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HEAVY LEGS: What Should I Do?

HEAVY LEGS

HEAVY LEGS

Swollen ankles, tingling, heaviness, cramps, you are probably suffering from heavy leg syndrome. A discomfort that affects people of all ages, especially women.

To put an end to heavy legs, find out where your pain comes from and how to prevent it! 

What are heavy legs?

This phenomenon called heavy legs is synonymous with discomfort in the legs. An unpleasant feeling of heaviness and heaviness, or even pains that settle in the legs.  

Many people say that the hot weather makes the problem worse, but in reality, you can suffer from heavy legs at any time of the year.

The feeling of heavy legs is closely related to blood circulation. This is poor circulation due to venous insufficiency or simply because you stand for too long stomping.     

Whatever the reasons, heavy legs can be a real burden on a daily basis.

Fortunately, there are solutions to fight against heavy legs and to prevent the phenomenon. 

Why do I have heavy legs?

There are several possible causes for the problem of heavy legs. First of all, the genetic predisposition. Unfortunately, dogs don’t make cats, so if either of your parents has this problem, don’t go from noon to 2 p.m., you’re going to have to live with it.  

But most of the time, it is the external factors that cause a phenomenon of heavy legs. A bad lifestyle, a bad diet, tobacco, alcohol, lack of activity promote the phenomenon of heavy legs.  

Excessive weight can also worsen the situation. Just like hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause, period). From simple numbness in the legs to painful tingling, heavy legs then spoil our days. 

How to fight against heavy legs naturally?   

Fortunately, to fight against heavy legs, there are several simple natural solutions to put in place. By combining them, you will gradually succeed in eliminating the problem of heavy legs.

Eat a balanced diet

It all starts with a healthy and balanced diet (as it often does).  

Since blood circulation is involved, you will have to adapt your diet to promote better circulation.

  • Favor draining foods and drinks (fennel, lemon, dandelion, meadowsweet) 
  • Many foods are known to be venotonic . This means that they naturally fight against venous insufficiency. This is the case of chocolate, watermelon, turmeric, salmon, ginger …  
  • Eat red or blue purplish fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, blackcurrants, peppers, eggplant…. They strengthen the walls of blood vessels and contribute to general well-being.  
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E (rapeseed oil, walnut oil, sunflower seeds) and vitamin C (orange, lemon, grapefruit , parsley, peppers …), selenium (nuts, almonds) and zinc (red meat , wholemeal bread, eggs…).        
  • The flavonoids foods are great protectors for your blood vessels. They thin the blood. Consume it in your meals (spinach, broccoli, onions, grapes…).  
  • There are also many plants rich in flavonoids such as horsetail, red vine, cypress, tea (green or black), peppermint, lime, passionflower …  
  • Avoid salt and alcohol which clog the arteries and inhibit good blood circulation.

Drink enough

It is overstated, drink water in large quantities is important for good health. Water plays a drainage role for the body. You should drink at least 1.5 liters of water per day (still water, sparkling water, hot drinks such as tea, herbal teas, cocoa).

Combined with the benefits of plants, hot drinks are very interesting for activating microcirculation. They fight against water retention. 

The spray of cold water on the legs

When you shower, make it a habit to end with a spray of cold water on your legs for a few minutes. It is true that it will be much easier to do it when the weather is hot, but this simple gesture promotes circulation and will reduce your pain and discomfort with heavy legs.  

Make a regular physical activity

The fact moving it s’ Whether walking, running or any other activity is beneficial to your health. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, move, move, move all day long!

Certain sports activities are particularly interesting for activating blood circulation in the legs, such as cycling or swimming!

Compression stockings

Not very glamorous, we grant you that, but very very effective! And then, the pharmaceutical industry has been able to develop the design of compression stockings so that we can adopt them with confidence in our everyday looks.

Compression stockings are the solution to combat heavy legs naturally

We think wrongly that compression stockings are reserved for the elderly. And yet, their use works miracles, especially if you spend your days sitting on an armchair in front of your computer, which is often the case in this period of Covid and telework!

Massages

To promote a return to normal, do not hesitate to massage your legs at the end of the day. Go up from the bottom of the leg towards the thigh with a draining cream. 

If you suffer from venous insufficiency, your heavy legs may sometimes be accompanied by edema in the ankles. In this case, it is advisable to do lymphatic drainage. This type of massage is performed by the physiotherapist. 

You can also have a palpate role in the institute. Not only will you limit heavy leg pain but you will also say bye-bye to cellulite and orange peel (provided you eat well and exercise enough of course). 

Elevate your legs 

At night or in the evening watching a movie, do not hesitate to elevate your legs using a small cushion. 15 cm is enough to make the blood flow back to the heart

In summary

  • To fight against heavy legs, you have a set of possible natural solutions.
  • Food rich in vitamin, zinc, selenium, drinks and foods rich in flavonoids, blue and red fruits and vegetables …
  • To relieve pain and improve blood circulation, drink plenty of fluids, exercise, massage, and put cold water on your legs at the end of your shower.

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Written by Rosa Williams

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