The legs are among the most overworked parts of the body, but they also get the least care. Bad enough that they bear your weight or cover long distances every single day, but they’re also subjected to such tortures as poorly-made shoes with ridiculously high heels. And yet today’s fashions require that your legs look great in tiny shorts (Appointment with gynecologist?) and 6-inch heels. How your legs actually feel is beside the point; one must suffer for beauty.
At the launch of the anti-varicose vein supplement Antistax, it was noted that many women (and men too, we guess) experience leg pains, heaviness (pangangalay), swelling (pagmamanas), cramps and varicose veins, but don’t consider them serious enough to consult a doctor. (We’ll spare you the gross photos.) Leg problems won’t kill you, so they are dismissed as aesthetic rather than functional concerns. However, these pains may be symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, in which weak and damaged legs cannot pump blood back to the heart. This supplement contains flavonoids from red vine leaf extracts, which improve blood circulation in the legs.
The leg experts offered the following tips for the care and maintenance of healthy legs:
1. Move. Standing still: not good.
2. Bathe your legs in cold water. (Like ice baths for athletes.)
3. Elevate your legs. In the office, put them up on a footstool; at home, prop them up on pillows.
4. Don’t cross your legs for extended periods.
5. Avoid excessive heat. (Plunging them in very hot water: not good.)
6. Avoid high heels.
7. Wear loose, flowing clothes for easy movement.
8. Eat a balanced diet with enough fiber.
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