Hi friends I am giving you an important topic for discussion in this episode, one which has become a menace to many people living with the condition. I have some natural remedies that are of tremendous help to you.
The Blood and Varicosities
Blood in the human body transports via vessels –arteries, veins, capillaries, arterioles, and venules; Veins transport deoxygenated blood all the tissues and organs of the body back to the heart. When veins dilate with pools of blood and become thickened and twisted, they result in varicosities. Varicose veins can form in any part of the body but mostly in the lower limbs (thigh, leg, foot). Superficial veins in the lower limbs lie beneath the skin and they connect to the deep veins (those that lie in the skeletal muscles) through communicating and perforating veins. Valves are present in the veins to prevent backflow of blood and thereby causing pooling leading to poor venous circulation. These valves are mainly in the perforating and deep veins.
Large varicose veins are palpable –visible, bulging, long, and dilated (usually greater than 4mm in diameter). However, small (spider) veins are short, clusters, web-like maze but not palpable. Spider veins usually appear in the thighs, ankles, and feet.
Varicosities are caused by absence or defective valves in the veins. This will result in poor circulation of blood in the veins around the area of defect thereby causing venous dilation and pooling.
Furthermore, varicosities can occur in cases of weakened venous wall. Gradual weakening of the venous wall makes it less competent to perform normally thereby causing increased volume of blood in the veins thus causing varicosities.
Sometimes diseases such as phlebitis (inflammation of veins), blood clots or any obstruction in the veins, or congenital abnormalities of some veins can lead to varicosities.
Common symptoms of varicose veins include: aches, cramps, itching swelling, and fatigue. Less common symptoms may include bleeding, thrombophlebitis (formation of blood clot in the veins), skin ulceration, dermatitis.
Factors that can aggravate varicosities include:
- pregnancy –pregnancy is associated with increased blood flow; most of the time while standing, pressure builds up in the lower limbs especially the feet through the pressure from the weight of the developing fetus and increased secretion of reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone causing dilation of the veins.
- Prolonged standing
- Straining as seen in chronic cough, chronic constipation, urinary retention in people with enlarged prostate
- Age –more likely in the elderly
- Elevate the lower limbs (legs) as often as possible.
- Compression stockings.
We are going to discuss some natural treatment modes to resolving varicosities.
Standing or sitting at a position for long hours could cause varicose veins which associates with blood pooling because it is more difficult for the veins to pump blood to the heart. However, regular exercise helps increase blood flow round the body by increasing cardiac output and thereby increasing cardiac output. Researchers have it that exercise is a way to naturally balance body hormones; loose weight in those bigger people increases susceptibility to varicose veins because adipose tissues tend to absorb the pressure of skeletal muscles (where some deep and perforating veins lie)when they contract.
Obesity is strongly linked to varicosities especially to large superficial saphenous veins due to lack of ability to prevent the backflow usually experienced in varicose veins. Excessive adipose tissues contribute to inflammation to superficial veins in the lower limbs. Individuals that have tendency of overweight; should make conscious efforts to overcome the tendencies to prevent the dangers associated with the condition.
Eat Anti-inflammatory Diet
Poor diet like processed foods, alcohol, caffeine, trans fats can contribute to arterial damage, low circulation, blood pressure problems, hormonal imbalances and weight gain. Many of these foods are also high-sodium foods which can cause dehydration, and which contain toxins that can worsen swelling in varicose veins. However food high in fibre and food containing anti-oxidants are very helpful. High fibre foods aid digestion and improve your heart condition. Vegetables and fresh fruits are easiest source of fibre. High fibre foods prevent constipation thereby preventing pressure on veins around the abdomen and lower limbs. Foods rich in anti-oxidant effects include foods rich in vitamin C (citrus), vitamin E (fish oil), and flavonoids (vegetables, berries) help to fortify the blood vessels including veins, prevent inflammation and improve arterial health. Vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory agent and vitamins E cleanses blood and prevent blood clot. Foods rich in magnesium and other electrolyte like potassium are also beneficial by preventing blood pooling, blood pressure and leg cramps. Food rich in such electrolytes include bananas, vegetables, and sweet potatoes.
Garlic is a very helpful herb in preventing inflammation and symptoms associated with varicose veins. Helps release toxins from circulation thereby improving it. Make sure you always have garlic in your diet.
1.Slice up to six garlic cloves and put them in a clean glass jar.
2.Extract the juice from three oranges and add it to the jar.
3.Add two tablespoons of olive oil
4.Let the mixture sit for about 12 hours.
5.Shake the jar and then put a few drops of the solution on your fingers. Massage the inflamed veins with the solution in a circular motion for 15 minutes
6.Wrap the area with a cotton cloth and leave it on overnight.
7.Repeat daily for several months.
Try these natural remedies and let me have your comments on their effects.