For many of those who suffer from painful, unsightly, bulging varicose veins, the idea of looking to surgery as the only option can be daunting and distressing. Thankfully, there are many remedies, tips, and tricks that you can do – in the comfort of your own home – that can help treat and manage your varicose veins: no surgery required!
Varicose veins are caused in part by poor circulation of the blood in your veins. When the small valves in your veins become weak, this can cause the blood to start to flow backward and begin to pool, leading to the twisted and swollen veins that we see. Regular exercise helps to keep your blood circulating well throughout your entire body, especially in the legs! By getting your blood pumping, this helps to unclog the blood that has begun to pool, and in addition, will help lower your blood pressure. Thankfully, low-impact exercises are all it takes to start noticing diminished varicose veins: examples include walking, yoga, swimming, and cycling.
In addition to practicing more low-impact exercises, it is important to keep your body moving throughout the day. Try your best to avoid sitting for long periods of time – if you work at a desk, make sure you get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour. Don’t sit too long with your legs crossed, as this contributes to poor circulation and restricts blood flow to your legs and feet. Another way to help manage your varicose veins is to keep your legs elevated, ideally at the same height as your heart or even slightly above it. While at work or traveling for long periods of time where you know you are going to be sitting for an extended period, do your best to elevate your legs to get your blood flowing smoothly back towards your heart.
People who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency, a major cause of varicose veins, have reported that horse chestnut extract, known as Aesculus hippocastanum L., reduced their leg pain, the heaviness feelings, and itchiness. The National Institute of Health has also stated that orally taking grape seed extract, Vitis vinifera, may help in reducing lower leg swelling and other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. However, if you are currently prescribed and taking blood-thinning medication, do not take grape seed extract as a dietary supplement, as it can increase your risk of bleeding.
Two more extracts, sea pine (Pinus Maritima) and Butcher’s broom (Ruscus Aculeatus), have been found to reduce the leg swelling that is often a side effect of varicose veins. Before taking any plant extracts or essential oils, make sure you dilute them using something such as carrier oils before you apply them to your skin, or before using them in a diffuser like for aromatherapy.
Change Up Your Diet
First and foremost, people who are overweight are much more likely to develop varicose veins, so maintaining a healthy weight and working off excess pounds can help tremendously in alleviating the pressure on your veins and decrease any swelling or discomfort.
Varicose veins can form partly due to the body retaining too much water. Cutting down on salty foods or foods rich in sodium can help minimize your body’s water retention, and conversely eating more foods that are high in potassium can have the same effect.
Examples of foods that are high in potassium include:
- Almonds and pistachio nuts
- Leafy vegetables
- Fish such as salmon and tuna
- Lentils and white beans
Any additional strain on aggravated or damaged valves can worsen your varicose veins, so eating foods rich in fiber can help keep your digestive tract healthy and prevent constipation.
Examples of foods high in fiber include:
- Whole-grain foods
- Nuts, seeds, and legumes
- Oats, wheat, and flaxseed
There are certain foods that you can add to your diet that can also help to shrink your already existing varicose veins. Flavonoid-rich foods improve your circulation and make it less likely for your blood to pool, as well as help lower your blood pressure and relax your blood vessels.
Examples of foods that contain flavonoids include:
- Various vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, spinach, and broccoli
- Citrus fruits, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and apples
Special socks known as compression stockings work by applying pressure to your legs, aiding your muscles and veins in moving blood towards your heart. A study found that people who wore these knee-high compression stockings for a week with a pressure of at least 18 to 21 mmHg reported feeling a reduction in the pain and aches that accompany varicose veins.
Strangely, the opposite approach must also be taken in order to combat varicose veins! Wearing tight-fitting clothing on other parts of your body can restrict your blood flow and lead to poor circulation to your legs. Try to wear loose-fitting clothing when you can, and opt for flats as opposed to high heels.
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