How to Prevent Spider Veins

Someone asked me how they could get rid of spider veins. The only way to get rid of them once you have them is to get them zapped or lasered by a professional.

The good news is you can do a lot of things to prevent spider veins, especially if you work on your feet all day.

I found this great article, short and to the point, on Beauty Buzz Daily.

Prevent Spider Veins With A Few Easy Steps

Tips provided by Dr. Luis Navarro, Founder and Director of The Vein Treatment Center

We all spend a majority of time running around and constantly on our feet – good exercise, but what 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!

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. It’s easiest to do when sleeping.

EAT A HIGH FIBER DIET: Take steps to avoid constipation, as it puts pressure on the venous system.

MONITOR HORMONE INTAKE: Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy can constrict blood vessels and weaken vein valves and vein walls. Address your concerns with your doctor before getting on any sort of medication.

TAKE VITAMIN E and/or VITAMIN C: Vitamin C and E keep blood vessels strong, which prevents them from stretching and swelling, which is the cause of varicose and spider veins. Vitamin E also prevents blood clots.

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