5 Best Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins

Preventing Varicose veins

It is difficult to promote healthy circulation in many individuals due to lifestyles that require long stretches of time spent standing and health issues that compound themselves over time. These factors, when combined with other potential risks, can lead to varicose veins. Also referred to as spider veins, this condition occurs when the body is unable to properly cycle blood through its circulatory system, often leading to veins that swell and further impede proper blood flow.

The risks that can lead to this condition are avoidable and no one should have to suffer through the aches, numbness, itching and even bleeding that this vein swelling can cause. By taking steps to ensure your lifestyle does not contribute to your risk factors you can live without fear of your legs suffering from more stress than they were designed to bear on a daily basis.

1. Avoid Standing for Too Long

One of the most common yet most easily prevented causes of swollen veins is simply standing on your feet too long. Without rest, your circulation suffers as blood travels through your body due to the simple fact that your legs are the furthest point from your heart. The stress this causes can easily lead to numbness and chronic pain yet is also the easiest problem to solve: sit down more often. It’s as simple as that.

If sitting down more frequently isn’t an option due to your lifestyle or working conditions, consider helping your legs by ensuring you wear proper footwear for standing all day at work. Not only can this help sidestep painful swelling, you may also avoid problems later in life such as chronic ankle instability or exaggerated wear on your joints.

2. Watch Your Weight

It’s an unfortunate fact that weight loss contributes to a great many health issues and venous disease is just one of those unfortunate side effects. While it may not immediately lead to issues with your veins, obesity contributes to heart disease and stress on your circulatory system that can indirectly lead to developing further issues.

With proper diet and exercise you can avoid developing varicose issues, but ensure your footwear and exercising form are tailored to your needs, else you may risk other forms of injury while trying to keep yourself health.

3. Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products

Unsurprisingly, as smoking is a known factor for a number of cancers and puts significant stress on your heart, tobacco is a surefire way to increase your chances of contracting varicose disease and other various health problems. According to Atlas Vein Care, cutting back on tobacco intake along with diet and exercise can lessen the stress your body must fight, ensuring it has the energy required to keep you in good health.

As an added bonus, you may reap additional benefits without smoking such as an improved sense of taste and smell, no lingering odors and better respiration. Cutting back on smoking isn’t just a good idea for your veins: It’s good for your entire body.

4. Don’t Over-Indulge in Salt

With heart risk factors linked to high salt intake, suggesting a low-sodium diet and watching your general intake of salt is another way to lessen stress on your cardiovascular system. While not directly responsible for varicose veins there are strong links between diets that are high in salt and elevated blood pressure in people of most any age. Unsurprisingly, salt intake combined with other risk factors significantly raises your likelihood of circulation problems across the board.

A low-sodium diet may sound difficult in a time where most all pre-packaged food is prepared with enough salt to ensure it retains freshness while on store shelves for weeks at a time, cutting down on the number of pre-prepared foodstuffs consumed during the week and increasing your consumption of fresh foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can offset your salt issues quickly and efficiently.

5. Watch what You Wear

Especially tight clothing around the waist, upper thighs and legs can lead to further damage if your veins are already under stress. Additionally, high heels may keep your calves from toning properly if worn too often.

By losing tone in your calves, your blood flow may be negatively affected, so ensure you switch up your routine with low-heeled shoes regularly. In addition, wearing high heels on a daily basis can lead to plantar fasciitis, a painful condition caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the ligament which connects the heel to the front part of the foot.

If all else fails, your physician may prescribe compression hosiery to promote blood flow and help keep blood from pooling in your legs by providing constant, gentle pressure.


In short, varicose veins are an unfortunate health problem that can be prevented with proper adjustments to one’s lifestyle and a careful eye on what one eats.

By taking the necessary steps to ensure your heart and circulatory system are free to work without massive strain, you might cut down on your chances of developing varicose disease and could even see improvement in your daily life. If your veins don’t seem worth the trouble, your longevity and stress levels just might be.

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Amanda Wilks is a motivational writer with a great interest in everything related to health and self-improvement. She enjoys doing medical research and sharing her knowledge so that others can get inspired to live a healthier life. Visit Amanda’s Twitter for more of her writings.
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