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  • Never Fly Without Compression Socks

    Best travel compression socks

    If you travel a lot (especially on an airplane), it is important to wear compression socks to prevent blood clots and leg fatigue. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), also known as "economy class syndrome", occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, usually in your leg, and is a very serious matter. It can cause leg pain, swelling and can lead to complications like Pulmonary Embolism (PE).

    Frequent fliers must be very careful to avoid blood clots. One of the best ways is to wear compression socks or tights. Generally 15-20mmHg compression is recommended for traveling and everyday wear, but may vary by person. Luckily, compression socks come in tons of colors and patterns, so you can always look stylish anywhere you go. Be careful of "travel socks" - socks that do not say what level of compression they provide. These travel socks often do not provide any compression and will not protect you from blood clots. You often find them in convenience stores or grocery stores, so make sure to read the label, even on the ones at the airport!

    Even if you are a healthy individual, you are still at risk. Professional tennis player, Serena Williams suffered from a life threatening blood clot after a flight from Los Angeles to New York and back. She was diagnosed with PE, which was caused when part of the blood clot broke off and traveled to her lungs. She had to take a step back from her intense training to recover. Long flights increase your risk of a blood clot from sitting for a long period of time, even if you regularly stay active.

    Long periods of immobility and being dehydrated can increase your risk of DVT. Before your flight, make sure you drink lots of water and get some rest. Drinking something with a lot of electrolytes is also a great way to prevent dehydration. You should also try to avoid coffee or soda before your flight. If you are able to stretch or briefly walk around the cabin during the flight, it will also help prevent clotting. If there's room, store your carry-on in the overhead compartment to give you more room to stretch your legs out. Getting an isle seat is ideal to be able to get up and walk around for a few minutes. Lastly, comfort is key. Wear loose clothing so you don't restrict blood flow.

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  • What's New On BrightLife Go?

    Say hello to two new brands on BrightLife Go - Allegro and Top & Derby. Allegro is our house brand on our sister site, BrightLife Direct. Allegro offers quality compression hosiery at an affordable price. Check out our exclusive Italian Collection below:

    The Allegro Italian Sheers:

    Available in Black, Mocha and Nude, these compression stockings are a must have for every fashionista. These extremely sheer knee highs, thigh highs and pantyhose are designed in Italy out of only the finest fibers. The Italian Sheers provide 15-20mmHg compression, which is perfect for everyday wear, traveling and for those who sit or stand for long periods of time.

    Allegro Italian Sheer Collection

    The Italian Sheer Collection keeps your legs feeling energized and prevent fatigue in style. These silky stockings are stretchy and durable to keep you looking and feeling amazing all day long. The thigh highs are made with a gorgeous lace band that has two soft wide silicone bands inside to keep them from falling down, without squeezing your leg. The pantyhose are available in plus sizes and feature a soft knitted waistband that slims the tummy area.

    The Allegro Milk Sock:

    Allegro Italian Milk Compression SockThis one of a kind sock is unlike any compression sock you've tried. This sock is so soft, it's hard to find the words to describe it! The Allegro Milk Sock is woven using milk fiber, a protein in milk called casein. Milk fiber, combined with viscose, nylon and spandex creates a sock so soft that you hardly notice the compression! The Allegro Milk Sock provides 18-22mmHg compression, which is ideal for traveling and everyday use. Great to wear with casual or dress clothing. Designed for men and women in Italy.

     

    The Allegro Wool Sock:

    The Allegro Wool Sock provides 15-20mmHg compression to keep your legs energized and ache-free. Wool is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Wool is also antibacterial to prevent odor and germs, which is great for hiking and exercising. The Allegro Wool Sock features a non-binding top band to keep the sock from falling down. This soft sock is made with an anatomical right and left foot portion and a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

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    The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks:

    Allegro Italian Cotton Compression Socks

    These comfortable, ribbed socks are made with soft, "no shrink" Italian cotton and are available in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compression. These durable socks are made with a reinforced heel and toe and are perfect to wear everyday and while traveling to prevent swelling and fatigue. The Allegro Italian Cotton Socks feature a non-binding top band to keep the sock in place. Designed in Italy for men and women.

     

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    New Travel Socks:

    If you are planning a trip, check out these eye-catching travel socks. Introducing compression socks by Top & Derby. These socks are designed for men and women with 15-20mmHg graduated compression to reduce muscle fatigue and energize legs. Wear these stylish socks while traveling to prevent blood clots and swelling. Available in three fun colors: "Coral of the Story", "Going Bare Black" and "Not Your Grannys Smith." Ideal to wear as casual socks or to add some personality to your office attire. Top & Derby socks are designed in Canada.

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    If you're loving the bright colored compression socks this season, check out the new Zensah travel socks in two bold patterns; The Zensah Classic Stripes compression socks are available in Blue Kiwi and Grey Pink. The Zensah Ditsy Flower travel socks are designed in a cute floral pattern in Brown, Hot Pink and Navy.

    Zensah Travel Socks

    These Zensah travel socks provide 15-20mmHg compression to prevent blood clots, swelling and fatigue. The compression also helps to improve muscle recovery after a tough gym session. These moisture-wicking socks also help to keep your feet cool and dry whether you're exercising or running through the airport to catch your flight. They are knit with silver ions to kill bacteria and reduce odor, which is great for working out and for those long dreaded trips. Zensah travel socks feature light arch support for additional comfort and a top band to keep the sock from falling down so you can concentrate on your travels.

  • Compression Socks For Wide Calves!

