Expert Blog Series: 4 Tips to Prevent Varicose Veins with Dr. Nisha Bunke

So far, we’ve talked about the benefits of wearing our VIM & VIGR compression socks and what the risk factors are for developing varicose veins. But fear not loyal VIM & VIGR readers, because all hope is not lost! According to Dr. Bunke of the La Jolla Vein Clinic, there are many steps we can take to reduce our risk for developing varicose veins. With these 4 simple tips, you can ward off varicose veins and promote better circulation in no time!

  1. Take time to stretch. If you find yourself sitting or standing for long periods of time, take frequent breaks to stretch. Stretching circulates stagnant blood and also prevents venous injury. For those of you who love yoga, keep it up! According to a new study, published in The Chronicle Journal, yoga has been found to decrease blood pressure, blood vessel calcifications, and promote circulation. Yoga not your thing? Try doing calf muscle pumps next time you’re at work! Simply stand on a flat surface and extend your calves until you are on the balls of your feet, then slowly lower yourself. A few sets of these will help get stagnant blood flowing.
  2. Adopt a healthy diet. Obesity is one of the largest contributors to the development of varicose veins, so maintaining a healthy weight greatly reduces your overall risk. In addition to a healthy diet, certain foods such as citrus fruits and those that contain omega 3 fatty acids are known to improve circulation. Spicy foods also improve circulation, so be generous with that hot sauce next time you’re out!
  3. Exercise regularly. A regular exercise routine helps promote blood flow and reenergizes the body. In fact, research has shown that exercise can be just as effective as pills when it comes to treating heart disease. Any activity that engages the calf muscles is great for improving leg circulation. Walking, running, biking, and surfing are all great examples. Even doing simple things like taking the stairs or parking a little farther away from the store can make a difference!
  4. Wear VIM & VIGR compression socks! It’s no secret that compression socks help with varicose veins! Just read this article from USA Today that supports that finding!Perfect for everyday use, the 15-20 mmHg graduated compression technology circulates blood flow and helps prevent these unsightly veins. With variety of fashionable patterns and colors, you can style them with just about anything (for fashion inspiration, be sure to check out our Instagram feed). Don’t leave the house without your best accessory!

By following these 4 simple tips, you can say goodbye to those little purple rivals, and say hello to beautiful, rested legs! Check back for more tips and interviews with our experts!

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