Some tips for optimizing the circulatory system while traveling would include:
1. AVOID PROLONGED PERIODS OF SITTING AND STANDING:
Walk up and down the plane/train every 1-2 hours, when possible, for 5-10 minutes
2. GET EXERCISE:
Ankle and lower leg exercises, such as ankle rotations
3. WEAR GRADUATED COMPRESSION STOCKINGS:
Wear stockings, preferably knee highs with open toe, 15-25mm/hg or 20-30mm/hg
4. STAY HYDRATED:
Double your water intake when traveling
5. AVOID ALCOHOL:
Alcohol dehydrates so avoiding alcohol a few days before taking a long trip would be a good idea
6. AVOID CAFFEINE:
Avoid caffeine while traveling to help prevent poor circulation.
7. AVOID CROSSING YOUR LEGS.
Leg crossing constricts veins and increases venous pressure.
8. WEAR LOOSE-FITTING CLOTHING.
Tight garments can restrict the flow of blood to and from the legs.
9. ELEVATE YOUR FEET.
Raise your feet 6 to 12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation.
10. CONSIDER DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS.
Vitamins C and E act as antioxidants, which are good for circulation. Flavonoids, butcher’s broom, and Horse Chestnut Seed Extract (HCE50) improve venous circulation and decrease symptoms of venous disease.
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