Varicose veins tend to run in families, especially among female members. Therefore, if you’re a younger woman and you have older family members that have varicose veins, you are at a higher genetic risk to develop them too. The good news is there are things you can do at home to prevent or delay varicose vein treatment. You can also lessen the number of treatments you’ll need.
So, let’s talk about how to do preventative varicose vein treatment at home. First, you should know that being overweight puts more pressure on your veins which makes your vein valves wear out faster. This can cause the formation of varicose veins sooner than they would form if your weight were normal for your height. Obesity exacerbates this problem even more. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention defines obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. You are considered overweight if your BMI is between 25 and just under 30. If you are already overweight or obese, losing just ten pounds can help ward off varicose vein treatment!
Exercise is another great preventative varicose vein treatment you can do at home, or even on your lunchbreak at work! Aerobic exercise like walking, jogging, jazzercise, and dancing will improve your circulation and prevent varicose veins from forming or getting worse. Even active household cleaning, like vacuuming and mopping, can be a good cardiovascular exercise and improve your circulation. Daily exercises that strengthen your calf muscles and other leg muscles will help too because your stronger leg muscles are they more they can help your veins defy gravity and get the blood back to your heart.
Some people who suffer with varicose veins have reported improvement with inversion therapy. This involves using an inversion table or an inversion chair to hang comfortably upside down, or near upside down, to defy the effects of gravity. If you practice inversion therapy on a regular basis, it can help prevent the pooling of blood in your legs and give your vein valves a chance to rest and restore themselves. It will also improve your circulation and get your lymphatic fluids flowing better so your veins don’t have to work so hard. If you don’t have inversion apparatus, it will also help to elevate your feet on a high pillow while laying down.
As natural practitioners are fond of saying, “Food is medicine!” It’s true in this case as certain foods can greatly improve your circulation and can also help with reducing the possibility of vein inflammation and blood clots. Adding more omega-3 to your diet, especially in the form of DHA and EPA, is one of the most important dietary varicose vein treatments you can do at home. Your best food sources for this are salmon and other oily fish like herring, sardines, and trout. You can also get a fair amount of DHA and EPA from grass fed beef or eating eggs from pastured chickens. If you are vegetarian or vegan, try spirulina for a good source of DHA and EPA. Walnut and flaxseed are a good source of the ALA form of omega-3 but only 10-20 percent of ALA gets converted to a form of omega-3 that the body can actually utilize.
Adding fresh ginger, garlic, and onion to your food will also help a improve your circulation and reduce the chance of inflammation, infection, and clotting. Dark berries, like blueberries and blackberries, are notoriously good at providing your body with a huge infusion of much needed antioxidants. Green leafy vegetables and any member of the Brassica family of vegetables (brocoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, radishes, etc) are full of antioxidants as well.
Spices, teas, and essential oils are another great varicose vein treatment. Hot spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric, red pepper, and black pepper will improve your circulation. You don’t even need to really make your food “hot” to get this health benefit. Just a small pinch or light shake will work. Most herbal teas, like peppermint and chamomile, are anti-inflammatory. The essential oils of any type of citrus fruit or mint family herb will work wonders as well. Just put a drop or two under your tongue, hold it for 1-3 minutes, and then swallow. This will get the medicinal properties of these essential oils into your bloodstream fast.
There are several lifestyle changes that can also help alleviate symptoms associated with varicose veins as well as help prevent their formation. If you are genetically predisposed to getting varicose veins, you should be careful to wear loose fitting clothing, especially around the waistline and legs. If your waistband leaves a mark on your skin, it’s probably too tight. The same is true for stockings, panty hose, and socks. You should also invest in a good ottoman to place near your favorite chair or couch to elevate your feet and legs when you sit for long periods of time. This elevation aids your leg veins because they don’t have to work as hard. If you do a lot of desk work, you should take regular breaks to stretch your legs. If you’re in a habit of crossing your legs when you sit, you should break this habit as it constricts your veins.
If varicose veins do develop, you should seek a professional opinion about whether or not to get professional medical treatment. While a general practitioner can treat varicose veins, it is best to receive varicose vein treatment from a clinic that specializes in this type of treatment such as one of the Metro Vein Centers. It takes practice to become really good at varicose vein treatment procedures like sclerotherapy, endovenous laser treatment, and transdermal laser treatment. Therefore, you’ll likely have better results using a specialty clinic like Metro Vein Centers.