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  • DVT Awareness Month – The Ins and the Outs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    DVT Awareness Month – The Ins and the Outs of Deep Vein Thrombosis

    DVT Awareness

    Were you or someone you love diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)?

    If so, it can help to hear about the experience from a fellow survivor. To facilitate this we asked our REJUVA team member, Stacy, to share the details of her own DVT story and what she learned along the way. Read on for more about her story + top tips for navigating the physical & emotional components of recovery.

    Meet DVT Survivor, Stacy

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    I have come to know this phrase all too well. As if suffering a blood clot at the mere age of 20 wasn’t enough to make me feel like a walking dinosaur, family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers were sure to remind me. The fact is, DVT can occur at any age and not one single individual is “too young” as they say. I mean honestly, who ever feels that they’re just the right age for such an injury? So chin up… you’re not alone and even more so, here at RejuvaHealth we’re the last ones that will throw you a dowdy pair of compression stockings and say problem solved.

    What is DVT?

    Let’s start with a quick overview of what DVT is and the risks that pose a problem to all walks of life, young and old alike. DVT is a medical condition that arises from the clotting of blood, usually in the calf or thigh, but can also occur in the pelvis area. The clotting of a deep vein extremity is particularly scary because there’s not always a lot of warning and the severity can escalate pretty quickly. This is why it’s especially important t to take care of yourself and listen to your body. A slight pain in you arm or leg may seem like nothing at first and you’ll initially think to just shake it off, however, don’t let such conditions prolong. Rather, take the initiative for further examination, as this little precautionary check-up could save your life.

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    What does it feel like?

    Stepping outside of the medical aspect, you may wonder what it feels like. You can read all about the signs and symptoms with a quick Google search, but I’d love to share those “feelings” on a more personal level. The pain experienced is often at first localized, but may progressively expand into other areas. Pain and swelling in the area is common, and some people, like myself, notice a drastic difference in the temperature of the skin to the touch. For example, my leg was significantly warmer near my pelvic region and ice cold at my toes. In the beginning, my leg felt as though I had merely pulled a muscle, but within a couple of hours, I had lost the ability to fully extend it and walking felt as though I was dragging an anvil. It was clear something wasn’t right and that’s the point at which I decided to seek medical attention. I would advise against following in my footsteps! Get help before it becomes a bigger problem.

    After the diagnoses, I felt like the nine days I spent recovering in the hospital had aged me 50+ years. I was released on July 3rd and tormented with the idea of celebrating the 4th in a swimsuit, as the battle wounds left on my belly from the Lovenox shots weren’t all that appealing. Not only did I feel physically a mess, but my spirits were also rattled. I was prescribed blood thinners, not knowing if I’d ever stop taking them, and was destined to draw blood every week to keep track of my INR (International Normalized Ratio), or as I like to refer to it, the rate at which I bled. In addition to this, I was on a restricted diet, and for the first time in my life my doctor told me to stay away from greens and cranberry juice. Yes, you read that correctly! As it turns, high levels of Vitamin K can alter the way warfarin works, making it difficult to effectively prevent blood clots. It took a while to get used the changes, but eventually I found a happy medium, where I could still get a taste of my all time favorite Brussels sprouts, and also test within range on my weekly INR.

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    What are some of the things about DVT recovery people don’t talk about?

    A part from the lifestyle changes mentioned above, I also noticed some interesting changes in my body. While taking warfarin I gained some weight, which mostly was attributed to the change in my diet and the inability to workout given the injury. In the search for recipe ideas, I came across “The Coumadin Cookbook,” which I thought worth sharing as it helped keep me on a more healthy diet.

    I also noticed my hair consistency changed, and it regrettably wasn’t for the better. I noticed I lost larger than normal amounts in the shower and in my brush. My hair was thinning right before my eyes, and it was alarming, as no one had mentioned this side effect of warfarin. Are you experiencing something similar? There are many different thickening agents out there, and while I encourage you to do your research, I found the brand Nioxin was what I preferred, as the minty smell wasn’t overpowering.

