If you remember anything from grade school about human biology, you know that your circulatory system is made up of a network of blood vessels that transport blood throughout your body. Arteries and veins, along with a few other vessels, carry blood laden with oxygen and other nutrients to “feed” your organs and tissues so that every part of your body can work optimally. Physical activity, weight loss, and smoking cessation are among the best ways to improve circulation. But these take time.
To keep your blood vessels working at their best, here are 3 tips from a Nashville vascular doctor to improve your vascular health right now:
Propping up your feet at the end of a long day feels good because it’s actually helping to temporarily improve your circulation. When your legs are raised above heart level, this helps your lower body drain excess fluids and relieves pressure in the legs and feet. We often recommend elevation to help reduce swelling and ease some of the mild to moderate aching symptoms of progressed varicose veins in Nashville.
- Warm up
Lounging in a warm bath can temporarily improve your circulation. The warm water causes your blood vessels to expand, which creates more room for increased blood flow. You might notice a similar effect by drinking hot beverages, such as herbal tea. Avoid caffeinated hot beverages such as black tea and coffee, because caffeine can have the opposite effect.
It can be hard, but minimizing stress levels helps lower your blood pressure and improves your vascular health. Prioritize some time for yourself to take it easy, read a book, or just take a long deep breath once in awhile.
For more non-invasive things you can do to help keep your veins healthy, feel free to give us a call at 615-777-0744. We’re always happy to answer your questions. If you feel that you are suffering beyond what any at-home therapies can control, you may need to schedule Nashville vein treatment at our center.