immune system.
The weakened immune system makes you more prone to all sorts of infections, so you’ll more likely to develop vaginal yeast infections when drinking too much coffee. High cortisol contributes to higher sugar levels in your blood making it easier for the yeast to feed and thrive.
So do I have to skip coffee completely?
If you want to prevent or get rid of a yeast infection, there are a few things you can do:
- Replace your cup of coffee with a cup of tea, it’s much lower in caffeine. You can also try to cheat your brain with decaf coffee!
- If you can’t imagine ditching coffee, use a dietary supplement that helps maintain healthy cortisol levels, such as Cortisol Health.
- Boost your defenses by taking probiotic supplements. My favorite one is Garden of Life Raw Probiotics. Probiotics help maintain a healthy bacterial balance in your vagina, making it more difficult for Candida to start multiplying and causing nasty symptoms.
- As usual, the best and the healthiest option for you is to stop having any caffeine altogether to speed up your recovery and lower the risk of getting a vaginal yeast infection in the future.
- If you want to learn what else you can do to prevent a vaginal yeast infection, check this post.
Although ditching coffee is not absolutely necessary, if you want to avoid getting yeast infections, it’s the best you can do to support your immune system and stay healthy.
On the other hand, the most sensible approach for coffee lovers is to try to reduce your coffee intake to two cups a day, or use decaf coffee. If you cannot imagine your life without caffeine make sure you boost your defenses with probiotic supplements. Stay healthy!
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