Our 100% natural tips for relieving heavy legs
With the arrival of good weather, those of you who suffer from circulation problems can experience discomfort in the legs known as « heavy legs ». Warm temperatures cause the veins in your legs to dilate, which means they struggle to pump blood back up to the heart, and blood stagnates in the legs.
Here are our solutions for circulation problems.
Treat the symptoms of poor circulation
Stagnating blood in the veins leads to sensations of pain, itching and pins and needles, leg cramps or swollen ankles. Adopting a few simple habits can help ease this kind of discomfort, revive the sluggish feeling and improve blood flow.
5 tips for relieving a sensation of heavy legs:
- Aim for 30 minutes of brisk walking per day: exercise will help pump blood back up to your heart
- Finish your shower ritual with cold water on your lower legs: the cold will constrict the blood vessels and give them a boost
- Drink green tea, rich in antioxidants: they encourage circulation
- Keep your legs raised at night with a cushion placed under your feet: this position helps the blood flow up to the heart
- Apply a plant-based cream with recognized benefits for circulation: horse chestnut, butcher’s broom and witch hazel are also available in drinkable solutions
Get advice from your pharmacist
Preventing complications with heavy legs
If you do suffer from heavy legs, certain preventative measures can be taken to ensure the condition doesn’t get worse. Poor positions, restrictive clothing and smoking can have a negative impact on your circulatory system, slowing circulation and weakening the veins.
6 factors that aggravate circulation problems:
- A sedentary lifestyle and standing up for prolonged periods: if you don’t move your body, the blood will have a harder time flowing back up to the heart
- Smoking: reduces your veins’ tonicity
- Cholesterol: a high level weakens the blood vessels
- Tight clothing: restricts the legs and the veins, interfering with blood circulation
- High heels: reduce the surface contact of your feet on the ground and so the pressure necessary to pump blood back up to the heart
- Crossed legs: can block circulation
Keep an eye out for possible complications
Persistent poor blood circulation that gets worse over time can mean more chronic conditions: deformed veins become visible and form varicose veins, and can also lead to inflammation of the legs. These symptoms should be monitored closely to avoid the worst-case scenario: a blood clot forming in the vein.
4 complications to watch for:
- Varicose veins: because of blood stagnation, leg veins can swell and become visible, and look deformed
- Varicose eczema: a varicose vein complication, this inflammation can provoke skin lesions and terrible itching
- Deep vein thrombosis: this formation of a blood clot in the vein should be taken seriously because it can migrate to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism
- Edema: accompanied with a feeling of heavy legs, this swelling of the legs, ankles and feet can be interpreted as a circulation problem, but in fact is linked to water retention
If you experience any complications, please consult your doctor.