High Cholesterol? This is for you!
Let's take a look at the white opaque ring around the outside of these irises.
This is referred to as a cholesterol ring. This often occurs in people with a higher fat diet or for people that struggle with higher levels of acidity in the body because the cholesterol acts as a buffer between the cells and the acids. This is also an indication for poor circulation resulting in higher blood pressure and a tendency to have liver disfunction with disturbed fat or glucose metabolism.
Cholesterol is an essential fat found in our bodies, but too much can lead to serious health issues including heart disease. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to naturally reduce cholesterol levels. Following a plant-based diet is one of the most effective measures you can take to protect your heart and improve your overall health. This is a very concerning sign for the cardiovascular system.
Studies have shown that diets high in fiber and other plant nutrients help to lower LDL cholesterol levels and improve HDL cholesterol levels. Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can help to keep your cholesterol levels in balance. Foods rich in soluble fiber, such as fiber rich vegetables and lettuces, are especially beneficial for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.
If this is something you're struggling with you'll want to avoid table salt, red meat, eggs, dairy, fried foods, processed foods, coffee black tea, tobacco, and alcohol. All of these items put more pressure on the cardiovascular system.
Some foods you'll want to add into your diet are green vegetables, supplements high in chlorophyll such as chlorella, spiraling, wheatgrass, and fiber rich vegetables. Switching all of your oils for extra virgin olive oil actually helps lower bad cholesterol levels. Using cayenne pepper and ginger to improve blood circulation is also recommended.
When you see this in someone’s irises, it’s incredibly important to recommend herbs and secondary medicinal practices that promote blood flow and removing acids from the body slowly over longer periods of time.
Why slowly? Because if you see this much cholesterol build up, the exit paths are likely not open. If you start pulling acids aggressively all it’s going to do is create more cholesterol to buffer the acids coming from the cells into the blood stream. These are the people you want to avoid putting on juice fasts right away and focus more on establishing a well rounded plant based diet. We want to first focus on cleaning out the colon, supporting the kidneys & adrenal glands, supporting the lungs and making sure we’re able to release toxins from the skin. Last but not least you'll also want to focus on supporting the liver and move the lymphatic system regularly.
Switching to a plant-based diet can also be beneficial for weight management and diabetes control. Studies have found that plant-based diets are associated with lower body mass index (BMI) and improved glycemic control. This can have the added benefit of reducing high cholesterol levels.
Adopting a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. With a bit of creativity and some planning, delicious, nutritious meals can be created with simple, nutritious ingredients. Experimenting with different recipes can help to keep meals interesting and enjoyable. Here is an excellent resource for plant-based https://www.onegreenplanet.org/plant-based-diet-lifestyle/
It is important to remember that making lifestyle changes, such as switching to a plant-based diet, can take time and patience. Doing research, consulting a natural healthcare practitioner, and keeping track of your progress in your irises can help to ensure your success.
If you are considering making dietary changes to reduce your cholesterol levels, here are some peer-reviewed studies to explore further:
• A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Dietary Patterns and Serum Lipids: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.118.036417
• The Effect of Plant-Based Diets on Plasma Lipids: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19766762/