We all want healthy veins, Right? But some of us are not sure how to do that but don’t worry, in this blog post renew vein & vascular will fill you in on everything you need to know about how you can improve your veins’ health. In the end, treatment options offered by Renew Vein & Vascular in California will also be discussed.
So, let’s begin with the importance of good blood flow to have healthy veins. It’s hard to believe, but your body holds about 60 000 miles of blood vessels. Along with your heart and other muscles, they make up your circulatory system. This network of roadways carries blood to every corner of your body. But when your circulation is poor, it slows or blocks the flow. That means the cells in your body can’t get all the oxygen and nutrients they need.
What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Bad Circulation?
When your limbs can’t get enough blood, your hands or feet may feel cold or numb. If you’re light-skinned, your legs may get a blue tinge. Poor circulation can also dry your skin, turn your nails brittle, and make your hair fall out, especially on your feet and legs. Some men may have trouble getting or keeping an erection. And, if you have diabetes, your scrapes, sores, or wounds tend to heal slower.
Peripheral artery disease, obesity, anemia, untreated blood clots, uncontrolled diabetes, and high blood pressure can all affect circulation. The symptoms may include:
- Lack of energy or concentration.
- Cold extremities (hands and feet).
- Thinning hair or hair loss.
- Delayed or slow healing due to a weakened immune system.
- In men, erectile dysfunction.
There are a lot of changes in your diet and lifestyle that you can make to have healthy veins as well as healthy blood circulation.
Tips to Improve Blood Circulation for Optimal Healthy Veins
Get rid of those smokes! Nicotine is the active ingredient in cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco. It harms the walls of your arteries and thickens your blood so much, it can’t get through. The point is, if you smoke, quit right now. It can be hard to stick, but Dr. Robert Azizi and our team of professionals will be able to assist you.
Keep Your Blood Pressure Normal
Control your blood pressure. If it’s too high, it can cause arteriosclerosis, a condition that hardens your arteries and help choke off blood flow. Aim for 120 mmHg over 80 mmHg or less, but you can ask Dr. Azizi about the best numbers for your age and health. Check your reading once a month. You can buy a home blood pressure monitor or use a kiosk at your pharmacy.
Increase Your Water Intake
We can’t stress this enough, drink enough water! Blood is about half water. So, you need to stay hydrated to keep moving. Aim for 8 glasses of water a day. You’ll need to drink more if you exercise or if it’s hot outside.
Avoid Long Time Sitting
We know this may be hard, but try to stand up at your desk. Sitting for hours at a time isn’t great for your circulation or your back. It weakens leg muscles and slows the blood flow in your legs, which could cause a clot. If you’re a desk jockey at work, consider a standing desk instead. It may take a little while to get used to, but getting on your feet works the valves in your leg veins, sending blood up to your heart.
Exercise & Yoga
Exercise. Exercise. Exercise. Yoga is a low-impact exercise that can jump-start your blood flow. When you move, it brings oxygen to your cells. When you twist, it sends blood to your organs. And upside-down positions shift blood from the bottom half of your body up to your heart and brain.
Not a yogi? When your ankles or feet swell, try the legs-up-the-wall yoga pose. It’s an easy way to send your blood in the other direction. Lie on the floor on a yoga mat, with your left or right shoulder close to the wall. Turn your body so you can put your feet up, and “scooch” your bottom against the wall. Stretch your arms out on the floor with palms down for balance.
Take Part in Activities
Get your heart rate up by running, riding a bike, walking, or swimming. When you do these exercises, you take in more oxygen and move it to your muscles. This gets your blood pumping, makes your heart stronger, and lowers your blood pressure. Set a goal to exercise for 30 minutes,5 to 7 days a week. Break it up into small chunks if needed.
Take Healthy Diet
You are what you eat. Let’s face it, there’s no downside to a balanced diet. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Stay away from saturated fats that can be found in red meat, chicken, cheese, and other animal sources. Steer clear of too much salt. That will help keep your weight in a healthy range and your cholesterol and blood pressure in check and your arteries clear.
Try Dry Brushing
This might sound strange, but brush your body not just your hair. Sweep your blood in the right direction. Take a body brush with stiff, flat bristles and stroke on your dry skin. Start with your feet and work your way up, using long motions on your legs and arms. Make circles on your belly and lower back. Dry brushing also gets rid of dry skin. Do it every day right before you shower.
Compression Stocking & Compression Therapy
Compress your socks. Put your wardrobe to work. Compression socks put a bit of a squeeze on your legs so your blood doesn’t hang around too long. Instead, it’ll move back up your heart. You are more than welcome to ask Dr. Azizi which length and amount are best for you.
Compression Therapy involves the use of specially designed garments to apply pressure to areas of the body, such as the arms or legs. Compression Therapy can help reduce swelling and improve circulation in the affected area. It can also help improve mobility, reduce pain, and increase comfort. The level of compression depends on the patient’s needs.
Treat Your Vein Diseases With Renew Vein & Vascular in Bell Gardens, Korea Town, and Buena Park
If you are in the California area and are looking for treatment for improved blood circulation, Contact Renew Vein & Vascular. We offer a variety of treatment options including compression therapy, depending on the condition and severity.
At Renew Vein & Vascular you will be in the best hands and we will be able to answer all of your questions and put your mind at ease. Our friendly staff is here to help and answer any questions that you might have. Schedule a Consultation Today! You are just one appointment away from getting a healthy life.