September 23, 2021
Since the reopening of pubs and a return to socialising, have you found yourself feeling more run down than usual?
If, like many, you aren’t feeling quite as healthy as you were when the pandemic first began and you were embracing at-home workouts and earlier bedtimes, don’t worry - there are a few smart choices you can make to ensure your body functions as it should, while also boosting your vein health.
Vein health is very important, as your blood transports essential nutrients throughout your body to keep all your organs functioning properly, and yet it is all too often overlooked. If you don’t look after your veins, you may develop vascular problems such as varicose veins, or suffer even worse complications like a stroke or heart attack.
‘Cleansing’ Your Blood Naturally
One of the most important things to know is that your organs naturally detoxify your body. This is why there isn’t a single secret product that will help ‘cleanse’ your veins.
But it is possible to follow a diet that helps your organs maximise their full detoxifying potential, boosting your health along the way.
Blood keeps you alive by carrying vital nutrients, oxygen and hormones throughout your body, ensuring that every organ, muscle and bone is receiving what it needs to function.
Blood also transports waste away from your blood cells to the liver, kidneys and lungs. These organs then transform the toxins into something that will be less harmful before converting them into another form for removal from the body.
This is why healthy blood flow is crucial, and you can help boost it with exercise. Calf exercises are particularly great for your vascular health as the calf muscle - commonly known as the ‘second heart’ - pumps blood from the legs to the heart. This extra push develops and expands your blood network (capillaries, veins and arteries), further promoting good vein health.
The liver, one of the largest organs in the body, is also the primary organ for blood purification. Its main function is to convert the food you eat into energy and make harmful products (like alcohol) less harmful by releasing bile, which helps to break down the toxins in your body.
The kidneys are the second-most important organs when it comes to blood filtration, as they draw out waste from the blood and release toxins from the body through urine.
Other parts of the body play supporting roles in cleansing your blood. These include the skin and the lymphatic system, a network of tissues and organs that help flush toxins out of your body.
Help Your Organs Out
Now that we’ve discussed that your body truly purifies your blood for you and there isn’t much you can do to enhance the filtration process, we can acknowledge that there are a few simple healthy habits you can take up to aid your organs in playing their role properly.
If you maintain healthy habits, your organs should be working just fine. However, if you recognise that you have a few unhealthy habits, read on to learn about some foods you may want to incorporate into your diet to improve your vein health, maximise the efficiency of your organs and just feel better overall.
Water isn’t food, but it is one of the most important things you should consume. Drinking water helps your kidneys remove anything bad for your body, by flushing it all out in the form of urine. It also significantly eases bowel movement if you are drinking a good 8 cups of water per day.
Urine should appear colourless or a faint yellow. If you aren’t drinking enough water, it will appear as a darker yellow. Staying hydrated is key to ensuring that you don’t experience permanent damage to your kidneys.
Eat Plenty of Vegetables
Did you know that your daily recommendation of 5 fruits and veggies a day is actually meant to be 7? You should also eat more vegetables than fruits since the latter contain a high sugar content.
Blueberries contain antioxidants that reduce inflammation in your blood vessels and strengthen your veins. The berries also help protect your liver, so pop some into your porridge each morning for a healthy start to the day.
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are cruciferous vegetables and are all excellent sources of goodness that can help boost your kidney health. These yummy and nutritious veggies, along with Brussels sprouts, can help to reduce your risk of kidney cancer.
It may surprise you that dandelions are good for your kidneys (especially if you weren’t even aware that they were edible!). You can brew them in a cup of tea, so pop into your nearest natural health and wellbeing store to pick up some dandelions, which are diuretic and help to increase the volume of water that moves through your kidneys.
If dandelion brew isn’t quite your ‘cup of tea’, green tea is a healthy alternative. It has been shown to improve your overall liver function by reducing fatty deposits in the liver and minimising the risk of liver cancer.
Drink Alcohol Sensibly
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, abusing illegal substances and smoking can all damage some essential bodily functions.
Alcohol can damage the cells in your liver. Smoking affects the lungs among many other parts of the body. One of the functions of the lungs is to filter harmful substances out of the body by converting them into air that you exhale.
There are many false claims made online about effective natural treatments for blood ‘purification.’ Remember that a healthy body doesn’t need any special substances to detoxify your blood, and the best action you can take is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise for your body to perform at its optimal level.
If you are looking for further expert advice, seek out a doctor or a nutritionist who can help you with a personalised nutrition plan. Look after your body to help it look after you and your veins will thank you.