Some foods are simply leaders when it comes to supporting of all the functions of the body. Sulphur rich foods are just what we all need and here is why.

Our bodies cannot produce sulfate molecules on its own. As in the case of Vitamin C, we need to supply it through dietary choices or we cannot effectively detoxify certain highly toxic substances.

Liver detoxification process includes three phases all of which need to go smoothly in order for us to thrive, with each phase affecting the next one. I promise to make it very simple for you! In phase I, toxic elements are transformed into a secondary substance neutralized or transformed yet into another form in Phase II process called conjugation pathway, relying tremendously on on…you guessed it, sulphur rich foods. With the possibility of secondary substances being far more toxic than their primary counterparts, it is imperative that Phase II is flawless.

Sulphur is involved in dismantling, processing, and alteration of:
neurotransmitters
steroid hormones such as testosterone and estrogen
drugs
industrial chemicals
phenolics (benzene-derived compounds used in plastics, disinfectants, and pharmaceuticals)
toxins from intestinal bacteria and environment.

Tip: Individuals taking pharmaceutical medications need even more dietary sulfur.

Too little sulfur is a cause of ineffective detoxification and as shown by many studies, association with a host of illnesses including autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple chemical sensitivity, food allergies, motor neuron disease and primary biliary cholangitis, disease that destroys bile ducts in the liver responsible digestion and helping our body in getting rid of cholesterol, toxins and worn-out red blood cells, pain and inflammation associated with various muscle and skeletal disorders.

We now have sufficient studies showing how food-derived components and nutrients can modulate processes of conversion and eventual excretion of toxins from the body in addition to playing a very important role in joint, cartilage, skin & blood vessel formation.

WHAT ARE THESE FOODS?

Various whole foods such as cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes, kale, watercress, Brussels sprouts, turnips, bok choy, and kohlrabi), berries, celery, string beans, soybeans, allium vegetables, including garlic, shallots and onions and even spices like turmeric. Sulphur rich foods don’t just come from the plant world, they are found in organic eggs and high quality grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish.

BEST WAYS OF ENSURING SUFFICIENT SULPHUR INTAKE

Soups, stir-fry’s, salads and smoothies are truly the best, delicious and fairly effortless ways of taking in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Some, like radishes and kohlrabi, are excellent in salads, fermented or raw on an open face sandwich. No matter which method you choose, it’s bound to be delicious.

Did you know: Onions, shallots, scallions, and leeks produce a sulfur molecule that’s small and light enough to launch itself from the damaged tissue, fly through the air and attack our eyes and nasal passages. This long-distance weapon is called the lachrymatory factor because it makes people’s eyes water.
– Dr. Block, “Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science”

CAN YOU HAVE TOO MUCH OF SULPHUR?

Don’t worry. There is 2 sulfur containing amino acids; cysteine and methionine. Any dietary surplus is oxidized to sulfate and either excreted in the urine or is stored as glutathione, our most important anti-oxidant and a key player in our detoxification process.  Lowered glutathione levels are associated with degenerative disease, lowered immunity, toxic build-up and are involved in causing or complicating diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Eating ample fresh fruits and vegetables and significantly reducing alcohol ensures the right glutathione levels.


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