    One weird, but also really interesting observation was that the pain in my leg was significantly affected by the weather. If a drastic change in the weather was on the upcoming forecast, I’d feel incredible amounts of pressure near the site of my clot. I had brought this up with several different doctors, but none of them had ever heard of anything similar from other patients. Seeming I had gone mad, I turned to DVT support groups online, like Dailystrength.org, and found that just like me, other people were discovering anomalies happening in their own bodies, many of which were also unexplained by their physicians.

    What’s the deal with compression stockings?

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    Lastly, I can’t talk about DVT without mentioning, drumroll please… the dreaded COMPRESSION STOCKINGS! On top of all the physical and emotional changes, you’re forced to change your wardrobe and it isn’t quite that easy. No matter where you live, compression stockings don’t ever seem to fit in with the summer or winter fashion trends. However, I want to send along encouragement, because I found that compression stockings were my saving grace. As much as I absolutely despised the look and feel of the orthopedic ones I originally owned, they kept my Post-Thrombotic Syndrome (PTS) to a minimum and had me on the road to recovery, with a reduced chance of developing a new clot. And hey, that’s the whole reason our Founder, Kelsey, created RejuvaHealth. To help you find fashionable compression stockings that make you feel GREAT, as well also help combat leg pain and fatigue. So don’t be a stranger, we have several different options that will get you through a hot summer day or provide a little extra warmth on a cold winter night.

    Whether you need some style advice, or have a specific question about the fit, reach out to us - we’re all here for you. We also enjoy sharing war stories and hearing more from our fellow DVT-ers personal experiences. Until next time – take care of those legs.

  • Compression Tips For Travel

    Traveling over the holiday? Check out what Kelsey has to say about traveling in style all while keeping your legs and feet healthy.

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    If you have any questions regarding our products or how to pack compression for travel, send us an email: support@rejuvahealth.com

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  • Why rock a compression sock?

    Who really wears compression socks and stockings? If you’re like many, you probably think they’re for the sick, the elderly, or someone who recently had surgery. But did you know most anyone could benefit from wearing compression?

    As the founder of RejuvaHealth, I’m often asked and challenged on this topic by those who ask me what I do. When I tell them about our line of fashionable compression stockings, I commonly hear:

    “I’m healthy so I don’t need compression.”

    “I think my grandma wears those so I definitely don’t need them.”

    “I know someone who had to wear compression  - but they had a medical procedure so I’m different.”

    Did you know compression legwear actually comes in a variety of support levels for just that purpose? While some versions offer firm support designed specifically for therapeutic uses, light support variations are actually designed for preventative & general lifestyle applications – think travel, pregnancy, varicose veins, spider veins & more.  By hugging the legs with gradually lessening compression (specifically tightest at the ankle & looser above), compression socks help your legs do what they should be doing naturally - move blood upwards from the extremities and to the heart.

     

    It sounds simple – but that’s the beauty of it. Unlike an invasive procedure or risky oral medication, elastic compression garments offer a holistic remedy for the common achiness, heaviness, and fatigue that can accompany a busy daily routine.

    Still not sure whether you’re like anyone else who wears compression? Follow me on the streets of Southern California as I ask real life wearers why they love it. The results & reasons people wear it may surprise you.

     

    Can you relate to any of these interviewees? If so, tell me on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/rejuvahealth or by commenting on our videos at youtube.com/rejuvahealth.

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  • Compression Stockings 101: Q&A with a Vein Specialist

    So you have to wear compression socks or stockings? You’re not alone. Thousands of people have been in your shoes. And yet despite this – support legwear remains a topic clouded by confusion & misinformation. Who should wear it? What’s it used for? And how do you know which garment’s right for you?

    All too often, we hear stories of doctors giving the compression suggestion with no guidance beyond that. Is that something you experienced? If so, he probably scribbled an illegible suggestion on a pad & sent you on your way with little beyond that. Suddenly, in simply trying to follow his orders, you’re confronted with an overwhelming array of options, sizes, support levels, and styles.

