3 Types of Foods that Make Varicose Veins Worse

You may have heard about certain foods that can help you prevent varicose veins or keep veins that have already appeared from getting worse. Just like certain foods will improve your vascular function and reduce your varicose vein risk, other foods might increase that risk if you consume them too often. The staff at PCI Vein Center has recommendations on three types of foods to avoid if you are concerned about varicose veins.

Foods that Cause Water Retention

When the body retains water, it places added pressure on the veins of the body, which in turn places additional pressure on the tiny valves inside the veins that keep blood pumping in a single direction. Too much pressure can lead to damage of these valves, which allows blood to pool inside the vein and causes swelling of the vessel and varicosity. To avoid water retention, avoid these foods in your daily diet:

• Canned foods
• Processed meats like hot dogs
• Pizza
• Many types of cheeses
• Pickles

It is also important to avoid putting extra salt on your foods, since salt intake is directly linked to water retention.

Foods that Lead to Constipation

Constipation is another issue that places undue pressure on the veins, particularly those in the lower legs where varicose veins are more likely to develop. In addition to leg veins, constipation increases your risk for swollen veins in the anal canal, known as hemorrhoids. To avoid constipation issues, keep these foods out of your kitchen:

• Refined starches
• Red meat
• Dairy products
• Chocolate
• Bananas

In addition, you can reduce your risk of constipation by eating foods high in fiber, such as whole grains, beans and fruit, and drink plenty of water daily.

Foods that Result in Weight Gain

Packing on the pounds can also lead to increased pressure on the veins of the lower legs and an increased risk of varicose veins. To avoid weight gain, maintain a reasonable daily calorie count and fill your plate with nutritious, colorful foods. Some of the foods to avoid if you are trying to prevent weight gain include:

• Refined starches
• Whole milk and dairy products
• Soda and alcohol
• Foods that are deep fried
• Foods containing sugar

While the right diet can lower your risk for varicose veins, there is no way to prevent these bulging vessels completely. The good news is that if you do develop a few of these unsightly, rope-like appearances on your legs, minimally-invasive treatments are now available that eliminate the veins and their uncomfortable symptoms without a major disruption to your daily life. To learn more about your options in Varicose Vein treatments, contact PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.


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