Sulfur and Psoriasis
Last updated: March 2022
Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis do not smell like that! Have you ever had sulfur treated water?
I was invited to a friend's home and she told me that they used well water and that it was being treated with sulfur. She told me the awful odor that came from the use of the water was because of the sulfur. She actually described the odor as rotten eggs.
When I smelled it, she was right. This prompted me to do my own research on sulfur and the effects it had on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
How can sulfur benefit people with psoriasis?
As they say; curious minds want to know. It surprised me to know that there were benefits to using sulfur. It is a natural mineral that is found near hot springs. Sulfur has a dioxide gas that releases a distinct odor.
Benefits of sulfur pertaining to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis:
Can sulfur help the immune system?
It amazed me to know that countries with high sulfur intake were the healthiest. One of the main reasons for this is the increased immunity due to the stimulation of the immune system, physical relaxation, endorphins production and gland function.
I remember as a child using topical sulfur on my skin. First of all it was pure black and had the worse smell ever.
Foods that are rich in sulfur
Foods rich in sulfur which help with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are the following:
- Eggs have a high content of sulfur. It has been shown that the raw eggs yolks are excellent for skin and hair, of course, this is due to the sulfur in the eggs
- Red Bell Pepper
- Brussel sprouts
Food, diet, and the immune system
As with many autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the foods we eat are very important. Why, because I think psoriasis is affected by the foods we eat; this has not been proven yet.
There are foods that weaken the immune system and foods that strengthen the immune system. The above foods may strengthen the immune system because of the sulfur content.
What's the deal with sulfur and psoriasis?
Could the smelly sulfur water be good for my disease? There were studies done at the Dead Sea Coast. Over the years man has been seeking a cure for psoriasis.
Some minerals in water had great effects on psoriasis, one of them which happens to be sulfur. There is written documentation about the beneficial effects of sulfur and alkaline water in the treatment of psoriasis. This had been practiced since Roman times.
Balneotherapy is a treatment of disease by bathing in mineral springs. Psoriasis is listed as one of the diseases that are successfully treated with Balneotherapy. The results of these studies were phenomenal and I was fascinated by it.1
I know psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis doesn't smell rotten, but perhaps this very odorous mineral is beneficial in relieving so many issues with this autoimmune disease.
As for my friend and her invitation to introduce me to well water with sulfur; I'm not certain, but what I can guarantee myself is that I will eat plenty of salmon, eggs and Brussel sprouts and just maybe I too will see the sulfuric benefits and my lifelong battle with psoriasis and finally find some relief.
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