As I wrote yesterday, cosmetics and personal care products are replete with toxic minerals that mimic estrogen and increase our risk of cancers. Vaccines, the “sacred ground” of the medical community, contain amounts of aluminum that are deemed “safe”, but have not been thoroughly tested and have resulted in increased cases of pediatric lupus and neurological disorders. Cookware, even ingredients like baking soda, add to our aluminum load. We can switch to healthier products, space out immunizations (or deny giving them to our children), and use traditional cooking methods. But what do you do if your body already has toxic loads of metals such as mercury or aluminum? What hope is there for those of us who have old fillings, had all our shots close together, ate dinner cooked in aluminum every day growing up, and have used regular cosmetics and deodorants for most of our adult lives?
The answer stinks. Literally! The key is SULFUR. According to Dr. Mercola, Sulfur is necessary for glutathione, a natural detoxifier in the body. Sulfur also protects your skin, helps you to process glucose better, and protects brain cells from damage. It can be taken in supplemental form as “MSM”, but is better absorbed in your diet. Today I’m going to talk about foods you can make sure to eat in your diet to keep your levels of Sulfur up and your toxic levels of metals down.
If you have been following along with my Transformation Tuesdays posts, you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that many of the dietary transformations I’ve been recommending naturally increase your sulfur levels:
- You may be surprised that the proteins in yogurt have sulfur in them (see STEP TWO: Make Your Own Yogurt)
- Sulfurs are found plentifully in meat and connective tissues (see STEP THREE: Make Chicken Stock)
- Legumes contain sulfur-based amino acids (see STEP FOUR: Eat More Beans)
- Whole grains provide sulfur too (see STEP SIX: Make Your Own Bread)
- Free-range eggs are another plentiful source of Sulfur (see STEP EIGHT: Eat More Eggs)
Garlic and Onions are natural herb/vegetable sources of sulfur. Garlic can be used to remove toxic levels of mercury and aluminum. I include lots of garlic and onion in many recipes on this site (fresh is better, but even powdered has sulfur in it):
- Fresh & Fast Pizza Sauce
- Probiotic Ranch
- Sweet Basil Vinaigrette
- Zesty Refried Beans
- Chicken Dinner & Stock
- Greeny-Beany Burgers
- Cowboy Stew & Soup
- Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (coming soon on Recipe thuRsday)
Here are (ideal) foods that will increase your sulfur levels (please keep in mind that sulfur-content of fruits and vegetables is soil dependent):
- (Free-range) chicken
- (Free-range) eggs
- (Grass-fed) red meat
- (Organic) organ “meat”
- (Organic) pork
- (Raw) Cheese (esp. Roquefort, Parmesan)
- (Raw) Cream cheese/creme fraiche/sour cream
- (Raw) Milk
- (Raw) Whey protein
- (Raw) Yogurt
- (Wild-caught) fish/seafood
Vegetarian (check here to see pesticide ranking):
- Bok Choy
- Brussel Sprouts
- Collard greens
- Durian fruit
- Grains (whole)
- Green beans
- Jicama (Mexican yam or turnip)
- Nuts & seeds
- Sweet potato
- Tahini (from Sesame seeds)
In my research, I came across some handy information for people with an “allergic” response to sulfur (caused by mercury toxicity, which is ironic since sulfur is needed to help remove it; it is thought that “Sulfur food intolerance in mercury toxic people has more to do with the mobilization of mercury caused by raised cysteine levels and excess thiols, rather than a direct allergy/intolerance to sulfur foods per se“). If you find that after a couple hours of eating these foods you feel sluggish or depressed, and the feeling takes a few days to go away, it may be that you are mercury toxic AND sulfur-intolerant, in which case you may need to avoid specific sulfur-containing foods (but not all). Click here for a list of sulfur-containing foods that are low in thiols. You still may need to take thiols to go through chelation therapy, but these can be administered in low doses by your health care professional.
Sulfur isn’t the only weapon in your detoxification-arsenal: Vitamin D is also useful for removing toxins. In addition to eating the foods above, make sure to get 30 minutes of sun exposure every day and come off statin (cholesterol-reducing) drugs as soon as possible: cholesterol is necessary in your body’s Vitamin D production.
Helping of Hope. Right choice: TRANSFORM your diet to include lots of sulfur-rich foods and reduce exposure to toxic metals in immunizations, fillings, cosmetics, personal care products and cookware. Bright future: clear thinking, better feeling, reduced risk of cancers and degenerative disease, better immune system response when it really counts!
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