Living with poor blood circulation can be tolerable at best and life threatening at worst. According to poorcirculation.org, serious conditions can include varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), high blood pressure, heart problems, hypertension, organ damage, strokes, kidney issues and other blood restriction difficulties – yikes! Often times, poor circulation is related to lifestyle habits including smoking, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. Other contributors are work related, including sitting or standing for hours at a time without taking regular breaks, stretching out or exercising at least few times a week. Are you guilty of any of these behaviors? Well, the good news is that there are many ways to naturally improve your circulation by simply taking care of yourself. Here are a few things you can do today to feel and look better than ever, while showing those capillaries some love:
Gulp up – Drinking more water throughout the day is incredibly good for your entire body, from head to toe. Consuming at least eight glasses of water daily (more if you are doing lots of physical activities or in hot weather) will help keep you hydrated and can help prevent your blood from thickening. Also keep in mind that soft drinks, alcohol and coffee cause dehydration.
Buh bye, potato chips – A balanced diet goes hand in hand with living a healthy, active lifestyle. Eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats will provide your body with the nutrients and energy that it needs to perform. You can also try cooking with herbs like cayenne, garlic and ginger, which are great for relaxing the blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
Work it out – Get moving! Whether you do yoga, swimming, running or cross fit, getting your heart rate up and breaking a sweat is amazing for your blood and your bod! You don’t necessarily have to have a gym membership or a personal trainer to accomplish this, either; there are tons of great resources online with workout tips, tricks and circuits for you to do anywhere! Try PopSugar Fitness, Women’s Health or fitness, to name a few!
New wardrobe addition – During those hours that you have to be sitting (at your desk or on a plane) or standing (on the job or in long lines), your compression socks will be there for backup. VIM & VIGR’s knee-high socks are made with Advanced Gradient Pressure™ knitting technology that works hard to relieve your legs of aches, pains, swelling and sluggishness. They help increase your blood flow to energize the legs, aid in muscle recovery and prevent spider and varicose veins, as well as DVT.
How do you keep yourself healthy, happy and blot clot free?
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