With summer set to kick off in just under a month from now, many of us are pretty excited about the prospect of sitting poolside in our bikinis. Many others, however, are dreading the idea of exposing their legs this summer. The appearance of varicose and spider veins often make people fearful of wearing anything other than long pants all throughout the warmest months of the year. And that’s no fun.
Is there anything we can do to prevent varicose and spider veins from showing up? According to Naturopath, Mim Beim on BodyAndSoul.com, they aren’t necessarily avoidable as they often have strong genetic links. She reveals that if you have family members with varicose or spider veins as well as swollen ankles and hemorrhoids, you are more likely to be susceptible to the appearance of varicose and spider veins yourself.
On WomensDay.com, Alyssa Fiorentino agrees. “It’s definitely genetic, but don’t be too quick to blame one parent or the other,” she writes, noting that Dr. Greg Martin, author of Say Goodbye to Varicose and Spider Veins Now!, explains that “you can inherit the tendencies from either, or both sides of the family, and it can even skip a generation.” Now, that we know that varicose and spider veins are genetic, what can we do to help diminish their appearance?
Eat nutritiously. It’s going to be pretty hard to find a list of health tips that doesn’t involve some sort of nutritional advice. Maintaining one’s overall health has a lot to do with diet. Avoiding processed, sugary and salty foods is a great way to kickstart a healthy eating regimen. When it comes to warding off varicose and spider veins, the advice to eat right is no different. There are a number of foods that can help, says Beim.
She writes that “they include berries (especially blueberries), cherries, red grapes, citrus fruits including the pith, rye and buckwheat. Improving the circulation is also important. Foods that help include garlic, onion, ginger and chilli.” Beim goes on to note that maintaining a healthy weight is also a big part of keeping varicose and spider veins at bay. The less pressure on the legs, the better!
Exercise regularly. Another tip that is bound to make its way onto just about every health column you’ll find is to exercise regularly. Remember that varicose and spider vein development often has to do with a lack of blood circulation. Clearly, working out is ideal for getting the blood flowing throughout your veins. “Exercise is the best way to prevent and maintain vein issues, so add this to your list of reasons to sneak in a workout,” writes Fiorentino.
She goes on to quote Dr. Garth Rosenberg, a vascular surgeon for Capitol Vein and Laser Center in Frederick, MD as saying “the more you’re active and healthy, the better.” Dr. Rosenberg’s vein-reducing exercises of choice are swimming and climbing stairs. Dr. Martin adds walking and toe raising to the list of recommended activities when trying to eliminate the appearance of varicose and spider veins in the legs.
When all else fails, there is a very safe and effective procedure that makes varicose and spider veins disappear! Sclerotherapy is known the “gold standard” when it comes to diminishing the appearance of these veins. It is not a laser treatment. Instead, a sclerosing solution is injected to close off “feeder veins” under the skin that cause varicose and spider veins to form. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818.