Cougar women love to show off their beautiful legs. But, if you are part of the 20 percent of adult women affected by varicose veins, you most likely prefer to keep them under wraps. For many of you varicose veins and spider veins — a common, mild variation of varicose veins — are simply a cosmetic concern. For other women, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort.
Varicose veins are caused by a variety of conditions, including dietary deficiency, heavy lifting, hormonal changes due to pregnancy or aging, having a job that requires prolonged sitting or standing, lack of exercise, obesity, genetics – even tight clothing.
There are many treatments available, and it's wise to discuss all of your options with your doctor. Here are a few of my tips that might be of help you.
- Get your vitamin K, research shows that people who have varicose veins may benefit from extra Vitamin K, which is found in dark, leafy lettuces, tomatoes, broccoli, kale, collard greens, spinach, strawberries and meat. A diet high in salicylates can inhibit vitamin K absorption. Nuts, fruits and spices are high in salicylates. Aspirin is a salicylate, blocking vitamin K, which is why it's used as a blood thinner.
- Bilberry extract has been shown to strengthen fragile blood capillaries and to be effective in reducing numbness, burning and "pins and needles" sensation in people with varicose veins. (Check with your doctor before adding any new supplements which may interact with medications you are already taking).
- Balance your Chi with acupuncture which has been used to successfully treat varicose veins. Acupuncture is an ancient system of healing developed over thousands of years as part of the traditional medicine of China, Japan and other Eastern countries. Acupuncture's origins lie in China and date back over 5,000 years. Today there are over 3,000,000 practitioners worldwide. Click here <http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/findadoc/index.html> to find an acupuncturist in your area.
Of course there isn't one treatment that works for everyone, so find out what's best for you. Start now and by summer your legs will be ready to be bare and beautiful.