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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