OK, so we already know, blood is pumped from the heart by the arteries and is pumped back to the heart by veins and, as the heart is situated high up in the body, the veins have to work pretty hard in order to pump the blood “uphill” and back to the heart … especially the veins in your legs.
Veins contain one way valves that prevent the blood flowing backwards but often they may not work correctly which may result in a build up of blood causing the vein to become enlarged, distorted or bulbous and it’s this condition that we know as varicose veins.
So, with that in mind, it makes perfect sense that reducing the pressure you put on your veins will help in the battle against varicose veins and so there are some simple lifestyle changes that can help. In this article we look at 10 ways to treat varicose veins naturally.
1: Exercise For Healthy Veins
Keep active but not just any exercise though – avoid sports that are high impact on the legs. The focus should be on the calf muscle – keep it strong to promote healthy circulation and minimize the risk of varicose veins.
Recommended are activities such as swimming (excellent exercise in so many ways), brisk walking or light jogging, cycling, yoga and such like. Aim for at least half an hour each day.
Not recommended are sports such as football, tennis, running or any other sport that puts excess stress on the legs. Also avoid the likes of skiing where the boots can constrict blood flow.
Footwear should be sensible – low heels are a must to reduce pressure and help correctly tone calf muscles. Try to avoid wearing high heels too much and to position of the foot will weaken the calf muscle and affect circulation.
Keep clothing fairly loose from the waist down. Underwear should not be too tight around the groin area to prevent blood flow from becoming constricted. Socks and stockings should also not be too tight and restrictive.
3: Compression Stockings
One of the old faithful solutions that still helps. Compression hosiery is COMPLETELY different to tight socks and stockings so do not confuse the two … compression stockings are specifically designed with graduated compression to provide the correct leg support and to optimise blood flow by helping it flow freely in the veins. These are an age old and proven solution to painful varicose veins.
Keep the weight under control, body mass index (BMI) within recommended range and maintain through a healthy diet to keep the pressure on the veins down to a minimum and too keep everything fit, healthy and working well. Being overweight increases the risk of varicose veins, particularly in women. Whilst weight loss is unlikely to make varicose veins disappear it will certainly help stop them forming.
You body need fluids to keep everything working well and to make sure that tissue doesn’t hold onto excessive fluids. So make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated – little and often but at least 2 litres per day is the golden rule.
Crossing your legs has the effect of restricting veins and blood flow so, when sitting or lying, do so without crossing your legs. The act of crossing your legs was once thought to be a cause of varicose veins but this myth has now been dispelled. It does however constrict the free flow of blood so best to avoid.
Avoid sitting constantly for long periods of time – stand up and take regular movement and avoid sitting regularly on chairs which have the effect of cutting off or restricting blood flow through the veins in the back of your legs. You’ll be surprised at the different styles of chairs available these days which are designed to help posture and blood flow. Also try to keep you foot up by using a stool or suchlike. This tip is really important – you really must avoid sitting for too long at a time.
8: Elevate The Legs
Think about it … the veins are pumping hard to push blood uphill and back to the heart. It therefore stands to reason that, when lying down, if you elevate the leg above heart height the veins don’t have to work as hard … it’s downhill all the way! Make time to do this and aim for three to four times a day for about 15 minutes at a time.
9: Keep It Cool!
Whilst we all love a long soak in a hot bath it’s not great for veins! Heat actually increases swelling of the vein by causing the vessels to expand or dilate and when this happens the blood is more likely to get trapped and form pools in the veins and hence create, or worsen, varicose veins. It’s therefore important to try to keep not just hot baths but hot showers, hot tubs, whirlpool baths etc down to a minimum.
Also best to avoid heat-packs, and direct heat on the legs and keep temperature ambient where possible.
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Try these 1o ways to treat varicose veins naturally out for yourself but if you find they’ve not been effective then you should seek medical advice and consider surgical options.