Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tips: How to prevent varicose veins

***This post was inspired by "Hell Notes for Beauty"
Spider veins are small varicose veins that are red, blue, or purple in colour and threadlike in appearance.

They are more prevalent in women:

- increases with age and weight

- those who have a family history of spider veins

- stand for prolonged periods of time.

Your body may not be pumping blood back to your heart. This leads to the creation of more pressure in the veins, which causes them to become larger.

Exercise is fabulous forgetting your muscles pumping and your blood flowing.

Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables – such as raspberries, blueberries and greens – anything bright in colour will be bursting with antioxidants that will strengthen blood vessels and prevent further damage.

Relax for at least 15 minutes each day with your feet up a wall and your torso at a 90° angle to your feet.

So grab your running shoes, get that heart pumping, and be sure to relax with your feet up afterward!