image of woman with tennis shoes for National Women's Health Week

National Women’s Health Week Kick-Off

In honor of all women and their most vibrant health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services kicked off National Women’s Health week on Mother’s Day, May 10 and will observe it through this Saturday, May 16.

This is a great opportunity to tune into your own health goals and start or deepen a commitment to simple preventative measures to keep up good health and reduce your chances of developing illness, including varicose veins.

Making Healthy Eating Choices

One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent disease is to give your body whole, fresh, nutrient-dense foods. Instead of following a diet, try finding what works best for you. In general, more fresh greens, fruits, vegetables, “good” fats, whole foods and grains, and less refined sugars, artificial sugars, fried foods, and processed foods.

If you are at risk for or may be developing varicose veins, reducing your salt intake will help alleviate swelling. And don’t forget lots of clean water—try replacing sweet teas or sodas with flavored (but unsweetened) sparkling water.

Moving Your Body and Sweating

Another fundamental step to having and keeping good health is regularly getting a good sweat. If you hate running or going to the gym, find other ways to move that you enjoy. Hike, swim, jump rope, dance, climb, walk…there are so many options! But the key to staying committed is finding what feels best to you, not doing what everyone else is doing.

Regular exercise keeps your legs, veins, and circulation strong, and maintaining a healthy weight reduces the downward pressure on your legs that contributes to the development of varicose veins.

Being Proactive with Preventative Screenings

If you’re experiencing symptoms of any kind and feel you may be at risk for an illness, don’t wait until the last minute to seek help. Listen to your body and rule out any doubt with a preventative screening, available for many ailments including varicose veins.

Varicose veins can be very painful. If you are experiencing pain, throbbing, or discomfort in your legs, make your health a priority and schedule a free screening now. Call Bunker Vein at (512) 726-0599 or contact us online.

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