Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet? Here is a resolution that shouldn’t be too hard to stick to, and it will not only help prevent varicose veins, it will also make you feel healthier in general. The first thing is to pay attention to your legs. Don’t wait for varicose vein symptoms…prevent them!

walking prevents varicose veinsExercise

High-impact exercise isn’t necessary or even recommended. Low- to medium-impact exercise such as walking can help keep you fit and can help with blood circulation. Even strolling 20 minutes during your lunch break and elevating your legs 10 minutes on a coffee break will make a big difference. According to WebMD, elevating your legs helps keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs and improves blood flow to the rest of your body.

varicose veins foods to eat and avoidEat Healthy Foods

Eat some fruit with bioflavonoids every day. That means more than one orange a day, but that’s at least a good start. Below are other fruits high in flavonoids:

  • blueberries
  • cranberries
  • tangerines
  • plums & cherries
  • grapes

Did you know that there are also flavonoids in rosemary? Rosemary helps with venous circulation and has a positive effect on thinking and memory. Cooking with herbs also helps you avoid salt, which eating too much of can be a contributing factor to varicose veins. The quercetin in onions also helps prevents problems with veins.

Finally, you should avoid eating more than 2 servings of refined starches, such as bread, potato, white rice, and pasta. If you don’t burn the fuel from these starches through physical exertion, it adds to pelvic congestion as excess weight or constipation, which is a background factor in the development of varicose veins.

If you are already experiencing varicose or spider vein symptoms, you can contact us to request an appointment for a free screening. We now have a second location in Round Rock, in addition to our original location in Westlake.

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