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Nine Healthy Winter Foods To Include In Your Diet

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Comfort food and winter… sometimes it seems as if they go hand in hand! But, did you know that gaining extra weight could be very detrimental to your overall vein health? Extra weight adds stress on your veins and can cause blood flow disruptions, which can then lead to varicose veins. Maintaining a healthy diet keeps your body full of the vitamins and minerals it needs to keep a healthy vein system operating at peak performance in the human body. Here are some food choices that you can add to your diet that will not only keep you healthier, but improve your overall health as well.

 

Brussels Sprouts

Make cancer-preventive Brussels sprouts taste good by taking off the outer leaves and roasting them on a baking sheet with some olive oil and sea salt at 425 degrees.

Leeks

Leeks taste much like mild onions and work well in potato soup, in rice dishes, salads and other dishes that require onions. They are tasty and full of antioxidants.

Beets

Bake vitamin-rich beets by wrapping them in foil and baking them in a 350-degree oven for an hour. Cut into small cubes and put them in a green salad with some goat cheese and a drizzle of walnut oil.

Kale

Kale is full of iron but can at times taste very bitter. Sauté kale in some olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar and throw in some pine nuts to have as a side dish… it’s delicious!

Pomegranate

Inflammation-reducing pomegranate has a tart flavor, which makes it good for mixing in with oatmeal in the morning. You can also use the gelatinous seeds, which have a crunch and large amounts of flavor in salads, or even atop some dips.

Kiwi

Kiwi is very high in vitamin C, which can increase immunity to several different illnesses. Mix some kiwifruit into a spinach salad to combine immune-boosting fruits and vegetables in one dish.

Persimmon

Persimmons contain substances that fix damage to cells caused by diabetes. Serve the miniature orange-like fruit with a bitter citrus flavor in a dish with some prosciutto and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Guava

Guava is filed with the antioxidant lycopene, which could protect against coronary artery disease. Add raw guava to figs and blue cheese for a heart-healthy dish suitable for a snack or breakfast.

Pomelo

Use pomelos as a dessert additive for sorbet or frozen yogurt. This fruit is suspected to prevent the spread of cancer cells because of its high density of antioxidants called flavonoids.

Indulge in health-promoting fruits and vegetables all year round, but especially during the wintertime. Not only will they help the body stay well, but they also promote mental wellness with their fresh flavors. Many healthy fruits and vegetables have strong flavors. It is possible to combine them with other flavors to make them more delicious and have the family wanting more!

 

 

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Foods That Help Prevent Varicose Veins

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We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat,” and it is often met with frustration and gall. We all want to pasta, bread, and dessert… however; it’s our bodies that pay for those decisions. We know if we eat unhealthy foods, it can lead to unhealthy consequences. This is not only true when it comes to our BMI, it also includes our vein health. If we were gamblers, we would bet you hadn’t ever thought about eating for your veins.

 

Now, you may be thinking, what foods would I even start with?

 

  1. Fiber. It is long understood that fiber has a history of doing the body good. It also applies to your vein health. Fiber is essential in helping keep varicose veins at bay. By ensuring the digestive system is function properly, you will help toxins in the blood from building up, which allows for a regular blood flow, keeping veins from straining under pressure.
  2. Beans, carrots, and spinach. These are not only good for you to eat daily, but they are also very high in Vitamin C and flavonoids.
  3. Blueberries, cherries, and grapes. These are all high in antioxidants as well as Vitamin C. This helps strengthen your vein walls, keeping them from deteriorating and producing varicose veins.
  4. Eat raw veggies and fruits. Eating raw is the best way to get all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants food can provide. When most foods are heated, they loose a bit of the strength of their vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

 

Another way to help prevent/decrease varicose veins is by losing weight. Being overweight is one of the leading causes of varicose veins. The extra weight you are carrying puts extra pressure on your lower extremities, causing the vein walls to deteriorate faster than normal.

 

Drinking a lot of water is also important. Water keeps your body flushed and clean of impurities. Drinking a lot of water will also help with constipation. Constipation can come from not drinking enough water, and the pressure from it can cause varicose veins to develop.

 

So, eat a diet high in vitamins, especially C and flavonoids, rich in fiber, get yourself at a healthy weight, and drink lots of water. The combination of this will help decrease your chances of developing varicose veins!

 

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