Yeast Infections Are Common In Beer Drinkers

by Eric Bakker N.D. on February 17, 2012. Updated July 13, 2013

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Men Who Drink Beer Are More Prone To Yeast Infections And Prostatitis

Eric Bakker ND

Alcohol is produced by yeast fermentation. Wine has sufficient alcohol content to kill the yeast. In fact, wine only reaches an alcohol volume of about 12% because that is where the yeast that is creating the alcohol is killed. When spirits like vodka, whiskey, and cognac are distilled the actual heat produced kills any yeast residue.

In beer, however, the alcohol content rarely exceeds 6%, so there is often there will be traces of live yeast which are left behind, even if the beer is clear and filtered. In fact, there probably is yeast in your beer unless it was pasteurized.

Ironically, the expensive higher quality beers never are and the cheaper ones are sometimes but not pasteurized. When you drink beer containing live yeast, it can remain live in digestive system and translocate into your body, affect your immune system and particularly your digestive system. Some men never really seem to be affected by this yeast, others are only affected by certain brands of beers, whilst others can start to suffer days after only a couple of beers. If you suffer from prostatitis, this live yeast can make your life quite miserable.

It is important to bear in mind that ALL alcohols have the ability to stimulate the overgrowth of candida yeast infections, but beer in particular is a very common causative factor because of the yeast content and also because of the amount of beer consumed and with relative frequency.

The type of enlarged prostate from beer consumption is different from other forms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate, or BPH) in that it will subside once the prostatitis (and alcohol consumption) is remedied. Other forms of BPH are more difficult to reverse.  At times you may well have prostatitis and yet your Urologist will do all the tests and tell you everything is OK. This can be truly bewildering, especially when the pain is intense. Many cases of prostatitis test negative, and you well could be in pain and discomfort but the lab test say there is nothing wrong.

So, if you enjoy a regular beer, and suffer from prostatitis, prostate pain, or irritation, it could be the yeast residue in your brew that is causing your problems. My advice? If you have a prostate problem AND drink beer, then stop all beer for some time and focus on restoring your digestive system and allow time to eradicate yeast from your system properly.

 

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