Varicose veins are a problem many woman encounter, especially as we grow older. If your mother had them, chances are you’re susceptible to similar weakness of the tissues. But we don’t have to just accept varicose veins as part of ageing. Here are some things you can do:
- Avoid prolonged standing. Walk or sit down for a few minutes. It’s the extended time of simply standing that adds pressure to the veins.
- Address chronic constipation. If you have to strain to go to the bathroom, you’re putting extra pressure on your veins. Talk to someone here at The Life Center. You should move your bowels daily without straining.
- Elevate your legs higher than your head. This is great to do at the end of the day. If you have an opportunity to elevate your legs during the day even better. If you do yoga, inverted poses are helpful.
- Horsechestnut herb. Rich in the compound aescin, horsechestnut has a long history of use for varicose veins and research to prove it.
- Grape seed extract and/or pine bark. These compounds reduce the inflammation of the blood vessel wall and strengthen connective tissue.
- Vitamin K. Often called “the forgotten vitamin”, vitamin K does a whole lot more than clot the blood. One of its functions is keeping the veins healthy. Vitamin K is found in egg yolks and soft cheeses like brie.
- Avoid hot baths/ hot tubs. Heat causes expansion and hot water can make the veins stretch even more. An infrared sauna, however, runs at a low temperature and will not aggravate varicose veins.
- A cool bath. Cold can help the distended veins to retract. It doesn’t have to be ice cold, just cooling.