Have you ever met one of those people in their eighties or nineties who walk around as spry and athletic as a college kid?
Or one of those women with supple, gorgeous skin well into her fifties, sixties, and even seventies without the touch of a needle?
Don’t you wonder how they do it?
Or, perhaps you’re in your 20s or 30s and you DON’T have that energy or vitality that you KNOW you need!
I can’t tell you how many times I consult a new client, and they are in their 30s, and they tell me they feel like they are 90!
Well, the secret to optimizing your energy might just be the type of food we are going to talk about today, which is in many ways a fountain of youth and disease prevention.
What is this powerful type of food that can back up such big promises?
It’s a mineral actually. It’s SULFUR, and it’s in many nutritious, alkaline foods.
While sulfur is not top of mind for most people when we think of minerals our bodies need like calcium and potassium, it’s actually #3 in the ranking of abundance in the body, mostly found in bones, joints, and muscles.
However, many people don’t even know that they need sulfur, much less that they might be deficient in it.
Are you getting enough?
Although it’s not tracked, sulfur deficiency is actually fairly common. One school of thought among doctors and researchers that’s emerging is that lack of sufficient sulfur may contribute to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and dementia.
Heart disease in particular appears tied to sulfur deficiency because high levels of LDL, which is usually thought of as “bad cholesterol” but is more accurately a sign of inflammation and over-acidity, might be in large part compensation for lack of sulfur.
By the way, this is why statin drugs are so scary, because they remove the Cholesterol and LDL that’s trying to manage inflammation, and in doing so, they open patients up to the possibility of heart attack or stroke.
This may sound like foreign news, but LDL is NOT a bad guy – it is a BUFFER of acid!
So many doctors are quick to ‘place blame’ because it shows up at the ‘scene of the crime’.
The liver creates LDL cholesterol to plug up the corrosive damage the acid does to the walls of the blood vessels, so these doctors and their irresponsible use of statin drugs are only removing the self defense mechanism the body put in place to SAVE YOUR LIFE! Read more about this here.
Benefits of Sulfur
Sulfur plays an essential role in literally hundreds of activities throughout the body. Most of its benefits are due to one of the chemical compounds in sulfur called methylsulfonylmethane, also known as MSM.
Think of MSM as an elastic band that goes wherever the body needs it, providing stretch and movement, where there might otherwise be flare-ups or damage.
It fights inflammation and osteoarthritis – MSM has been clinically proven to reduce joint inflammation, rebuild joint tissues, reduce pain, and increase mobility.
It helps muscle recovery. If you ever get muscle aches from exercise or overuse, foods high in sulfur should be regularly on the menu for you. Its anti-inflammatory properties aid muscle recovery and decrease pain. It can even help prevent muscle damage next time you work out.
It improves digestion. If you suffer from any symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome like diarrhea, constipation, stubborn weight, sugar cravings, or a slow metabolism, sulfur foods can actually repair the lining of the digestive tract.
While some health authorities will tell you to avoid sulfur-rich foods to prevent gas and bloating, the opposite in fact is true. Those foods will heal, not exacerbate, problems in the digestive system.
It helps prevent diabetes. Sulfur regulates insulin levels and metabolizes glucose, both important for the prevention of diabetes.
It’s great for your skin and hair. Whatever the skin ailment – wrinkles, rosacea, discoloration, sensitivity or allergies, or sun damage – sulfur seems to help improve the appearance and feel of the skin.
It gives you more youthful and beautiful skin in two ways: It decreases inflammation, and is an essential component of collagen and keratin, the anti-aging compounds in skin.
Collagen and keratin also help prevent hair loss, so a diet rich in sulfur helps keep a thick head of hair too.
But here’s the most important part – you DON’T need to take a collagen supplement! There is so much buzz about this right now. You take what you are DEFICIENT in, and you are DEFICIENT in sulfur, minerals, and omega-3 fats! The collagen support is the EFFECT!
If you take a collagen supplement, STOP treating the EFFECT, and treat the TRUE CAUSE!
It’s essential for detoxification. Without sulfur, the important antioxidant glutathione is rendered ineffective. Glutathione is the best detoxifier you can eat, present in herbs like cilantro, many veggies, and avocados. In fact, many of the same foods high in sulfur are high in glutathione.
How to Eat More Sulfur
Surprisingly, one way to get more sulfur in your diet is to drink it! Filtered tap water contains sulfur, among, other minerals, and it is estimated that the average person gets 10% of the sulfur in their body this way. Yet another reason to put down that soda, juice, or coffee in favor of good old-fashioned water.
A plethora of vegetables contain sulfur, mostly from the brassica and allium families, as well as a few other foods:
- Brussels sprouts
- Mustard greens
- Kale, spinach, and other dark greens
- Bok choy
- Raw nuts like almonds, macadamia, and walnuts
- Sesame and sunflower seeds
- Wild-caught, Alaskan salmon
It’s important when you’re cooking greens containing sulfur that you don’t overcook them, which robs you of some of their nutritional power. A flash steam or quick blanche in boiling water is ideal.
Even if you’re eating a lot of the foods on the list above, you still are probably not getting enough sulfur from your diet, due to soil depletion. Sulfur is one of the minerals that falls furthest behind as our land depletes more and more.
That’s why it’s important to supplement your supply of sulfur with a good quality green drink powder like Alkamind Daily Greens. Of the 21 organic super foods in Daily Greens, MORE THAN HALF of them contain sulfur, and you’re getting them in a concentrated, raw form.
Can you eat that much sulfur even if you’ve got a plate full of greens?
Plus, our new, improved formula tastes better than ever!
Alkamind Daily Greens was already the best tasting green drink powder available, and now we’ve added 3 delicious new flavors in addition to the original Peach – Citrus (such a unique and incredible taste!), Berry (on the sweeter side with ZERO sugar!- great for the kiddies, and YOU), and Naked (which tastes like green tea with no flavoring of any kind).Try one of them today and get all the benefits of sulfur and so many more!