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Summer can’t last forever no matter how hard we try to fight it. We all know how rough winters can get here in Mentor, so in this blog, we’re going to examine the effects that cold weather has on your veins, as well as some helpful tips to help you counter those effects this fall and winter.
One of the biggest differences between warm weather and cold weather has to do with atmospheric pressure. This change in pressure can actually cause problems for your veins. The change in pressure gives you the illusion that your body weighs more, which in turn affects the circulation in your body, and that could lead to vein-related issues.
Staying Dormant Indoors
When you live in Ohio, the winters aren’t exactly mild, to say the least. Because of snow, extreme cold, or some combination of the two, winter causes many of us to stay indoors in favor of warmth and comfort. While this is typical and totally acceptable, it’s important to not let winter prevent us from being active. While snow or cold temperatures can confine us to the indoors, it’s entirely possible to be active during the cold months. Although it is more comfortable indoors, staying sedentary inside can lead to poor circulation, which aggravates varicose veins. An increase in staying indoors can also lead to cause more problems, as demonstrated in our next point.
A Change in Diet
One effect of staying indoors more means seeking convenience and/or anything that will help you avoid going outside in the cold. While this is totally normal, this also results in us seeking convenience in relation to what we eat, resulting in us eating more processed foods, junk foods and snacks. Having a balanced diet is important for proper vein health, and fiber rich foods will lead to better circulation which, you guessed it, is highly beneficial for your veins. Dietary changes can also cause more problems, as we will examine in our next point below.
Dietary changes during the winter can very likely lead to the the common occurrence of winter weight gain. Staying inside or feeling confined to the indoors usually leads to eating more, if not moreso out of boredom than out of comfort. Factor Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s into the equation, and it’s very common for people to end their year with delicious but not always healthy decisions. While this is common and totally fine, added weight will put more stress on your legs and thusly, put pressure on your veins.
Now that you know some of the effects that winter can have on your veins, how can you help avoid some of these common issues during these colder months? As a lot of these effects have to do with staying indoors and staying dormant, it’s important to stay active in any way that you can. Join a gym, go swimming indoors, pick up an indoor sport, anything that will keep you active during these colder months. Doing so will knock out virtually all of these negative effects. Staying active indoors will help with weight gain, added pressure on your legs, and offset the effects of all those delicious holiday foods. In addition, you can stretching throughout the day and before bed. You should also elevate your legs before bed, as both of these things will help combat the negative effects of cold weather on your veins.
At Center for Advanced Vein Care, we are committed to helping all of our Mentor patients live healthy and happy lives, free of pain from varicose veins, spider veins and the like. For more information or about our services or set up a consultation, contact us today!