prof legs + 4 tips = vein health

  • STOP SMOKING

    dreamstime_s_39219036“It causes constriction of the blood vessels – the very thing we are trying to avoid – so avoid smoking at all costs and keep away from passive smokers. Even e-cigarettes and nicotine patches can worsen cold fingers and toes unfortunately”.

  • RAISE CIRCULATION

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    “Anything that increases microcirculation in the skin increases blood flow and reduces vasoconstriction. Massaging, skin brushing or exfoliation can be very helpful as are supplements that help dilate blood vessels in the skin”.

  • GET ACTIVE

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    “Sitting still for too long can give you swollen ankles and achy legs. Walking is best for circulation but it’s more sensible to exercise in the warmth, so if it’s cold, walk up and down a few flights of stairs once an hour to get your blood pumping”.

  •  DITCH CARBS

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    “Instead of refined carbs eat protein, healthy fats, fruit and veg. Fruit contains sugar, but if you eat the whole fruit, its fibre reduces how quickly you absorb the sugar.  Garlic breaks down old red blood vessels too – great for blood flow”.