How to prevent varicose veins in legs

Spider veins and varicose veins, small but perceptible red or blue blood vessels. They are believed to occur as a result of slow blood flow and weakened walls in the veins. Although both men and women are affected, women are more likely to suffer them. The following steps can help you reduce the chances of having them.

Exercise regularly is one of the best ways to prevent varicose veins. Walking is good for the legs, as it increases circulation.

Avoid placing yourself in the same position for a prolonged period of time. If your work requires it, for example, if you are a supermarket cashier, or if you work in hospitality, or as a flight attendant always try to wear compression stockings.

Stay at your ideal weight. Excess weight causes the entire circulatory system to need overexertion to work and increases pressure within the veins of the legs.

Keep your legs uncrossed when you are sitting. Crossing the legs slows the upward flow of blood to the heart and increases the pressure inside the veins of the legs.

Avoid using high heels. The tension they put on their legs can cause a constriction in the blood flow from the back of the leg to the heart.

Lift your legs over your heart when you are lying down, it will help you to treat and prevent spider veins.

Sit in a comfortable recliner chair, or a sofa. Place your feet on an object so your feet are elevated slightly above the thighs, move the feet every so often to have it point alternately inwards and outwards. This causes the blood in the legs to flow easily to the heart, and reduces the work of the valves.

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