    Or maybe a doctor didn’t tell you to wear compression. Maybe you’re healthy & think compression isn’t something you need. Do you ever travel? Sit or stand for long periods? Considering becoming pregnant? Or have a family history of varicose veins? If so, then compression may be something you should consider.

    Fortunately, regardless of your situation – there are people & resources to help. We teamed up with vein specialist Dr Bunke-Paquette, MD, FACPh to get her pro answers and insights to a few of the most common compression questions. Check out our exclusive interview & read on for some more of her  top tips and answers to our most commonly asked questions.

     

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    Who’s the pro? 

    Dr. Bunke-Paquette, MD, FACPh specializes in minimally invasive outpatient procedures for a variety of venous conditions. Board-certified & fellowship trained in Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, she was the first physician in the United States to complete fellowship training supported by the American College of Phlebology. In addition to directing her practice at La Jolla Vein Care, she’s a Volunteer Clinical Instructor of Surgery at UCSD School of Medicine, member of the Scripps Ximed Medical Group & VA Medical Center. Dr. Bunke-Paquette is also physician & scientist actively leading award-winning clinical research studies. For more information on Dr. Bunke & her practice, visit mailto:http://lajollaveincare.com/doctors/

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  • Simply Sore or Something More? 4 Conditions Affecting Leg Health

    Have you ever noticed your shoes fitting more tightly if slipped on later in the day? Or looked at your legs in the mirror and done this?

    Sometimes your gams simply may not look or feel as good as you want. A salty dinner, prolonged sitting, a long day on your feet ... occasional tweaks to diet or route can leave you feeling temporarily puffy or sore.  But if it happens often, it may also be the sign of a larger medical problem. If your legs fall into the "repeat offender" category, keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the more common causes of leg swelling & pain, as well as tips and treatment info, to help you get informed.

    1. TIRED, ACHING LEGS

    Quick Facts

    • What happens - Legs feel sore after long periods of either sitting or standing.
    • Worsened by – a sedentary lifestyle, long periods of sitting or standing, age, diet, smoking, obesity
    • Improved with - exercise, diet improvements, not smoking, graduated compression stockings

     

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    The Full Scoop

    Do you sit or stand for long periods of time and find that your legs hurt or feel extremely sore? You may have tired, aching legs syndrome. You’re not alone though – over 60% of adults regularly experience leg aches, and for many of them the pain is so intense that it interferes with their daily lives. The root of the issue is poor leg circulation. These aches occur as a result of your body’s constant fight to push blood up to the heart while sitting or standing. Normally your lower muscles help force the blood upwards by squeezing your veins, but if you don’t change position there’s not much you can do.

    Luckily, as long as your leg aches aren’t the result of an underlying condition (consult your physician if you’re worried), there are some simple solutions. The first is to punctuate your day with small 5-10 minute breaks. If you’re standing, rest your legs for a bit. If you’re sitting, take a short walk around the office or peddle your legs in your chair like you’re riding a bicycle. The second is to wear compression stockings. Graduated compression legwear is tight at your feet and ankles and looser as you move up, which helps squeeze the blood upwards throughout the day. If the pain is almost unbearable, rinsing your legs in cold water can provide you some relief by causing the vessels to shrink and pulling the blood into your core. Maintaining a diet that is balanced and low in saturated fats can also help to ensure your vessels remain unblocked and elastic. Try your best to keep cholesterol at a low, but don’t completely cut it out – in small amounts it helps your body deal with changes in temperature.

