Improve the Health of Your Veins

by Gabriella Patel on November 12, 2014

Your body’s vascular system consists of a complex network of arteries, veins and capillaries.  The main job of this system is transportation as it moves blood from the heart, throughout the body and back to the heart.  Arteries play a role as it takes oxygenated blood away from the heart. 

The large arteries then break down into smaller capillaries which assist in taking the essential oxygen and nutrients to your body’s tissues and organs. These capillaries then merge into larger vessels called veins which take the blood back to the heart.  A vascular disease can occur when there is damage to a vessel.

Damage to the vessel can occur in several ways:

  • Weakening of the vessel
  • Buildup of plaque
  • An embolus (debris in the vessel)
  • Trauma or injury
  • Inflammation

 

A frequent vascular disease that is caused by a weakening of the veins in the lower extremities is varicose veins.  Here are a few facts about varicose veins, and some steps you can take to prevent them from happening, as well as eliminating them

What are these Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are bulging, unpleasant veins that mostly appear in the lower legs and ankles. Varicose veins are caused by increased pressure on the leg veins and are commonly found in older people, pregnant women or people who are overweight. Varicose veins can also be caused by standing for extended periods of time. This increased pressure weakens the walls of the vessels and the valves are no longer able to move blood efficiently.  This can become painful as the blood collects and causes swelling and distress.

Symptoms of Having Varicose Veins

Varicose veins aren’t generally painful and most people notice them first because of their heightened appearance. Varicose veins appear darkened in color, usually a deep purple or blue, and often look like thick cords under your skin.  However, some people do report pain and one of the most common complaints include a heavy feeling or overall achiness in the legs, especially after standing for longs periods of time.  Some individuals also note a burning or itching feeling and can also physically see the swelling in their lower legs and ankles.

Prevention of Varicose Veins

As with most conditions, there are some simple things you can do to help prevent varicose veins.  One of the most important measures to take is exercise. Exercise, and specifically aerobic exercise, will help keep your body’s vascular system flowing correctly and also help you maintain a healthier weight. By preventing any unnecessary weight gain, you will help decrease any increased pressure on your lower extremities.  If you are already overweight or have pregnancy-induced varicose veins, exercise can help improve your symptoms and prevent the bulging veins from getting worse.  If your varicose veins are caused from standing for long periods of time, try taking a break for at least five minutes every hour to give your legs some important rest.

Treatment

Self-care is generally the first step in treating varicose veins.  Exercise is generally prescribed to assist the flow in the body’s vascular system.  If you are overweight, exercise will also help relieve increased pressure.  Other suggested treatments include elevating the legs to relieve pressure and avoiding tight fitting clothes or socks.

If self-care measures don’t relieve the pain caused by varicose veins, doctors will often instruct you to wear compression stockings.  Compressions stockings work by squeezing your legs and applying pressure to them to help increase the blood flow.  It is important to get the proper fit and a pharmacist can help you measure your legs to ensure you buy the correct size.  Compression stockings can be purchased at medical supply stores or at most pharmacies.

If you don’t presently have varicose veins or if you are just beginning to notice them, try incorporating the preventative and self-care measures mentioned above.  Your health is important and you can take an active part in preventing and improving your quality of life.

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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