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Natural Treatment of Varicose Veins

If you suffer with varicose veins and have tried exercising you have probably noticed that they turn even more purple and obvious.  Does this mean you should not exercise or that exercise will make the veins worse?  No, in fact exercise can help improve the condition. 

All veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing to the heart.  Sometimes due to heredity, age, standing or setting too long in one position day in and day out, being overweight or living a sedentary life style will cause those valves to malfunction resulting in pools of blood in the veins.  This is true especially in the legs.  This pooling effect causes swelling, which makes the veins bulge under the skin and take on a dark purplish tone.  Exercise increases blood flow to your muscles, which can temporarily make your veins appear more prominent as the pressure increases and the veins get pushed closer to the skin.  But the exercise will also force your leg muscles to contract and relax over and over which will speed up blood flow to your heart.  This action can prevent new varicose veins from forming and help reduce overall swelling in existing ones long term.  However, it is recommended that you use moderate exercise versus strenuous exercise.  Swimming is an excellent form of exercise because it contracts the muscles without any impact.  Also, walking, weight lifting and low impact aerobics are recommended.  The best results will be seen with consistent long term exercise.  Another helpful activity for varicose veins is massage.  Using a light Swedish stroke or lymphatic massage stroke, always moving toward the heart, will help stimulate blood flow and relax the muscles.  Heavy or deep massaging is not recommended especially right on top of the veins.  This can be painful but could also dislodge clots.  Dietary intake is important for maintenance or treatment of varicose veins.  You need to stay away from highly processed foods or foods high in sugar, sodium, or refined grains.  Fiber is important to avoid constipation which will aggravate the veins.  Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and small animal protein are good choices.  You can't do much about the hereditary factor of varicous veins but you can exercise, maintain a healthy weight for your stature, and follow the recommended dietary guidelines so that your varicose veins will not progress or impede your life style.

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