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Today’s hectic lifestyle leaves no space for self care. In the race to remain relevant, we can barely notice what we can lose. Sitting or standing for long hours in your workplace can exert excessive pressure on your legs. This in turn can increase the strain on the veins in your legs and make them act against gravity to carry blood back to your heart. If this situation continues for a long period of time, it can make you prone to a health issue called “varicose veins”. According to a study, the people who sit for more than 8 hours in a day are highly likely to develop varicose veins in any age of their life.
Though critical, varicose veins are easily preventable through the right measures. Here, we have discussed in detail a few measures that can help to prevent varicose veins.
With a good lifestyle and healthy eating habits, varicose veins can be easily avoided. Here are a few essential measures that you can follow in your everyday life to cure and steer clear from varicose veins.
Varicose veins don’t affect everyone in the same way. According to a study, a few conditions can put you at a greater risk of developing varicose veins. Watching out for these risk factors can help you prevent it. Here is a list of some of the common risk factors:
As you get older, your body starts becoming weak. The veins go through a lot of wear and tear with time. They lose their original elasticity. Due to this, some of the blood might flow backward in the veins and create varicose veins.
If you take proper care of your body as you get older, such a situation is possible to avoid. If you are older than 40 years of age, now might be a great time to start exercising and spend more time working on your health.
Compared to men, women are at a greater risk of developing varicose veins. Owing to the hormonal changes occuring in the female body, especially during pregnancy or as they approach menopause, the blood veins are overworked.
Also, long term use of estrogen and progesterone based birth control pills can aggravate the condition. These hormones disturb the blood flow in the veins and increase the risk of developing blood clots. Ladies, you might want to reconsider those contraceptive pills and take better care of yourselves!
Besides the hormonal changes, the amount of blood in the body also increases during pregnancy to support the growing foetus. This development combined with the increasing weight of the body exerts pressure on the veins in the legs. As a result, the veins may enlarge in size and turn into varicose veins.
Even though the veins regain their strength over time following the delivery, it is still important to take professional medical advice for the same.
The relation between obesity and varicose veins has been evidently proven in a study. If you are obese, your excess weight exerts more pressure on the’ veins in your legs, making them vulnerable to developing varicose veins.
It is therefore wise to watch your weight and ensure that your BMI doesn’t exceed the healthy scale. You can opt for a healthy exercise routine along with a stringent diet plan.
Old injuries or trauma to the legs might create blood clots in the veins. These clots weaken the veins and can make them more susceptible to developing varicose veins.
If you’ve had a history of leg injuries and often feel pain, consult a doctor at the earliest about your condition.
Genetics is an important risk factor in varicose veins. If a member of your immediate family has varicose veins, you are at a greater risk of developing them later in your life. Knowing if your family members have suffered from varicose veins will help you to keep a check on your own health, so as to prevent and treat varicose veins at the right time.
Regular physical activity ensures that you remain in good shape while also reducing the risk of varicose veins. It enhances blood circulation in the limbs and lowers high blood pressure. Regular exercise stretches your calf muscles and hamstrings. It also keeps weight gain at bay.
Exercises like walking, swimming and cycling help to tone the muscles of the calves without straining them. Yoga is another way of exercising every day. Poses like Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog), Viparita Karani (Leg up the wall pose), Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand), Sirsasana (headstand) and Surya Namaskar poses work best if you wish to prevent varicose veins.
Include foods that are high in flavonoids in your daily diet. Flavonoids improve blood circulation in the veins, thereby, avoiding pooling of blood. They also help reduce swelling and aching caused by varicose veins. High-flavonoid foods include spinach, cherry, apple, blueberry, onion, garlic, bell pepper, broccoli, etc.
Water retention can further aggravate your symptoms. So, it is important to include potassium-rich foods in your diet as they reduce water accumulation in your body. These include almonds, pistachios, potatoes, leafy vegetables and more. High-fibre foods like legumes, oats and whole-grain foods are also considered helpful.
In our daily hectic lives, we spend a lot of our time sitting. This can restrict proper blood flow to the veins in the legs. Leg elevation can help to avoid this by improving blood circulation in the legs. It can also cure swelling and aching. By practising leg elevation regularly, you can avoid swelling in the veins too.
All you have to do is keep your leg propped up on a pillow for around 15 minutes while sitting or lying down. You should do this 3-4 times every day. NHLBI says that elevating can help cure symptoms of varicose veins.
Sitting or standing in one position for a long time can make it difficult for the blood to flow in your legs. This leads to added pressure in the veins which weakens them further and causes the blood to pool, In the long run, this can worsen the existing varicose veins and make you more likely to develop new ones.
It is suggested that you change position as much as possible. Simple things like pedalling while sitting or stretching your ankles can help. The best solution to avoid varicose veins is taking a small stroll every 1 hour. It corrects blood flow to the legs. Even when sitting, try sitting straight instead of crossing your legs as the latter can restrict blood flow.
Wearing restrictive clothes and footwear can worsen varicose veins. Tight-fitting clothes like jeans can restrict blood flow in the legs. This can cause them to swell and the veins to suffer even more pressure. Similarly, wearing heels, exerts excess pressure on the calf muscles. They reduce calf muscle function. As a study illustrates, long term use of heels can increase the risk of varicose veins in the legs.
One should opt to wear loose-fitting clothes with breathable fabrics to avoid varicose veins. These clothes improve blood circulation in the legs and support vein functions. A study says compression stockings are very effective in curing varicose veins. They are specifically made to alleviate the symptoms of varicose veins by enhancing blood flow and relaxing the veins in the leg.
Kaisora Guggulu strengthens the joints and veins. It enhances the healing process. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, it heals varicose veins from within. Kaisora Guggulu effectively reduces the external, skin related symptoms of varicose veins too.
Besides treating varicose veins, Kaisora Guggulu can:
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice a day after meals.
It is strongly recommended to consult an Ayurvedic doctor before resorting to any kind of Ayurvedic medication.
Varicose veins is a problem faced by many, But it can be easily prevented by following the right measures! Eating right, leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly can go a long way in keeping varicose veins at bay. For the best treatment, it is advisable to visit an Ayurvedic physician to better understand your condition and identify the best course of action for you!
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