     

    2. VARICOSE VEINS

    Quick Facts

    • What happens - swollen veins, often in the legs which cause pain and discomfort
    • Worsened by - age, sex height, pregnancy, standing for long periods of time
    • Improved with - sclerotherapy, varicose vein lotions, graduated compression stockings

     

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    The Full Scoop

    It’s amazing just how prevalent venous disease is – in fact, it affects approximately half of the U.S. population. The root of this problem lies in the valves within leg veins. These tiny but powerful mechanisms operate one-directionally; opening to let blood through & closing as blood pumps upward towards the heart. When standing for long periods of time, prolonged pumping against gravity can begin to impair the valve's functionality causing blood to pool in the lower extremities & veins to stretch and become enlarged. When this happens, the valves relax and can’t completely close. The heart has to work harder to circulate the blood in one direction…and more blood continues to collect. It’s a vicious cycle! This venous insufficiency (weakened valves) often results in bulging, twisted veins in the legs, also called varicose veins. Circulating blood becomes even more difficult during pregnancy because there is twice the amount of blood in your body. We’ve even heard stories of pregnant women with varicose veins all they way to their abdomens. Chronic venous insufficiency, in which the valves are damaged or dysfunctional, usually follows deep vein thrombosis and other related conditions.

    Most of the time, varicose veins are reversible only with a visit to the doctor’s office. The most well known medical procedure is sclerotherapy, in which the doctor injects a salt solution into your varicose veins. The salt solution aggravates the lining of the blood vessels causing the walls to stick together and the blood to clot. This blocks off the vessel and the scar tissue eventually fades away. The side effects, which include minor itching for a couple of days and some bumpiness of the skin, are mild and fade away within 3-6 months.

    An interesting alternative to this sclerotherapy is varicose vein lotion that includes herbal extracts like horse chestnut seed or witch hazel. However, there is a bit of controversy surrounding these products – do they actually work? Studies have shown that the horse chestnut seed extract works, but many customers who use lotions with the substance have noted that while they have seen the appearance of their skin improve, it wasn’t a big difference and especially did not work well on the larger veins. If you’re more inclined to use a simple and foolproof approach, compression hosiery offers a great alternative. They force the vessels to shrink and valves to close, promoting healthy, unidirectional blood flow as well as pain reduction. Compression stockings, while they work therapeutically, are also a great aid in preventing varicose veins before they occur. A healthy diet and regular exercise is also essential for maintaining unblocked and elastic veins throughout life.

     

    3. EDEMA

    Quick Facts

    • What happens - swelling
    • Wornsened by - long periods of standing, physical inactivity, pregnancy, high altitudes, heat
    • Improved with - hydration, low-sodium diet, graduated compression stockings

     

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    The Full Scoop

    How do we define edema? Well, it’s just a fancy word for swelling that takes place in the body. This swelling can occur for different reasons – allergic reactions, fracturing bones, eating lots of salty food, etc. Swelling that occurs in your limbs is known specifically as peripheral edema, and occurs in places like your arms, hands, but most commonly in the legs and feet. The severity of the swelling can vary depending on location.

    The lymphatic system in your body controls and drains non-blood fluid called lymph, which normally bathes your tissues to keep them healthy and rich with nutrients. In edema, the lymph builds up because it isn’t drained quickly enough…which can transform your ankles into CANKLES.

    Because the lymphatic system works in tandem with your blood’s movement, poor circulation often causes edema. For this reason (just as in leg aches and varicose veins), staying in the same position for long periods of time or being pregnant can make lymph pool in the ankles and feet. Swollen feet can also occur at high altitudes or on a hot day. Because your muscles naturally help move fluids in the body, being physically inactive can compound the effects of a slow-moving lymphatic system. A regular exercise regimen can work to strengthen muscles & improve the efficiency of fluid movement.

    Diets that are high in sodium and low in water often lead to more swelling and fluid buildup. When you eat lots of salt, your body tries to retain as much water as it can to compensate. This can lead to problems like ankle swelling, bloating and puffy eyes. (TIP: Never eat ramen before picture day!)  By constantly drinking water, your body can flush out excess salt and maintain healthy lymph. A diet that is full of vegetables with high water-content like cucumbers, spinach, and sweet peppers can also help you get hydrated without taking out a glass.

    In conjunction with a good diet and exercise, support stockings offer leg massages to promote fluid movement, which helps deal with amassed lymph and prevent the buildup from happening again. Looking cute while cutting down leg swelling? Yes, please.

