“Okay, children. Today we’re going to talk about how to take care of your veins.”
Vein health is not exactly a topic taught in school. Most of us go most of our lives without more than a few thoughts on the thousands of miles of veins that are in our bodies. It is only when something goes wrong (such as vein disease, varicose veins, or spider veins) do we take the time to learn about our veins and how to care for them.
Venocure, a vein clinic with two locations in Michigan — Dearborn and Brownstown — is here to help you care for your veins. The best truth you can embrace when it comes to vein health is to take care of your body. When you are in excellent physical health, your veins function properly and normally — affording you the luxury of not thinking about them. Below is some of our best tips for care and maintenance of your body.
TIPS FOR VEIN HEALTH
- Hydration. Your body is made mostly of water, especially your blood. When your body is well hydrated, your blood actually becomes thinner and is able to flow easier. Thicker blood is a sign of dehydration and puts you at risk for blood clots. Dehydration can result in bloating and swelling of veins, making them unsightly.
- Exercise. Not only is exercise great for your health and helps you control your weight, but exercise is needed for great vein health. When you’re active, the blood in your body does not have a chance to pool. The blood is constantly moving in an efficient manner. However, certain types of exercise can be detrimental to vein health, specifically weightlifting. Obesity is a common cause of varicose veins because of all that added pressure strains your veins as they have to work harder to get the blood back up to the heart. Weightlifting causes a similar effect, and, over time, can lead to varicose veins. Does that mean you have to give up being an athlete? No. The vein specialists at Venocure in Dearborn, Michigan, can give you great tips to maintain healthy veins while still indulging in your passion of weightlifting. Contact us today!
- Nutrition. Healthy foods are your friend and aid in healthy veins. Fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C such as oranges and melons, improve vein diameter. Dark, leafy greens such as kale that are rich in vitamin K strengthen the walls of your veins. Furthermore, being healthy keeps you from putting on added weight, a major contributor to vein disease.
- Compression Stockings and Elevation. Compression stockings help to encourage muscle contractions throughout the day, which pushes the blood back up to your heart and aids in circulation. Having your legs elevated allows the blood to flow easily to the heart and removes pressure from your legs.
A healthy circulation system does not only mean the heart; it means the arteries, veins, and capillaries that carry life-giving oxygen to all parts of our body. The movement of blood throughout our body on a daily basis is one of the foundations and hallmarks of health. A healthy lifestyle coupled with a strong body is the best thing we can do to stay healthy overall.
Vein health is something most of us need to think about as we age. Simple, daily habits of exercise, nutrition, staying hydrated, and wearing supportive compression gear will go a long way in our goal of vein health. Venocure, a vein clinic in Brownstown, Michigan, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vein diseases such as varicose veins and spider veins. Contact us today for all of your vein questions, vein treatment options, or just for a vein evaluation if you’re prone to vein disease.