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5 tips to soothe the heaviness of legs

07/25/18

It’s summer! Finally, the sun and the heat have appeared and it’s very good for body and spirit. We want to soothe the heaviness of legs and show them. But sometimes they swell up or some varicose veins appear. It is annoying and unsightly. Do not worry, we can take care of our blood circulation (the venous system in this case) with some natural techniques.

Here’s how you can solve it in 6 steps:

1.- Favour blood-friendly foods 

Fresh fruits like black currant, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, guava, kiwi, mango, orange, grapefruit, blueberries, apricot and pineapple; iron-rich foods to synthesize red blood cells and transport oxygen: parsley, lentils, sesame seeds, spinach; foods rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and vasodilators, such as oilseeds or wheat germ oil; and green and leafy vegetables with chlorophyll that will oxygenate the cells and detox the body.

2.- Practice a physical activity beneficial for the legs

Walking is a very effective way since each step activates a pumping mechanism, located on the sole of the foot and known as Lejars’ venous plexus, which favours venous return. But also, running, cycling or swimming.

3.- Drink 1.5 litres of water

We recommend mineralized water flavoured with rosemary, lemon, cilantro or basil.

4.- Make a cure of plants that help blood and venous circulation

such as red vine, witch hazel, sweet clover and horse chestnut. And in gemmotherapy, we will look for chestnut, blueberry buds …

5.- Practice the Scottish shower on the legs

Alternate hot and cold water from the ankle to the top of the thighs. Start and finish always with cold water. This daily practice restores the energy of our tired veins and allows a better venous return.

6.- Massage the legs

Do it with a witch hazel vegetable oil and some drops of cypress or lemon essential oils, for example.

Gwénaëlle Fradj

Naturopathe of The  Green Shelters experts team

www.takeitslow.fr