I used to work in a big airline company forty years back. I was a stewardess on an airplane and was devoted to my work. Back then, we were called stewardess, now they call it hostesses or flight attendants. I had a vast experience of airline travel, some hilarious, some not so-so, and even some are terrifying. Anytime you deal with the public, it is always an interesting and ever changing experience. It was very hard work and there were times when we had to serve a full meal on flights for example, from Little Rock, AR to Memphis, TN to a full cabin of passengers. It was a 30-minute flight so by the time when everyone had settled in their place after the airplane went airborne, everyone now had to prepare as the plane descended. Many times it happened when the plane landed on the runway, I was still along the aisle holding the food trays. My work was very demanding on my time and body. Our legs had to endure so much due to our prolonged standing inside the cabin with its dry and pressurized atmosphere to go with it. We had to wear support stockings to minimize varicose veins that come with being a stewardess. With the stamina I had, the work load was sustainable however the only problem was my worn out legs at the end of the flight.

The heart powers the blood through arteries to provide oxygen and nutrients to body tissues. Like arteries, veins are also tube-shaped vessels that carry blood. On the other hand, the vein's inner walls are thinner and have valves that stop the blood from flowing back since it should flow on a one way direction. When there is more pressure put on the vein because the leaflet of the valves do not close properly, it allows the blood to flow back so the vein swells thus the result of varicose veins. Symptoms of varicose veins are distended veins, often bluish and lumpy looking in the legs accompanied by a dull ache, tired legs, swollen feet and ankles, weak leg muscles and leg cramps at night, eczema, leg sores, itching, leg cramps, bruising easily and sometimes the legs will feel heavy.

People who tend to sit, stand, cross their legs for long hours are prone to have varicose veins, even those who are extremely heavy and inactive. Constipation, phlebitis, heart failure, liver disease, lack of Vitamin C and P, and a family history of varicose veins have also contributed to the occurrence of varicose veins.

A few other pointers to stop varicose veins from occurring are: do some leg-work exercises such as running, walking, swimming; weight control - eat a fiber-enriched diet and avoid salty foods; do not wear tight fitting clothes; when you are sitting for hours on your office chair - every 30 minutes, stand up, stretch and move about; and when you are standing for so long, alternate your body weight every now and then. If you are on your feet a lot, wear compression or support stockings. The blood's retrograde motion is corrected once the compression stockings is worn. In fact, I suppose my wearing of the compression stockings when I was a stewardess back then was the one that reduced my chances of having varicose veins.

Well, another option would be the hot bath using Epsom salts. Do it two times a week (as what I usually do and it appears to be effective). I also apply massage oils with vitamin E and rosemary extract with a small amount of castor oil on my legs. It improved the condition of my varicose veins and can hardly be seen. Every day, I eat a well balanced meal, perform stretching workouts and supplement myself with Vitamin C and rutin (a bioflavonoid).

Then again, seek medical attention if the condition of your varicose veins is very serious and determine the choice of remedial action you need to take.

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Do you think you're experiencing varicose veins? Have you been conscious about these? If you wish to get rid of it, check out www.safehomeproducts.com and you may discover items that may take care of these varicose veins.