     

    4. DIABETES

    Quick Facts

    • What happens - Veins harden and blood pools in lower legs
    • Worsened by - physical inactivity, high-sugar diets, smoking
    • Improved with - regular exercise, avoiding sugars

     

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    The Full Scoop

    Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body has trouble processing sugars. One of the effects of diabetes is the hardening of veins and arteries, including in the legs. Because of this, the veins lose your elastic quality and struggle to push blood back to the heart. The veins can become partially or completely blocked, resulting in a higher likelihood of blood pooling and blood clots. Diabetes and deep vein thrombosis are closely related. Yikes! Hardening occurs faster when combine with physical inactivity and smoking.

    Both Type 1 (genetic) and Type 2 (acquired) diabetes patients experience this discomfort in their legs, and this can be alleviated with – you guessed it – compression stockings.  They will do some of the work in forcing the blood through your hardened veins and arteries. Another way to reduce pooling of the blood is to elevate the feet to a height above your head while you’re sleeping to lessen the resistance of the fluid going from leg to heart. Lastly, since Type 2 diabetes is preventable, having a diet that has a low glycemic index (which basically means it doesn’t affect blood glucose levels) will greatly increase your chances for better health and happiness later in life. Some great superfoods for diabetics include kale, whole grains, berries, and sweet potatoes. A delicious and diabetic-friendly Mediterranean lunch is hummus, turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers, low-fat feta, and olives rolled up in a whole-grain wrap!

     

    The common remedy across all of the above conditions? You may have noticed … 1) a healthy diet, 2) regular exercise, and 3) compression legwear …. All contribute to the prevention of many health issues. Whether seeking to stop swelling, avoid achiness, combat diabetes, or fight unsightly veins, proactively incorporating these three things into your daily life can maintain a healthy heart and blood vessel system.

    Still unsure whether leg health is something that should be of concern to you? Try this brief self-test. If you check “YES” to any of the below, compression may help.

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  • On Your Mark...Jet Set...GO!

    Traveling can be a very transportal experience — literally.  Regardless of where you are headed, your trip begins the second you walk out of your front door… so, why are you still wearing your beat-up sweats to the airport? To make your adventure feel all the more special (and save space in your suitcase!),your traveling outfit should be as put-together as what you're going to be wearing on your trip. No need to sacrifice comfort, though — there are plenty of strategically cozy pieces that are mega stylish, as well. Now, put down those shearling boots and step away from the velour: We've put together a mini lookbook to satisfy your traveling needs.

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    Cozy, comfy pants and loose V-Neck, a bomber jacket, a light scarf, RejuvaHealth’s travel friendly knee highs, the perfect rollaway, and a classic pair of flats – this outfit has the potential to take you anywhere, while at the same time keeping the changing climates (and cultures) in mind.

     

     

    Domestic

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    A light carry on is a must, a pair of boyfriend jeans, a soft striped shirt, a lightweight jacket, converse sneakers and RejuvaHealth’s travel friendly knee highs --  this outfit is just enough preparation for some kind of delay (knock on wood).  It comfortable yet still cute enough to wear for two days!  What better than way to show your patriotism with some stripes, converse and a (less obnoxious) red jacket?!

    Here are some helpful travel tips:

    • Always pack the essentials in your carry on – toothbrush, change of clothes, face wipes, deodorant – you can never trust estimated time of arrivals...for you OR your luggage.
    • Wear compression socks – during a long flight, your legs can get restless and achy from the poor circulation you’re getting from sitting too long (not to mention the altitude).  This is an easy and preventive measure for health issues that can be sparked when flying.
    • Bring some type of entertainment (I.e. a book, headphones, i-pad).  The flight magazines get boring after a while – trust me.
    • Choose your seat ASAP – the instant you book your flight, choose your seat.  Flights are becoming more crowded now and the only thing worse than getting stuck beside a smelly person is getting stuck in between two smelly people.
  • Prepping Yourself (Mentally) for a Healthier You in 2013

    Like much of the population, you’ve probably made a New Year’s Resolution.  Similarly, like much of the population, you probably end up breaking it after a few months.

