What are Selenium and Sulfur?
Selenium and Sulfur are minerals. Minerals, like vitamins, are needed for our survival. Minerals are needed for our bodies to function right. We can't make minerals within our bodies. We have to get them from the food that we eat, by drinks or by taking supplements. There are two types of minerals: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macro minerals are minerals where we need a lot of them to live, while trace mice minerals are minerals that we only need a small amount of to live.
Selenium is a trace mineral that can be found in soil and water. Selenium can also be found in our bodies as it is stored in our human tissues and skeletal muscles. It can be found in our foods and supplements so our bodies need to function properly. Selenium is very helpful for a healthy thyroid gland. The thyroid gland makes hormones that we need for our bodies growth and development. Selenium is very important for making DNA and helping fight against cell damage. Selenium is also very helpful to fight against infections. Selenium is very important for our reproduction.
Since we need to eat food to get the selenium that we need, we need to eat foods like brazil nuts, seafood, meats, tuna, eggs, white bread and cooked brown rice. Foods such as baked halibut, sardines, roasted ham, shrimp, enriched macaroni, turkey, beef liver, chicken, cottage cheese, baked beans, walnuts, cod and red snapper are also very good to get the selenium that we need to stay healthy.
We need to eat the right amount of selenium for our individual bodies, When we don't have enough selenium in our bodies, we can experience muscle weakness, low mood, anxiety, confusion, and a weak immune system.
It is possible to have too much selenium in our bodies. When that happens, we can experience brittle nails, bad breath, diarrhea, decaying teeth, hair loss, skin lesions and rashes. We can also experience fatigue, nausea, kidney failure, heart failure and even death.
Sulfur is a macro mineral that is found in the soil, medication, water and in our food. Sulphur appears in two amino acids: methionine and cysteine. These amino acids make proteins. The proteins are found in our hair, skin and nails and make them strong. Sulfur fights against acne-causing bacteria as well as helps with building and repairing our DNA and protecting our bodies' cell damage. Sulfur is stored in our bones, hair, skin and muscles. We need the right amount of Sulfur so that our bodies can maintain health.
We can get Sulfur from the foods that we eat. Turkey, beef, eggs, fish, and chicken are great sources of Sulfur. You can get Sulfur from nuts seeds, couscous, lentils, oats, walnuts, garlic, leeks, scallions, shallots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower legumes, chickenpox, and grains. Cabbage, kale, radishes, whole grains, fish, milk cheese and bok choy are also very good to eat to get the sulfur in our bodies. We can even drink tomato juice, cider and beer to get the sulfur that we need.
It is very important we have the right amount of sulfur in our bodies. When we don't have enough sulfur in our bodies, we can experience acne, arthritis, brittle nails, and hair, eczema, itchy skin and scalp, headaches, migraines, rashes, convulsions ( sudden movement of the limbs or body ) and a slower ability to heal from wounds.
It's possible to consume too much Sulfur. When we have too much in our bodies, we can experience diarrhea, constipation, headaches, nausea, eczema ( a skin condition where your skin can become dry, bumpy and itchy), lethargy (lack of energy), brain fog and bloat.
Selenium and Sulfur are important minerals that our bodies need to live. Although they are found in our bodies, we need to eat food, drink beverages or take supplements to get the minerals in our systems. We need to know the right amount of selenium and sulfur that we need individually so that our bodies can function properly.
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