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8.
Your Posture Affects Your Circulation– Did you know that
posture can affect your circulation? The way you sit, stand
or comport yourself in general could be a factor in circulation
problems, as pointed out by the Chiropractors' Association
of Australia among other groups.

Posture is a particular problem for office workers and
anyone in a sedentary position for most of the day.

The worst thing you can do for your circulation is to sit all
day.  Sitting too long causes bad circulation.  Ergonomics is a
field designed to help you be as comfortable and healthy in
your workplace as possible. In an ideal world, most offices
will have an ergonomist on hand or could call one in to help
find the right posture for you.

[Update:

But what can you do on your own to improve your posture
and, therefore, your varicose veins? Simply, adjust your
desk, chair, the way you sit, or simply doing exercises for
you to do throughout the day to keep the blood flow
constant. If you need to, invest in a pillow to cushion your
lower back and help you sit up a bit straighter without
discomfort.

Yoga is also one of the best exercises/practices to improve
your posture. Take 5 minutes every hour or so to stand,
stretch backwards or to do the sun pose. (Read more about
yoga's health benefits.)]

9.
Smoking Is Bad for Your Circulation



























Tobacco smoke harms veins and also leads to the narrowing
of arteries. This is how smoking causes bad circulation. It's
not hard to think of the remedy for this cause – stop
smoking. A study by the University of California in 2009
found that heart attack rates (closely related to bad
circulation) fell by 36 per cent in European countries in the
three years following bans on smoking in bars.

10.
Lack of Exercise Slows Your Circulation– You may not be
obese but if you don't exercise regularly, it could be a
contributing cause to your bad circulation, according to a
2003 report, "Exercise and Cardiovascular Health" from
Stanford University.

Just a brisk walk every day can have a hugely beneficial
effect on your circulation. In addition to other
health
benefits of walking,  walking at least 30 to 45 minutes a day
helps to keep your circulation healthy. If you work in a
sedentary occupation --- as so many of us do!--- get up
from your seat regularly and take a walk a walk to get the
blood flowing.

Bad circulation is often the cause of painful legs when
walking, a condition known as "claudication".  

The whole issue of whether you should walk more with
painful claudication has divided the academic and medical
communities.

Some studies have found that walking up to and beyond the
point of pain can helped to reduce the pain over time.  

Exercising up to your pain threshold can increase the
amount of time that passes before the pain sets in. One such
study was conducted in 2013 by Dr. Gabriel Grizzo Cucato
and other doctors at the Universidade de São Paulo.  The
Brazilian study disagreed with other studies which advised
that walking beyond the pain threshold is dangerous for
patients with claudication.

The bottom line: if you have painful legs becauae of
claudication, only increase your walking under your doctor's
supervision.

Bonus Tips:

11.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) Deficiency Can Help Circulation-
Vitamin B3 (niacin) improves poor circulation generally
throughout the body.

For those of you unaccustomed to taking niacin
supplements, Vitamin B3 supplements can make you feel
warm, giving you a red "flush" in your face and skin. The
first approach, if you have a Vitamin B3 deficiency, is to eat
more
foods high in Vitamin B3 such as Brewer's yeast. If
you choose to use supplements, start slowly, gradually
increasing your dosage over time to the recommended safe
limits.

12.
Know the Ingredients in Your Birth Control Pills. Several
studies have linked birth control pills with increases water
retention, blood clots and circulation problems in your legs.


For example, a 2011 study led by Dr. Lidegaard from the
University of Copenhagen discovered that women who used
birth controls containing 30-40 µg ethinylestradiol with
levonorgestrel had a 2.9 times greater risk of blood clots.


Those who took birth control pills which contain desogestrel
had a 6.6 times greater risk. Pills with gesotodene carried a
6.2 times greater risk and pills with drospirenone produced a
6.4 times greater risk of
blood clots.

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