If you suffer from painful varicose veins, unsightly spider veins, or other vein-related issues that cause discomfort or make you feel self-conscious– you’re not alone. These are just a few of the many struggles millions of people with unhealthy veins face every day.

Whether you’re looking for solutions to current problems or seeking advice on preventing vein issues, you’ve come to the right place. At The Vein Centre in Nashville, Belle Meade, Franklin and Mt. Juliet, TN, we’ve helped countless patients improve their vein health and restore their confidence.

In this blog, we’ll share our expert knowledge and twelve practical vein health tips for keeping your veins in good shape and minimizing the impact of existing vein problems. As you will learn, maintaining healthy veins is a part of your lifestyle that you shouldn’t overlook. From the foods you eat to the habits you keep, vein health depends on what you do daily.

Here’s a summary:

Healthy Vein Dos

  1. stay hydrated
  2. wear compression stockings
  3. elevate your legs
  4. exercise regularly
  5. eat a balanced diet
  6. see a vein doctor

Healthy Vein Don’ts

  1. leave your veins untreated
  2. smoke
  3. consume excess sugar
  4. stay sedentary
  5. stay out in the heat
  6. be embarrassed

What Are Veins?

First, what exactly are veins and why are they important?

Veins are an essential part of you body’s circulatory system. They work together with arteries and capillaries to ensure a continuous flow of blood throughout the body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart, and veins return deoxygenated blood to the heart, where it is pumped to the lungs for oxygenation before being sent out to the body’s tissues again.

Oxygen is essential for the production of energy, maintaining proper bodily functions, and supporting overall health. Without enough oxygen, cells and tissues (i.e. our body) would not function efficiently.

So, veins are extremely important in keeping us healthy. Therefore, we need to do our best to keep our veins healthy and strong.

Risk Factors for Unhealthy Veins

Unhealthy, weak veins can lead to a slew of problems and venous diseases, like varicose veins, spider veins, peripheral artery disease, and more. Certain risk factors increase the chances of having unhealthy veins, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Advanced age
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma or injury
  • Obesity
  • Family history of venous disease

Thankfully, there are measures you can take to keep your veins as strong as possible. Here is what you should and shouldn’t do to keep your veins healthy:


Let’s start with the “do’s.” This section will share practical and actionable vein health tips you can implement today. No complicated medical jargon or impossible-to-follow advice. Just simple steps towards healthier, happier veins.

1: Do Drink Plenty of Water

Considering our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water, it’s easy to see the importance of staying adequately hydrated. Water is crucial in almost every bodily function, including vein health. In fact, sufficient water intake is one of the most simple and effective ways to keep your veins in good condition, especially if your veins are already prone to insufficiency.

Water helps thin out your blood, so it flows more freely. Thick blood is usually a symptom that the body is dehydrated, putting veins at greater risk of clotting and insufficiency. Thicker blood from dehydration can cause your veins to pop out and bulge. This is why some bodybuilders will dramatically lower their water intake 12-14 hours before a competition.

Bloating and swelling are two other common symptoms of dehydration and also typically signs of inefficient blood flow, leading to more severe complications.

Drinking water gives our cells and tissues the necessary oxygen and nutrients to function correctly. Water also helps strengthen the muscles that surround and support your veins. When muscles are at peak performance, they can push blood along more effectively.

To keep your body and heart healthy, we recommend drinking at least eight 8-oz cups of water daily, more if you live in a hot climate or exercise. If you struggle to drink enough water, try carrying a reusable water bottle or adding fresh fruit to your water to make it more enjoyable. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can also help keep your body hydrated.

2: Do Wear Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are medical socks designed to apply pressure to the legs to help improve blood flow and reduce the risk of circulation problems, making them a useful tool for maintaining healthy veins.

If you spend a lot of time sitting or standing or have excess pressure on your legs due to pregnancy or obesity, compression stockings can be particularly helpful for improving circulation.

Even if you’re not predisposed to vein disease, wearing compression stockings during prolonged periods of inactivity, such as long flights or sitting at a desk for hours, can be helpful in reducing the risk of developing blood clots.

You can find compression stockings at most drugstores, medical supply stores, or online. They come in various sizes, lengths, and compression levels, and choosing the right fit and style for your condition is crucial. Therefore, in most cases, it’s important to consult with a vein specialist to determine the appropriate compression level and size for your needs.

With the correct size and fit, whether you’re at high risk for vein disease or not, it’s worth considering incorporating compression stockings into your daily routine to maintain healthy veins and improve circulation.

