No one likes seeing varicose veins forming on their legs. It can make you self conscience and keep you from enjoying your life. While you can’t prevent varicose veins, you can prevent the ones you have from getting even worse.
Most varicose veins form as the result of too much sitting or standing. The veins in your legs become twisted and swollen, and because they are just below the skin, once damaged they can be easily seen. If you are going to be sitting or standing for longs periods of time, try to take breaks to stretch your legs so you get the blood flowing properly again.
When you are not able to get up from your chair and walk around, try to avoid crossing your legs. If your job requires you to do a lot of standing, don’t just take a sitting break. Try and find a way to raise your legs up, especially above your heart. Again, this helps to keep the blood from pooling in one area.
Exercise is not just great for losing weight or keeping your body healthy, it is can also improve muscle tone, which in turn encourages proper circulation throughout your entire body. When muscles are toned, blood flow is increased.
Eating a diet rich in fiber and low in salt can also keep your body working as it was designed to work. A high fiber diet reduces your chances of constipation, while minimizing your salt intake can reduce swelling, both of which can sometimes cause varicose veins.
Getting your muscles moving isn’t the only thing that can help with varicose veins. Did you know your wardrobe might be at the cause of your vein problem? We all love to put on our skinny jeans or squeeze our way into tight, figure flattering clothing. Unfortunately, wearing very tight clothing around our legs or waist can actually make the appearance of varicose veins worse. The same applies to high heels. You don’t have to give them up completely, just don’t wear them all the time, or opt for lower heeled shoes. A lower heeled shoe helps keep your calves more toned, which will also keep the blood moving through your veins.