If you’re reading this and you suffer from varicose veins, there’s something you should know:
You’re not alone.
In fact, you’re one of more than 20 million Americans who struggle with varicose veins, and that’s a number that grows higher each and every day. Whether your varicose veins are caused by age, weight, impact-heavy exercise, pregnancy, or something else, the team at Allure Medical is here to help you get better through innovative treatments and a healthy dose of advice. Today, that advice is going to discuss diet and the role it can play in the prevention of varicose veins.
Veins and Diet
Few Americans realize the role their eating habits play in the formation of varicose veins. Eat the wrong foods, and you not only cause existing varicose veins to get worse, but you can actually encourage the formation of new veins.
But if you eat the right foods—foods that will feed your body with the essential vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, and amino acids—you can not only make it easier to prevent the formation of varicose veins, but you can actually reduce the appearance of some veins. How?—by discouraging undo weight gain, promoting the proper function of the circulatory system, and making it harder for blood to pool in the body, particularly in the legs.
The Colors of the Rainbow
One of the easiest ways you can start improving your diet to combat or prevent varicose veins is by eating produce that encompasses “all the colors of the rainbow”.
The more colors you can add to your diet in the way of fresh fruits and vegetables, the more vitamins, minerals, and key antioxidants and anti-inflammatories (like bioflavonoids) you can get in your bloodstream to lower the swelling in your veins and strengthen the vein walls.
Key in on Copper
Copper is a pretty handy material. Not only does it make for great kitchenware and great jewelry, but it’s also got antimicrobial and antifungal properties. More importantly, copper is an essential nutrient that fosters immune health and normal circulation. If you’re not getting enough copper in your diet, it can be easier for blood to pool in the extremities of the body (especially the legs), which leads to swelling and varicose veins.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
It can’t be said enough—in the fight against varicose veins, proper hydration is essential.
When you don’t drink enough water (or when you’re dehydrated) it’s easier for your blood to take on a viscous quality that makes it more difficult to circulate. And the more difficult your blood is to circulate, the more likely it is to pool and place a strain on vein walls which leads to the formation of varicose veins over time.
Allure offers free vein screenings, and treatment is covered by most insurances, including Medicare. Visit alluremedical.com for more information!