How to get your blood flowing in the cold

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
By Julie Wiegan


With such cold temperatures, winter is obviously here to stay for a while. Low temperatures can limit blood flow to the legs, hands, heart and to the rest of the body resulting in circulatory problems such as varicose veins, high blood pressure, hypertension, stroke, peripheral artery disease, heart disease, kidney damage, aneurysms, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud’s disease and phlebitis. Dr. Luis Navarro, Director of the Vein Treatment Center, shares his tips on how to keep the blood flowing in our bodies.


Get regular exercise
Exercises that strengthen the “second heart,” the muscles of the calf and foot, are beneficial. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week. Suggested activities include walking, running, swimming and bicycling.

Wear graduated compression stockings
Compression stockings act like an added layer of muscle, aiding the performance of the “second heart” and venous circulation.

Monitor hormone intake
Birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy constrict blood vessels and can weaken vein valves and vein walls.

Avoid prolonged periods of sitting and standing
Rotate your ankles and feet whenever possible, walk for at least 10 minutes every hour, and point and flex your toes to promote leg vein circulation.

Elevate your feet
Raise your feet 6-12 inches above your heart whenever possible to assist circulation.

Eat a high fiber and low salt diet
Salt retains water and constipation puts pressure on the venous system.

Maintain an appropriate body weight for your frame
Obesity can strain the circulatory system.

Wear loose fitting clothes
Tight garments can restrict the flow of blood to and from the legs.


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.

Avoid crossing your legs
Leg crossing constricts veins and increases venous pressure.

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9 years ago

Compression stockings if worn regularly can provide excellent support for your venous system and boost blood circulation. See for more info.