Last Updated on September 16, 2020
Sulfur is a very important mineral. It’s a vital compound when it comes to bones and skin and hair. Many parts of your body require sulfur for them to be in good shape.
Sulfur is found in many protein foods. Cysteine and methionine are two amino acids that are high in sulfur. The dietary supplement, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, also contains sulfur. Many amino acids contain cysteine or methionine, and glutathione is another sulfur-containing compound. The brassicas like cauliflower, broccoli, and collards contain sulfur. So, do onions, brazil nuts, and almonds.
For the majority of people, sulfur’s not going to affect them much. However, people with severe SIBO can have problems with sulfur. The sulfur can be converted to hydrogen sulfide in the gut, leading to extreme malodorous gas. This occurs as a result of the overgrowth of bacteria seen in SIBO.
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My father has SIBO and SIFO for years. He was seen by gastroenterologists, but they can’t help much when someone is eating a couple of dozen cookies followed by a gallon of chocolate milk after supper. Some people are like that. They don’t understand why they have a problem, and yet, the problem’s right in front of their face.
If you have very offensive gastrointestinal gas, you need to do something about it. Look at your diet and eliminate the foods that contain the most sulfur, particularly the protein foods. Avoiding those foods can reduce the odor.
Probiotics can certainly help. I also recommend having a comprehensive stool analysis and possibly a breath test. You want to identify the target species and clean them up. Get your diet sorted, eat a low sulfur diet, and you’ll be in a lot better place.