- Written by Suzy Cohen Suzy Cohen
Sometimes it seems like varicose veins come out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it. Most people over the age of 60 have them to some degree, and usually they’re not a big deal.
But they could be; it depends on the general health of your pipes. When I say “pipes” I mean your veins — they are the pipes that push blood throughout your body.
It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans have varicose veins. They mostly impact the legs and feet. They differ from spider veins, which are not nearly as noticeable.
Varicose veins can become serious and cause pain, throbbing, swelling, and increased risk of blood clots. If these angry, swollen veins occur in the region of your anus, it’s called a hemorrhoid.
Unfortunately, your risk of developing problematic veins increases as you age. If your mom or dad had them, chances are, you’ll get them too.
I’m going to quickly share six ways to help with varicose veins right now.
But if you have a serious condition, I urge you to read my longer article (3,400 words), which offers more treatment options. You can get that by signing up for my free newsletter at http://suzycohen.com, and I’ll email it to you.
You can take some pressure off your legs by losing weight. The less pressure, the less puffy, twisted, and distended your veins are.
You see, your veins are weak, and the burden of having 50-100 extra pounds adds pressure to your veins, making the blood pool.
2. Weird Shower
You will love me, and then hate me. When you are taking a shower, alternate between comfortably hot water and colder water.
Check with your doctor about this first. You can do this to your legs only, if you want to, versus your whole body, and try each temperature for 10 or 20 seconds each. It helps your veins “practice” the process of constriction and dilation.
Consider a collagen supplement. Collagen makes you elastic, so think of collagen as allowing for healthy, firm skin and a tight neck. Without enough collagen, your blood vessels and skin begin sagging.
Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day. Did you know that coffee dehydrates you? It makes you more prone to leg cramps because coffee is a “drug mugger” of magnesium and other minerals. Energy drinks rob you of the same vein-loving minerals.
Bioflavonoids are found in the outer peel of citrus fruits. Diosmin is a well-studied citrus bioflavonoid that has been consumed for years, and it’s well known within medical circles to support healthy veins and circulation in the body.
Hesperidin is a citrus bioflavonoid. It comes from oranges and lemons and assists your body in the quest to fight varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and micro leaks of blood (which cause easy bruising). Hesperidin can help strengthen capillaries.
This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com.