Reduce the risk of varicose veins

Varicose veins are not the prettiest of things and once you have them, it takes drastic measures to reduce their unsightliness and the pain they can inflict. There are some precautions you can take to avoid them or to reduce their effect:

  • Regular exercise. Walking, running, cycling and swimming keep – all physical exercise will help keep blood vessels healthy.
  • Stick to a high-fibre and low-salt diet.
  • Get rid of those high heels.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing or undergarments that restrict blood flow at the waist, groin and leg areas (e. g. girdles, stockings and socks).
  • If elastic stockings are recommended, wear them before getting out of bed in the morning before your legs have a chance to swell.
  • Don’t have your legs crossed or bent for a long period of time.
  • If your work requires prolonged standing or sitting, move and stretch those legs, rotate ankles and wiggle the toes once in a while.
  • Do leg stretching exercises daily.
  • Raise legs above the level of the heart whenever possible.
  • Rest those legs on pillows while sleeping.
  • Stop smoking.

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