Seven Ways You Can Improve Blood Circulation
Proper blood circulation can prevent the onset of many vein health issues such as Chronic Venous Insufficiency, varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. To combat poor blood circulation, here are a few easy steps you can take to improve blood flow.
1. Get physical
One of the simplest ways to keep your vein health in check is to make sure you stay active. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity in helps give your circulatory system a boost by increasing your heart rate.
Choose an exercise that gets you excited to move. If you enjoy being outdoors, try going for a brisk walk or run through your neighborhood, or explore nature by going on a hike. For those who want to align mind, body and spirit, yoga and Pilates are great options to clear your head while getting in a low impact, full body work out.
Strength training is also a great way to improve your blood circulation. Not only does this type of exercise build muscle, but it also increases the effectiveness of cardiovascular circulation.
2. Elevate your Legs
Elevating your legs after a hard day of work will help the blood to flow from your legs towards your heart. This is usually the most common circulatory problem, which leads to many symptoms like varicose veins, pain, edema and leg ulcers.
3. Use Pressure Stockings
Compression stockings work simply by squeezing the leg, thereby reducing the amount of blood and pressure in the veins. There are various brands, styles, and colors of stockings available. The degree of pressure applied around the leg should be guided by a health care professional. Ideally, they should be fitted when the leg is not swollen, and they can be made-to-order for each patient.
4. Avoid Prolonged Sitting and Standing
If you have a job where you sit or stand for most of the day, this can not only be tiring but can also cause potentially serious health problems, including varicose veins. If you want to prevent this unsightly condition, incorporate more movement into your daily routine. Even a short walk during your lunch break can help a great deal.
5. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated
A healthy diet is the key to optimizing blood flow. Incorporating foods such as vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and health fats such as avocados and nuts, and avoiding foods that are processed and high in sugar, salt or fat, will ensure your diet is on track to supplement your vein health.
Remaining consistently hydrated is essential to your vein health. When you don’t drink enough water throughout the day your body has to work even harder to make sure your organs produce enough energy to do their job. While the amount of water you consume varies from person to person based on things such as your health, amount of physical activity and even geographic location, the universal recommendation is usually eight glasses of water per day, equivalent to 64 ounces.
6. Treat Yourself
Massages increase the local circulation by stimulating blood flow in the soft tissue. In addition, massages are great for clearing out toxins that may be lingering in the body due to poor blood flow.
7. Simple Lifestyle Changes
Small changes to your lifestyle choices can drastically improve your blood health. If you’re a smoker, quitting will improve blood flow since nicotine usage is a leading cause of circulation problems. Although quitting can be difficult, there are many resources available such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW and www.smokefree.gov both offered by the CDC.
These simple steps to bettering your health are great for improving circulation and preventing future vein issues. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, heaviness or cramping in your legs, please call the Alpha Vein Clinic to schedule a consultation at (702)430-7661. Dr Sassan Kaveh is an experienced vein specialist who uses the most effective and up to date treatments to alleviate vein related symptoms in the legs.
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