    VIM & VIGR Compression Socks - BrightLife Go

    If you have large calves, you know the struggle of finding socks or jeans that comfortably fit. Finally, VIM & VIGR designed some fashion-friendly compression socks that won't squeeze:

    VIM & VIGR Nylon Striped Compression Socks - Wide CalfNylon Collection: Grey & Purple

    This adorable striped compression sock is made with nylon and spandex and provides 15-20mmHg compression. If you sit or stand a lot during the day or your legs feel tired and achy, this sock will help to take the edge off. These socks are great to wear everyday to keep your legs looking and feeling healthy in style.

     

     

     


     

    VIM & VIGR Wool Compression Socks - Wide CalfWool Collection: Black & Purple

    This cute, argyle-patterned sock is super smooth and soft. This sock is also thermo-regulating and provides 15-20mmHg compression, which helps to prevent swelling varicose veins and blood clots. It's important to wear compression socks when traveling (especially flying) to avoid blood clots or DVT's. Even professional athletes like Serena Williams have made this mistake!

     

     


    Cotton Collection: Black & Brown

    Featuring a polka dot pattern these compression socks are now in a wide calf and provide 20-30 mmHg compression. This level of compression is ideal for boosting athletic performance, managing Dysautonomia (POTS), and to wear everyday or for travel to protect your legs from swelling and fatigue.

     

     

     


    VIM & VIGR Fair Isle Wool Compression Socks - Wide CalfFair Isle Wool: Navy & Orange

    The Fair Isle Wool compression sock is one of the newest styles from VIM & VIGR. This soft, comfy sock is naturally thermo-regulating to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If you are traveling, recovering after a tough gym workout or running errands, this is a great sock to wear. It provides 15-20mmHg compression to energize legs and prevent fatigue.

     

     

     


    Allegro Sheer Compression Socks

    Finally, sheer compression socks with a wide calf! These affordable sheer stockings are a fantastic deal and are available in a variety of colors with a full calf size. These compression stockings provide 15-20 mmHg compression to keep you feeling energized and prevent tired, achy legs and feet.

     

     

     


    VIM & VIGR wide calf compression socks are sized for calves up to 22". If you are looking for more options, check out our sister site, BrightLife Direct for tons of wide calf styles.

  • Serena Williams' Road to Victory

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08:  Serena Williams of United States of America poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after victory in the Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia  during day fourteen of French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)Serena Williams has been making headlines as she beats out her opponents, including her older sister, Venus, at Wimbledon this year. This is Serena’s 15th time beating Venus out of the 26 times they have faced off. The sisters have been making history for years, but now it is Serena’s time to shine as she works her way towards the finish line. It’s hard to think that a few years ago, Serena felt like she was on her “death bed” when she developed a blood clot after a cross-country flight to see a doctor about her recent foot surgery. She was treated for a hematoma and pulmonary embolism (PE), which happens when a blood clot is in the lung.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms deep inside a vein. If part of the clot breaks off, it can travel into the lungs and block the flow of blood. This is a complication of DVT known as pulmonary embolism (PE), which can be fatal if it is not caught quickly. Luckily for Serena, she discovered the clot after a trip to New York to see a doctor about her foot injuries. After having two surgeries on her foot and traveling back and forth between Los Angeles and New York, her risk of developing DVT and PE significantly increased. Surgery can slow down your blood circulation more than usual and being immobile during the recovery period may have contributed to her clot.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 – 600,000 people develop blood clots annually. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood institute, there are about 100,000 cases of PE that are reported each year. You are more at risk of developing DVT if you have recently had a major surgery, sit or stand for long periods of time without moving around, or from increased amounts of estrogen in the body. Other factors include your family history, pregnancy, age, obesity, smoking or chronic medical illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer and its treatment.

    be8d38c714c33b1b9a93c05fb8133326Many athletes are at risk of developing DVT and PE, and in some cases, it can even be fatal. Jerome Kersey, a former forward for the Portland Trail Blazers also developed pulmonary embolism when a blood clot developed in his leg and traveled into his lung, later killing him. Miami Heat basketball player Chris Bosh also suffered from pulmonary embolism after a road trip with the team. The symptoms of PE include shortness of breath, sweating, anxiety, sharp chest pain, increased heart rate and coughing.

    Why do athletes develop DVT when they are healthy and exercise? Between injuries, surgeries, long flights and tough work outs, athletes can be hard on their body. If you are dehydrated or have a low heart rate (a resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute), you are also more likely to develop a blood clot. When you are dehydrated, the plasma in your blood decreases, which makes your blood thicker and stickier.

    britain-wimbledon-tennis-70-630x332Since her blood clot, Serena Williams has battled her way to becoming one of the most notorious female tennis players today. She has won 34 total grand slam titles, 67 singles titles, 5 Wimbledons, 4 Gold Medals and many more honors. Not even a life-threatening blood clot could stop her from achieving her dreams. If you have had a blood clot, DVT or PE, or you are at a higher risk of developing one, you can wear compression socks or sleeves to help prevent them. Compression socks increase circulation to reduce the chance of a blood clot forming. Wear them while you travel or while you work out to enhance performance, speed up the recovery time, reduce swelling and prevent injuries like shin splints.

    Resources

    About Serena Williams

    Serena’s Schedule

    DVT Facts, Prevention, Symptoms and Risk Factors

    Are You At Risk For Varicose Veins?

    My Pulmonary Embolism Story

    Preventing Complications After Surgery

    The Downside of Low Heart Rate: Athletes Who Get Blood Clots

    The Risk Of Blood Clots On Long Flights

    Health Lessons from Serena Williams's Pulmonary Embolism

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