Sulphur and zinc are not just essential minerals for the proper functioning of our body, they are also essential to maintain healthy hair, nails and skin. As always, it is better to introduce these minerals into your body through food, rather than relying on dietary supplements. Their deficiency is frequent, and excessive consumption will, in any case, be eliminated by urine, so there’s no risk of overdosing.
A zinc deficiency, like a lack of sulphur, will manifest itself through brittle hair, damaged, nails, slower growth of both hair and nails and dry, rough skin. These deficiencies will also be apparent through an increased sensitivity to infections.
Moreover, a deficiency in zinc will also slow down the general healing process. It also plays an important role in regulating sugar levels in the blood system, so any deficiency can lead to glycemic disorders.
Its source mainly comes from oysters (which you may have already had enough off for this winter!) meats and dairy products. It is also found in plants, more precisely in legumes and oilseeds. They should be be consumed several times a week in the case of legumes and in the case of oilseeds, a small handful per day.
Are you afraid of forgetting these sources? Don’t worry, in the Balance program, our qualified dietitian-nutritionists offer continual follow-ups so that you won’t miss out. It also includes a fully personalised schedule of menus ensuring all your dietary needs are fulfilled.
And as for sulphur?
Sulphur makes up the essential amino acids of cysteine and methionine, allowing the formation of proteins and cellular respiration.
This is why a sulphur cure, made up of eating meats, egg yolk, seafood, and vegetables will allow you to cure the symptoms mentioned above. Plants can also serve as a natural source as they absorb the sulphur present in the soil. In order to conserve the sulphur in these products, opt for cooking food on a low heat. You may have also heard of sulphur baths which help people to alleviate rheumatism and gynaecological problems.
It’s important to pay attention to deficiencies which can ultimately cause diverse and negative health issues. This is why, as the most effective solution to these issues, we always promote a balanced diet.