January 27, 2013 – 1:04 am
Varicose veins can take a toll on one’s self-confidence. Here are a few things you can do to prevent them and potentially reduce the ones already in sight.
For many people, varicose veins can take a toll on their self-confidence. Even though they are usually not a sign of any serious medical problem, no one wants to see them when they are in a nice dress or pair of shorts. Here are a few things you can do to prevent them and potentially reduce the ones already in sight.
1. Avoid Standing Too Long
When you stand still in one place for too long, it can increase the pressure in the veins in the legs. If you are healthy, this is not at all harmful, but over time, it will cause the veins to move towards the surface. Moving around or shifting your weight can help if you are not able to sit.
2. Put Your Feet Up
If you do have to stand for long periods of time, give yourself a break. At the end of the day, put your feet in an elevated position to take some of the stress of off your legs. This will help to improve your circulation. If you can, do this several times throughout the day if you have a job that demands you spend a lot of time on your feet.
3. Exercise Regularly
During exercise, you get your blood flowing. This is great for nearly every part of your body, but you probably didn’t know how good it was for your varicose veins. Regular exercise reduces blood pressure and increases cardiovascular strength resulting in fewer, less pronounced varicose veins.
4. Don’t Smoke
Everyone knows that smoking is no way to improve your looks and your health. However, most people don’t know that smoking is one of the leading causes of varicose veins. Smoking deteriorates the veins in a way that can become unsightly under the skin.
5. Maintain a Healthy Weight
If you are overweight, you will likely suffer from high blood pressure and other health issues that contribute to varicose veins. Also, being underweight can put more pressure on body structures due to lack of nutrition. The best way to ensure that you look and feel good is to find out what your goal weight is, whether that means putting on some weight or taking it off.
6. Watch Your Wardrobe
Certain pieces of your wardrobe may be contributing to your varicose veins. High heels are the most common culprit, but sometimes tight-fitting clothes around the lower half of your body can also contribute. Try not to wear pants that are too tight or skinny jeans that are uncomfortable.
7. Sit Up Straight
Your posture plays a key factor in the health of your cardiovascular system. When your body is aligned properly, the oxygen and blood can flow with greater ease. This means that there is less pressure on the parts of your body that are further from the heart, like the legs. Sit with your back straight and don’t cross your legs or ankles to make sure the blood can flow at full capability.
8. Avoid High Estrogen Birth Control
Many women are unaware that their birth control may be causing their varicose veins to increase over time. Studies have shown that birth control methods that have higher levels of estrogen alter the circulatory valve functioning in the body. Ask your doctor about switching to a different method that is just as effective for your specific needs.
These are some of the ways you can prevent varicose veins at home. If you want more information, discuss your situation with your doctor. There may be medical options that are open to you depending on the severity of your condition.
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This article is provided by the Vein Clinics of Ireland, a professional and courteous service dedicated to the treatment of varicose veins and spider veins. For further information on vein treatments visit Vein Clinics of Ireland