The system of veins in the human body is critical to proper circulation by returning blood to the heart and lungs. In the legs, a system of one way valves within the veins serve to direct the flow of blood in the proper direction and to not allow the blood to fall back down the leg as a result of gravity. When, for various reasons, the valves become inefficient or when the vessel structure becomes fragile, venous insufficiency often leading to varicose veins will occur.
If you see that the twisted varicose veins appear under your skin or if your family history indicates that you are one of the persons predisposed to such type of afflictions, a few simple precautions will help you keep things under control:
DO NOT STAND STILL!
Wherever you are, at home or at work, try not to stand or sit for hours in the same position. Get up and move in order to help to make your blood circulate/ Studies show that the frequency of varicose veins is higher in women who sit or stand for eight hours in the same position.
LOSE SOME WEIGHT!
A few extra pounds do not necessarily mean you will get varicose veins, but extra weight will increase the presure on the veins. This is especially true for women hereditarily predisposed to varicose veins.
DO NOT SMOKE!
Or quit if you are a smoker. Research indicates that varicose veins are more frequent to smokers and that smoking damages veins.
Food shou;d be healthy and low in fats. Limit salt and sweets. Ocean fish, fruits and vegetables are an important part of healthy diet. Avoid animal proteins (except for fish), including processed meat products (cold meats), icea cream, fried food and fast food products.
EXERCISE! EXERCISE! EXERCISE!
Running on the street can actually aggravate or even lead to the development of varicose veins. However, walking for 20-30 minutes a day or aerobic exercises, three or four times a week, can help maintaining a normal vein circulation. Walking is even effective if a patient already has varicose veins and can help to slow down the process from worsening.
LIFT YOUR FEET UP!
Elevate your feet higher than the body whenever possible: in bed, when watching TV. It is a simple and efficient way to fight pain and the feeling of heaviness.