This week on the blog we are breaking down the best and worst foods that could be contributing to your vein health. But first, what is a spider vein? Spider veins are small, thread-like veins that can be easily visible on the skin due to their color pigmentation and superficial depth. The most common cause for spider veins is hormone change, caused by menopause, pregnancy or weight gain and lack of mobility, therefore they are more common in women, but men are notexempt! If you experience spider veins you should seek medical attention for untreated veins could create a platform for the growth of additional spider veins. Although nutrition cannot prevent spider veins, living a healthy lifestyle of whole-foods, and exercise may help!
TIP 1: Consume Fiber Rich Foods:Fiber is an important nutrient to add into your diet because it helps regulate your digestive system. Because fiber can help with bowel movements and constipation, eating foods rich in fiber will help put less strain on your veins and vein valves.
Fiber Rich Foods we Recommend:
- Leafy Greens
All of these foods help to contribute to your recommended grams of fiber per day, which is between 25 to 38 grams.
TIP 2: Lower Your Sodium Intake:A sodium-heavy diet contributes to swelling, which could lead to the swelling and pooling of blood in your veins. Consuming salty foods when you already have spider veins may result in visibly swollen veins. It is important to read your food labels and be cautiously aware of high sodium foods.
Foods to be cautious of:
- Restaurants + Fast Foods
- Frozen foods
- Processed lunch meats
The given amount of sodium per day is recommended to stay under 1,500 mg. To help understand this, one cup of canned soup contains 800mg, that’s more than half of your daily intake in one cup portion.
TIP 3: Vein-Strengthening Foods:Any food that is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids helps build tissue and keep your veins healthy and strong. Although foods cannot heal a spider vein, there are foods that help maintain their function. When trying to encourage healthy vein circulation, eating spicy foods and spices like garlic, ginger and chilies can help significantly.
- Red grapes
- Cayenne pepper
TIP 4: Pineapple?:We loved this interesting tip from LiveStrong.com, although it isn’t scientifically proven, it does make a lot of sense. There is a protein found in your body that helps alleviate blood from clotting, called fibrin. If you are experiencing spider veins, your body naturally sends excessive amounts of fibrin to those veins. Pineapple is an excellent source of a digestive enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain helps fibrin process, which results in better circulation in the veins. Adding in raw, or juiced pineapple to your diet wouldn’t hurt and may help reduce spider veins and swelling.
We hope you use these helpful tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Thank you to Livstrong.com for the helpful information and resources.