to Prevent the Formation of Varicose Veins
Dr. Ben Kim
veins are enlarged and often swollen veins that can become visible under the skin
of your legs. In order to understand what can be done to prevent the formation
of varicose veins, you must first understand some basic anatomical and physiological
facts about the veins in your body, which will allow for a good understanding
of the root causes of varicose veins.
veins are vessels that carry blood from all of the cells of your body to your
heart. Whereas your arteries allow your blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to
your cells to nourish them, your veins allow your blood to carry carbon dioxide
and other waste products away from your cells to prevent them
from becoming cluttered with unusable substances.
your health is best supported when blood flows strongly and evenly through your
blood vessels. Blood is pushed through your arteries and capillaries by the force
of each contraction of your heart. But this force weakens considerably by the
time that your blood reaches your veins, for the simple reason that your arteries
and capillaries are closer to your heart than your veins are.
your body was designed to facilitate steady flow of blood through your veins in
the following ways:
of your veins contain one-way valves that cause blood to flow toward your heart
whenever your veins experience any amount of external or internal force.
bulk of your large, deeply located veins are embedded within your muscles. As
you go about your activities of daily living, each contraction of your muscles
puts some pressure on your veins, which helps to promote blood flow toward your
of your veins travel side-by-side with companion arteries. Each contraction of
your heart produces a wave of force through your arteries, and each wave causes
the muscular walls of your arteries to pulsate. These visible and palpable pulses
can be transmitted to side-lying veins, and can therefore be another steady if
not spectacular source of pumping power that keeps blood flowing through your
Do Varicose Veins Develop?
can develop varicose veins if your blood does not flow steadily through your veins.
Without steady flow, blood can begin to pool in small but significant amounts
in your veins, which can cause your veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are varicose
veins that can appear around your anal sphincter. If you develop varicose veins,
chances are that they will appear in your lower extremities.
Should You Strive To Prevent The Formation Of Varicose Veins?
- If left unaddressed,
they can become painful, especially while you walk or stand.
veins can be itchy, to an extent where uncontrollable scratching (usually while
sleeping) can lead to ulcer formation.
rare in incidence, varicose veins can be a source of clot material that can break
off, travel to your lungs, and cause acute respiratory and cardiovascular challenges.
Can You Prevent The Formation Of Varicose Veins?
most important and obvious requirement for preventing the formation of varicose
veins is to build and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system through regular
exercise and a plant-centered, minimally processed diet. When your heart is strong
and your blood vessels are clean and flexible, your veins stand an excellent chance
of experiencing strong and even blood flow. For specific recommendations on how
to build and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, view the following article
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care of your liver. A significant portion of your venous blood flow travels through
your liver before being returned to your heart (think of your liver as a gas station
that refuels your blood with nutrients, to be delivered to your cells). If your
liver is stressed on a regular basis, it can begin to degenerate, starting with
a state of chronic inflammation, moving on to becoming fatty, and finally transforming
into hard, fibrotic, non-functional tissue (cirrhosis). Each of these stages of
degeneration can cause pooling of blood in your leg veins, since blood can no
longer travel efficiently through your liver.
are the most important measures that you can take to protect your liver against
degeneration? Minimize your exposure to alcohol, acetaminophen, and prescription
medication, all of which cause direct insult to your liver cells.
care of your lungs. All of the blood that is returned to your heart from your
venous system is sent to your lungs, where fresh oxygen is added, to be delivered
to your cells. If you develop lung disease, the flow of blood between your heart
and lungs can be strained, which can ultimately be enough of an roadblock to cause
blood to pool in your veins, much like a sick liver can.
the health of your lungs requires that you minimize your exposure to all kinds
of dust (especially those that are produced by sanding construction materials
like drywall mud and treated wood) and tobacco. It's easy to overlook the importance
of breathing in only fresh air and avoiding invisible or very fine airborne pollutants.
Please do some research on the health challenges faced by many 9/11 Ground Zero
workers to understand how critical the air you breathe is to your respiratory
and overall health.
intake of foods that are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Vitamin C and flavonoids
are essential to building and protecting strong blood vessels that can weather
some of the stressors that can lead to varicose veins and associated problems.
cherries are an excellent food source of the full vitamin C complex.
chocolate is the single best food source of flavonoids that I know of.
you already have varicose veins, two additional measures that may be helpful in
healing your enlarged veins are:
on your back and elevate your legs by resting them against the wall, a chair or
a couch. Let gravity be your friend.
your doctor to prescribe graduated compression stockings that you can wear to
exert pressure of 30–40 mmHg to your legs.
Varicose veins that result from pregnancy are usually due to increased pressure
by the growing womb on the inferior vena cava, one of the two largest veins in
your body. With adherence to the food and lifestyle choices that are outlined
in this article, most varicose veins that form during pregnancy dissipate on their
own as the mother returns to her pre-pregnancy lifestyle.
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