Eat better to feel better.
Dieting during the holidays is one of the hardest things to do. Everywhere you turn, there are cookies, candies, peppermint mocha lattes, and eggnog tempting you to indulge -- and that's fine. I think we all agree that it's acceptable to have a few treats here and there. However, it's important to keep things in check because eating a little healthier not only helps you maintain your weight, but it can help you manage symptoms of current conditions – especially vein and vascular conditions. So if you're one of the 30 million Americans who suffer from venous disease, here's what you need to keep in mind when you're eating to manage or prevent vein issues:
Start by limiting the amount of sodium you consume. Monitoring your sodium intake can be quite the undertaking, and in restaurants, near impossible. However, it's well worth your while because salty foods make your body retain water and that puts pressure on your veins. Cooking at home can help, but keep an eye on processed foods because they can be just as bad as some restaurants.
Fruits and Veggies
Next, fruits and vegetables are key components to any diets, but they're especially important when it comes to eating for vein health. That's because fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that stimulate blood flow, strengthen the body's connective tissues, and -- most importantly -- reduce inflammation. The more colorful and diverse your diet, the better off you are. Not to mention, the fiber-rich vegetables will help you maintain your digestive health and your weight, which is often one of the main contributors to vein problems.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
After you've got that, wash it all down with some water instead of sugary drinks or alcohol. Proper hydration is essential to overall health, and you guessed it, vein health. Again, replacing your sugary go-tos and booze with water will help you cut back on your calories and maintain a healthy weight.
Limit Dairy Products and More
Lastly, try to reduce foods that make you constipated, like cheese, dairy, red meat, and starches. Not only do these foods contribute to inflammation, but they can also cause excessive pressure on your veins.
If you follow these guidelines, you may be able to better manage your symptoms relating to venous disease and more. Of course, sometimes you might need a little more help or a minimally invasive medical procedure in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle to get the results you're looking for. If that's the case, contact your local vein and vascular specialist, and you might be surprised what they can do. Vein and vascular health has come a long way, especially as it pertains to procedures.
What are your thoughts? Has changing your diet ever helped you feel better? If so, we want to hear your secrets! Let us know in the comments below!