Diet plays one of the most important roles in your health. As you may already know, eating the proper foods and avoiding the wrong ones are two of the easiest ways to improve your vein and circulation health.
Veins are a vital part of the circulatory system and 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. While eating the proper diet can’t reverse these conditions, it may help prevent them from occurring or keep them from getting worse.
Foods You Should Eat for Vein Health
There are a number of foods that are great for maintaining or improving your vein health. You should aim for a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables that contain bioflavonoids, a class of powerful phytochemicals that are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. Bioflavonoids occur naturally in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially the following:
- Broccoli, kale and watercress
- Hot peppers
- Red onions
- Citrus fruits
Consuming bioflavonoids impacts your body’s health in many ways, especially in the area of vein health. Bioflavonoids are believed to strengthen and support vein walls to help prevent varicose veins and keep the veins functioning properly. They may also help relieve swelling and pain caused by varicose veins. Nearly all fruits and vegetables contain bioflavonoids, as well as chocolate, tea, and some dried beans and seeds.
Food to Avoid
Just as adding the right foods to your diet has a positive impact on vein health, taking away the wrong ones has a positive impact as well. Foods containing high amounts of salt 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 results in increased pressure in the veins. High amounts of sodium can be found in the following:
- Fast food and pizza
- Canned food
- Frozen meals
- Processed meat and other processed foods
- Restaurant food
Excessive amounts of sodium can be found hiding in many different foods, and that’s why it’s important to check labels and look at nutrition information when eating out. Drinking more water also helps flush extra fluid from your body and prevents dehydration.
Watch Out For BPA
Bisphenol (BPA) is a chemical found in hard plastics that are known to mimic the effects of estrogen. Estrogen has been linked to an increased risk of spider veins and may also be related to high blood pressure. Many food and drink containers are made using BPA which can seep into the food or drink, especially when exposed to heat. To avoid consuming BPA, choose only plastic containers that specifically state they are BPA-free, or alternatives such as glass, porcelain or stainless steel. Avoid using plastic dishes when warming food in the microwave and use glass storage containers when storing food in the refrigerator.
Seek Treatment for Existing Vein Conditions
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. We offer individualized treatments 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.