Unhealthy veins can affect your quality of life. This may come as a surprise to some, but to those who have suffered from spider veins and varicose veins, this is not a shocking statement.
There are so many things to take care of when it comes to our health. Our blood pressure, weight, dental health, vision, skin care, joints, muscles, avoiding illness or infectious disease…the list goes on. We oftentimes forget that our veins play an incredibly important role in our body’s overall health. Beneath the surface we see every day in the mirror, these amazingly simple yet complex structures are working constantly to feed our body the blood and therefore oxygen it needs. Without veins, our bodies would not work. So, you can imagine, without healthy veins, our bodies are not working well.
What do veins do and why is it important?
The venous system is complex—so let’s focus on the veins and their function in the legs. Healthy veins have “valves” or little flaps within the vein that open and close as blood is pumped past them. It is these valves that help move the blood with each pulse, up and out of your legs and back to the heart where it will start its journey once again. Effectively returning blood to your heart is leg veins’ most important job. In the heart, our blood is distributed to other vital organs like the lungs where blood is filtered and oxygenated. To over-simplify it: the venous system, which transports blood to the heart, is our lifeline—literally.
How do unhealthy veins impact us?
Imagine a life where your activities or even wardrobe are dictated by how your legs look and feel. Maybe you’re not able to confidently tackle each day without being distracted or disheartened by leg pain, swelling, or bulging varicose veins. (Learn more about venous insufficiency and the impact of this medical condition on our health.)
The health of our veins not only affects your physical health. It can also impact your mental wellbeing. There is certainly an emotional component to coping with chronic pain caused by vein conditions or processing any feelings of embarrassment related to how our legs look. Treating the underlying physical condition can do wonders for your state of mind.
So, why does taking care of your veins matter?
Because, when your veins are healthy, life feels more beautiful. Inside and out.