The cold weather has arrived and if you’re like most of us, you are quite content with curling up in front of a roaring fire. It feels good, but what about your blood pressure? Seasonal changes can significantly affect the way your blood circulates, contributing to varicose and spider veins.
When it snows, the atmospheric pressure changes. This changes the way your body accommodates its own weight. When there is more humidity in the air, this causes the body to feel heavier. This can cause circulation to become less efficient, especially in higher elevations, like in New Mexico.
It’s not just the weather that causes more pressure on your body. Weight gain is common during the holiday months, which means your legs are under more stress to pump blood back to your heart. On top of this, the cold air makes people less likely to exercise, which weakens the muscles that pump the blood through the veins.
What You Can Do
Winter weather is a vital time to prevent varicose and spider veins. Even while eating delicious feasts, you can still do what you can to keep your legs in great shape:
- Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before you go to sleep
- Eat high fiber foods that promote good circulation
- Stretch in the morning, midday, and before you go to bed
- Lower stress with deep breathing and mindfulness
- Massage ankles and lower legs when you can
Varicose and spider veins are an unfortunate fact of aging, for most. But, you don’t have to live with them. Varicose vein and spider vein treatment is easy, non-invasive, and usually covered by insurance.
FREE SCREENINGS By Premier Vein Specialists
If the colder weather is making your legs feel swollen and heavy, you may be at risk for developing spider or varicose veins. Contact Premier Vein Specialists today to schedule a FREE vein screening and learn about your treatment options! Premier Vein Specialists have 3 convenient locations.