While you can’t prevent aging or avoid your genetics, there are things you can do to improve your vein health, even if you already are dealing with spider veins or varicose veins. Here’s a list of some lifestyle improvements or enhancements you can make:
Drink more water and reduce salt intake. Water is beneficial for so many reasons, and water helps support the muscles that support your veins. High-sodium food increases water retention, and that puts extra pressure on your veins. Cutting back on salt and adding more water to your diet will help tremendously.
Consume fruits and vegetables. Fruits and veggies are packed with many vitamins and minerals that benefit your body in so many ways. Vitamin C is thought to act as a natural blood thinner. Lesser-known bioflavonoids (vitamin P) has anti-inflammatory properties that improves the health of your veins. Vitamin P is found in strawberries, citrus fruits, spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, garlics and other fruits and vegetables.
Eat fiber-rich foods. Adding more fiber to your diet through foods such as avocados, leafy greens, broccoli, oatmeal, barley and chia seeds can help you maintain a healthier weight and lower your cholesterol. Excess weight can put pressure on the veins of your legs and feet.
Get moving. Sitting too long or standing for long periods reduces blood flow. Exercise stimulates circulation and strengthens the muscles in your thighs and calves. These muscles help tone your veins.
Wear compression stockings. These squeeze blood up and out of the veins in your calves. If you are constantly on your feet, support hose provides lesser pressure but can be beneficial.
Quit smoking. Studies show smoking may contribute to the development of varicose veins among other health concerns.
See your doctor. If you are already suffering vein problems, it’s time to talk to your doctor about vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involving injecting a saline solution into the vein, collapsing the vein and forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. Laser treatment also works by causing problematic veins to collapse and be absorbed by the body.
If you are interested in learning more about improving vein health or treating existing spider veins and varicose veins so they don’t get worse, set up a consultation at one of our offices in Glendale, Encino and Irvine by calling (818) 662-5005.