There are many factors that can affect a person’s vein health. Seasonal changes can also play a role in the development of vein problems especially winter weather. With winter right around the corner, we’ll discuss how it can affect you. Winter weather can lead to vein conditions such as spider and varicose veins that, while relatively harmless, can lead to more serious problems if left untreated too long.
So, here are a few ways that winter weather affects your vein health. Also we’ll give you a few tips to help prevent it from becoming too bad.
Putting On The Pressure
It is important to remember that spider and varicose veins are caused, in part, by excess pressure on a person’s legs. While things such as obesity or standing too long can cause this, changes in the atmosphere can also cause varicose or spider veins.
In other words, when it begins to get cold and snowfall occurs, it causes a temporary change in the atmosphere, which actually can affect your body. This change leads to your body feeling heavier, even if it weighs no different than it did before. As a result, the circulation in your body may be slightly less efficient than it otherwise would, leading to the possibility of vein problems.
Burrr, It’s Cold
Being slowed down by the cold is not just referring to the way people tend to hide under blankets and hot beverages during the winter, rather than do much physical activity. Cold weather is also known to slow down body functions in itself, making everything a little slower.
This, like the change in atmospheric pressure, can create a situation of decreased circulation. Of course, it is only made worse by the lack of physical activity. But, the cold weather is something of a catalyst that can lead to the development of vein problems, including spider or varicose veins.
Keeping up with your normal routine or adding some exercise can help blood flow more regularly.
It’s A Slow Go
As mentioned above, the cold slows down the body, and it also makes people want to do less in order to avoid facing the cold weather. While it can be an understandable reaction, staying in a sedentary position in front of the TV or computer for too long will only cause you harm in the long run.
Just as standing for too long can lead to vein problems, staying seated causes blood to pool rather than flow like it normally would. To stop this from happening, move around more. Even if you do not go outside, doing some exercise in the warmth of your own home every day can make a world of difference.
Once the cold weather sets in, the way you eat starts to change a little. The winter season is full of holidays where people eat all sorts of foods they do not have a regular day, and they eat more of it as well. Not only that, but the daily winter diet contains foods that are a lot richer and sometimes fattier, such as hearty soups and stews.
During the winter, people also start to eat more junk food- with nothing to do, cookies and sweets become more appealing during a TV marathon. While eating these things is perfectly fine, it is important to remember to eat healthier foods too. Foods rich in fibers and omega-3s will help provide oxygen for the blood and, therefore, increase blood flow.
Hide The Scale
With the changes in eating habit, comes the usually unavoidable weight gain. It is well known that too much pressure on your legs can create vein problems, and weight gain is one possible way for this pressure to be created.
Your body needs the movement, not just to keep any unwanted weight off, but also to ensure that your body does not create any extra pressure on your legs. Regular exercise is the best way to handle this situation, as is eating in moderation. The exercise will also increase the blood flow, as mentioned before, and lessen the likelihood of a vein problem from developing.
These are just few ways that the winter weather can affect the health of your veins. By becoming aware of what can possibly happen, you are better equipped to handle the winter.
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