You have the veins running all through your body, and it is important that you keep them healthy. The biggest problem that many men and women face in terms of their vein health is varicose veins.
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged and often curled or gnarled. It is possible for any and all veins in your body to become varicose. Most people experience varicose veins on their legs, however.
Whether you need to take serious action to fix or prevent varicose veins depends on how severe the issue is for you. For some people, having varicose veins or spider veins is just a minor problem that makes you feel self conscious, but it’s nothing to be seriously worried about in terms of your overall health. Spider veins are thinner than varicose veins and often appear as purple or blue lines on the surface of your skin. They do not bulge out and away from the skin as varicose veins often do. They often happen on the thighs.
Taking Care of Your Veins
Here are some key ways to prevent varicose and spider veins from forming in the first place.
1. Exercise on a regular basis
Getting enough exercise is an important thing to do no matter what you are trying to improve about your health. But you definitely need to get enough regular exercise if you are worried about varicose and spider veins. Make sure you are doing both regular cardiovascular exercise and regular strength training.
2. Eat less salt
Eating a lot of salt or sodium on a regular basis can cause water to build up all around your body and especially in your legs and feet. This can put a strain on your veins and cause them to bulge and form varicose veins.
3. Watch your overall weight
Being heavier overall may cause varicose veins to form in your legs especially. Make sure you are keeping track of your weight and BMI and staying within healthy ranges.
4. Get moving and don’t sit
Many doctors and medical professionals have said that the new silent killer is sitting. People need to get up and walk around more often than they do. Try not to sit for long periods of time.
5. Don’t weight tight nylons or tights and stop wearing high heels
Finally, wearing tight hosiery on your legs can often promote the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins. Likewise, wearing high heels puts a strain on your veins in your calves and your thighs, so you may varicose veins from that. This will be a disappointment to women who love wearing high heels, but if it means protecting your overall vein health, the change should be worth it.