How To Prevent Varicose Veins
varicose veins can be ugly to look at. Here are a few tips on how to reduce its occurrence and why it occurs in the first place.
So this video is for those of you who want to prevent varicose veins. What are varicose veins? Varicose veins are gnarly dilated blood vessels usually in the legs. And why do they happen? Well, your veins bring deoxygenated blood back from the peripheries back to the center of the body and they use valves to help prevent back flow of blood but when these valves are inefficient or not working correctly then blood can start pooling in the veins of the legs and create these nasty and large blood vessels.
Another kind of varicose vein are what we call spider veins and these are prominent blue veins directly underneath the skin. So what can you do to try and prevent these? Well, unfortunately varicose veins do have a genetic component to them and they are also dependent on your age, environmental factors, and also your hormones but they are a few things that you can try to prevent or at least reduce your risk. Now, in terms of spider veins people with a fair skin complexion are more likely to get these on their face if they have a lot of sun damage, so you want to try and avoid them in this area it is best to try and limit the exposure to the sun.
Another thing that you can try for varicose veins is to avoid prolonged standing, if your job involves a lot of standing without moving your legs then it is worth trying to move around every half an hour or so just to get the circulation going in your legs. A good posture is also important and some people say that if you avoid crossing your legs then that also circulation in your lower legs as well. Exercise, what about exercise that is really important for helping to reduce your risk of varicose veins, not only because it reduces the blood pressure which helps to reduce pressure on the veins but it also improves your circulation.
Maintaining a healthy weight is also really important again because it reduces the stress on the back flow on your veins. However, if you were overweight and have lost weight you may notice that underlying varicose veins become more prominent where the fatty tissue was covering them up. Constipation, now believe it or not if you're constipated and you're straining to go to the loo all the time this is another thing that will make you more likely to get varicose veins so make sure that you have a nice healthy digestive system and your bowels are opening regularly.
So as well as the advise to maintaining good posture and also to prevent prolonged standing without moving your legs another tip would be to elevate your legs when you are resting so rather than kneeling on your feet or anything like that try lying down flat with your feet up. Drugs can also play a part in the development of varicose veins specifically the combined contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy and I would say that if you are developing varicose veins it is worth avoiding these hormonal treatments. so as I have said before, although you cannot necessarily prevent varicose veins because they are often out of your control then these are a few tips which I hope will minimize your risks.