Of concern to many women is the potential for kombucha to give you a yeast infection, given its a bacteria-based product that contains sugar. We examine the possibility of this occurring in today’s article: Can Kombucha give you a yeast infection?
Yeast Infections – A Background
Yeast infections of the vagina are estimated to affect roughly 75% of women at least once over the course of their lives. They are accompanied by side-effects such as mild swelling and itching, and general discomfort.
There are harmful (pathogenic) and harmless (apathogenic) types of yeast that often exist in conjunction with one another inside your gut. It’s a delicate microflora environment that is constantly in a state of flux, where ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria compete. Candida albicans is one of those types of yeasts.
Candida albicans is a yeast that competes with other microflora in your stomach and causes gut-related issues. It occupies the body’s defence systems, which in turn have to be mobilised to fight against it.
Kombucha and its effects on Yeast Infections
Because Kombucha is a yeast as well as a bacterial ferment, many people are quick to suggest sufferers of vaginosis steer clear of the probiotic-rich drink. However, such advice may be ill-founded.
Schizosaccharomyces, which are a form of yeast found within Kombucha, are not part of the Candida family. In fact, they can be antagonistic to the Candida yeast.
Kombucha has an abundance of positive microorganisms that compete with Candida yeasts that have beneficial aspects in your gut. With compounds such as glucuronic acid exerting their positive qualities, they help fight off adverse yeast infections by promoting a healthier microflora environment.
A yeast infection is never fun, but there is no need to fear kombucha if you have one or fear being at risk. Anybody suffering from vaginosis can benefit from the promotion of more positive bacteria in their body’s, and kombucha exerts its benefits in such a way that is ultimately healthy to the user.