Thursday March 31st, 2016

Tips for tired legs

In our modern times, a very high percentage of adults -both men and women- suffer from pain and discomfort in their legs, although it is more common among women, due to hormonal problems caused by menstruation, menopause and other factors.

Lack of exercise, unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, obesity, hereditary factors and periods of hormonal changes in women are the most frequent reasons this symptom appears, since they all have a direct impact on blood circulation and other body functions that can cause weary legs.

Our job conditions can also cause symptoms of tired legs. Thus, people may suffer whose professions entail them standing on their feet for long periods or who work in hotter than normal environments, such as construction workers or restaurant chefs.

To combat the symptoms of tired legs, we must change our lifestyles as much as possible. The two basic lifestyle factors that we can generally change are: reducing sedentary habits and eliminating unhealthy and adding healthy foods to our regular diets.

A few physical exercises we can do to be less sedentary are as easy as: walking, swimming, dancing, riding a bicycle, and so forth.

Moreover, we should remember that there are a good number of medicinal plants that are recommended to prevent and treat poor circulation in our veins and the symptoms associated with tired legs. For example, some of the most recognized are: red wine leaves, witch-hazel leaves, butcher’s broom roots, goldenrod flowers and horse chestnut.

We can find these medicinal plants in phytotherapy preparations, sold in capsules to take orally, and also as cold gel that is applied directly to the legs.

As a whole, these plants provide invigorating substances for the veins and capillaries that help them function better. Some of their properties are:

  • Increase the firmness of veins
  • Help reduce inflammation
  • Increase capillary resistance
  • Decrease permeability and associated edema
  • Purify and increase the volume of urine

Express self-care for tired legs

There are also a series of simple self-cares that we can do if the feeling of heaviness in our legs persists:

  • Alternate hot (maximum 35º C) and cold water showers, from the feet and ankles up to the thighs.
  • Give ourselves a massage from the ankle to the knee, elevating our legs and applying VeNatur Gel.
  • Raise your legs and move them as if you were walking.
  • Take short and frequent walks.