You look at your legs. You like what you see. In fact, your husband or boyfriend also likes what he sees. But still you worry. After all, in all probability, your mother’s legs looked this good at one time – and even possibly your grandmother’s. But boy, look at them now! You certainly don’t want to develop the ugly varicose veins that they have.
So is there any way to avoid this vascular health condition?
The answer is yes and no. Considering the fact that up to half of all American women have some form of varicose veins, the odds aren’t exactly overwhelmingly in your favor. But seven naturally based secrets of caring for your skin exist that can not only help delay the onset of this problem, but temper the appearance of these veins as well.
Well, I can hear you say right now, are you going to share them with me? Time’s awastin’!
- Exercise. Yes, this isn’t what you wanted to hear, I’m sure. But here is one more very good reason to perform some physical activity on a daily basis. Exercising regularly improves the strength in your legs, boosts your circulation and actually strengthens the veins themselves. The exercises that help the most are those which focus on your legs, especially walking or running.
- Lose weight. If you’re overweight lose it! If you’re not, don’t gain it! Weighing more than your maximum ideal weight can place far too much pressure on your legs which contribute to varicose veins.
- Don’t cross your legs when you sit. Okay, so your mother probably told you this in a slightly different way, “Sit like a lady!” But it’s still good advice, whether you hear it from your mom or your medical doctor.
- Don’t stand – or sit – for long periods of time. Standing for long periods of time is, of course, an open invitation to varicose veins. For many this advice is useless. Many women – and men – have jobs that require just that – standing all day long. If you’re one of them, walk or sit at every break from work you get. If you must stand for an unusually prolonged time, then shift your weight from one foot to another. Ideally, you should move around one every 30 minutes.
- Eat a high-fiber diet. Surprised? Eating a high fiber diet reduces the occurrence of constipation which in turn can contribute to the development of varicose veins. High fiber foods not only include whole grains, but fresh fruits and vegetables as well.
- Keep your salt intake to a minimum. This is another preventive measure which may surprise you. But if you consume too much salt, you are likely to retain water, which may cause a swelling in your legs contributing to the appearance of varicose veins.
- Wear sunscreen. If you wear sunscreen, especially on your face, the chances for the development of spider veins are greatly reduced. It’s also a great habit to develop to help reduce your chances of developing skin cancer as well.
There’s no guarantee that these secrets will completely safeguard you from developing varicose veins, but they will help to delay the process. If you do develop varicose veins, having practiced all of the above secrets, you may be able to keep the condition as mild as possible.