12 tips for varicose veins and venous disorders

My personal recommendations for those affected

Venous disease is obviously very common in our society, especially the varicose veins. Medical treatment is needed only in some cases, for many people it is primarily a cosmetic problem.

Nevertheless, from a health point of view there is always a certain need for action. Because the disturbed blood flow in the superficial venous system is usually based on a hereditary predisposition and / or an unfavorable behavior of the person concerned. In the latter case, you can and should - in contrast to your genetic make-up - make a difference. Otherwise, as vascular and tissue damage progresses, dangerous complications such as inflammation, ulcer and clot formation may persist. With increasing age, this risk increases.

The good news is that with the right measures, you can vigorously promote your vein health, relieve discomfort, curb progression, and improve your vascular health. If the varicosis, the medical term for varicose veins, already pronounced, you can barely get around a medical intervention to get rid of them. The probability of a relapse is relatively high. Also to reduce these, worth the health-conscious behavior. A small selection of important tips should help you:

The 12 tips

  • 1. Lying and running are better than sitting and standing. Doctors also call this the sss-lll rule. It is written out: Sitting and standing is bad, prefer to lie or walk! Background: In varicose veins, blood flow upwards to the heart is impaired. Long standing and sitting favors the development of the venous disease and makes it worse. Lying and leg-uplifting relieves the weakened veins. When you walk or move, the working leg muscles support the venous blood flow like a pump.
    So walk as much as you can on foot every day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and get off the car more often. From a varicose vein point of view, good sports include swimming, dancing, cross-country skiing and playing golf, in addition to hiking, running and cycling.
  • 2. Avoid alcohol and nicotine. The tobacco substance damages the blood vessel walls, the alcohol makes them more flabby. Both promote the congestion, worsen the vascular situation and aggravates the venous disease.
  • 3. Imagine a liter bottle of fresh, still water in the morning. Depending on how much other drinks you consume, you should empty this bottle once or twice during the day. This helps to drink a lot of water and that's what it's about. Because the water is of central importance for a healthy circulation and metabolism. Incidentally, it also helps to alleviate excessive hunger cravings.
  • 4. Fruit, vegetables and salad are good for the veins.Eat high fiber and sugar. What does that mean? More whole wheat and less white flour products. Lots of fruit, vegetables and salad. Take care of a healthy fat intake. In practical terms this means not too much, but not too little fat and a healthy fat composition with a sufficient proportion of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Even more dangerous than the many fat traps is the sugar tsunami that is spreading in our industrialized food landscape. So less coke, soda, fruit juice drink and convenience food such as frozen pizzas and the like. Just to name a few, prominent examples.
  • 5. Buy a slatted base with adjustable foot section. Then you can store your legs when sleeping 3 to 5 cm higher and provide relief in the weakened veins. For many sufferers with heavy legs, this measure also improves sleep.
  • 6. Avoid hot situations. This means the outside temperatures in the sauna, in the bathtub, in the intensive sunbathing outdoors or on the sunbed in the solarium. If you already have varicose veins, the heat-related vascular dilation is not so good. In order to prevent venous diseases, however, sauna visits can be recommended, as the temperature changes train the circulatory system and the vascular musculature.
  • 7. No massage roller against cellulite.Avoid strong brush massages and other practices that can damage your delicate connective tissue.These include, for example, the (unintentional) bumping at corners and edges, rebounds in ball sports or the underwater pressure jet in swimming pools or thermal baths. Also to be avoided are such utensils as the - in their successful effect anyway questionable - Massageroller against cellulite. Because venous disease is often caused by a hereditary connective tissue weakness, you should check your habits to ensure that your connective tissue is not unnecessarily strained.
    Therapeutic massages can relieve varicose discomfort, but can not replace adequate exercise and compression treatment. Attention: in phlebitis and thrombosis massages are counterproductive, so prohibited!
  • 8. If you are predominantly at work, you should occasionally up your legs. Get up every now and then and walk around a bit. It is also advisable to move your feet under the table.
    An exercise for venous gymnastics, which can easily be performed on the office table, is e.g. the foot pedal sitting down: just sit down; keeping the legs closed, upper and lower leg at 90 degrees to each other; raise the heels as far as possible while the toes still touch the ground; then slowly lower the heels and move the toes and forefoot up; 10 repetitions each.You can find more tips for venous gymnastics here.
  • 9. If you are predominantly at work, then change from heel to toe and back again and again. Take every opportunity to a) put your feet up and b) run around a bit. If you are prone to or have a history of varicose veins, it may be a good idea to wear compression stockings while working. Before you - in the last consequence - think about a career change, you should pull out all stops to make your working life (vein) healthier.
  • 10. Keep tight clothes and high heels in the closet. Clothing that is too tight affects blood flow back towards the heart. Stylish high-heeled shoes hinder the muscle pump and should, if at all, only be worn on special occasions. Rubbing boots unnecessarily strain the connective tissue. Sandals, on the other hand, have health benefits. Walk around barefoot as much as possible.
  • 11. Get prescribed compression stockings. They are considered the basic medical treatment of all diseases of the venous and lymphatic system. These textiles exert a well-defined pressure on tissues and vessels. As a result, the diameter of the vein is compressed to its normal size and the venous valves can close again if they have not yet been destroyed.
    Important: To get the full effect of the medicalcompression stockings you need to move and activate your calf muscle pump (see above!). Especially recommended is a support tights with tummy to measure. It should be adjusted in the morning with swollen legs.
    By the way: unlike the compression stockings, support stockings are only suitable for the prevention of veins, but not for the compression therapy.
  • 12. Find a vein specialist for medical intervention. In technical terms, the phlebologist is called. Thea best treatment for varicose veins does not exist. Depending on the disease situation, different methods can be considered. From open surgery in classical stripping and crossectomy to minimally invasive procedures, such as in endovenous laser or radiofrequency therapy. Be sure that all of these procedures are offered and performed very frequently at the trusted facility. Then, the chances are greatest that you will receive optimal advice and surgery. Some repetitive operations are unavoidable because of the patient's disposition and / or behavior. But not all.

One more tip: We had pointed out the importance of a healthy diet for venous disorders. But many people find it difficult to eat a balanced and balanced diet. We often recommend a special one hereHealth juicewhose effect has been scientifically proven. One spoon per day covers all important nutrients and phytochemicals, one bottle will last for about 50 days.

Author: Dr. Hubertus Glaser