How to Prevent & Treat Varicose Veins
There are two types of veins that can appear – usually in the legs and the feet – and they are varicose and spider veins. When they are at their worst, they can be very painful but, at the very least, they can be unsightly.
These veins can be caused by being overweight, carrying heavy loads, pregnancies, injuries to the feet and even those medications that contain estrogen.
What can you do to alleviate the occurrence of varicose and spider veins?
Veins are the blood vessels that carry blood from your limbs towards your heart. Those in your legs have to carry the blood the furthest and against gravity. Problems can arise when:
The veins are not elastic enough, meaning they cannot return to their normal size for example after exercise.
The valves in your veins are weakened, meaning they cannot prevent blood from flowing back towards your feet with gravity and causing it to pool in your lower legs and feet.
There is a problem of the venous valves, whose role is to ensure the blood flows only in one direction – toward the heart and the legs. If these valves fail to function properly, the blood flows to the legs, putting excess pressure on the walls of the veins and causing them to expand, swell and protrude through the skin.
Varicose and spider veins are very common
One in two women and one in four men will suffer during their lifetime from varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Despite it being so common, only 10% of those with varicose veins treat the problem. While it is very hard to completely prevent the appearance of varicose veins, it is possible to delay and prevent the situation from getting worse.
How to prevent the appearance of varicose and spider veins?
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without movement. If you do have to stand for a long time, keep moving your legs often to improve blood circulation.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity which applies heavy pressure on the veins such as weight training.
- Exercise moderately. Walking or swimming are ideal forms of exercise to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and prevent or delay the development of prominent veins. When you walk, make sure you do a full motion from heel to toe. This movement stimulates the blood flow to the heart.
- Include cold or lukewarm showers in your daily routine as these help to shrink the veins.
- When resting or relaxing, sit or lie down with your legs raised slightly to help improve the blood flow from the legs to the heart.
- Never sit with your legs crossed on the knees as this increases the pressure on the leg veins.
- The wearing of elastic stocks or compression stockings can help to prevent any vein problems from getting worse and even reduce any pain or aching associated with varicose veins.
- Always wear shoes that are comfortable while avoiding high heels as the latter can exacerbate the problem of varicose veins if it already exists.
- Maintain a healthy body weight as anyone who is overweight will put unnecessary pressure on their veins.
- Constipation should be avoided as it also increases the pressure on the legs.
- Supplements can be helpful especially B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc to maintain the elasticity of blood vessels while strengthening their walls – helping to prevent or delay the appearance of varicose veins.
Essential oils can help improve varicose and spider veins
Essential oils work well to prevent varicose veins, to stop them from getting worse when they are still small while helping to improve blood flow and vein health enough to tighten and improve the appearance of small to medium-size ones.
H-Varicose Veins Formula is specially formulated for safe, effective symptomatic spider veins and varicose vein relief, penetrating deep into skin tissue before rapidly reducing venous congestion and discomfort.