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Does Alcohol Cause Yeast Infections?

A yeast infection otherwise known as candida albicans, stems from a natural fungus found inside the body. When a person’s body is out of balance from stress and/or fatigue, the yeast can grow abnormally. In addition, an excess amount of glucose in the body can also cause a yeast infection. These types of infections can occur throughout the body but are most commonly in the mouth and genital areas. Following a well balanced diet with limited alcohol, sugar and bread can greatly help reduce one’s likelihood of getting a yeast infection, especially if you are someone who is prone to yeast infections. Here we will take a closer look at what types of foods cause yeast infections and why.

Alcohol And Yeast Infection Susceptibility

It is true what they say: All types of alcohol, whether it is beer, wine; whiskey, etc. contain high levels of yeast. This is because many of the foods (potatoes, molasses, beets, grape skins, etc.) that are most often used to create these alcoholic beverages contain yeast. Yeast is absorbed into the bloodstream when a person drinks excessive amounts of alcohol, which can cause or aggravate a yeast infection. Another reason alcohol has been known to cause or aggravate yeast infections are due to the very high amounts of sugar that many forms of alcohol contain.

Sugar And Yeast Infection Susceptibility

You may be wondering, what it is about sugar that makes it a breeding ground for yeast? The answer is simple. Sugar is very acidic, which means that consuming too much sugar can cause frequent yeast infections. If you are like most Americans and addicted to sugary, processed, artificially sweetened foods, candy, ice cream, juice, sodas, etc. then chances are you have probably had a yeast infection or two in your life. Eating a well balanced diet and limiting these types of food can help reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection. One can also help reduce their likelihood of contracting a yeast infection by limiting or avoiding their intake of fruits that are high in fructose sugar. These types of fruits include bananas, cherries, grapes, pomegranates, prunes and raisins.

The Connection Between Yeast Infections And Alcohol

Although prescription medications can sometimes help treat and prevent yeast infections, more and more people are beginning to realize that the best bet for reducing their likelihood of infection is to closely monitor how their body reacts to various foods and to eat a well balanced diet, while limiting or avoiding certain trigger foods. Although yeast infections are very common in women, the truth of the matter is that these infections are becoming quite common in men as well, due to today’s diet and lifestyle choices.

Overcoming A Yeast Infection And/Or Minimizing Your Risk

If you are susceptible to yeast infections you should try your best to limit or avoid the following foods and beverages to reduce your likelihood of infection:

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Vodka
  • Bread
  • Mushrooms
  • Refined Sugars
  • Fruits High In Fructose Sugar
  • Acidic Foods
  • Potatoes
  • Molasses
  • Beets

While the foods listed above may be enjoyed by those individuals who are less susceptible to yeast infections, if you are suffering from candida or are very prone to candida, you may find that refraining is going to be your best option in overcoming the problem and minimizing your risk for getting infections in the future.

Breaking The Cycle

Furthermore, something to really consider is that many who suffer from candida, do so on a regular basis. It is a pattern. By choosing to make educated changes in your diet and eating more balanced and nutritious meals, you can help reduce your risk of infection in addition to reducing your need for prescription medications that only temporarily solve the problem.

For those individuals partaking in proactive measures to control yeast levels in their body, either by taking probiotics and/or generally following a candida diet, it is safe to say that partaking in the occasional alcoholic beverage shouldn’t be too much of a problem. However, if you are an individual where candida is an ongoing issue, it may be time to look at your diet and closely monitor and/or restrict certain things one at a time back into your diet, in order to see how they affect your body and your susceptibility to infection.