Nutritional Yeast and Candida
Here is a problem that most women don’t like to talk about: yeast infections. Unfortunately, yeast infections (aka candida) are one of the unpleasant realities of womanhood, and most women will get at least one in their lifetime.
Why We Get Yeast Infections
First off, yeast infections don’t just occur in the vagina. You can get a yeast infection rash on your stomach, in your nose, etc. However, yeast particularly loves the moist, darkness of our lady parts. It doesn’t help that our underwear limits the amount of fresh air going down there! So, when we women get a yeast infection, symptoms are usually going to appear first in the vagina.
The reason that we get yeast infections is because there is “bad” yeast everywhere – including in our bodies. Normally, this yeast isn’t a problem because our “good” yeast keeps it in check (think of it like the never ending war of yeasts in your digestive tract).
When you eat lots of sugary foods, candida goes crazy. Aside from sugars, many other vegetarian foods – like wheat – contribute to candidiasis by making our blood more acidic. The candida thrives and we get a yeast infection.
As if this weren’t bad enough, candida stops your body from absorbing iron and other nutrients which you need to stay healthy!
But Nutritional Yeast is NOT to Blame…
When you’ve got a yeast infection, you definitely want to lay off any foods containing yeast. This includes:
- Alcoholic drinks
When you’ve got a yeast infection, you’ll want to lay off the beer for a while!
However, nutritional yeast is still okay. The reason is because nutritional yeast has been “deactivated.”
Even though nutritional yeast is made from the same type of yeast as these candida-causing foods, it is made in a different way. After the yeast is finished growing, the yeast gets killed with heat and then it gets dried up into those flakes we all love so much. Since the nutritional yeast is dead when you eat it, it isn’t going to give you a yeast infection!