You might not need advanced medical treatments. This simple "to-do" list might be all you need to get rid of them.
The condition of varicose veins in the body, where your veins appear blue, enlarged and swollen, is a lot more common than you may think. It can affect anyone and about 35 percent of people in America experience it. However, some may face a bigger risk of the same, especially women, people who are obese, and mothers who have had multiple children, according to SVS (Society for Vascular Surgery).
It most commonly appears in your legs, where your veins become twisted and enlarged. For some people, it might just be something that's uncomfortable to look at, but for other people, it can cause pain as well, according to Mayo Clinic. The veins might appear to be dark purple or blue in color. It occurs when the blood in your veins fail to flow back upwards, causing the blood to pool in your vein, causing it to stretch or twist as a result of this.
You might think that surgery or advanced medical treatment would be the options to ease the symptoms of varicose veins. But there are some very simple yet effective things you can do at home to get rid of them. Here are some of the easy remedies that can counter varicose veins.
One of the most recommended remedies for varicose veins is wearing compression stockings. They squeeze your legs in a way that helps your veins and leg muscles to allow proper flow of blood, hence, easing the symptoms of varicose veins.
Veins find it hard to support the flow of blood when you remain in the same position for too long. Don't stand in the same position or sit crossed-legged for a long period because it leads to the buildup of blood, according to NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information). Keep moving around and changing your position so that there's a better flow of blood.
Avoid wearing clothes that are tight, especially clothes that are tight around your waist, your legs, and your groin. Tight garments are more likely to restrict the proper flow of blood, while loose clothes will encourage blood flow and ease the formation of varicose veins.
When you notice the symptoms of varicose veins, it's best to opt for low-heeled shoes or flat shoes rather than high heels. This is better for your veins because low-heeled shoes will make your calf muscles work more and have a better effect on your veins.
There are certain foods that are good sources of flavonoids and can aid the process of shrinking varicose veins. They improve the flow of blood and prevent it from building up in your veins, according to Medical News Today. You can include garlic, onions, spinach, broccoli, and bell peppers in your meals. Cocoa and fruits like grapes, cherries, apples, blueberries, and citrus fruits would also be ideal to reduce the appearance of varicose veins.
If you have to sit down for long periods of time, it's best to keep your leg elevated for better blood circulation. Let your leg be at the same level as your heart or higher; this way, the pressure is taken off your veins and the blood is more likely to flow upwards rather than build up in your veins and turn them blue.
Since remaining idle for too long can cause varicose veins, it only makes sense that you ensure your body is getting enough physical activity to get rid of them. Walking, running, and cycling are great ways to activate the muscles in your leg and promote blood flow, according to Vein Clinics of America. You can even try out the following exercises.
Bicycle legs: Lie down on your back with your legs raised, keeping your knees bent at roughly 90 degrees. Then, start kicking your leg out, one at a time, almost like you're riding a bicycle.
Calf Raises: For this, you will have to stand straight with your feet together. Then, lift your heels up by shifting your body's weight onto your toes, and then gradually bring your heels back down. This improves blood circulation and the strength of your calf muscles.
To go one step ahead, you can do the 'Rocking' exercise where you rise up, and then lower your body back down and then shift the weight onto your heels while your toes are off the ground, before coming to the original position.
To get rid of varicose veins, you can try applying apple vinegar on your leg. According to a study reported by Evidence-Based Complementary And Alternative Medicine, the external application of apple vinegar on people with varicosity saw positive effects. It's a simple treatment that doesn't require much.
Another effective way to improve blood circulation is by gently massaging the part of your leg where the veins appear dark and blue. Ensure that you are not directly applying pressure onto the veins as the tissues might be fragile.
Certain foods that are extremely salty can make your body retain water which can make the condition worse. It's better to cut them out. Potassium-rich foods like almonds, lentils, white beans, potatoes, leafy vegetables, salmon, and tuna, can help in reducing the water retention in your body. It's best to get your weight in check, as obese people are more likely to face a greater risk of varicose veins. And, of course, it goes without saying, it's best to avoid toxic habits like smoking and excessive drinking.