One of the best ways to prevent or slow the progression of varicose and spider veins,without medical intervention is to simply change your diet. Studies have shown that by simply adding key vitamins and nutrients to your daily regimen of food can make the difference. Your vascular system has over 60,000 miles of arteries, veins and other blood vessels. They play a significant role in circulation, carrying oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from various parts of your body back to your heart. So why not take care of them from the beginning? What steps can you do you may ask? Lets explore some of those options.
Eat fewer calories
Being overweight can add extra pressure to your legs, making it one of the leading causes of varicose veins; however, by just losing 10 percent of your body weight can have an unbelievable effect on the health and appearance of your veins. The healthiest and easiest way to lose weight is to simply cut back on how many calories you consume each day. To start, you can incorporate more “fruits and veggies”. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, those who eat more than than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day have about a 20 percent lower risk of heart disease & other vascular related diseases, compared to individuals who eat less than three servings per day. Unfortunately, nearly 80 percent of adults in the U.S. fail to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
Eat More Fiber
Having a well balanced diet that includes the rights amount of fiber can prevent intestinal issues like constipation. The pressure from constipation can affect the condition of your veins over time and as such it is highly important to keep plenty of soluble fiber in your system to prevent this from happening such as oatmeal, beans, berries, apples, carrots, and barley to name a few. Also, A high-fiber diet can also help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent varicose veins. The suggested intake levels for a women on a daily basis is 21-25 grams and 30-38 grams for men.
Drink Lots Of Water
Staying hydrated can help with symptoms of varicose veins. Water helps fiber do its job by flushing out the system and reducing any cramping or bloating reducing the chances of any undue pressure within your system.
Try To Limit Your Sodium Intake
Sodium rich foods can cause the body to retain fluid which could increase damage to the veins. By reducing your sodium intake and upping water consumption, the fluids in your tissues can enjoy a stable and balanced environment preventing many issues.
By having a well balanced diet and making the right choices, not only will your body thank you, your veins will super grateful. If you have any more questions regarding the right steps to help prevent, diagnosis and treat any vein related systems, contact Dr. Fakhri today.