According to the statistics, more than half of the world’s population suffers from varicose veins on the legs. What are varicose veins?

Varicose veins is the term used to describe the enlargement and lengthening of veins in the lower part of the body along with thinning of the venous walls.

What are the main causes for varicose veins?

They can be the following:prolonged periods of walking and standing, living a sedentary lifestyle, constant weight lifting, high temperature of the environment, significant increase in body weight, a hereditary predisposition or hormonal influences (pregnancy and hormonal pills).

If you’re suffering from this unpleasant problem, these 2 steps can certainly help. Stick to them for a while and the varicose veins should disappear from your legs.

Step 1 – reducing the pressure on your veins:

Proper exercise

Some sports are recommended against varicose veins thanks to their effects on your blood vessels in the legs. Short bursts of activity may block the blood flow in the legs and cause pressure on the veins, while activities such as skiing can immobilize the feet and prevent the calves from pumping blood.

This is why you need to stick to certain exercises which will boost your blood flow and prevent the appearance of varicose veins.

The recommended exercises are swimming, stretching, yoga, biking, fast walking and Tai Chi. You should stay away from judo, football, weightlifting, running, skiing, boxing, karate, tennis, Taekwondo and squash.

Drink lots of water

Besides promoting weight loss, drinking plenty of water will hydrate your body and reduce the strain on your legs. This will prevent varicose veins and hemorrhoids as well.

Elevate your feet when lying down

Whenever you’re lying down, make sure your feet are elevated. This is a simple solution that will reduce the pressure in your veins and prevent varicose and spider veins as well.

Maintain your weight

Keeping your weight in check is absolutely vital for the prevention of varicose veins. Eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly in order to maintain your weight and reduce the pressure on your veins.

Wearing proper footwear

Wearing appropriate shoes will surely reduce the pressure on your veins and prevent the varicose veins from appearing on your legs. Stay away from high heels as they put too much pressure on your calves. Wearing low-heel shoes on the other hand, will promote better circulation and reduce the pressure on your veins.

Step 2 – reinforcing your veins:

Avoid the heat, keep your feet cold

A cold shower will constrict the veins on the surface of your legs and stimulate the muscles within. If you’re not used to cold showers, start with lukewarm water and gradually lower the heat.

Natural supplements

The best and simplest way of reinforcing your veins is to take natural supplements. There are many fruit and herb extracts which can help and prevent the appearance of varicose veins as well.