HOW CAN YOU KEEP YOUR VEINS HEALTHY?
VEINS IN NEED:
Our veins work tirelessly to carry deoxygenated blood back to the heart. And unlike their thicker, larger more muscular circulatory relatives the arteries “veins” are incredibly thin and very stretchy. When they become to stretchy they can’t perform their blood returning responsibilities well and the veins valves struggle to close properly, so blood starts flowing backwards and that is when the first signs of vein disease the “ness” feelings start.
The “Ness” feelings of vein disease:
Veins are part of your circulatory system, which includes arteries and other blood vessels. They help deliver blood from your body and lungs back to the heart, and from there oxygen and nutrients go to every cell in your body. A balanced diet is important to help keep your veins healthy.
DO NOT SIT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME:
Many people spend a lot of time sitting during the day. Some do it at their desks, on their daily commute or while relaxing at home. Taking a load off your feet can be relaxing, but sitting too much can increase your risk of getting varicose veins— not to mention being bad for your heart health. Reducing your risk of developing varicose veins or keeping them from becoming worse doesn’t mean giving up sitting. But it does mean becoming more active throughout the day.
The best way to reduce your risk of getting varicose veins from sitting all day is to move around more. This will increase the flow of blood from your legs. One of the best ways to improve your blood flow is to exercise regularly.
According to current guidelines, you should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking briskly or bicycling. More exercise or more strenuous activity will provide even more benefits.
In addition to exercising regularly, try to stand up and move around every 30 minutes during the day. This can include:
- Going for a short walk
- Doing some simple yoga poses
- Climbing stairs in between meetings
- Walking to the printer or to your coworker’s office
- Getting off the bus or subway one stop early
If you can’t move around that often —or are flying on an airplane—try flexing the muscles of your legs and wiggling your toes to increase the flow of blood from your legs.
If you alternate between sitting and standing, remember that standing still for long periods of time can also increase your risk of varicose veins. Remember to move around every half hour, whether you are sitting or standing.
Also, try to keep your feet elevated while seated, such as by resting them on a stool or block. You can do this at work or while watching television or reading on the couch at home.
And whenever possible, elevate your legs above the level of your heart for a few minutes several times during the day. For example, lie down with your legs resting on pillows or with your feet on the wall.
Not only will moving around more during the day reduce your risk of varicose veins, it is also good for your heart and will increase the number of calories that you burn. So if in doubt, move about.
DO NOT STAND ON YOUR LEGS FOR A PROLONGED AMOUNT OF TIME:
If you have to stand on your legs for a long period of time, because of your job, then get up and walk around often…
ELEVATE YOUR LEGS AT THE END OF EACH DAY THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO AFTER A LONG DAY!
FILL YOUR PLATE WITH COLOR:
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the top choices for getting plenty of bioflavonoids in a diet. Here are some of the most popular ways to get the most of these essential nutritional elements.
Red bell peppers or sweet peppers, Strawberries, Citrus fruits, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Tropical fruits – mango, papaya, Garlic, Spinach, Teas
Vitamin-rich foods are always more effective in their raw form. Be aware of the difference between buying and using fresh produce and eating canned, cooked or processed foods. Look for colorful fresh fruits, and vegetables to benefit from a diet that will contribute to your health in many ways.
EAT MORE FIBER:
Fiber is essential for balanced nutrition and normal digestive function. It also helps reduce the risk of other disorders such as high cholesterol, which can affect the vascular system.
A high-fiber diet can also help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent varicose veins.
Fill up on fiber-rich grains to reach a suggested intake of 21-25 grams per day for women and 30-38 grams per day for men.
Replace white flour with whole wheat flour which contains all the vitamins, minerals, proteins and fiber originally present in the grain.
Replace sugary snacks with fruit; the boost of antioxidants will reinforce your veins, and the extra fiber helps maintain your weight and keeps you full longer.
Other super sources of grain-based fibers include oatmeal, barley, brown rice and air-popped popcorn.
Getting regular exercise is one of the methods recommended for keeping your veins healthy, but does it make any difference — good or bad — once you already have them?
The answer depends on the type of exercise you’re doing, since different exercises affect varicose veins in different ways. Not all exercise is good — you need to be careful not to overexert when you have varicose veins because strenuous activities can put too much strain on your legs. For example, high-impact exercises like running aren’t usually recommended, because they may aggravate vein swelling.
Dr. Sassan Kaveh at the Alpha Vein Clinic in Las Vegas specializes in diagnosing and treating your vein health and vein disease. He and his knowledgeable staff can evaluate your symptoms and determine which treatment is right for you. Our clinic offers the latest and minimally invasive treatments covered by most major medical insurance carriers. Call our office today and take your first step to healthier legs!
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