Vein disease and circulation problems are closely intertwined. If the veins and the valves inside them are weakened or damaged, they can’t circulate blood through your body as they’re supposed to. On the other hand, if you’re immobile for long periods and blood isn’t circulating as it should, it can pool in areas like your lower legs, putting pressure on your veins.

Here are some important tips that the Atlanta vein doctors at VeinInnovations share with their patients to help them improve their circulation and, by extension, their vein health:

Watch What You Eat

Staying at a healthy weight helps your circulation. When people are overweight or obese, their body has to work harder to circulate blood.

Did you know that there are actually certain foods (or ingredients within those foods) that can improve vein health and circulation? These include fruits high in vitamins C as well as the so-called “superfoods” like beets and blueberries.

Exercise as Much as You Are Able

Try to get some type of aerobic exercise every day, whether it’s running, swimming, biking or just walking improves circulation. Research has shown that a 20- to 30-minute brisk walk each day improves circulation.

Many people develop circulatory problems if they are confined to a bed for an extended period of time. If you’re not able to walk around, it’s important to do exercises such as leg raises and foot flexes to keep blood flowing throughout your lower extremities.

Avoid Sitting or Standing for Long Periodsexercise to help circulation

Unfortunately, this is a necessity for many people in their jobs. However, there are exercises you can do while seated that will improve your circulation. Further, use your breaks and lunch hours to move around – not just to go sit somewhere else. Take a walk, with a group of co-workers or alone.

Stop Smoking

We all know that smoking causes heart disease and cancer. However, did you know that smoking-related deaths are also caused by circulatory conditions?

Ask a Vein Specialist About Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are among the conservative varicose vein treatments that we recommend. Many of our patients also wear them after one of our varicose vein removal procedures. They help push the blood upward in the legs to improve circulation. You shouldn’t use these without a prescription, however, and without first being properly diagnosed by a vein specialist.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you love is suffering from circulatory or varicose vein problem, it’s essential to find out the cause and get the proper treatment. We have three vein clinics in the Atlanta area for your convenience. Call us or complete our brief online form to schedule an appointment today.