5 Healthy Foods That Fight Varicose Veins
You’ve heard it before — when it comes to staying fit, next to daily exercise your diet is what matters most. Well, the same goes for keeping your circulatory system in shape as well! The five superfoods below work wonders to boost blood flow, repair broken blood vessels and prevent future vascular damage from occurring.
- Blueberries are packed with a high concentration of anthocyanins, which work to preserve connective tissue by fending off destructive enzymes. They offer a ton of fiber and vitamin E, and help to repair broken or damaged blood vessels.
- Watercress has been considered the “cure of cures” by Hippocrates, the father of medicine. It’s healing abilities are astounding, especially when it comes to varicose veins. Plus, it’s peppery flavor makes it a delicious addition to any dish!
- Avocados have been all the rage lately, and for many good reasons! For starters, they’re jam packed with vitamins C & E, which are essential for boosting vascular health. They also contain a high concentration of glutathione, which is renowned for its ability to protect the heart, veins and arteries.
- Ginger has been used in herbal remedies for many years, especially for treating varicose veins. Those who suffer from varicose veins have trouble breaking down fibrin, but ginger has the ability to dissolve it into the blood, which boosts circulation significantly.
- Beets are brimming with bright red betacyanin, a compound that reduces damaging homocysteine levels to protect the veins. But that’s not all! The leafy stems of beets are similar to spinach and are packed with nutrients, so make sure you don’t throw them away.
Can you think of any other varicose vein fighting superfoods? How about some healthy recipes that incorporate the superfoods above? We’d love to hear all about the heart healthy meals you’ve been cooking up in your kitchen on yourFacebook page!
And remember, if ever you find yourself suffering from an unsightly or painful vascular condition, the team atIsland Vein Specialists is always only a phone call away.
3 Exercises for Beach Ready Legs
The weather is finally warming up here on Long Island, and Memorial Day is only about a month away! Whether you plan to hit the beach in celebration or not, a trip to the sandy shore is inevitable at some point this summer — that means the time to get those legs in shape is now! Lucky for you, we’ve brought you five of the best exercises to help you achieve beach ready legs in no time.
- Wall Sits – Tighten up those thighs with the ultimate test of stamina, the simple but strenuous wall sit. Just squat down with your back against a wall, and your thighs parallel to the ground with your legs making a 90 degree angle. Once in place, alternate lifting each leg for 30 seconds at a time.
- Leg Curls – Lie on one side and prop your torso up onto your arm. Start with your legs stacked and then lift the top one, circling it forward in the air for 30 seconds. Then, switch sides and repeat. For added resistance, consider using a set of ankle weights.
- On-Leg Squat – Build muscle and perfect your balance with this easy move. With your arms extended out in front of you, lift your right leg forward in the air. Slowly bend your left leg and squat downward as far as you can — keeping your right leg as straight as possible. Pause, then slowly bring yourself back up. Perform these steps for 60 seconds on this side, then switch and repeat.
If you want more good exercise tips to get your legs in shape before the first beach day,click here! And remember, Island Vein Specialists is here to help you reduce the appearance of unsightly spider and varicose veins as well.
3 Common Myths About High Blood Pressure
As vein doctors, we truly understand the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. After all, it’s your blood pressure that exerts the force on your veins which causes spider and varicose veins to form. That being said, here are are some common misconceptions aboutblood pressure that we’d like to address.
Myth #1: High blood pressure is not that serious.
This is entirely untrue. In fact, allowing high blood pressure to go untreated for an extended period of time can lead to extreme complications, and in some situations even death. When your blood pressure is too high, it throws off the natural rhythm of your circulatory system. This causes blood vessels and organs to become damaged, and increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.
Myth #2: High blood pressure is genetic and unavoidable.
While it’s true that some people are more prone to high blood pressure issues than others, there are certainly some steps you can take to reduce that risk. Keeping your weight down, eating healthy, limiting salt intake and refraining from alcohol and tobacco are a good start!
Myth #3: My blood pressure is fine as long as one number is normal.
Your blood pressure is read with two different numbers, one “over” the other. The first number is called the systolic number which measures the force that blood is exerting. The second is the diastolic number which measures this same force while your heart is resting. These two are both very important and a change in either can indicate serious health risks.
Many people also worry that treating high blood pressure is difficult or ineffective, but this is not true at all. Keeping yourself active and healthy, and having your blood pressure checked regularly can work wonders to keep your cardiovascular system functioning properly.