Varicose veins is a condition in which the veins become enlarged and painful. It generally occurs on the legs. Varicose veins happen due to vein-valve malfunctioning. Veins have valves that are like doors to allow and control the flow of blood.
When these valves don’t work properly, blood can build-up in the vein, and make the vein to enlarge. They occur most commonly on the legs as these are farthest from the heart. When blood from the legs has to flow back to the heart against gravity to receive oxygenated blood, the valves in the veins provide the control and direction for the blood.
But if these very same valves are faulty, blood will remain there without moving up, and thus cause enlargement of the veins. Varicose veins occur more commonly in women than men. Even old people could get it.
– Always concentrate on your posture. Try to stand straight instead of leaning on one leg. While sitting, sit with both feet on the ground. Don’t sit cross-legged.
– Maintain a regular exercise regimen. Don’t do heavy exercises. Always try to maintain a body weight that matches your height. Never let yourself get into being overweight.
– Practice stretching exercises for your legs if your job is of a stationary nature. Sit on a bench, and raise your legs horizontally. Rotate your ankles in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. Stand up and swing each leg in a pendulum motion.
– Don’t wear tight jeans or any kind of tight clothing that makes it difficult for smooth blood flow throughout the body.
– Say no to smoking
– Try to give the veins in your legs a break by lying down on your back and resting your legs on a slightly high support. This will temporarily decrease the surge of blood to the leg veins.
– Eat apples, onions, and drink some amounts of black tea everyday.
– Consult your physician for acupuncture techniques to reduce or prevent varicose veins.
– Eat more fruits and vegetables, as these contain antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to prevent varicose veins.