What are the benefits of sulfur water?

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What are the benefits of sulfur water?
Sulphur water may benefit those with ailments such as acne or arthritis. (Sulphuric Lake in Yellowstone National Park image by Farias from Fotolia.com)

Essential to humans as a vital component of three amino acids, sulphur is a mineral commonly found in naturally occurring springs and near volcanic formations. Sulphur water, either obtained directly from a natural spring or created by dissolving potassium sulphate in water, is an alternative treatment option for ailments ranging from arthritis to acne and offers a number of benefits for improving your health.

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Skin Conditions

Sulphur water is a possible treatment for acne, dry scalp and diaper rash. Those suffering from eczema report relief from itching following the use of sulphur. The mineral is a common addition to creams, ointments, soaps or powders designed to treat these conditions. Furthermore, astringents or rinsing agents add sulphur water for use after cleansing with a gentle soap. This mineral affects the skin as a peeling and drying agent, helping the skin to fight and break down the bacteria or fungus causing the skin condition. Though reports document the successful use of sulphur for skin problems, side effects often occur. The most common side effects reported with sulphur water use include redness, skin discolouration and exacerbation of the skin condition in question.

Pain Relief

Another beneficial use of sulphur water is as a pain reliever for those suffering from arthritis. Studies show that arthritis sufferers have traditionally low levels of sulphur, offering a possible explanation for sulphur's pain-relieving effect. Although soaking in hot sulphur springs is one way for people to take advantage of this mineral, this involves visiting a place that has a naturally occurring sulphur spring, which may be inconvenient and not possible. However, arthritis sufferers can create their own sulphur water in which to soak by adding potassium sulphate to their bath water at a ratio of 56.7gr of the mineral to 30 gallons of water. Soaks should last 15 to 20 minutes. Bath soaks with sulphur can also be purchased from health supply stores.

Other Benefits

Sulphur water has other beneficial properties as well. Sulphur plays a vital role in collagen production, so sulphur water helps with skin elasticity and may serve as a tool for wrinkle prevention. In addition, soaking in sulphur water baths is an effective way to relieve the burning, pain and itching caused by haemorrhoids. Other ailments that sulphur water holds promise for alleviating are digestive disorders such as acid reflux, premenstrual issues, menopausal symptoms, heightened cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Sulphur is also highly concentrated in the protein keratin, which is responsible for strengthening nails and hair. Sulphur water may aid keratin in this process.

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