3: Do Elevate

Another easy way to improve circulation is to kick your feet up and elevate your legs. Gravity helps blood flow back towards the heart, reducing the amount of blood that pools in your legs.

Elevation can be particularly helpful if you spend a lot of time sitting or standing, as it can prevent blood from accumulating in your lower legs and feet.

In addition to improving circulation, elevating your legs above your heart can help drain excess fluid from your legs and feet and reduce swelling. Leg swelling can occur due to fluid buildup in the tissues, which various factors such as injury, prolonged sitting or standing, or medical conditions like heart or kidney disease can cause.

Even a few minutes of elevation can make a big difference in restoring your circulation and reducing swelling. An easy way to get in the habit of elevating your legs is to start and end each day with your legs on the wall for five minutes. You can also use a stool or chair to prop up your feet throughout the day.

4: Do Plenty of Walking

Weight lifting has many benefits, including vein health, due to its ability to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation in the body that can contribute to vein problems, and increase muscle strength, which can help support and protect the veins.

But there are some instances where lifting heavy weights may not be advisable, such as when you have certain more serious pre-existing vein conditions, have an injury, or are taking certain medications. If weightlifting is not advantageous to your vein health, that doesn’t mean you should stop exercising altogether.

There are plenty of ways to exercise safely, even if you have unhealthy veins. One of the simplest and most effective forms of safe, low-impact exercise is walking. Similar to compression stockings, walking increases the tightening of muscles around the veins and also improves circulation throughout the body. Increased circulation can help prevent blood from pooling in the veins and reduce the risk of developing vein disorders like varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

In addition to its direct benefits for vein health, walking also offers a range of other health benefits. Regular walking can help lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, and even boost mood and cognitive function.

Walking can also help you lose weight, which is also crucial for vein health. Maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a balanced diet can help reduce the risk of developing vein-related conditions by reducing the strain on the veins and improving overall cardiovascular health.

Walking is a simple, accessible exercise you can do almost anywhere, making it an excellent option for people of all ages and fitness levels. Even though walking is low-intensity, if you’re new to exercise or have existing health concerns, it’s important to start slowly and gradually increase your walking distance and intensity over time.

5: Do Eat Well

Eating a healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep your veins healthy. Specifically loading up on fruits and veggies. Here are some simple eating tips to help you make healthy choices that support vein health.

  • Increase fiber intake: Fiber aids in digestion and can help you avoid constipation, which, believe it or not, puts excessive pressure on your veins.
  • Consume more vitamin C: Vein diameter is improved by foods high in vitamin C, such as melons, papaya, and oranges. Vitamin C also promotes the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for proper vein contraction and dilation.
  • Get plenty of vitamin K: This vitamin is essential for helping maintain the integrity of vein walls and improve circulation. It is also necessary to produce proteins that help with blood clotting and blood vessel health. You can find vitamin K in various foods, including dark, leafy greens. There’s a reason kale is a superfood!
  • Drink plenty of water: As outlined earlier, hydration is necessary for healthy veins. But we’re willing to wager you’re not drinking nearly as much as you should be, so it’s worth bringing up again! Drinking plenty of water is essential for flushing your system and maintaining overall wellness, including the health of your veins.
  • Increase rutin consumption: “Rutin?” you might ask. “What exactly is it?” Rutin is an antioxidant and flavonoid found in various plant-based foods that reduce inflammation caused by damaged veins and is even known to help prevent blood clots. Rutin is particularly abundant in citrus fruits, buckwheat, and apple peels. Other sources of rutin include berries, cherries, apricots, figs, and black tea.
  • Reduce salt intake: Too much salt in your diet can increase blood pressure and strain the veins. In excess, salt can also promote fluid retention, which puts pressure on your veins, potentially leading to harm. Maintaining a healthy diet that is high in nutrients and low in salt can help reduce the risk of developing vein-related conditions and support overall cardiovascular health.

Eating well and staying active are the perfect combination to maintaining a healthy weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and keeping your veins strong and healthy.

6: Do Talk to a Vein Doctor

Neglecting venous insufficiency can lead to the development of serious complications such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and venous leg ulcers. These conditions can cause significant pain and discomfort and may even result in long-term disability.

The most important thing to remember about venous disease is that it is treatable when detected. A simple diagnostic ultrasonography at The Vein Centre can determine the kind and severity of venous insufficiency. Our vascular doctors will work with you one-on-one to discover the best treatment options.

It’s worth noting that treatment options for venous disease have advanced significantly in recent years, with minimally invasive procedures becoming increasingly common. These options can provide patients with effective and relatively painless relief from their symptoms and can often be performed on an outpatient basis.

