Right now, we are at home more than ever. Keeping our minds at ease during this difficult time isn’t easy, so focusing on a goal or something positive is a great way to keep us upbeat.
Now that you are at home, what better time than now to focus on taking better care of yourself, and even improve your vein health.
Here are some of our best recommendations, straight from our vein specialists.
Get Moving When You Can
Any vein specialist will tell you that poor circulation is the number one cause for varicose and spider veins. These embarrassing veins are invited in when we are not properly circulating the blood throughout our bodies—specifically our lower half.
Use this time at home to be mindful of moving your body. Walking, light aerobics and yoga are all activities you can do to get the blood flow moving that don’t require a gym or any machines.
Many gyms right now are also offering free online classes and on-demand services if watching someone else move can inspire you to move your body, too.
Whether you incorporate exercise and movement into your life inside your home or while outside, the key is to make sure you are not sitting still.
Fill Your Plate With Nutrient-Rich Foods
It is certainly true that you are what you eat. Fruits and vegetables are an easy way to fuel your body with the right building blocks it needs to aid in proper circulation, and by incorporating the right food into your diet, you can improve your vein health. Our vein specialists recommend you incorporate foods rich in bioflavonoids. These are what provide those specific foods with those bright and rich colors that you see.
Bioflavonoids (vitamin P) are filled with an abundance of antioxidants that possess anti-inflammatory properties. These fruits and veggies will directly diminish swelling while strengthening the collagen (connective tissue) in your vein’s walls.
Some healthy foods rich in bioflavonoids include:
- Citrus and tropical fruits
- Brussels sprouts
Don’t Forget the Fiber
Fiber obviously helps to keep us regular, but any vein specialist will also tell you that fiber is also essential for reducing your risk of developing high cholesterol. Additionally, eating a fiber-rich diet will help keep you at a healthier weight, which will directly decrease your chances of developing varicose veins.
Here are some easy tips for adding more fiber to your daily diet:
- Swap out sugary snacks for fruit.
- Remember all your smart fiber food choices, such as oatmeal, barley, brown rice, and even popcorn.
- Replace all white flour with whole wheat flour.
- For those with gluten sensitivity, try adding flaxseed, chia seed, avocados, apples, beans, or pumpkin to your daily diet.
If you are concerned about your vein health, you may want to speak to a vein specialist about what you can do for varicose and spider vein treatment. Contact New York Metropolitan Vein & Aesthetic Center today to discuss your vein health.