No matter whether you call them Varicose veins or spider veins, those bulging bluish or purplish veins are less than attractive. They can affect not only your wardrobe but also your confidence. Typically seen as a cosmetic condition, Varicose veins can be painful to the touch and appear painful to the eye.
These veins can make you think twice about wearing shorts or skirts. A common phrase is "My mamaw had varicose veins," but many people don't realize they can develop as early as your 20s. The development has nothing to do with age and everything to do with the body's blood circulation. Because of this, a solution to varicose veins can be an infrared sauna.
What Causes These Veins?
Varicose viens occur when blood veins begin to bulge from improper blood flow. Old blood then begins to build up and stay in one spot. Depending on how close to the skin's surface the vein is, it can be blue, purple or even red. The more we age, the more pronounced veins can become. This is why you will see older women with large, painful looking veins.
Most research points Varicose vein formation to standing or sitting too much. So of course anyone with desk jobs or serving jobs will more than likely suffer from these at some degree. One of the best ways to avoid them is to balance rest with cardiovascular activity.
Infrared Saunas increase Blood Circulation.
Infrared saunas promote healthy blood circulation by relaxing the vascular system. When veins an capillaries don't get good blood flow, they begin getting rigid and put even more pressure between the vein and the skin. With increased blood flow, old blood that gets stuck in those rigid veins and capillaries can be pushed through by new blood thus diminishing the look of varicose veins.
The bold circulation boosting effects of an infrared sauna ensure that areas below the knees are getting adequate amounts of oxygen rich blood. This rush of new blood also removes any waste or toxins that may be building up in your veins.
As an infrared sauna heats up, it begins heating your muscles and produces increase in blood flow much like you would receive from running, biking or any cardiovascular activity. In fact, blood flow from an infrared sauna has been proven to rise from 5-7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute! That is not only a great way to rid your body of varicose veins, but also a great way to burn fat (a blog for another time).
How long does it take to see results?
Of course reducing the appearance of varicose veins isn't an overnight thing. Repairing and replacing veins and capillaries takes time, but if your stick with a regular sauna routine you may expect to see results. In fact, regular infrared sauna use has been shown to significantly stimulate blood flow even after your sauna session is complete. An infrared sauna is a great way to reduce the formation and appearance of varicose veins, sure, but it is also one of the easiest and most relaxing cardio exercises you can do!
Couple an infrared sauna visit with a workout to increase muscle recovery time too. So whether you are tired of looking at your legs and being self conscious, tired of wearing pants and long dresses or you're simply tired of the pain that come with varicose veins, know that an infrared sauna can help make significant improvements. Add a consistent infrared sauna session into your week and being seeing results by mid winter and by next
summer you will be ready to rock those shorts again!