Varicose veins most commonly appear in the legs and feet. They are often red or blue in color. They look gnarled and enlarged and are a sign of poor blood circulation that causes blood congestion.
This may cause some of the “valves” in the veins to fail in their function. When these valves fail, blood flow may pool and collect in the veins, causing what looks like varicose veins.
People with this condition may experience swollen blood vessels in the skin or discoloration.
Severe symptoms of varicose veins include:
- leg swelling that is “heavy” legs
- leg or calf pain after sitting or standing for long periods of time
- skin color changes of the legs or ankles
- dry, irritated, scaly skin that can crack easily
- skin sores (ulcers) that don’t heal easily
- thickening and hardening of the skin in the legs and ankles (this can happen over time)
- bruising, itching, spider veins
Some of the risk factors for swollen, twisted and painful veins are:
- prolonged sitting in sedentary jobs or even standing that restricts circulation
- being overweight
- chronic constipation
- liver and gallbladder stones
- older age
- being female (hormonal changes from puberty, pregnancy, and menopause can lead to varicose veins, and taking birth control pills or hormone replacement can increase your risk)
- being born with defective valves
- family history of blood clots in legs or varicose veins
You can take the following self-care steps to relieve and prevent varicose veins:
- Wear compression stockings to decrease swelling. These stockings gently squeeze your legs to move blood up towards your heart.
- Do not sit or stand for long periods. Even slightly moving your legs helps keep the blood circulating.
- Raise your legs above your heart three or four times a day for 15 minutes at a time.
- Care for wounds if you have any open sores or infections. Your health care provider can show you how.
- Lose weight by eating foods low in fat, adding more fruits and vegetables to your dietary regime.
- Get more exercise. This can help you keep off weight and help move blood up and down your legs. Walking or swimming is a good option too.
- If you have dry or cracked skin on your legs, moisturizing may help. However, some skin care treatments can make the problem worse. Talk to your health care provider before using any lotions, creams, or antibiotic ointments.
- Drink “buckets” of water daily.
- All green vegetables, cherries, berries (like blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, blackcurrants), kiwifruits, citrus fruits, bell peppers, pineapples, beetroot, whole grains are very helpful to people suffering from this ailment.
- drink green juices that alkalize your body and improve your blood circulation
Here is a juice recipe that will help you, if not to get rid, then certainly to alleviate those pains in your veins.
- ½ small pineapple
- ½ medium-sized beetroot
- 2 ribs celery
- ½ yellow bell pepper
- ½-inch ginger root
- ¼ lemon juice
Preparation: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
You can have it as many times as you please, evidently at a low cost.
You can actually make this curative juice your favorite smoothie!