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2017-01-25

New Year Resolutions That are Healthy for Varicose Veins

Fireworks were lit and the confetti has fallen. With the new year come New Year resolutions. Have you been sticking to your New Year resolutions? Well it is never too late to start. Read on to discover a few New Year Resolutions that benefit those affected or prone to getting unsightly varicose veins.

New Year, New Diet?

Okay we get it. It seems like everyone embarks on some sort of diet or cleanse as the clock strikes midnight. Instead of going on a strict, daily-regimented diet, we recommend dietary suggestions that will help prevent and combat varicose and spider veins. One way to do this is by eating foods high in rutin. What is rutin? Well, rutin is a flavonoid that acts as an inhibitor to a protein that is associated with clots. When the protein is inhibited, it can help reduce vein fragility and permeability of the capillaries. It also leads to reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Moreover, the following foods are all natural sources of rutin that we recommend that should be added.

  • Apples – Apples are a great source of fiber, but they also happen to contain natural amounts of rutin.
  • Cherries – Cherries are very high in antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation.
  • Grapes – Grapes are a great source of Vitamin K, copper and B vitamins. One cup of grapes can provide you with 25 percent of your daily vitamin K needs.

New Year, New Exercises

When it comes to your New Year resolutions make sure you consider exercises that benefit your varicose-prone veins. This includes low-impact activities such as the following:

  • Walking – Walking is so simple, yet often forgotten. Walking helps strengthen calf muscles and improves blood flow. It is also a perfect example of a low-impact exercise that puts less stress on joints and bones. Try walking approximately 30 minutes a day, five times a week. Tip: Parking further away from your destination gives you a little more exercise and your veins will love it too!
  • Swimming – Swimming is an excellent low-impact activity that is gentle on your joints and veins. Often times community pools are made available at little to no extra cost.
  • Yoga – The gentle and slow moving movements that yoga promotes are great exercises for someone who battles varicose and spider veins. These exercises strengthen muscles and boost inner circulation.

Eliminate Stress

Stress is inevitable when you live a busy life. However, if there is one new year resolution you should take up, it is stress management. When one can successfully manage and lessen stress, it opens the gateway to a longer, healthier and ultimately happier life. The following are some ways to help eliminate stress:

  • Music – If you ever feel overwhelmed, try listening to music. Listening to calming, soothing music has proven to lower blood pressure, and reduce cortisol, a hormone linked to stress.
  • Meditate – Meditation can help bring peace and balance to your life. The emotional benefits include gaining a new perspective, increasing self-awareness and reducing negative emotions and thoughts.
  • Aromatherapy – Aromatherapy is another clever way to eliminate stress. Inhaling certain aromas can stimulate brain function. Aromatherapy is often used for pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

It is no secret that diet, exercise and stress management are key to a healthy life. However, consuming foods high in rutin, partaking in low impact exercises and managing stress are all effective ways to lower the likelihood of getting varicose veins.

About Via Vascular

Do you have varicose veins or spider veins? Trust the experts at Via Vascular. Our doctors offer minimally invasive varicose vein treatment in Seattle, including EVLT and microphlebectomy. Schedule an appointment today to find out if you are a candidate for treatment by calling Via Vascular at (206) 525-8346 or by filling out our online contact form.

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