A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Varicose Veins
I had a question the other day about varicose veins.
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of your skin.
They’re most common in your legs and ankles.
They usually aren’t serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems.
Varicose veins are caused by weakened valves and veins in your legs.
Normally, one-way valves in your veins keep blood flowing from your legs up toward your heart.
When these valves don’t work like they should, blood collects in your legs, and pressure builds up.
The veins become weak, large, and twisted.
Varicose veins often run in families.
Aging also increases your risk.
Being overweight or pregnant or having a job where you have to stand for long periods of time increases the pressure on your leg veins.
This can lead to varicose veins.
Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under your skin.
Some people don’t have any symptoms.
Mild symptoms may include:
>Heaviness, burning, aching, tiredness, or pain in your legs. Symptoms may be worse after you stand or sit for long periods of time.
>Swelling in your feet and ankles.
>Itching over the vein.
More serious symptoms include:
>Swelling and calf pain after you sit or stand for long periods of time.
>Skin changes (color changes, dry, thinned skin, inflammation, scaling).
>Open sores, or you may bleed after a minor injury.
In some cases, varicose veins can be a sign of a blockage in your deeper veins called deep vein thrombosis.
If you have this problem, you may need treatment for it.
To deal with varicose veins at home it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Increase exercise and movement as much as possible.
*Increase stress and relaxation techniques: yoga, meditation, prayer, deep breathing, etc. Consider energy medicine.
*Address emotional connections.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect with nature.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible).
*Consider fresh juicing; consume fresh garlic and onions.
*Increase fiber intake; ensure good bowel function; avoid constipation; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Consider an arterial cleansing program.
*Investigate use of herbs (hawthorn, valerian).
*Monitor blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and homocysteine levels.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds (food and environmental).
*Decrease “hidden allergies”.
*Decrease any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, deep-fried foods, margarine, fast foods, etc.
*Decrease sugar, sweets, white flour products, processed foods.
*Understand and control diabetes.
*Avoid tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, soda pop.
*Decrease excess weight, particularly around your mid-section.
*Understand your medications and possible side effects.
*Understand your family history and address any concerns. Practice preventive measures.
*Investigate possible connection to dental procedures; consult a holistic dentist.
*Eliminate MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Decrease processed meats, deli meats (nitrates).
*Elevate your legs.