    At RejuvaHealth, we’re all for helping you renew yourself – whether it’s by providing you with your favorite new compression legwear or just offering some helpful lifestyle tips.  So, for the many of you whose resolution is to “lose weight” or “get healthier”, we’ve comprised a few tips that will help you to mentally stay strong throughout the entire year.

    Declare the New Year as a Fresh Start

    You only get this chance once a year.  It’s like being able to press the reset button on your life (well, almost). This seems easy, right?  That is, until you head back to work with six additional pounds of holiday weight and can’t think of anything better than the couch and Breaking Bad on Netflix when five o’clock rolls around. Envision your life the way you want to see it – active and happy.  The option is solely up to you.  Empowering, right?  Open up the windows, power up your record player, pour a glass of wine (singular), relax, and cook a delicious and healthy meal.  It’s time to break free of habit.

    Work Up to Something

    For the lucky few that are still college, spring break is just around the corner –go join an aerobics class. For the rest of us…what the heck is spring break?  If you’re looking to make a sharp three-sixty turn on your work out regimen, one of the simplest things you can do is sign up for a 5K race, color run, or mud run.  Running is a great way to increase the circulation in your legs and is a great cardio source for burning fat. An actual event will allow you to mark an official start and end date, making it possible to easily plan a day-to-day work out plan.  Once it’s complete, set a time goal for your next race and continue to work your way up.

    Find a Workout Buddy

     Whether it be your partner, best friend, or random person on Craigslist (we don’t judge), having someone to work out with causes you to become more accountable and makes your work out more enjoyable.  Cheating was a thrill in grade school, but this is your work out we’re talking about here…pretty serious.  This person will keep your head in the game and give you a reason to get up in the morning.  They will push you to your limits and you will do the same for them.  It will be your most productive social hours, ever.

    Stay (Almost) Away from the Scale

     Keeping up with your weight can be extremely discouraging at first and, in some cases, can cause you to give up.  Our advice is to start with an initial weigh-in to get familiarized with where you are and set your goals for where you want to be.  It’s then a good idea to put the scale away for the first month of your workout and/or diet.  You sometimes don’t see the numbers go down on the scale, but after a few weeks of sticking to the schedule, you will feel it.  After the month is up, weigh yourself again.  If you’ve been strict on yourself, you’ve lost a pound or three.  This will give you the extra boost you need towards reaching your weight loss goal.  From there on out, gradually start to bring the scale out more often to keep you on track.

    In 2013, we challenge you to finally become the person you want to be by being one of the few to stick with your New Year’s Resolution.  It won’t be easy, but before you know it, this challenge will begin turn into a lifestyle and you will be exactly where you’re supposed to be.

  • Sports Compression Garments for Any Workout

     

    Motivation is crucial to any workout; although sometimes, it takes more than just personal dedication to get you to the gym.  Give yourself the extra boost by dressing for the occasion.  It’s like the first day of school; the only reason you ever looked forward to it was because of the new, perfectly planned outfit hanging in your closet.  Use this tactic for your workout.   Listed below are some of our favorite workouts paired with the perfect sports compression garment.

    Ballet Barre

    This exercise has recently become all the rage, allowing for people to finally achieve the long, lean and beautifully sculpted body of a ballerina.  It uniquely combines multiple series of pliés (French for bending and straightening of the knees), stretches and core training with the use of graceful arm movements and pronounced posture.  If you attend a class, you’ll typically see everyone dressed in some style of legging.  The Solidea Silver Wave Corsaro Shaping Capri ($99) provides the majority of your upper leg with compression support, while allowing your feet and calves to be exposed for a free range of exercise.  Its micro-massaging fabric will help boost circulation and temporarily reduces the appearance of cellulite.  We’ve paired this item with a feminine and simplistic cardigan tunic by Zobha ($68).

