At one time or another you’ve probably stretched your legs up a wall. Perhaps to quell puffy ankles after a f light, or ease achy calves after a long day.
It feels so good because as the pressure of gravity disappears, muscles soften and relax. Veins no longer bulge as blood flows back to the heart, and the fluid build-up between tissues drains. It’s a beautifully simple way to relieve your legs and boost wellbeing. But there are lots of other ways to give your legs some love too.
As well as slashing salt and staying hydrated, vitamin B6 – found in shiitake mushrooms, salmon, avocado and red meat – is thought to ease fluid retention.