Lifestyle Series: 5 Steps to Beat the Summer Swells

June 16, 2014

Lifestyle Series: 5 Steps to Beat the Summer Swells

If you're struggling with circulation due to the summer heat and you'd like to get a "leg up" on swelling in your legs, ankles, and feet then follow these 5 steps to beat swelling this season! 

1. Less salt, more strawberries!  

Meals high in sodium may be the culprit behind your swollen legs, ankles, and feet.  Salt increases your bodies water retention and is less encouraging for normal blood flow.  So less salt and more strawberries! The Vitamin C in strawberries will help increase blood flow and get your legs back to their energetic, on-the-go selves! Not too fond of strawberries? Here are some other foods high in Vitamin C: 

    • Green & Red Peppers
    • Melon
    • Broccoli
    • Tomatoes
    • Citrus 

2.  Stay Active

Regular physical activity helps increase circulation in your body and reduces swelling in your legs and feet. Some gentle yoga might be just what you need to stretch out all your extremities and let the blood circulate throughout your body!

Don't feel like sweating it out? Go swimming instead! Swimming places limited pressure on your lower extremities which can help out your joints.

3. Compression socks 

Don't wince, times have changed since you saw your grams in her black or tan compression hose.  There's a stylish way to prevent swelling -- VIM & VIGR is here to provide you with cute, comfortable, and functional compression socks that can reduce swelling in your legs and feet. Check out all of our fun designs here.   

4. Soak with some Epsom Salt.  

Seemingly a cure all, Epsom salt acts as a natural anti-inflammatory when dissolved in water.  Epsom salt isn't actually a salt, but a mineral compound that occurs in nature of Magnesium and sulfate.  Note: taking a Magnesium supplement can also help reduce swelling.  But consult your doctor first if you are pregnant to ensure you're taking just the right amount to keep your baby happy and healthy!    

5. Drink up!

It's ironic that insufficient water intake may be a cause of water retention and swelling in your body. Doctors suggest between 8-10 glasses a day. Other forms of hydration could include the oh-so-popular coconut water. Just make sure sugar content is low on your hydration methods.  

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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% Spandex


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.