How to out­smart the #1 travel pain

Woman's World - - Wise Words -

Hit­ting the road to visit fam­ily and friends? Fun! But long pe­ri­ods of sit­ting in a car or on a plane raise the risk of blood clots in your legs— aka deep vein throm­bo­sis (DVT)— and those clots can trig­ger swelling and pain. The good news: A few savvy strate­gies can keep you safely on the move. Sim­ply…

Squirm like a kid

You don’t have to be quite as squirmy as the tod­dler in seat 18B, but mov­ing your legs a lit­tle every 20 min­utes— whether you wig­gle your toes, bounce your legs or stand up and stretch— can cut your risk of clots by 33%. That’s the word from re­searchers at the Univer­sity of South Carolina, who say reg­u­larly con­tract­ing feet and leg mus­cles keeps blood mov­ing up to­ward your heart, so it’s less likely to pool and form clots.

Pull on these socks

When you know you’ll be seat­bound for four hours or more, pull on a pair of com­pres­sion knee socks or calf sleeves (find op­tions at Li­lytrot­ters.com). A re­view of 11 stud­ies con­cluded that the com­press in com­pres­sion socks keeps blood in cir­cu­la­tion— and that cuts the risk of DVT by 63%!

Drink more wa­ter

It’s tempt­ing to forgo flu­ids (and bath­room trips!) when you’re on the road, but re­search in the British Jour­nal of Hae­ma­tol­ogy sug­gests stay­ing hy­drated can cut your risk of leg clots by 47%! Wa­ter di­lutes waste prod­ucts that make blood more likely to clot. Sim­ply sip 8 oz. of wa­ter be­fore and 8 oz. every two hours dur­ing travel.

Try pine bark

Pine bark ex­tract ( Py­c­nogenol) can re­duce blood stick­i­ness to cut DVT risk by 55%. Ex­perts sug­gest tak­ing 200 mg. three hours be­fore travel and 200 mg. six hours into travel. Try: Source Nat­u­rals Py­c­nogenol Supreme (iherb.com). Note: Check with your doc­tor be­fore sup­ple­ment­ing. —Brenda Kearns

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