A solidwhiteringcirclingthe iris at the periphery in zone 7 is called a sodium ring. It is a deposit which has formed in the tissues of the cornea, producing an opaqueness at the corneal-scleral border. It varies in its width according to the severity of the condition.
This sign is an indication of a chemical imbalance in the body. In times past, this sign was associated with the heavy use of chemical salt in foods and the environment: salt miners, mariners, etc.
Today, it is also recognized as a sign of excessive cholesterol and triglycerides in the body and therefore it is often referred to as a cholesterol ring. Involved with this condition is a faulty calcium metabolism causing it to come out of solution and settle in the joints. It is also associated with the deposition of inorganic salt compounds in the body causing similar problems.
In addition to these conditions, hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure are highly associated with the sodium ring. Through nutritional counseling and modification of thediet, this situation can be brought back to a normal balance.
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