    Yoga

    It’s the exercise of the mind, body and spirit---a practice that allows you to find serenity in your surroundings while escaping to a world of total relaxation.  Those who practice yoga on a regular basis are known more patient, less temperamental, and more present in everyday life.  Focused on breathing, balance, flexibility and strength, the meditating state of mind allows you to extend beyond your physical body and achieve the impossible.  With a dedication to this lifestyle and workout, you will grow leaner, healthier and happier.  The RejuvaHealth Slimming Support Leggings ($79.99-$89.99) will provide compression while slimming the waist, thighs and calves.  We’ve paired the leggings with a tank from Luluemon ($58).

    Jogging

    Need to clear your thoughts?  Jogging is the perfect excuse to do so.  There’s something about the rhythmic sounds of your breath along with the thrashing ponder of your feet hitting the concrete with each step.  So let’s say you weren’t “born a runner”…well, nobody is.  It will take a large amount of effort to achieve distance.  Based on experience, you don’t want to kill yourself in the process or you will end up hating it.  Build your endurance with baby steps at first and then work your way up.  Sign up for a 5K towards the beginning of the New Year and let that be your goal.  You will be surprised at what you achieve.  Most runners are frequent wearers of compression garments.  Therefore, the Solidea Active Energy Unisex Knee High ($62) allows for a good level of blood flow from the bottom up. Shown below is a Coldgear Longsleeve Mock from Under Armour ($49.99) to keep you warm on those morning runs.

    Crossfit

    To achieve the bodies of celebrity favorites like Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel, sign up for CrossFit.  This exercise focuses on replacing body fat with muscle in a series of dynamic weight lifting exercises.   Let’s be honest, Crossfit isn’t for sissies.  It will be a challenge and you will go to bed with aching muscles every night.  I know what you’re thinking---who wants that, right?  But, with time, you will learn to love that feeling.  After a months end, you and the people around you will see definite results.  We think that the Solidea Silver Wave Shorts ($65) are a great match for Crossfit workouts.  To go with it, we’ve paired the performance hoodie by Nike ($100).

     

  • Natural Remedies for Improving Leg Circulation

    It’s Friday.  Apart from the occasional incoming call and the constant ticking of that annoying clock hanging on the wall beside your desk, the office is completely silent.  Unavoidably, your mind wonders away with conversing thoughts:  “What am I going to wear tonight?”, “Is Bigfoot real?”, “Wow, I should really shave my legs.”, and finally “These peanuts are making me thirsty!”.  Immediately, you jolt up from your miserably uncomfortable chair and attempt to make your way to the water fountain to refill your glass.  About .25th’s of a second later, your legs give out and you fall completely on your face.  “Asleep.  My legs are asleep!” you think.  Miserably embarrassed, you shake it off and try to play it cool in front of the rest of your co-works.  For the rest of the day, Barb, the older receptionist, insists on checking in on you every hour to see if you’re “doing okay”.  Sweet gesture, but can everyone just forget about it?  No chance.

    Although most people think that their leg falling isn’t a big deal, it can be, especially if it happens often.  Sitting down for long periods of time can cause a loss of leg circulation and affect the nerve endings in that general area.  To prevent any serious medical issues from arising, compression legwear is always a good option.  But, if you don’t want to be confined to anything for the sole purpose of prevention, there are a few other options to improve your circulation.  Hold the drugs--these suggestions are “au natural” and everyone knows that’s soooo “in” right now.

    Exercise

    Pretty obvious, right?  Mmm hm.  In the wise words of Nike, “Just Do It.”. Get up early before work and take in the beautiful day that’s ahead of you by going on a small run or walk.  Not a morning bird?  Good news, the time is about to change, making it brighter earlier, so you won’t be able to sleep in anyway!  Believe me, you will feel so much better about yourself mentally and physically, making your day that much better.

     

     

    Herbs

    Two words: Butcher’s Broom.  I know what you’re thinking--Halloween’s over, right?  Yes, it is…but this is no hocus-pocus!  The herb Ruscus Aculeatus, taken three times a day, can be just as effective as prescription medication without any of the side effects.  Herb-a-liscious!