By speaking with a vein doctor at The Vein Centre and exploring your treatment options, you can take control of your venous health and avoid the potential complications associated with untreated venous disease.



As important as it is to know what you should do for your vein health, it’s also crucial to understand what you shouldn’t do. This section will share six common “don’ts” that can harm your vein health and exacerbate existing vein issues.

1: Don’t Assume Your Vein Issues will Just Disappear

You should see a vein specialist as soon as you suspect something is wrong with your veins. The longer you wait to treat your vein problems, the more likely they will develop into major health concerns.

Varicose veins,  for example, can become painful and uncomfortable and may even rupture and bleed. Or, If you wait too long to treat your veins, you may get deep vein thrombosis. And believe us when we say this is not something you want to risk. One of DVT’s scariest aspects is the other complications it can cause, such as potentially fatal pulmonary embolisms.

It’s also worth noting that certain lifestyle factors, such as obesity, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle, can contribute to developing venous disease. By changing your habits and seeking treatment early, you may be able to prevent the progression of vein issues and avoid more severe complications down the line.

Instead of stressing about your vein issues, set up an appointment with one of our vein specialists if you notice something is wrong with your veins. Chances are, there is an easy fix that will have your veins healthy again in no time!

2: Don’t Smoke

We’re sure you are well aware that smoking puts your entire body in danger of a variety of health issues, and yes, the hazards of smoking extend to your veins as well. In fact, smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your veins. Not only does it increase your risk of developing varicose veins and spider veins, but it can also make existing vein problems worse.

Cigarette smoke contains chemicals that cause blood to thicken and lose oxygen, slowing blood flow. When you combine this with the fact that nicotine in cigarettes hardens your arteries, you’re looking at a high risk of major blood clots.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your vein health and overall well-being. So, if you’re a smoker, it’s time to quit. And if you don’t smoke, don’t start. Your veins (and the rest of your body) will thank you.

3: Don’t Eat or Drink a Lot of Sugar

Watching your diet is one of the most important aspects of maintaining healthy veins. Specifically, avoiding consuming excess amounts of sugar is essential, which can negatively affect your veins and overall health.

When you consume sugar, your body creates more lipoprotein, which can accumulate on the walls of your blood vessels. This accumulation can lead to the formation of plaque, which can cause various vein problems, including high cholesterol, blood clots, and varicose veins.

Additionally, excess sugar intake can lead to weight gain, which puts added pressure on your veins, increasing the risk of vein issues.

To keep your veins healthy, it is recommended that you avoid eating or drinking too much sugar and opt for a diet rich in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and plenty of water to maintain healthy blood clot-free blood vessels.

4: Don’t Sit for Long Periods

Being sedentary and sitting for lengthy periods can be detrimental to your overall health, particularly your veins. Even if you exercise daily, it isn’t enough to reverse the effects of too much sitting.

For example, one hour on the treadmill will not compensate for the 12 hours you’ve spent sitting. Regardless of how strenuous your workout is, you should get up and move around at least every 90 minutes.

Here are some of the issues that a sedentary lifestyle might cause:

  • People who sit for long periods without adjusting their caloric intake are at significant risk of developing insulin resistance, which can lead to becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes. Additionally, sitting increases your chances of heart disease.
  • Sitting too much is well-documented to cause premature death. Most people who spend a lot of time sitting are likelier to die young.
  • Low-energy activities such as sitting or lying down do not require much energy, and as a result, keep your daily calorie burn to a minimum. This could lead to weight gain and put you at a higher risk of becoming obese, which is a surefire way to have unhealthy veins.

While getting up and moving every hour or two is essential, you should be cautious of being on your feet for too long. Standing for extended periods can also cause harm to your veins. The amount of standing considered “too much” can vary from person to person, depending on various factors such as age, weight, and overall health.

However, experts recommend taking breaks from standing every 30 minutes to an hour to allow your legs to rest and your veins to recover.

5: Don’t Over-Expose Yourself to Heat

We all know that nothing beats basking in the Nashville summer sun. But spending too much time outside in the heat and humidity does not support healthy veins. When your body is exposed to high temperatures, your blood vessels dilate, allowing more blood to flow to the skin’s surface to regulate body temperature.

The increased blood flow can put added pressure on weakened vein walls, leading to damage and the development of vein issues. Over-exposure to heat can be especially harmful to people with vein problems such as varicose or spider veins because this dilation can cause the veins to swell and become more visible.

