If you are a gym rat like me, than you know how bodybuilders and physique competitors strive to see their veins. Being vascular can be a sign of having a lot of muscle and low bodyfat, and that’s awesome..unless those veins are bulging, painful, unsightly varicose veins. If you fall victim to the latter, like me, then you can benefit a lot from the following solutions.
Varicose veins are usually caused or brought on by genetics, pregnancy, obesity, and poor circulation. If you are a woman or older in age than you are more prone to varicose veins. In my second pregnancy, my “worse-than-grandma” legs became so bad that I wore pants everyday in 100 degree Miami weather. I subdued to surgery afterwards. Because of venous insufficiency, the Dr. closed off the valves in my legs and performed a phlebectomy. Sexy. I’m pregnant again, have done a little research this time around and will take the necessary steps to prevent being plagued with more varicose veins.
So what can you do? Focus on the things you have control over. Since you can’t really do anything about your age, genetics, pregnancy etc, I suggest working on lifestyle habits that will improve circulation. Exercise, diet, and taking the proper herbs work perfectly.
First of all, sitting or standing for long periods of time will contribute to poor circulation. Exercise will get your blood moving. It will also aid in weight loss, which is beneficial since obesity is also a risk factor. I was told by my Dr that the reason my varicose veins were not painful to me was because I exercised so frequently. Tip: When you do have a chance to lay down, put your legs up! Literally. You can raise your legs simply by sticking some pillows underneath.
Nutrition and Proper Supplements
Fix your diet. Eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can and cut out processed foods. That’s a no brainer right? There are also some herbs that will improve blood circulation. The ActiVa Microgranule Company makes a formula that I have started taking called ActiVa Well Being Circulation. It has the perfect combination of Black Currents, Olive Leaf, Red Vine, and Bilberry. I love that this company uses extended release capsules. They pride themself on the concept of Phytovitality stating that, “Each Well-Being complex is designed to stimulate and reinforce “vitality” in a specific area of your body without upsetting the delicate physiological balances elsewhere.” It’s awesome. You can check them out here. For the Circulation formula or any of their products use promo code SAMACTIVA and receive 20% off your purchase! Bonus! Your Welcome!
The formula I mentioned above isn’t just for varicose veins. Poor circulation causes a slew of problems including:
- Cold, numb or tingling hands and feet
- Blemishes/Acne spot
- Water Retention and Muscle Cramps
- Headaches and Dizziness
- Throbbing and Pain
- Dry Skin and Hair Loss
Feed your body with the proper nutrients through diet and herbal supplementation and exercise!!!! On a side note, if you smoke, cut it out. <–not rocket science. Last pregnancy, I ate well and exercised and still had massive veins. (My genetics and pregnancy hormones seemed to have won.) This time, I am using ActiVa Well Being as well and have not had any circulation problems yet. Remember, poor circulation is not just a vein problem so If you have this issue, don’t take it lightly!