    Supplements and Food

    Although the Flintstone vitamins are delicious, they just aren’t going to cut it.  Try taking vitamins C and E along with an anti-oxidant.  They specifically help to reduce the symptoms of poor circulation throughout the legs.  Not too fond of taking a vitamin?  Head to the farmers market and pick up fresh peppers, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, blueberries and beans!  Definitely a random list, but with a few additional ingredients you can really turn things around!

     

  • A Beginner’s Test Drive – Alex’s First Impression of Compression Stockings

    Last month we welcomed a new team member, Alex, to RejuvaHealth.  A young active woman with no previous medical reasons for using compression, Alex was eager to learn about compression’s many uses but skeptical as to whether it would be beneficial for someone like herself.  So as part of her training for her new position, we gave her the opportunity to select a few of our products to “test drive”. In the process we found she had some feedback & comments we hear frequently from our first-time users. Believing this feedback could be helpful to those considering compression for the first time, we asked her to assemble her thoughts into written form for us to share with you. 

    Check out her feedback below & welcome to RejuvaHealth Alex!

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    “Before coming into the RejuvaHealth Company I had heard about compression garments, but never thought I’d had a valid reason to wear them.  Little did I know that compression stockings are not only used for severe medical conditions, but also preventative reasons as well.  Soon after I began learning more about compression, I became curious: how did they feel? If I wore them would I feel differently? Would I look old? And most importantly could I possibly prevent possible medical conditions by wearing them at such a young age?

    Although I was required to learn an abundance of information about compression before I could begin working independently within the business, I secretly was interested in learning about my own questions and concerns. What were the pros and cons of becoming a compression wearer myself? By navigating through the RejuvaHealth website I was able to research different products and learn about common usages. One thing that really stood out to me & which I also suggest other new wearers take note of:  most of the time when wearing different clothing items, ones size is typically similar if not the same across the board. This is NOT the mentality of compression garments. Each item is tailored to fit in a specific way. If you do not have the correct size then the garment cannot do its job properly.

    After learning all of the introductory facts about compression, I decided to take the plunge and try out a pair myself. From the new collection, I choose a pair of opaque black diamond pantyhose with a mild compression level of 15-20 mmHg.

    RejuvaHealth's

    The pantyhose were great. Not only did I feel more support from the garment, but my legs felt lighter and more energetic. I even got a few compliments about how cute they were. Having my legs feel better was great, but receiving compliments on top of that was icing on the cake!

    After taking the Diamond Pantyhose for a test drive, I tried something altogether different.

    I had heard both customers & RejuvaHealth employees raving about the Silver Wave products by Solidea so decided to test out a pair of those myself. I found these footless options attractive since leggings are so popular and easy to wear with today’s fashions. I also liked the comfort component of a garment without a fully enclosed foot. Specifically, I opted to test the Solidea Silver Wave Corsaro Shaping Capri, a unique garment that fits like a traditional legging but also exerts a micro massaging technique to stimulate circulation that is impaired by cellulite.

    Solidea

    These compression leggings were so amazing. They applied the support that I needed and reduced the appearance of cellulite - what more could you ask for?! Whether working out or lounging around the house, I highly recommend any of the silver wave products. Once you try them you will become addicted.

    The after effects of both garments were definitely noticeable, but so was the difficulty I experienced getting them on for the first time. A little advice for first time compression wearers: these garments are much easier to put on when sitting down! I made the mistake of standing up to put them on the first time and quickly found how different they are from a traditional piece of hosiery. Rolling them on seemed to be the safest way to avoid snagging or ripping on jewelry or nails and similarly rolling them off when removing was easiest for me.

    Immediately after removing the silver wave capris, I had ripples on my lower body mirroring the pattern within the fabric. Initially, I worried about this, but found they went away fairly quickly.  Once out of the leggings I felt like it had really minimized any bloating or fatigue not only in my lower extremities but in my tummy as well. When removing the RejuvaHealth pantyhose my legs felt lighter and didn’t look any different as if I wore non-compression hosiery.

    So all that said: what’s my takeaway advice?

    Don’t be afraid of compression. Embrace the opportunity to better yourself!”

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