Ditch the Long Pants: Use an Infrared Sauna for Varicose Veins
No matter what you call them, varicose veins (“spider veins”) can create an unsightly appearance on your legs. Varicose veins, while largely a cosmetic issue, can make you think twice about wearing that skirt, bathing suit, or shorts.
Varicose veins are typically seen as a cosmetic condition, but that doesn’t mean these gnarled capillaries won’t make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. “My grandma had varicose veins” is one common phrase we hear. Indeed, the presence of varicose veins can make you feel older than your actual age. But, once you hit your 20s, 30s, or 40s, the formation of varicose of varicose veins becomes exponentially more likely.
By using an infrared sauna for varicose veins, many are once again feeling comfortable in their own skin again — and ditching those long pants!
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins occur when the veins begin to bulge due to improper blood flow. Depending on how close varicose veins are to the surface of the skin, they can take on a reddish, bluish, or purplish appearance. When varicose veins become swollen, they are pushed closer to the surface of the skin, making them more visible. Varicose veins become more pronounced as we age since the skin loses some of thickness.
Most researchers attribute varicose vein formation to either sitting or standing too much, so if you’re looking to prevent varicose vein formation, you may want to balance your rest time with some moderate exercise.
Infrared Saunas Reduce the Appearance of Varicose Veins
It’s not an overnight fix; repairing and replacing veins and capillaries takes time, but if you stick with using an infrared sauna, you can expect to see results. Infrared saunas have been shown to decrease the appearance of varicose veins in a number of ways.
Healthy Blood Circulation
First, infrared saunas promote healthy blood circulation (vascularity). When veins and capillaries in the legs do not receive adequate blood flow, they lose their smoothness, becoming twisted and gnarled. The deformation of these capillaries and veins creates additional pressure on the walls of the blood vessels, causing them to engorge and push against the subcutaneous layers of your skin where they become more visible.
The blood circulation-boosting action of infrared saunas ensures areas below the knees and around the ankles receive an adequate oxygen-rich supply of blood. This infusion of fresh blood also helps to carry away waste products, toxins, and dead cells that can inhibit nutrient delivery.
Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Delivery
If you’ve looked online at other treatments for varicose veins, you may have stumbled upon a supplement called adenosine triphosphate, or “ATP.” Adenosine triphosphate carries energy-forming nutrients to all cells of the body. Since our bodies have an abundance of ATP, there really isn’t a need to use supplements. But, those with varicose veins do need ATP to reach the areas where it is needed most — in the skin, blood vessels, and capillaries. Increasing the flow of ATP to these areas helps your body to create healthy capillaries and allow less functional capillaries (the ones that cause varicose veins) to wither away and die.
Why Do Varicose Veins Mostly Appear on the Legs?
Varicose veins typically show up near the lower portion of the legs since these are the veins furthest from the heart. Although, technically, varicose veins can show up in any area of the body with obstructed or poor blood circulation.
Should I Worry About Varicose Veins?
Up until 2018, the medical community saw varicose veins as largely a cosmetic issue and not correlated to any health issue. But, in a study recently published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found the emergence of varicose veins may point to underlying health issues such as deep vein thrombosis and clogged arteries. While the details on varicose veins’ significance are still emerging, many doctors do recommend sharing the details of your varicose veins if they are accompanied by pain, a throbbing sensation, or you frequently have a tingling sensation in your legs.
These new revelations should make us all more vigilant in protecting our cardiovascular health. Study after study has confirmed that time spent in an infrared sauna is beneficial in improving cardiovascular health, while reducing the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack or stroke.
How Infrared Heat Treats Varicose Veins
As we mentioned previously, varicose veins are typically the result of poor circulation to the legs, leading to weakened, disfigured capillaries. Typically, the valves in your veins keep the blood pumping to your legs all the way from your heart. When you use an infrared sauna for varicose vein treatment, the radiant heat effectively dilates the veins (which is why your skin often appears red after heat exposure). The heating action from an infrared sauna helps blood to circulate more efficiently throughout the body — and especially the legs, where varicose veins most often form.
Give yourself the gift of great health by trying out an infrared sauna. There are a number of quality models offered by Good Health Saunas® that can fit nicely into most home arrangements, lifestyles, and budgets.