What can I do on my own to improve venous health?
What can I do on my own to improve venous health? Being kind to your veins is easy. In fact, the activities that improve your vein health are also helpful […]
What can I do on my own to improve venous health? Being kind to your veins is easy. In fact, the activities that improve your vein health are also helpful to the rest of your body. Here are a few things you can do throughout the day to maintain healthy legs and veins:
- Exercise – Exercise seems like an obvious answer to most health questions. Climbing stairs, moderate paced walking, swimming, and even cycling engages your calf muscles. This helps move the blood in your veins. Exercise can also help you lose excess weight that may be adding pressure to the veins in your abdomen and legs.
- Raise your legs – When resting, elevate your legs and let gravity help blood move in the right direction.
- Smart travel – During long trips, flex your calf muscles and stop for short walks around the airplane aisle or rest area. This decreases the chance of blood pooling in one area and distending the vein, or possibly even causing a blood clot to form.
- Stay cool – This is easier said than done in the summer! Heat causes veins to dilate and allows more blood to pool in the legs. Avoid hot tubs and hot baths when possible.
- Stop smoking! Nicotine can damage blood vessel walls. It is not healthy for arteries, veins or your heart.
- Sunscreen – Vein disease has been linked to sun exposure. The ultraviolet rays can damage vein walls. Using sunscreen will help minimize that potential damage.
- Eat right – Eating high fiber foods, such as vegetables, can help protect vessel walls, improve circulation and reduce constipation.
If your veins are still problematic, we can help! Call the Vein Institute of Blue Bell for a consultation at (267)-416-9534.