While there are unpreventable factors such as age and genetics that impact varicose veins, there are methods that can help prevent veins from worsening. It’s important to note that to date there are no proven techniques to avoid the forming of veins altogether. Also, you are more likely to form varicose veins if you are a woman, gain excess weight, become pregnant, or sit or stand for too long. One key component that influences how bad varicose veins appear is our diet. Given that varicose veins is a result of poor circulation in the blood vessels, what we put in our body can increase blood flow and prevent blood clots. You’ll want to eat more foods rich in nutrients and avoid those that can lead to worse health-related issues.
Eat More of These Foods
Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids have been known to help blood vessels open, lower blood pressure, prevent blood clotting and most importantly benefit your varicose veins. You can find omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, and black beans. While it’s recommended to consume 250 milligrams of Omega-3 a day, according to most health experts, spreading these types of food out during the week is equally beneficial.
Anything naturally green. If you associate the color green with health, it’s with good reason. Foods that are naturally green tend to be rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K and low in sugar. They’re also high in fiber and contain water, which regulates your blood sugar levels throughout the day. You’ll want to add spinach, cucumbers, broccoli, celery, iceberg lettuce, and green peas to your diet. In addition to positively affecting your blood pressure, they can also help you manage your weight. Remember, excess weight puts increased pressure on your legs and prevents a healthy circulation of blood.
Prevent dehydration. In addition to drinking more water, there are foods containing a large amount of H2O that can help reduce the unpleasant appearance of veins while keeping you full. For example, a salad mixed with pieces of cut grapefruit and strawberries. Grapefruit contains 90% water while strawberries have 91% and the addition of iceberg lettuce, which has 95.6%, makes for a hydrating-filled meal. Other foods to add to the mix are tomatoes (water content: 94.5%), green peppers (water content: 93.9%), and baby carrots (90.4%).
Take Your Vein Care Further With the Help of Physician’s Vascular Services
Living with varicose veins is painful and uncomfortable. At Physician’s Vascular Services, we use the latest technology and care to treat minor to severe varicose veins so you can start living a more comfortable life. In addition to treatment, we’ll be here to provide advice and support along your journey. Contact us today to learn more.