The holiday season is known as the most wonderful time of the year! It’s filled with delicious meals, sweet treats, laughter, and family and friends. While there are many things to enjoy there is also a lot of added stress during this time of year. Combining these factors with varicose veins can be damaging and worsen your symptoms. Here are three ways to keep your veins healthy through a holiday feast.
Watch your Calorie Intake:
An increase in calories and salt will result in weight gain and bloating. This is almost impossible to avoid during the holidays. The problem with weight gain is that it puts a strain on your veins which makes it harder to send blood flow back to your heart. This pressure increases the valves inside your veins making them more susceptible to leakage and causing a bulge of varicose veins.
Increase Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is essential for making collagen and elastin. These are vital connective tissues that work to keep your veins strong and toned. There are plenty of foods to help strengthen your veins and improve your circulation. Some vitamin C foods to add to your holiday meal include oranges, kale, mango, broccoli, pineapple, strawberries, and bell peppers. Simply incorporating these items into your meal can produce positive results.
Staying hydrated is the most important aspect in maintaining healthy veins. Especially during the holidays where alcohol is often consumed, drinking plenty of water will keep you from being dehydrated. The main drinks to avoid during the holidays include coffee, alcohol, and soda.
Varicose veins don’t have to impair your holiday meals. In moderation and incorporating the right foods and drinks can keep you veins healthy this holiday season. If you have any questions contact The Vein Centre, today! 615-269-9007. Happy Holidays!