5 Foods That Fight Varicose Veins
Want to get rid of or prevent spider veins? Here's what you can do...
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Why do we get varicose veins?
Veins transport blood from the heart to the rest of the body, and contain one-way valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards. When those valves weaken, blood pools in the veins, leading to the appearance of vericose veins.
Varicose veins are typically the result of age and genetics, although pregnancy and being overweight can bring them on earlier in life.
Certain medical procedures can be used against them, however their onset and development can be remediated by proper nutrition.
Liquids, Liquids, Liquids
For a good circulation, it is very important that you drink enough liquids. The average adult should consume 1.5-2 liters per day, preferably water or unsweetened tea.
Antioxidants, such as flavanoids, Vitamins A, C and E, promote vascular health, reduce inflammation, and help strenghten veins. Foods rich in antioxidants include berries, dark chocolate, and kidney beans.
Spicy foods, like curries and chili-based dishes, heat up the body and get the blood flowing — thus improving circulation and preventing blood from pooling. They also make you drink more water and help with appetite control (helping you avoid obesity-related varicose vein problems).
Ginger has been used medicinally for centuries. It helps improve blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory effects, both of which help fight varicose veins. You can find fresh ginger at the supermarket, or consult your pharmacist for ginger supplements.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This cheap and simple foodstuff has anti-inflammatory properties, and when applied topically on a daily basis can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
And don't forget... Exercise!
If you stay sitting for too long, your body stagnates — and so does your blood flow. Remember how varicose veins come about by blood pooling in places instead of moving along? You can fight that by moving your body! Exercise improves blood flow, lowers blood pressure and inflammation, and if done regularly can lower your risk of varicose veins.
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