Top Foods for Healthy Veins
- Posted on: Mar 30 2017
Eating right is the best way to keep your body healthy, including your veins. If you experience aches and pains in your legs, you may have varicose veins, which can be caused by family history, gender, pregnancy, or prolonged amounts of time on your feet. To help keep your veins healthy, start with a proper diet, including this vein-friendly foods.
A diet high in fiber helps with digestion and regularity. If you’re not getting enough fiber, you’re putting undue pressure on your abdomen, which blocks blood flow in the legs. With time, this pressure can make vein walls weak and lead to varicose veins. Fiber-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, grains, barley, oatmeal and brown rice.
Foods high in antioxidants significantly improve how your vascular system functions. Load up on berries as a good source of antioxidants, especially blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. And introduce more fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins C, E and K to build and protect strong blood vessels and decrease your risk of problems associated with varicose veins.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Drinking water keeps you hydrated, which can help with varicose veins symptoms, especially if you’ve upped your fiber intake. That’s because water flushes out your system to reduce cramping and bloating, helping fiber do its job. The recommended amount is eight glasses of water a day.
Sodium contributes to fluid retention which can further damage your veins. Reduce your sodium intake and drink more water to help fluids in your tissues balance out. And remember that sodium is found in all kinds of foods you may not even think about like salad dressing, canned soups, deli meats, certain sauces and frozen meals. Check the labels at your local grocery store to ensure you’re buying foods low in sodium.
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