With the summer now here, we are all presented with many more opportunities to show some extra skin. However, not all of us are all that thrilled about getting such opportunities. Varicose and spider veins that appear in our legs make us a lot less willing to put on shorts, skirts and bathing suits. In many of our past blogs, we have recommended a variety of ways that we can minimize the appearance of such veins. And good nutrition is one of them.
Is it true that what we eat can help to either worsen or alleviate our varicose vein conditions? Consider the fact that the appearance of such veins has a lot to do with blood pressure. The less pressure in your legs, the less likely that varicose and spider veins will appear. Therefore, it stands to reason that blood pressure-reducing foods can help reduce the visibility of varicose and spider veins. But which ones are the best?
Here are three nutritious ways to battle varicose veins:
1. Blueberries. According to HealWithFood.org, “blueberries are one of the greatest health foods of all time, and they’re a boon to anyone prone to varicose veins.” The site notes that “due to their high concentration of anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments), blueberries contribute to the health of the collagen matrix by neutralizing enzymes that destroy connective tissue and by scavenging free radicals.”
Varistop.com agrees that blueberries are excellent varicose and spider vein fighters. Firstly, it’s best to avoid refined sugar in your diet by opting for fruit when you have a craving for sweets. Secondly, the website reports that “the boost of antioxidants will reinforce your veins. The extra fibre will help you lose weight by keeping you full longer. And the slow release of energy from the fruits will keep you active for longer hours.”
2. Non-white fibre alternatives. Varistop.com also points out that an increase of fibre in your diet will help you to relieve pressure on the veins in your lower rectum. The more straining that takes place during bowel movements, the more susceptible you are to damaging your veins, potentially causing both hemorrhoids and varicose veins to appear. The site recommends, however, that you should get your fibre from non-white sources.
Avoid white flour, white rice and white sugar, Varistop.com insists. Replacing them with brown alternatives such as whole wheat flour will help you to improve your health. Lowering both your blood pressure and risk of diabetes are among the main benefits. Consider brown rice and wild rice instead of white and, as mentioned earlier, opt for fruits instead of sugary snacks. As well, “the slow release of energy from the fruits will keep you active for longer hours,” the site points out.
3. Avocados. The health benefits of avocados are many. As HealWithFood.org reveals, they are “brimming with natural compounds that fight varicose veins. They contain both vitamin C and vitamin E, two key vitamins for vascular health. Avocados are also at the top of the list of plant foods with the highest concentration of glutathione, a tripeptide molecule that protects the heart, veins, and arteries from oxidant damage.”
If you are battling a varicose and spider vein problem that nutrition doesn’t seem to be helping with, the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre can help you. We offer sclerotherapy which is known as the “gold standard” treatment in the fight against such veins. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email email@example.com.