Surprising Habits You Didn’t Know Can Cause Varicose Veins, Part 2

Varicose veins can be unsightly and painful. For some people, they are a cosmetic problem, while for others, they are a sign of a serious medical issue. In both cases, they shouldn’t be ignored. With swimsuit season around the corner, many people seek the most effective varicose vein removal in Beverly Hills.

Did you know that there are some daily habits that can cause your varicose veins to crop up? Find out what you should avoid and keep your risk for varicose veins at the minimum.

Not building and maintaining muscle in your legs

To keep your legs healthy, you need to maintain a good muscle mass in the legs. By increasing muscle tone and strength in your legs, you will stimulate healthy blood circulation and minimize vein disease.

If you haven’t been working out lately, it’s time to step up your fitness game. If you lose leg muscle mass, gaps in the muscle can open up, allowing veins to dilate. This can lead to the appearance of varicose or spider veins. To remove them, you will have to seek varicose vein treatment.

Choose a routine that will help your body moving without putting too much strain on your legs. Even something as simple as walking can be beneficial for your blood circulation.

Swimming is also a great way to improve circulation in the legs. This activity decreases the effect of gravity on the veins of your lower body, relieving the pressure on the vessels, while the pressure of the water helps build muscle and improves strength.

High-impact exercises

While regular exercise and staying in shape helps prevent varicose veins, you should avoid high-impact exercises like running, as well as lifting heavy weights. These fitness routines can put too much strain on the legs, aggravate and worsen venous pressure, volume and swelling. Over time, this can cause vein problems that require varicose vein treatment.

On the other hand, low-impact workouts such as swimming, biking, and walking are ideal for those with varicose veins and recommended for people at risk of developing them.

An extra salty diet

Even certain types of food can increase the risk for varicose veins. Avoid putting extra salt on your food. An excess amount of sodium or deficient potassium consumption will cause your body to retain water.

This will temporarily increase the volume of blood circulating in your body and put additional pressure on your veins, as well as their valves. However, a low potassium or high salt diet will lead to constant water retention and increase your chances of developing varicose veins.

Sitting in a certain way at work

As you could have read in our previous article, sitting or standing for a long time won’t do your legs any favors. It makes it more difficult for the blood to travel from the legs toward the heart and fight against gravity.

If your job involves prolonged sitting, you should also pay attention to how you sit. Some positions such as sitting with your legs crossed may enhance leg pain and swelling. You should put your feet flat on the ground and occasionally break the cycle by elevating your legs to prevent varicose veins. Short walks and periodic shifts in position may be helpful.

The same goes for staying stationary for long periods of time. It’s best to have a mix of sitting and standing during the day. Move every once in a while and if possible, try peddling your feet and stretching your ankles to get the blood flowing.

 #1 Varicose vein treatment Beverly Hills

In some cases, no amount of prevention can delay the development of varicose veins. If you already have varicose or spider veins, schedule an appointment at Beverly Hills Vein Institute. Dr. Ivan Brooks is one of the country’s most respected vein experts and will see to it that you get the most effective and advanced varicose vein treatment in Beverly Hills!

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