Are you worried about yeast overgrowth? If so, avoid red wine. This will keep yeast in check.
First, let’s look at the basics. Our bodies naturally have the yeast Candida albicans – a type of fungus. It lives on the skin and in mucous membranes. The mouth, gut, and vagina are just a few of its homes.
“Good” bacteria controls fungus levels. However, a bacterial imbalance makes it easy for Candida to overgrow. The result? A yeast infection called Candidiasis.1
In the mouth, it’s known as oral thrush. Symptoms include creamy white patches and painful cracks. On the skin, it shows up as skin rashes and patches. Vaginal yeast infections are itchy and irritating, topped off with white discharge.2
Alternative medicine claims that Candidiasis can exist without these symptoms. Instead, it can also be the root of the problems like fatigue, weight gain, and digestive issues. But this “Candidiasis Syndrome” isn’t recognized by science. It’s not a medical term or condition, so you
But if you have a yeast infection, you might wonder what you can and can’t eat. Some foods can make it better or worse. To start, you should avoid wine. Here are the reasons why.
Reasons Why You Should Avoid Wine On Candidiasis Diet
1. Weakens Immune System
Alcohol is bad news for any infection. It weakens your immune system by suppressing natural killer cells and lymphocytes. In turn, your body can’t overthrow Candida.
Plus, if you have Candidiasis, your immunity is probably already weak. Alcohol like wine will just make it worse.3 And if you’re on anti-fungal medication? You should avoid alcohol, anyway.
2. Adds More Yeast To Body
To make alcohol, you need to
Wine pairs well with cheese, but it’s also high in yeast. So, avoid wine and cheese, whether it’s separate or together.4
3. Thrives The Yeast Present In Body
Yeast eats sugar. It’s needed to grow, ferment, and make alcohol. It can also help the yeast in your body thrive. Therefore, you should avoid wine.
Cheaper wines are likely to be more processed. Yet, limiting processed foods is a big part of a Candidiasis diet, so keep this in mind.5
What You Should Eat To Beat Candidiasis
You might be wondering what you can have. Here’s a rundown of what you should eat to beat Candidiasis:
- Probiotics: Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt and kefir will replenish your body’s “good” bacteria. You can also take supplements.
- Vitamin C: As a rich antioxidant, vitamin C will boost your immune system. Fruits and vegetables are yummy sources.
- Vitamin E: This nutrient is also an antioxidant. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful against infections. Sources include wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, and spinach.6
- Essential Fatty Acids: Healthy fats like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids will reduce inflammation. So, instead of animal fats, opt for more fatty fish and nuts.
- Garlic: For a natural anti-fungal remedy, eat garlic. It’ll kill extra yeast and control overgrowth.7
All types of alcohol should be avoided. Remember, yeast is needed to make it. Treat your body well by skipping the booze. You’ll have a much better chance at fighting Candida, once and for all.
|↑1||Candidiasis. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.|
|↑2, ↑4, ↑5, ↑7||Candidiasis. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑3||Szabo, Gyongyi. “Consequences of alcohol consumption on host defence.” Alcohol and alcoholism 34, no. 6 (1999): 830-841.|
|↑6||Vitamin E. National Institutes of Health.|