Some of the more popular New Year’s resolutions, like exercising more, eating healthy and quitting smoking, are great for taking better care of your overall health. However, what you may not know about these resolutions is their ability to improve the health of your veins too. We’ve mentioned conservative treatment options like these in many of our blogs, but we’re mentioning them again for the sake of this New Year! If you include the following lifestyle choices in your list of 2015 New Year’s resolutions, the team at Palm Vein Center have no doubt this incoming year will be a fantastic one for your veins.
The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center can’t stress enough how important it is to implement a consistent exercise regimen into your daily routine. Exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes a day could reduce your risk of developing or worsening varicose veins. Aerobic exercise like walking or riding a bike increases circulation and blood flow in your veins. Talk to your Palm Vein Center physician about starting an exercise regimen.
Maintain A Low-Sodium Diet
Eating a lot of salty foods can increase swelling, ultimately exacerbating your varicose veins. Sodium, in small doses, regulates your body’s fluids, transmits nerve impulses and aids the contraction and relaxation of muscles. If you eat too much sodium, your kidneys may have a tough time regulating its release into the bloodstream, causing your body to retain water, increase blood volume and put strain on your veins (i.e. swelling). Try to limit your sodium intake and eat fiber and potassium-rich foods like bananas, beans, dates, avocados and leafy greens.
If you smoke, consider quitting for this year’s New Year’s resolution. Doing so can significantly improve the health of your veins. Smoking can thicken blood, and reduce oxygen and blood flow. These side effects can eventually increase your risk of developing varicose veins or a deep vein thrombosis (DVT; blood clot). Talk to your primary care physician about methods for quitting smoking.
See Your Doctor
See your physician at Palm Vein Center for treatment! Varicose veins are not just a cosmetic issue—they can be harmful to your health! If left untreated, varicose veins may progress and cause serious health issues like DVT or a pulmonary embolism. Call Palm Vein Center today to set-up your appointment, and to start this New Year off right! We look forward to hearing from you!
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!