Diet for Vein Health
Your diet plays a huge role in your health. As you probably already know, eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones are some of the easiest ways to improve your vein health and your blood circulation throughout your body. When it comes to leg veins and circulation, your diet plays a larger role than you may think!
Veins are responsible for carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Unhealthy veins can lead to a variety of conditions, such as spider and varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism. The right diet won’t help to reverse these conditions, but if one of these conditions is in your family history and genetics, it might be a good idea for you to take precautions when it comes to leg vein health. Eating well may help prevent these conditions from occurring, or keep them from worsening.
Foods That Promote Good Circulation & Prevent Vein Disease
Certain foods are great for either maintaining or improving your vein health, especially leg veins. You should aim to incorporate a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your diet. For healthy veins, stick with foods that contain bioflavonoids, a class of powerful phytochemicals that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Bioflavonoids occur naturally in colorful fruits and veggies, especially the following:
- Broccoli, kale, and watercress
- Hot peppers
- Red onions
- Citrus fruits
Eating foods high in bioflavonoids can impact your body’s health in a number of ways, especially in the area of vein health. Bioflavonoids are believed to strengthen vein walls. This helps to prevent varicose veins, and keep your veins functioning properly. They may also help relieve swelling, burning, and pain caused by varicose veins. Nearly all fruits and vegetables contain bioflavonoids, as well as chocolate, tea, and some dried beans and seeds.
Foods to Avoid for Vein Health: Stay Away From These!
Just like eating the right foods can aid vein health, removing the wrong foods from your diet also has positive impacts on vein health. Avoid foods containing high amounts of salt. These are high up on the list of foods to avoid due to the negative effects of excessive sodium on the body! Sodium causes the body to retain more water, which then increases pressure in the veins. High amounts of sodium can be found in the following foods:
- Fast food
- Canned food
- Frozen meals
- Processed meat
- Other processed foods
- Restaurant food
Excessive amounts of sodium can be found in many different foods, so if you’re concerned about your vein health, it’s important to check labels, and look at nutritional information when eating out. Drinking more water also helps to flush fluid from the body, and of course, keeps you hydrated!
Watch Out For Bisphenol (BPA)
Bisphenol (BPA) is a chemical found in hard plastics that is known to mimic the effects of estrogen. Estrogen has been linked to an increased risk of spider veins! Many food and drink containers are made using BPA which can seep into the food or drink, especially when exposed to heat or left in the sun. To avoid consuming BPA, try to choose plastic containers that specifically say they are BPA-free on them. You can also look into sustainable alternatives such as glass, porcelain, or stainless steel bottles for drinking water. Avoid using plastic plates or dishes when warming food in the microwave, and use glass storage containers or glass Tupperware when storing food in the refrigerator.
Seek Treatment for Existing Vein Conditions & Vein Disorders
If you’re currently experiencing the symptoms of poor vein health, such as spider veins, varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, or other vein problems, contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic in Geneva, Naperville or Sycamore. We offer individualized treatment plans based on your unique needs. While eating the proper diet is important for vein health and the overall health of your body, letting existing vein problems go untreated leads to more serious problems in the future. Gilvydis Vein Clinic specializes in treating vein disease and uses the most up-to-date treatment methods, such as ultrasound vein mapping, endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), and sclerotherapy. Contact Gilvydis Vein Clinic today to request a free screening.