Summer is almost here, and hot weather makes us want to reach for bright summery dresses, light fluttery skirts and cool comfortable shorts! However, for the 36 percent of women who suffer with varicose veins, these clothing options often stay regretfully in the closet.
Although there are medical treatments for the elimination of varicose veins, they can be costly and are not without risk. Natural remedies, on the other hand, are safe and affordable and can be done in the comfort of your own home. So before you start to mournfully toss your favorite summer wardrobe into the Good Will bin, try these five natural remedies to not only help reduce the appearance of varicose veins, but also to prevent future ones from forming.
5 Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins
1. Dietary Changes
If you suffer from varicose veins, a practical place to begin dealing with them should start with your diet. Start by consuming more vitamin C rich foods; this will help to promote healthy blood vessels and optimal vein structure. Also, eat a diet that is high in fiber, because fiber helps to prevent constipation and the straining that is associated with constipation can both cause and worsen varicose veins. Finally, reduce your intake of salt, because salt can make varicose veins more visible by increasing swelling within the veins.
Regular exercise helps to increase blood circulation throughout your body and increase vein strength both of which help to ward of varicose veins. Exercise also helps you to lose weight, which results in less pressure on your legs and the prevention of future varicose veins. Walking, running, jogging, calf stretching, and other exercises that focus on working your legs can provide the best results.
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