Varicose veins is a type of disease that occurs on the legs because, in its way around the body, it is quite difficult for the blood to climb up the legs.

To prevent the blood from returning back our veins have valves that close behind the blood as it moves through the veins. If these valves crack it comes to the collection of blood in the veins, causing them to become enlarged.

Leg cramps, swelling, dull pain, tingling and itching are the first signs that something is wrong with the blood flow in our veins. If left untreated, the initial problems with varicose veins can lead to further consequences. Although problems with varicose veins are usually hereditary you can prevent and promptly treat the problem only with properly selected methods and preparations.

Varicose veins mainly have a genetic background, but they often not show up in people with jobs that require prolonged periods of standing in one place, athletes etc. Varicose veins can further worsen for various reasons: being overweight, pregnancy, feet injury, running long distances, receiving hormone therapy containing estrogen, hormonal imbalance etc.

Today we offer some tips to reduce the risk of varicose veins and to prevent deterioration of the issue.

14 ways to prevent the occurrence of varicose veins

1. Extend and stretch your feet. By contracting the muscles you can help move the blood in the veins. If you sit for longer periods of time try to stop and bend the feet up and down (like pressing on the gas pedal). Also rotate your feet clockwise to move the ankles and cause movement of blood.

2. Get yourself some comfy shoes, and keep the high heels for special occasions.

3. Moderate exercise, such as swimming and walking, can strengthen the walls of blood vessels and prevent the formation of varicose veins or at least slow their appearance.

4. Pay attention to your weight. Being overweight creates unnecessary pressure on veins.

5. Showering with warm or cold water will help you narrow the veins.

6. Dry-brush the legs every day to improve the circulation. How to do this: Use natural bristle brush with long handle. By using circular movements, gently brush your legs starting from the ankles upwards. Do this before taking a shower in order to wash the dead skin cells. But never brush the areas where you already have varicose veins because this can further irritate them.

7. Avoid standing for long periods of time or occasionally shake your legs to prevent them to accumulate blood.

8. When you sit, if possible, keep your feet slightly elevated, it will improve the circulation of blood from the legs to the heart. If your feet are very swollen, try to sleep with slightly elevated legs, which will force the blood to pull away from the legs.

9. Don’t sit with crossed legs, since this increases the pressure in the veins.

10. Try some acupuncture or reflexology treatments to move the stagnant energy and boost the circulation.

11. Apply castor oil on the veins after taking a bath. Massage with upward movements beginning from the feet.

12. To flash the blood back to your heart, massage the legs by using upward movements. Prepare yourself massage oil by combining coconut oil, a few drops of lavender oil and peppermint oil. You can also place this combination of oils in a bottle, mixing it with a bit of water and spray it on the legs.

13. Use St. John’s worth oil to alleviate the inflammation on your legs. You can choose a store-bought oil or prepare it yourself. If you choose to prepare it just put some dried leaves from this plant in a jar and fill the rest of it with organic olive oil. Store this in a dry and cool area for one month.

14. Take vitamin B and C, and zinc to improve the elasticity of blood vessels and strengthen their walls. Also you can take vitamin E. Vitamin E prevents blood clotting and improves circulation.

Varicose veins and impact of nutrition

It is very important to eat foods rich in fiber. Fiber prevents constipation, and thus the pressure on the veins. Strive to consume 30-40 grams of fiber daily. Eat flaxseed and chia seeds, vegetables, blueberries and raspberries – which are rich in flavonoids that can strengthen the veins.

Avoid:

• Trans fats (hydrogenated oils, margarines, etc.). These fats worsen the circulation and have inflammatory impact.
• Alcohol has dehydrating and inflammatory impact.
• Caffeine has dehydrating properties and can exacerbate varicose veins.
• Sugar leads to increased body weight and inflammatory processes in the body.

Reference:

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