Prolonged exposure to heat can also lead to dehydration, which can thicken your blood and make it more challenging for your veins to pump blood back to your heart. This can increase the risk of blood clots, which can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

It is essential to take steps to protect your veins when exposed to high temperatures. This includes staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoiding excessive sun exposure, and taking breaks in cool, shaded areas when possible. Wearing loose, breathable clothing and avoiding tight-fitting garments can also help reduce pressure on your veins.

It’s not just over-exposure to heat from sunshine that can cause unhealthy veins. Scalding hot showers, hot tubs and saunas can also cause your blood vessels to dilate and increase blood flow to your skin, putting added strain on your veins, particularly if you have preexisting vein problems.

To protect your vein health, it is recommended that you avoid hot showers and limit time in hot tubs and saunas, particularly if you have preexisting vein issues. Instead, opt for lukewarm showers and consider a cooler, moist sauna or a steam room, which can be less harmful to your vein health.

If you’re outside in the summer for a long time, find a shady spot, drink cool water, wear a sun hat, wear sunscreen, and try to exercise either early in the morning or in the evening.

6: DON’T Be Embarrassed To Seek Help

Roughly 1 in 5 Americans have varicose veins, and at least 30% of the population have some form of venous disease. Having unhealthy veins is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, seeking help for vein issues is a sign of strength and self-care.

If your veins are unhealthy, it’s not just a matter of “living with it.” You don’t have to suffer in silence or be afraid to get help. Most vein issues are very treatable, especially when caught early, and many effective treatments and management strategies are available.

Vein Treatment Options

If you have unhealthy veins, there are several common treatment options available to you. The choice of treatment depends on the specific condition, its severity, and your overall health. Here are some common vein treatments:

Compression Therapy: Compression stockings or socks are often recommended as a non-invasive treatment for venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and chronic venous diseases. These garments provide graduated compression, which helps improve blood flow in the legs by applying pressure that is highest at the ankle and decreases as it moves up the leg.

Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle modifications are essential for managing vein-related issues. These changes may include regular exercise to promote better circulation, maintaining a healthy weight, elevating the legs when resting, avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting, and wearing loose-fitting clothing.

Sclerotherapy: Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat small to medium-sized varicose veins and spider veins. A special solution is injected directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and gradually fade away.

Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) or Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): These procedures are used to treat larger varicose veins and venous insufficiency. They involve the insertion of a thin catheter into the affected vein, guided by ultrasound, and then using laser or radiofrequency energy to heat and close the vein. This redirects blood flow to healthier veins.

Venaseal Closure System: Venaseal is a newer treatment option for venous insufficiency and varicose veins. It involves the injection of a medical adhesive into the affected vein, sealing it shut. This eliminates the need for thermal energy or surgery.

Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Ambulatory phlebectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove surface varicose veins through tiny incisions. It is typically performed under local anesthesia and results in minimal scarring.

The Vein Centre in Tennessee Can Help

At The Vein Centre, we understand how frustrating and painful vein issues can be and are here to help. Our team of vein specialists is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive and effective care possible to improve your vein health and restore your quality of life.

Don’t hesitate to our expert team at The Vein Centre in Nashville, Belle Meade, Franklin and Mt. Juliet, TN. We’re here to support you every step of the way. The Vein Centre has helped thousands of people. We can help answer questions and seek solutions to what you need or want.

Spider vein treatment & sclerotherapy

When it comes to addressing spider veins, a common vascular concern, seeking the expertise of a board-certified vascular surgeon is paramount for effective treatment and long-term vein health. Spider veins, characterized by small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin, can be unsightly and occasionally symptomatic. One of the most recommended treatments for spider veins is sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure performed by vascular specialists. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and eventually fade from view. This procedure is highly effective and typically yields noticeable improvements after just a few sessions. However, it’s crucial to entrust this treatment to a qualified vascular surgeon who possesses the necessary expertise and training to ensure safe and successful outcomes.

Choosing a board-certified vascular surgeon for spider vein treatment not only guarantees a higher level of expertise but also ensures that patients receive personalized care tailored to their specific needs. Vascular surgeons undergo rigorous training in diagnosing and treating a wide range of vascular conditions, including spider veins. Their comprehensive understanding of vascular anatomy and physiology allows them to assess each patient’s condition accurately and recommend the most suitable treatment approach, whether it be sclerotherapy or alternative modalities. Moreover, board certification signifies adherence to stringent standards of practice and ongoing education, instilling confidence in patients seeking vein treatment. By prioritizing care from a qualified vascular surgeon, individuals can rest assured that their spider vein treatment is in the hands of a skilled professional dedicated to promoting optimal vein health and overall well-being.