Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins
Even 50% of women have problems with varicose veins. Veins become less elastic and weaken with age, so the varicose veins are problem that occurs most often in older ages. Although about 50% of all causes of varicose veins are associated with genetics, there are some things that can help to reduce the risk of varicose veins.
Obesity increases the pressure on the legs and cardiovascular system, and thereby increase the risk of varicose veins.
Daily exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight will improve the circulation and the veins healthy and strong. For additional improvement of the circulation, focus on strengthening the muscles of the whole body, especially the legs.
Don’t cross your legs while sitting
We know that it’s feminine, but crossing the legs while sitting increases the pressure on the blood vessels. If you can’t abstain, keep your legs crossed for a shorter period of time.
Studies have shown that women, who often seat with crossed legs have an increased risk of developing varicose veins.
Buy compression stocks
Maybe they are not pretty, but they will surely fit your needs. If you know that you will sit or stand for a long time today, be sure to wear compression stocking.
They will improve the circulation and prevent the weakening of the veins that occur due to many years of excessive sitting or standing.
Studies have shown that supplements of chestnut strengthen the veins and reduce swelling. In addition to chestnut, there is a supplement called boron which also provides support for the vessels.
It’s important before you start taking supplements to advice with your doctor, especially if you suffer from some medical condition and you’re already taking some drugs.
Keep an eye of your salt intake
Except that the salt harms the entire health, excessive salt intake increases the risk of varicose veins. Salt also encourages water retention in the body, which can cause swelling of the arms and legs.
Increase the fiber intake
Chronic constipation puts additional pressure on the cardiovascular system of your abdomen. All this is reflected in your feet. Increase the fiber intake by different fruits and vegetables that will help to prevent constipation.
Avoid high heels
Studies have shown that calf muscles work weaker when you wear high heels. Weaker muscles work means poor circulation.
All this weakens the blood vessels, causes swelling of them and eventually varicose veins. If you feel tension in the calf muscles after wearing high heels, take a break for a few days.
Keep your feet in the air
Every time you’re able to lift your legs! While watching TV, or having lunch at the table, or while you sleep. On this way you will reduce the level of pressure on the veins and improve the circulation.