Are you frustrated that no matter all the attention you give to your legs, your veins continue to worsen?
I had the same exact frustration not too long ago. My biggest fear was not finding a solution and ending up with legs so bad when I’m older than I could not use them! Our legs are an important part of our body.
So I asked myself: how do you really relief yourself from the pain? And how do you prevent the formation of varicose veins and spider veins?
Venous disease may have multiple contributing factors. From body postures to emotions, many things affect your circulation. But all the factors can be divided into two steps. Follow those two steps and you will not only get rid of varicose veins, but also get healthy looking legs for the rest of your life. Here are the two steps:
Note: An extra first step may be required if some of your veins are already enlarged past a certain point. If that is your case, get them treated first. Otherwise, your older varicose veins may undermine the effort you will put by applying the two steps system on this page.
To get rid of varicose veins naturally, you first need to reduce the pressure on your veins. Your veins, especially those in your legs, have to pump the blood “up hill” to the heart, against gravity. If you are prone to varicose veins, this extra work on your lower body can cause your veins to enlarge.
Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce the pressure your veins have to endure. Talk with your doctor to see which of the options of STEP 1 are best for you.
- Exercise correctly
Some sports are not recommended due to their impact on the legs. Short impacts can block the blood flow and amplify the pressure on your veins.
If for any reason you want to continue practicing the sports that are not recommended, make sure to wear compression stocking and reinforce your veins with the right supplements.
Other sports, such as skiing, are not recommended because the boots immobilize the feet and prevent the calf muscles from pumping the blood back up.
Breathing is also very important to prevent varicose veins during a workout. If you block your breathing when applying force during an exercise, you are causing intense pressure on your venous system. Remember to always breathe out when exerting effort. Never hold your breath.
|Recommended||Swimming, fast-paced walking, biking, tai chi, yoga and stretching|
|Not Recommended||Skiing and water skiing, squash, tennis, football, weightlifting, boxing, karate,
judo, taekwondo, stairmaster, running
- Wear the right pair of shoes
Shoes can make all the difference. Look for shoes that have low heals. Wearing low-heeled shoes actually helps tone your calf muscles, promoting better circulation in your legs. Some new shoes, being marketed to women who want to improve the appearance of their legs and buttocks while walking, are also helpful for anyone who want to get rid of varicose veins naturally.
Now that we are talking about clothes, don’t wear any underwear or pants that are tight at the waist or in the groin. This acts as a tourniquet that restricts blood flow and can increase your risk of developing varicose veins.
Maintaining a healthy body weight
Excess weight is another risk factor that may possibly changes the percentage of individuals who will develop varicose veins or spider veins. By keeping body weight down to manageable levels and maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program, you will be able to keep the pressure on your veins to a minimum.
Obese people report more symptoms such as pain (aching, throbbing). The importance of symptoms are proportional to the person’s body mass index.
A quick way to know if you have a healthy weight is to measure your own body mass index (BMI). Use this link to easily calculate your BMI.
- Drink enough water throughout the day
Drinking water helps to soften the stools. When you pass stools more easily, you put less strain on the leg veins which will also help prevent hemorrhoids. Additionally, drinking water is a great way to lose weight and shed those extra pounds.
Keep a reusable water bottle at your side at work and while working out. A little bit of water often is better than a lot of water once in a while.