If you have poor blood circulation or a vein disease, your body will let you know in the form of spider veins or varicose veins. Here are some insights from the Vein Treatment Center in New York to combat these conditions by opting for certain foods and avoiding others. Click HERE to book an appointment to seek treatment at our vein clinic in NYC, or keep reading to learn about 5 ways that your food choices can affect your vein disease.
GOOD – Fruits and Veggies
Including a broad range of colored fruits and vegetables in your diet can ensure that you obtain all of the important vitamins, minerals, and other elements that your body requires. Cooking gets rid of many vitamins and minerals, so eat your fruits and veggies fresh whenever possible to decrease inflammation and promote blood flow.
BAD – Apple Cider Vinegar and Witch Hazel
Over the last few years, apple cider vinegar has been regarded as nature’s cure-all for any ailment, from pain and swelling to digestive and metabolic issues. Some websites may suggest dipping gauze in apple cider vinegar and wrapping it around varicose veins, while others recommend ingesting it. However, there is no proven research showing that apple cider vinegar can treat varicose veins, especially since there is no known benefit to applying ACV to the skin.
Witch hazel is a yellow-flowered shrub that is said to decrease inflammation or strengthen blood vessels, which would in turn help heal spider veins or varicose veins. But witch hazel, similar to apple cider vinegar, does not have any scientific research backing up these claims.
GOOD – Water/Hydrating Fluids
Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated will help your body flush out excess salts, lowering blood pressure in your veins and preventing vein disease from developing.
BAD – Salty Foods
Salty foods can increase water retention, putting more strain on your veins. While you should not avoid consuming salty foods entirely, you may limit your intake of foods such as pizza, pickled and canned products, and cured meats.
GOOD – High-Fiber Foods and Greens
Constipation can increase the strain on your veins, so avoid foods like bananas, red meat, chocolate, and dairy items that might promote constipation. On the other hand, most green vegetables and fruits are high in fiber, so they can soften your stools, stimulate bowel movement, and prevent constipation, which can put strain on your veins.
BEST – Seek Medical Treatment
Diet has a limited impact on vein disease, so the only long-term solution to vein disease is to seek medical attention from a vein doctor at a vein treatment facility.
The standard vein treatment for visible spider veins is sclerotherapy, which uses tiny needles to inject medicine that improves the appearance of spider veins in just one month. VenaSeal, radiofrequency ablation, and varithena are treatments for the deeper saphenous veins that cause varicose veins.
VenaSeal is a vein adhesive that is used to “seal” the saphenous vein in the leg, which is the source of varicose veins. Radiofrequency ablation is a technique that uses heat radiation to seal off the damaged vein’s walls. Varithena is a ready-to-use sclerotherapy foam that is injected into the vein to relieve symptoms and improve the appearance of varicose veins. All of these treatment methods are relatively painless, and the sessions last around thirty minutes from start to end. There is no need for anesthesia or recovery time, so you may go home or back to work immediately after your appointment at the vein clinic in NYC.
Our vein doctors can be found in the vicinity of both Grand Station and Penn Station, making our vein clinic conveniently accessible by rail, as well as near the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, and Chrysler Building. We also have another location found in Long Island to increase our accessibility to our patients regardless of where they live in New York.
Overall, our vein clinic puts you first. The Vein Treatment Clinic New York has physicians who are passionate about your well-being and who can consult with you to help you heal. Since minimally invasive therapies are the norm, scheduling an appointment at our vein clinic in NYC ensures that you can receive the best possible care. If you are ready to finally get treatment for your vein disease, check out the Vein Treatment Clinic location in Manhattan or Long Island for vein treatment today!