10 Ways to Improve Blood Circulation in Your Legs

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  1. Avoid wearing heels for a long period of time. High-heeled shoes can put stress on your veins. If you want to wear heels, try to find shoes, like wedges, that offer more support. Even with shoes that offer more support, you should give your legs a break periodically.
  2. Uncross your legs while sitting. When you sit with your legs crossed you are limiting the blood circulation in your legs. The more often this happens, the harder it gets for your legs to recover. Try crossing your ankles when you sit instead.
  3. Get your Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids (a kind of antioxidant). Both will help with circulation and reduce pain. Bioflavonoids also strengthen weak blood-vessel walls. Foods high in Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids include: sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries, apricots, cantaloupe, and dark colored berries like blueberries.
  4. Limit high-sodium foods. Too much sodium will cause your body and veins to retain more water. This can be hard on your veins because too much water retention can limit blood circulation.
  5. Exfoliate your legs in the shower. By using a simple loofah or one of our skin scrubs on your legs daily, you can help improve blood circulation and lymphatic stimulation.
  6. Get your Vitamin E. This vitamin is an excellent blood thinner that helps improve circulation and also helps to relieve pain. Foods high in Vitamin E are: wheat germ, egg yolks, butter, nuts, whole wheat flour, liver, and dark leafy greens.
  7. Work out your legs. The more you move your leg muscles, the stronger you blood circulation will become. Working your legs will get you blood moving and help keep you blood moving.
  8. Stretch your legs. Stretching helps the blood flow increase and opens up the fascia so that blood can get to the tissue more easily. Stretching is also important to help your legs recover from a long day.
  9. Get your fiber. Constipation can be a factor in spider or varicose veins, because straining in an effort to force a bowel movement puts added pressure on veins. This pressure can lead to poor circulation.
  10. Avoid fried foods. Fats add to circulation problems by causing plaque to deposit in you vein and arteries. By eating less fat, you can keep you blood flowing and keep plaque out of your veins.

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