When you’re drinking water with a low sulfur content, the risk of developing diabetes drops dramatically.
But, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently confirmed, even with the right diet, drinking a high-sulfur diet can cause more serious health issues.
So what’s the right kind of water?
The EPA is now warning consumers to keep their water sources low sulfur to prevent diabetes and prevent weight gain.
Here’s how to choose the best sources of sulfur-containing drinking water.
What is sulfur-dioxide?
Sulfur-dioxygen (sulfates) are chemicals produced when plants are exposed to sunlight, or when organic matter reacts with sulfuric acid, such as in the atmosphere.
They are responsible for creating sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the air.
Some people have sensitive skin and other sensitive reactions to sulfate exposure.
Sulfates are known to contribute to skin cancer.
But it’s also possible to reduce your risk of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) by drinking filtered water with no sulfates.
For more tips on how to find the best sulfur-free water, check out this article from The Verge.
Is sulfur-heavy water really good for you?
The EPA has also discovered that consuming sulfur-rich tap water with high sulfate content can help lower your risk for diabetes.
The FDA says that drinking tap water containing as little as 0.4 parts per billion of sulfur can reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes by 40 percent.
That’s about one-third the risk with water with higher sulfate levels.
This level is the threshold that causes a Type 2 diabetic to develop kidney failure.
It also increases the risk that your kidneys will overproduce uric acid.
When you add in the fact that your body doesn’t make uric acids, drinking tap tap water can lead to acidosis, which can cause a variety of health problems, including kidney stones, kidney problems, kidney failure, and even death.
Is there any downside to consuming tap water that’s more sulfur-intensive?
Yes, there are some drawbacks.
If you’re not eating a lot of fruits and vegetables and have a relatively high intake of protein and fats, you could increase your risk by eating more of those foods.
For example, if you have a lot more protein, a diet that’s high in processed meats could lead to an increased risk of kidney disease.
And, for people who have kidney disease, it’s possible that drinking water from highly sulfate sources could contribute to kidney stones and other health problems.
But if you’re willing to be careful about the levels you drink, the FDA says it has found that the levels of sulfates found in tap water are much lower than levels found in foods.