All I Want for Christmas is Healthy Leg Veins

By: Dr. J. Keith Thompson


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, yet stressful time of the year as well. Those long days of shopping for the perfect gifts, decorating the house, cooking delicious foods, baking cookies for Santa…does this sound familiar? We want everything to be perfect for our family and friends, but it can all take a toll on our vein health if we’re not carful. The Vein Institute of South MS wishes to share a few helpful tips to keep your leg veins healthy during the holidays.

Drink Water
While we all love the Eggnog and Christmas spirts, drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential to good vein health. Staying hydrated encourages proper circulation in your leg veins and keeps you energized and glowing!

Eat Healthy
I think we can all agree this might be the hardest thing to do during the holidays. Between all the family gatherings and work parties, we are inundated with fatty dips, sugary desserts, and rich casseroles. While we don’t want to deprive ourselves of our delicious Christmas favorites, we do encourage keeping a balance with foods enriched with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants as these all aid in strengthening the vein walls and promoting proper circulation.

Get Exercise
During the holidays, finding time to exercise can be a challenge. However, it’s so important to maintaining healthy veins. Exercise helps the calf pump blood back to your heart which helps promote healthy veins. And after all, exercise is proven to help reduce stress and there’s plenty of that to go around during the holidays!

Prioritize Yourself and Loved Ones
Focusing on our health throughout the holidays might seem difficult, but if we follow these tips, hopefully we can enjoy the hustle and bustle just a little more. However, if you are suffering from leg vein issues and want to eliminate the pain and unsightliness they cause, our best solution is to seek treatment from a board-certified vein specialist. Our minimally invasive leg vein treatments are done in the office with no downtime and are typically covered by insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid. So, take some time for yourself during the holidays and let us help you find relief and joy this Christmas season. And why not share the gift of a vein treatment with those you love. Whether they are suffering from painful leg varicose veins, or want to make their unsightly spider veins disappear, gift your loved one with a gift certificate from the Vein Institute. Dr. Thompson and his team will have you and your loved one ready to take on the Christmas marathon season with legs that look and feel their best!

About the Author: Keith Thompson, DO, RVT, C-ABVLM, FACOS, is a board-certified vein surgeon and has performed thousands of vein procedures. He is the Medical Director of the Vein Institute in D’Iberville and Hattiesburg and D'Iberville. Dr. Thompson also serves on committees of the American Venous Forum, a leading organization for shaping vein policy and training vascular surgeons all across the country. Visit for more information.

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