Lack of blood circulation in your legs can cause many health problems, from oedema, pain and varicose veins to more severe issues like blood clots or infected foot ulcers. If you have a medical condition that causes poor circulation such as diabetes, it’s best to consult your doctor for a proper treatment plan. If you’d just like to give your circulation a boost for general health benefits though, here’s how to improve blood circulation in the legs without medication:
Improving Your Blood Circulation at Home
Consider following these guidelines if you're looking to improve your circulation:
While regular, cardio or weight-based exercise is best, even a small amount of movement is beneficial. The most effective gentle exercises include walking, yoga and squats, all of which you can do at home. As little as five minutes of these exercises a day can improve circulation.
Compression stockings are perfect to help you improve blood flow, and they can reduce pain and swelling, especially if you’re pregnant or on your feet all day. These stockings exert firm-yet-comfortable pressure over your legs, which can help support your veins and arteries to pump blood back up to your heart. It’s a good idea to choose stockings with graduated compression, like those available at TXGSocks, as these are more effective, comfortable and safer for all-day wear.
If you can elevate your legs while you’re sleeping or even sitting, this can assist your body with circulation. Place pillows, wedges or even a rolled-up towel under your feet while you sleep and consider using a footstool, ottoman or pouf while sitting.
If you’re hydrated, your blood is easier to pump. Drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day has multiple benefits, and this is one of the easiest methods for improving circulation.
Other Tips on How to Improve Blood Circulation in Legs
For additional tips and tricks to improve your circulation, try:
- using an under-the-desk foot pedal
- eating circulation-boosting foods like garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon, fatty fish, horse chestnut and cayenne pepper
- drinking black, green or Oolong tea
- using massage and vibration machines if you don’t have varicose veins or are at risk of blood clots
- taking warm baths and saunas to boost circulation.
As mentioned, there are many methods of improving blood circulation in your legs that can be done at home. For more information on any of our compression stockings, contact us.
Please note: The information provided here is for general information only and is not intended to act as medical advice. We advise anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified, professional advice.