Varicose veins are a pretty common problem characterized by abnormally large veins near the skin’s surface, most frequently in the calves and thighs. They usually occur when the veins develop weakened walls or poorly functioning valves, which regulate blood flow.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, varicose veins affect approximately 25 % of women and 10 % of men.
Varicose veins can cause pain, fatigue, restlessness, and feelings of burning, throbbing, tingling, or heaviness in the legs. The appearance of bulging veins is also a major concern for many people.
Common causes of varicose veins are heredity, working environments where a lot of standing is required, obesity, birth control pills, constipation and hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.
Standard treatments for varicose veins, both medical and surgical, can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are a wide range of cost effective home remedies that can decrease the severity of varicose veins and also reduce some of the discomfort they can cause. Here are 8 home remedies for varicose veins you may not have heard of.
Already have Varicose Veins? Here are some ways to remedy them!
Exercise is very effective for preventing varicose veins. Because poor circulation is a cause of Varicose Veins, you want to do whatever you can to get that blood pumping!
- Jumping Jax
- Mountain Climbers
Are sure to get your blood pumping and circulating well! If it’s hard to do many of these exercises walking will surely help! Check out this article if you have limited mobility!
2. A LITTLE R&R
Keyword being, “Prevention,” making sure that you are not standing for too long will definitely help prevent the appearance of varicose veins. However, you want to make sure that you are not sitting for too long either. Overly strained or uncirculated veins are what we want to prevent!
3. RAISE THEM LEGS!
Another useful way to help circulate your veins is to raise your legs! Sleeping with your legs raised helps:
- Release pressure from veins
- Promotes proper blood flow
- According to some studies, increase sleep!
4. STOP WEARING SUCH TIGHT CLOTHES!
Did you know those fashionable skinny jeans you adore so much could be causing your nerve damage? Not only do tight clothes create poor circulation, but in turn can potentially permanently damage your nerves.
There was an article published around 2015 about a woman who collapsed because her skinny jeans cut off circulation in her legs. After helping her friend move into a new house, which included a lot of squatting and moving items around, she walked home. Unfortunately, that walk home would result in a trip to the hospital.
5. STOP CROSSING YOUR LEGS!
Well – not really. It used to be said that crossing your legs creates an abundance of issues from varicose veins, poor posture and high blood pressure! According to new studies, crossing your legs does not create these issues, however it is advisable to cross at the ankles if you are prone to blood clots!
Some people are simply prone to varicose veins as it can be hereditary. Go ahead and ask if varicose veins run in your family. That way you can be sure to take the right precautionary measures to fight varicose veins, or at least make them less noticeable.
7. HORMONAL CHANGES!
If you have increased hormonal fluctuations, you may be more prone to varicose veins.
- Birth Control
Are all factors that may contribute to varicose veins. Not to say that you shouldn’t get pregnant, take birth control, or hate your menopause more than you do! Be proud of all of those things!
If you are very nervous about getting varicose veins,
- Make sure to keep good blood circulation (Specifically in your legs)
- Make sure that birth control is right for you!
- Varicose veins do not define beauty! Own your body and slay the world!
A LOOK BACK.
Varicose veins are not the end of the world and if are hereditary may not be preventable. There are measures you can take to try to slow them down or stop them in their tracks are together. The most important tip to consider is if you are happy and healthy – that is what matters.