Spider veins treatment does not begin and end with costly injections and spa creams. You can minimize and avoid unsightly spider veins with a diet designed to keep veins healthy. Weight loss and more fiber in your diet are the winning strategies.
Why Diet Helps
Spider veins are those red or blue veins that look like spider webs or branches all along your leg. If you are overweight, extra pounds are putting pressure on your legs. Compared with other veins in your body, leg veins have the toughest job of carrying blood back to the heart. Swollen and spider-leg shaped veins, like varicose veins, are a direct result of poor blood circulation. The good news is that a change in eating habits can get rid of the veins, and at the same time help you lose weight easily. A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, that’s low in salt and fats, is the way to help fight spider veins.
Medical experts point out the links between overeating, pressure on the legs, subsequent constipation and unsightly veins. Irregularity only makes vein conditions worse. Straining hard when trying to pass a stool creates pressure on the valves in the legs. A high-fiber diet can eliminate constipation. Fiber-rich foods also impart a sense of fullness. You are, therefore, less prone to snack on junk foods.
Here are what nutrition experts recommend as high-fiber foods for treating spider veins. These are the foods you read about that quicken weight loss too. They have far less calories, fat and sodium than high-fat fried and junk foods.
- Steamed vegetables – Carrots, cauliflower, green, leafy veggies, cabbage and turnips make an excellent high-fiber vegetable dish together or in whatever combination you wish. Enjoy this dish as an appetizer or snack, or as the main meal, without adding any significant amount of calories.
- Fruits – Blackberries, grapes, cherries and blueberries have special compounds that keep veins healthy. As for citrus fruits, you can eat the white rind of oranges and grapefruits as well as the fruit. The rind gives you an even greater amount of fiber to chase away constipation and keep your veins healthy.
- Whole Grains – Eat whole wheat breads, not white, and look for cereals that have high fiber. Oats and bran are always a good choice.