Veins are part of the human vascular system, along with arteries and capillaries. Together, these blood vessels circulate blood from the heart to each part of the body, and then back. For the average human, that’s more than 80 circulations per minute or a staggering 115,200 circulations every single day. With age, the health of the vascular system deteriorates as blood begins to pool inside veins instead of circulating all the way back to the heart. As vein disease worsens, a variety of complications can develop. However, the good news is that eating the right foods and avoiding the wrong ones can promote healthier veins and stop vein disease in its tracks.

What To Eat

Fiber-Rich Foods:
Foods sources high in fiber are great for keeping cholesterol levels down. As cholesterol levels decrease, fatty plaques in veins begin to break down and recede, allowing for better circulation throughout the body. On the other hand, high cholesterol levels can increase blood pressure, which is one of the leading causes of vein disease. Likewise, high-fiber foods also promote healthy bowel movements, which in turn eases the extra stress on the human vascular system caused by chronic constipation.

Fruits and Vegetables:
Vein specialists recommend eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, due to their abundance in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants are substances that limit inflammation inside the human body, which eases the stress on the circulatory system. At the same time, Vitamin C helps promote healthier veins by increasing collagen and elastin in the body.

Rutin-Rich Foods:
These complex sugars have been proven to improve circulatory function and the overall health of blood vessels. They do so by strengthening the inner linings of veins. The best Rutin sources include; buckwheat, unpeeled apples, as well as elderflower tea.

Without water, fiber is ineffective at reducing cholesterol and maintaining a healthy digestive system. That is because fiber needs water as an activating agent to effectively flush out the body from toxins and other damaging agents.

What Not To Eat

High-Sodium Foods:
Excess sodium is detrimental to the circulatory system as it causes the body to retain fluid, which exerts increased pressure on vein walls. In order to counter-act this, Vein specialists advise people to reduce their sodium intake. On the other hand, increasing water uptake can flush out excess Sodium from the system.

While it is a fact that minimum amounts of alcohol can promote healthy veins because of vein dilation, drinking too much alcohol has the opposite effect. Not only does alcohol increase blood pressure, it also weakens the heart by reducing its pumping capacity. As the heart weakens, it needs to pump blood in greater frequencies to compensate for the lack of circulation.

Venia is led by Dr. Douglas Stafford, a board certified vascular surgeon with unrivaled credentials and experience, and a superior level of proficiency in our Venia practice areas. Dr. Stafford has been practicing general and vascular surgery in Coeur d’Alene for nearly two decades, and is one of only 330 physicians to be board certified in phlebology. Yet just as important as his talents is his ability to truly connect with patients. Dr. Stafford has created a reassuring, calming environment, where taking complete care of patients is a ceaseless priority. As additional professional background notes, Dr. Stafford is a National trainer and lecturer for Dornier MedTech lasers and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine.

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