For someone who loves craft beers and exploring local breweries, learning that you have a brewer’s yeast sensitivity might feel like a culinary death sentence. How are you supposed to take part in your favorite things when your favorite drink is the culprit behind your chronic migraines and painful bloating?
It’s tough, but it isn’t the ax on your happy hours or favorite hangout spots.
We believe that managing this sensitivity shouldn’t hold you back from living your best life. That’s why we’ve gathered a treasure trove of practical tips and lifestyle changes to empower you on this journey.
From exploring alternatives to embracing new dietary habits, we’ll show you how to make the most of a not so great situation. By the end of this blog, you’ll be much better equipped to navigate the twists and turns of your brewer’s yeast sensitivity. You’ll feel so much better, trust us.
Understanding your brewers yeast sensitivity.
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of brewer’s yeast sensitivity. In this section, we’ll break it down for you in plain English so you won’t have to guess anything.
So, what exactly is brewer’s yeast? Well, it’s a type of yeast commonly used in the brewing process to ferment beer and other alcoholic beverages. But guess what? Brewer’s yeast sneaks its way into more than just your favorite brews. It’s often found in bread, nutritional supplements, and even some savory dishes. Sneaky little yeast, huh?
Now, let’s talk symptoms and challenges. When brewer’s yeast doesn’t vibe with your body, it can lead to some unwelcome side effects. We’re talking about things like digestive issues, bloating, and even skin irritations. It’s no fun dealing with this, but trust us, you’re not alone. This is actually one of the most common sensitivities.
Getting a professional diagnosis is crucial. We’re not here to play the guessing game with your health. So, if you suspect you have brewer’s yeast sensitivity, it’s time to order a food sensitivity test and pay a visit to your doctor. They’ll guide you through the process, help you understand the ins and outs of your sensitivity level, and give you the personalized support you need.
Remember, knowledge is power!
Navigating Your Diet.
When you Google “foods with brewer’s yeast”, what is generated is terrifying at best. Yeast seems to be in everything. From your favorite breads down to the malt vinegar that you like dunking your fries into. That’s because there is very little difference between brewer’s yeast and baker’s yeast.
The good news is that while they are very similar, they are not the same thing.
Both brewer’s yeast and baker’s yeast are made from the same type of fungus but each of them are made from different strains of the same fungus. Make sense? While baker’s yeast is found in so many of our favorite breads and desserts, brewer’s yeast really only lives in a couple of places.
Beer and wine. Now, you have to think about the foods that may stem from either or, and you will have a list of foods that will trigger your sensitivity.
For example, most vinegars were wine first. This means that they are likely derived from wine and should be avoided. Avoid the ones with ‘wine’ in the name, and avoid all balsamic vinegars to be safe. Oh, and malt vinegar is a no no as it is typically made from ale.
Beware: A lot of restaurants use beer and wine in their food preparation, so before choosing a restaurant for date night, ask about their food preparation.
What about social situations?
Because brewer’s yeast is most commonly found in beer and wine, navigating happy hours, company dinners, or outings with friends can feel especially daunting.
If you’re worried about the social component or becoming a company pariah for refusing that glass of champagne that your boss offered you, fear not. We have a couple of helpful tidbits to send your way.
Tell them the truth: You have a brewer’s yeast sensitivity and can’t drink for a little while. So what? Your friends aren’t going to break up with you and your boss won’t fire you for having to take a break from drinking.
Drink something else: Guess what? Distilled liquors are not made with brewers yeast. While we would never promote drinking alcohol, it might be a comfort to know that you can still enjoy your favorite margarita or a mule while you’re out.
Start a health challenge: This one might feel like it’s coming out of left field, but we promise, it’s good advice. No one likes to navigate the sobriety waters alone (if that’s the route you choose to take). Instead of setting sail on a lonely ship, why not challenge your friends to a dry month or two? Offer a fun prize or an embarrassing consequence (singing Let it Go at a full karaoke bar) to up the stakes.
If you want more advice on dining out with dietary restrictions, check out this blog.
You’re going to be okay!
We’ve covered quite a journey together, haven’t we? Managing brewers yeast sensitivity might seem like a challenge at first, but with the right knowledge and a sprinkle of optimism, you’re well on your way to living your best, yeast-free life!
Remember, everyone’s journey is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find the approach that suits you best. It’s all about discovering what brings you joy while keeping your sensitivity under control. Whether it’s finding new recipes, exploring yeast-free options, or seeking support from fellow brewers yeast warriors, embrace the adventure and find your own path to wellness.
Are you curious about your own food sensitivities and ready to take charge of your health? It might be time to consider getting tested. Contact us today to learn more about our Bloodprint panels and how they can provide you with the answers you’ve been seeking. Say goodbye to uncertainty and hello to a clearer understanding of your body’s needs.
Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. We’re here to support you every step of the way.