By Dr. Navarro
Everyone is concerned with having beautiful legs and everyone is concerned about their weight. People are also concerned with how to slow down the aging process. I consider myself as a medical investigator. Patients that see me need my help to feel better, so it’s my job to conduct enough research to fully understand and come to an effective solution. One of my first recommendations to the patient is to tell me a list of foods or supplements they are currentlytaking. I like to call this, “bettering the leg health”.
More often than not, people are reluctant to divulge their diet and exercise regimen to doctors. The typical answer I get from most of my patients is that they are trying to be good; they are attempting to eat right. They say the obvious and accessible supplements, like Vitamin C and fish oil, but after that they stop. What should come after that answer is one fundamental supplement that everyone should consume on a daily basis, and that’s protein!
The best protein for good leg health is the dark meat of chicken, turkey and occasionally, lean beef. The amino acids in proteins are extremely important and vital to help build, maintain and sustain in large muscle groups, such as the gluteus and hamstrings which in turn keeps the veins healthy. Additional nutrients that are important to leg health are coenzyme Q 10, niacin, rutin, Diosmin and especially vitamin B 12. The following including protein helps with sustaining energy levels as well.
Patients come in and have swollen hamstring and calves and may have edema due to poor venous circulation. This can occur for a number of reasons, but also just bystanding for long periods of time. I like to implement a holistic approach to this type of leg health. I often recommend natural diuretics such as fresh parsley, watercrest, spinach and kale and teach patients that this should be part of their daily intake of vegetables. This is also very helpful for anyone who has spider varicose or a history of swelling in the legs.
Bone health is also crucial. Too much Vitamin C will actually chelate the bones and not enough will diminish the calcium.I encourage patientsto take plenty of absorbable magnesium and calcium in the right proportions and that implementing micro minerals, such as strontium vanadium and boron will help make the bones knit properly and strong. I would say this is one of the most important, yet under prescribed holistic approach to leg health.
Additionally, consider the use of cucumbers, beets, celery and parsley in your daily diet. These contain vitamins and enzymes needed to maintain optimal venous and arterial circulation in the legs. If you want to grow and sustain beautiful legs, you must feed them properly. Remember, “bettering the leg health” helps keep you fit and looking beautiful longer.