We’re already thick into the season of Easter candy, with those incredibly delicious chocolate eggs haunting us everywhere we turn, but it’s not too late to begin a diet that will protect your veins–and the rest of you! While we’d never be foolish enough to truly start dieting at this time of year, with just a few careful food decisions, you can keep your veins performing optimally as we head into the warmer spring and summer months!
Watch Sodium Intake
Salty foods make your body hold onto fluid. Excess fluid puts pressure on your veins. By limiting your sodium intake, you can help your body flush out excess fluids and give your veins a bit of a break.
Eat the Rainbow
Whatever else you put in your body this holiday season, work to sneak in those colorful fruits and veggies–the brighter, the better! Not only do they contain plenty of antioxidants that will help stimulate blood flow, they also have lots of fiber, which will help you feel fuller, eat less and avoid weight gain (another factor that can contribute to vein health issues.)
Grab Your H2o
Just as sodium makes your body hold on to fluid, drinking lots of water will help flush liquids out of your system. And, once again, it will make you feel more full, which means you’ll eat less of what’s going to harm your health.
Limit Those Cheesesteaks
Dairy, red meat and starchy foods can all be constipating. And, not only is constipation uncomfortable and potentially inflammatory, it can also take a toll on your veins–especially those in your rectal area.
Clearly, the holiday season is no time for dieting–but it’s very important not to go crazy. With just a small amount of mindfulness, you can truly make a lasting impact on your vein health, and start yourself on a healthier path to rocking those summer swimsuits with pride!