Varicose veins occur when the veins are overfilled with blood and become dilated. The condition typically appears swollen and has a bluish-purple color or red color on the surface of the skin. There are several reasons in the development of varicose veins and quite a lot of risk factors like family history, obesity, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, hormonal replacement, and others. Here are some tips that can help deter the worsening of varicose veins.
Being in a stagnant position like standing and sitting for a long period of time makes the blood harder to travel up the leg veins fighting against gravity, which causes an increase in blood pressure in the veins. This condition will cause the blood to pool around the feet, ankles, and calves. If your work requires you to sit at a desk, then you can perform a small exercise on the lower extremities such as peddling the feet, rotating the ankles and bending the knees in a marching manner. Elevating the legs and feet for fifteen (15) minutes, three times (3x) a day will result in better blood circulation and minimal swelling.
Compression hosiery can also aid in keeping the valves of the vein in the right position. Stabilizing the vein valves in the correct position make it easy for the vein to function properly and can help reduce blood pooling that leads to less swelling and pain. You might experience night cramps during first-time use, but it will disappear in a few days. There are various types of compression levels like mild, moderate, firm and extra firm, so it is important to talk to a physician for the appropriate compression level suited to the severity of damage to the veins.
Obesity can cause high blood pressure in the veins, which is a major contributing factor of varicose veins. Having a healthy diet based on complex carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats can help you stay lean. Drinking plenty of water every day can also help you achieve healthy blood circulation.
Exercising regularly can help prevent varicose veins, even minimal exercise like walking is beneficial. Yoga is also a good option, especially the poses that bring the feet higher than the heart because it can help maintain better blood circulation. Yoga can stretch and tone the deep muscle tissues in the calves and hamstring in a way that can help the vein valves work properly.
Sadly, pregnant women have some of the greatest risks of getting varicose veins. Like they don’t have enough to worry about, right? Here's a little tip you can use to start your morning's off right. It is suggested that you sleep on your side, more beneficial on the left side, for pregnant women to help prevent varicose veins from forming and to also ease symptoms of existing conditions because it helps increase blood and nutrient circulation, plus it also reduces pressure on the veins in the pelvic region caused by the expanding uterus.
You can’t do much about our age, gender and family history, but you can maintain a healthy diet and perform regular exercise to keep your blood pressure healthy. It all starts with understanding your body. Take the time to treat your body right!