Summer is synonymous with beautiful days, free time and relaxation, but it also brings with it some ailments that are accentuated precisely due to the rise in temperatures including the feeling of heaviness and swelling in the legs. In fact, who has never suffered from swollen, tired and heavy legs?
This problem depends on poor circulation and in particular on venous insufficiency , a disorder that does not have seasons but which is accentuated with the arrival of summer and heat.
Venous insufficiency can also lead to the development of varicose veins. Varicose veins are enlarged, swollen , and twisted veins that often appear blue or dark purple.
DEPENDS ON WHAT?
There are certainly genetic factors behind this disorder but an incorrect and unbalanced diet and a sedentary life do nothing but worsen the situation.
WHAT TO DO?
Here are some tips to improve circulation:
- Follow a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and little salt. The vitamins, fibers and antioxidants present in fruit have a toning and protective power against the circulatory system, they also help to keep water retention and therefore swelling under control.
- Drinking lots of water , Maintaining good hydration is also very important to help expel toxins that stagnate in the blood vessels.
- Movement and sport promote venous return, through the stimulation of the leg muscles.
- Refreshes the legs : a jet of cold water on the legs or immersing them in cold water, even with ice, helps vasoconstriction and avoids venous stagnation. Cold showering is a very interesting practice, especially to be used in this period.
- In case of pain and heaviness, assume an L-position for a few minutes, placing your legs in the air against a wall. This position also encourages venous return.
- A nice self- massage to relieve the lower limbs. An excellent scrub with salt and vegetable oil is also great for activating circulation and improving the appearance of the skin.
- Yes to natural remedies ! Give yourself a moment of relaxation by applying a cream or oil to your legs or entire body to perform self-massages. Or help yourself with supplements for help from within.
In fact, plants such as the ppocastano and the butcher's broom promote venous circulation and help the microcirculation. Bilberry, thanks to the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action given by anthocyanins, fights free radicals and improves blood circulation. Also the Vine in particular for its content in resveratrol is also a powerful antioxidant and has an excellent diuretic activity.