How to Increase Your Sulfur Intake

How to Increase Your Sulfur Intake

Consuming food that contains sulfur doesn’t sound very appetizing I know. Especially when we often associate the smell of sulfur with that of rotten eggs…or fire and brimstone. Yikes! But getting enough sulfur is so crucial to optimizing our health and beauty that we can’t afford to ignore the healing powers of foods and supplements containing this vital mineral.

FOODS HIGH IN SULFUR

Sulfur is found in protein-rich animal foods, such as dairy, eggs, beef, poultry and seafood. For this reason, vegetarians and vegans have to work extra hard to get enough sulfur in their diet and may want to add a supplemental source just to be sure, particularly if they begin to feel worn down. There are produce sources of course. Some of the best are onions, garlic, turnips, kale, seaweed, raspberries and nuts.

Also, it should be noted that some research has demonstrated that whole milk is superior in providing sulfur than milk in which fat has been removed. It should also be said that the more processed the food is, the less likely that there is much sulfur left. This includes food that has been overcooked.

SULFUR IN WATER

Water is a great source of sulfur, particularly hard tap water. Soft water tends to have less sulfur. Filtered water depends upon the source and the type of filtration system. And bottled water depends upon the source.

SULFUR SUPPLEMENTS

If you are having symptoms of deficiency and would like an extra boost, DMSO and MSM are two sulfur supplements that can help. DMSO is best used topically (get the 70-80% version and make sure it is food- or pharmaceutical-grade!). It is particularly helpful for reducing joint pain and inflammation. MSM can be taken as a supplement. When taken with Vitamin C, MSM supports healthy cell regeneration and the creation of cell walls that are better able to absorb nutrients. You can also take organic sulfur crystals with water for rapid blood cleansing and enhanced sulfur intake…if you can handle the taste.

Sulfur is particularly important for individuals who take pain medications, like corticosteroids or acetaminophen (Tylenol), as these medications can deplete the body of sulfur over time.

WRAP-UP

As I mentioned at the start of this article, foods containing sulfur often have a stronger smell or taste, particularly during cooking. This is caused by sulfur dioxide gas escaping into the air. In the urine, the scent comes from the body releasing excess sulfur.

The body does not store sulfur that it doesn’t use, which is why it is so important to take in ample quantities of sulfur on a regular basis. You can have your urine tested for sulfate levels to see whether you need more sulfur in your diet.

For more information on the importance and side effects of sulfur, see my Positively Ayurvedic article, “What Mom Never Told Us About Sulfur.”

RESOURCES

Sulfur Does Your Body Good – https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/05/16/sulfur-in-the-body.aspx

List of Foods High in Sulfur – https://www.livestrong.com/article/430390-what-happens-if-you-get-too-much-sulfur-in-your-diet/?ajax=1&is=1

DISCLAIMER

The sole purpose of this article is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or email Karen Callahan at info@positivelyayurvedic.com.

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