Varicose veins can also lead to health risks.
Varicose veins; (Varices) arise primarily as a result of a congenital weakness of the connective tissue, which is inevitably associated with circulatory disorders, although it is not just a visual problem.
Varicose veins can also lead to health risks. In this post, we recommend various means to promote blood circulation.
Improve blood circulation
The liver is the central organ for the entire metabolism, it also regulates the blood flow and cleanses the blood of harmful substances.
For the prevention or treatment of varicose veins, an adequate diet should therefore not be forgotten in order to support the liver functions. The following foods are helpful:
- Fruit and vegetables: especially lemon, grapefruit, artichoke and chicory
- Legumes: prepared with caraway seeds, kombu algae and fennel
- Whole grains: especially rice, millet, quinoa and buckwheat
- Eggs (preferably organic)
- Dried fruits (raw or toasted, but not fried and without salt)
- Seeds: raw or as sprouts
- First cold pressing oils: sesame, olive, sunflower, linseed, wheat germ, etc.
- Herbal drinks with oats, rice and almonds
- Spices like chilli or turmeric.
However, the following foods should be avoided as much as possible:
- Red meat and sausages
- milk and milkproducts
- Fried and ready meals
- Alcoholic drinks
Regulate bowel movements
The intestinal activity also plays an important role in the blood flow to the organism. That is why it is important to regulate bowel functions, especially for those suffering from constipation, diarrhea, or irritable bowel syndrome.
Teas to improve blood circulation
Both internal and external treatments are recommended for varicose veins. The following teas promote blood circulation and can therefore be very helpful.
- To improve liver functions: Boldo, dandelion or milk thistle (people with serious liver problems must be careful and should definitely consult their doctor).
- Rosemary or Indian pennywort (Centella asiatica) are recommended to improve blood flow to the extremities (however, rosemary should not be taken if you have high blood pressure).
- Ginkgo biloba is also excellent for improving microcirculation.
- Flaxseed helps regulate bowel function.
These teas can be refined with a splash of lemon juice and sweetened with honey or stevia.
Cold water against varicose veins
Cold water baths improve blood circulation very quickly, but care should be taken to use them correctly.
- Spray your legs with cold water (in the bathroom, a swimming pool, the sea …), but you shouldn’t freeze.
- Then it is best to wait a few minutes with some exercise.
- Dry and rub your legs so that they warm up again and you can feel the difference in temperature. This stimulates the blood circulation.
- Finally, massages or exercises can also be carried out.
Moisturizing and massage cream
In order to continue to stimulate the blood circulation, we recommend special care products once a day, ideally natural ones that do not contain any harmful substances.
A moisturizing cream or gel or even homemade oils are highly recommended. To do this, you can simply mix almond oil with a few drops of the following essential oils or extracts:
- Indian pennywort
- Vine leaf extract
Massage the legs with circular movements from bottom to top (towards the heart) and then activate the blood circulation with ascending tapping movements.
Elevate your legs
In the evening before going to bed, it is recommended that you put your legs up (on the floor or in bed) . With the buttocks as far as possible to the wall, so that the legs are as vertical as possible.
Remain in this position for 15-30 minutes, unless your feet fall asleep. This exercise is very simple and very effective when done on a daily basis.
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