As moms we spend a majority of time running around and constantly being on our feet. This is great exercise but do you ever think about the negative effects? Unfortunately, all of this time spent on your feet (plus the stress of motherhood) can contribute to the formation of varicose and spider veins!
We recently learned some tips from Dr. Luis Navarro, Founder and Director of The Vein Treatment Center, who shared some easy and effective ways to prevent varicose/spider veins.
Tips for optimizing circulation and preventing varicose/spider veins:
GET REGULAR EXERCISE: Any type of exercise that strengthens the "second heart" - the muscles of the calf and foot is beneficial. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.
WEAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: Compression stockings act like an added layer of muscle, aiding the performance of the "second heart" and venous circulation.
AVOID PROLONGED PERIODS OF SITTING AND STANDING: Rotate your ankles and feet whenever possible, take brief walks every hour and point and flex your toes to promote leg vein circulation.
ELEVATE YOUR FEET: Raise your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation. Its easiest to do then when sleeping.
EAT A HIGH FIBER DIET: Take steps to avoid constipation, as it puts pressure on the venous system.
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