In the heat, the legs swell more. And with the expansion of the veins, even more so — in the summer, varicose veins worsen. How can you help your feet?
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How to eat with varicose veins in the summer
With varicose veins, you need to act in several directions at once. First - adjust the menu. The walls of venous vessels strengthen the vitamins contained in vegetables and fruits. Especially useful are apples, carrots, beets, cauliflower, onions, garlic, horseradish, citrus fruits and dried fruits. For breakfast, it is good to eat cereals — for example, pearl barley or oatmeal. At lunch — chicken, turkey or fish: they pass through the intestines faster, preventing constipation.
But fatty, spicy, salty, dairy products, legumes and pastries can provoke them. In order for the blood to circulate normally, drink at least 2 liters of water a day. Avoid coffee and alcohol. They increase the tone and loosen the circulatory system, otherwise it leads to an exacerbation of varicose veins.
Important: to make it easier to endure the heat, you can brew herbal teas that thin the blood. For example, lungwort, chicory, hazel or meadowsweet. Do not forget to take phlebotonics and other medicines prescribed by your doctor. And from our video you will learn how to save yourself from the heat in a city apartment. Watch and take advantage of our tips!
What not to do with varicose veins in the summer
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- Sit with your legs crossed. In this position, venous outflow is difficult. In addition, if you sit all day at work, often turn your feet in a circle to the left and right, rise on your toes and on your heels. In the evening, lie down, raising your legs 15 cm above your body. This will avoid the summer exacerbation of varicose veins.
- Wear stiletto heels or narrow pumps in hot weather. With varicose veins, you need soft comfortable shoes with a heel no higher than 3–4 cm. Leave stilettos and pumps for special occasions.
- Take thrombolytics without a doctor’s prescription. For example, with deep vein varicose veins, they can dissolve a venous thrombus, and its detached fragments can provoke serious complications.
How to choose stockings for varicose veins
If the phlebologist recommended to constantly wear compression stockings, you need to do this in the summer. Just choose as thin and breathable as possible (the degree of compression of stockings does not depend on their density). If venous insufficiency is not very pronounced, stockings can be removed in the heat. Or replace them with knee socks. The compression class is assigned by the phlebologist. Your task is to choose the right size. To do this, in the morning (until the legs are swollen), measure the size of the foot, the volume of the ankle, calf and thigh. Do not buy stockings in a pharmacy just for the size of the foot!
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Important: try to be less in direct sunlight, especially in the heat. With varicose veins, it is dangerous for the development of a trophic ulcer. Pour cold water on your feet more often or rub them with an ice cube. This will relieve tension in the legs.
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