Candida albicans overgrowth is something that many people have problems with but of those most will not even realize what is causing their ill health. They are a fungus that live in most humans without us even noticing them, until their overgrowth creates symptoms that affect us. One of the symptoms of candida internal overgrowth is candida alcohol intolerance. This article looks at this and other symptoms as well as how alcohol can actually be a cause of candida growth.
There are a variety of factors that can create an imbalance in the microorganisms of your body which allows the candida to reach numbers that are too high and can cause ill health to you the host. Symptoms are actually caused by the toxins it releases as waste and one known symptoms is candida alcohol intolerance. This means you find where as once you could drink several alcoholic drinks before you noticed the affect the alcohol was having on you, now you can barely drink one. For obvious reasons this can be a problem – if you are used to driving after having a glass of wine with dinner, this is no longer safe for you to do.
There are other symptoms that you may notice also – in fact part of the problem with diagnosing candida overgrowth is that there are so many possible symptoms it might cause. Common ones include;
- poor concentration
- poor memory
- muscle aches
- flu like symptoms
- yeast infections
- mood swings
- vision problems
- alcohol intolerance
- other food intolerances/sensitivities
- skin rash
Effects of candida alcohol intolerance
If you are developing candida alcohol intolerance you will notice alcohol makes you sick when you drink it after only a couple of drinks. In all probability you are actually developing an intolernace for an ingredient in the alcohol rather than the ethanol itself. A lot have gluten in them such as beer or ciders, some have wheat, rye or barley in them. Alcohol also has histamine in it, especially red wine, so if your intolerance happens when you have a glass of red wine it may be the histamine causing it. There are alternatives to these alcohols, for example you can get potato vodka, or corn whiskey. If you are still reacting then it is the alcohol itself that is the problem.
Why you should avoid alcohol
Whether you have a candida alcohol intolernace or not you should still cut it out while you are dealing with a candida overgrowth. Alcohol turns to sugar in the body and sugar is the main food source for candida. Basically drinking alcohol feeds your fungus and helps it grow. Additionally alcohol adds to the toxins in your body and since your body is laready overloaded and unbale to cope, this is not good.