BrightLife New Year’s Resolutions!

The end of every year is a time for reflection. As we look back, we set new goals for the next year of things we want to change or improve. This year, we asked the BrightLife family what their resolutions are. Take a look:

Resolution 1:

My resolution is to be able to take on leg day at the gym and actually be able to walk the next day…without limping or feeling like my legs are Jello. TheraSport Recovery Socks are the key to success here.

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Resolution 2:

It’s time to stop kidding myself. My real resolution is to embrace the amount of time I spend on the internet. Sitting there for hours isn’t as bad if I’m wearing compression socks…right??

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Resolution 3:

My resolution is to wear jeans less often! Good thing I can stock up on Allegro sheers & stockings during the January Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale! 🙂

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Resolution 4:

My resolution is to be more bold and outgoing this year. Check out these hot new colors! I’m really going to stand out at the gym wearing these Sigvaris Performance Calf Sleeves. The compression helps to enhance performance and speed up recovery, so I can lap all the other “Resolutioners” at the gym.

Sigvaris 412 Compression Calf Sleeves - BrightLife Direct

Resolution 5:

My resolution is to stop spending time sorting laundry by color, what’s machine washable vs. hand washable etc. and to start living life on the edge and just throw it all in. Good thing Juzo is machine washable!

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Resolution 6:

LOSE WEIGHT. But seriously, just need the time/energy. I have the compression!

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Resolution 7:

Instead of dreading traveling, my resolution is to start looking forward to new adventures. Between the hassle of flying and the stress of driving in traffic, there’s a lot of time spent sitting around. It’s time to start traveling comfortably and in style. These Sockwell compression socks are a must have!

Sockwell On the Spot Compression Socks

Resolution 8:

This year, I’m going to take it upon myself to spend more time in the kitchen and really learn how to cook. Now, this could take all year, so there’s going to be a lot of standing involved. Compression socks anyone?

Funny New Year Resolution

What is your New Year’s resolution? How do you plan to stick to it?

Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2015

Dysautonomia and POTS – Invisible Illness Awareness Week

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Dysautonomia refers to a number of conditions that describe the breakdown or failure of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS regulates unconscious or involuntary body functions, including the cardiovascular system, metabolic system and more. To diagnose Dysautonomia, a tilt-table test is used to evaluate how the patient regulates blood pressure regarding stressful events.

Some of the most common Dysautonomia symptoms include blood pressure changes, fast heart rates, anxiety, dizziness, lightheadedness, stomach pain, mood swings, migraines and insomnia. For some people with Dysautonomia, getting out of bed can even be a struggle. For others, travel may be limited or nonexistent. These symptoms can be mild or severe and may even seem “invisible” to someone who doesn’t know what to look for. Patients with Dysautonomia may have symptoms that come and go, some caused or enhanced by stress.

Over a million Americans suffer from a primary autonomic system disorder. One of the most common conditions is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Others include Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), Orthostatic Intolerance (OI), Vasovagal Syncope, Neurally Mediated Hypotension (NMH), Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA), Post-Viral Dysautonomia, Pure Autonomic Failure (PAF), Familial Dysautonomia (FD), Non-Familial Dysautonomia and Generalized Dysautonomia.

With so many people affected by this condition, you would think that there would be tons of information on it. However, there is not. After researching POTS and Dysautonomia resources, some of the most helpful information was found on personal blogs. The biggest thing to take away here is that your voice matters. With limited information and scientific research, personal experiences and advice are sometimes the best things to rely on. That is why Invisible Illness Awareness Week is so important. It builds and strengthens a community of people who are fighting to be heard.

As of now, there is no cure for Dysautonomia. To relieve symptoms, many patients turn to physical therapy, drinking lots of fluids, increasing sodium intake as well as limiting the amount of caffeine and sugary drinks that consumed. You can check with your doctor about getting medication to relieve more severe symptoms and determine what the best option would be for you. There is also a new treatment called TVAM, or Transvascular Autonomic Modulation, to improve the autonomic function in patients.

Wearing compression socks can also help alleviate symptoms to improve circulation in the body which helps to decrease lightheadedness, dizziness and normalize the heart rate and blood pressure. Compression socks also help to reduce the amount of pooling blood, swelling and fatigue and to prevent blood clots and varicose veins. Compression socks are also recommended for exercise and traveling, especially if you’re flying. If you have Dysautonomia and have a hard time traveling, wearing compression socks could be your secret weapon to getting back on the road or in the gym. Compression garments are available in knee high, thigh high and waist high options in a variety of compression levels, colors and sizes.

The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. There are tons of people who are suffering from an invisible illness too. With the help of bloggers, support groups and organizations, together we can bring awareness to these conditions. Share your story and join the #invisiblefight today.

Invisible Illness Awareness Week is extremely important to share the unheard voices of so many people who are suffering. Many people struggle with undiagnosed or rare conditions that many medical practitioners are unaware of. The good news is, you can help make a difference. Starting September 28 – October 4th, share your stories or those of loved ones to promote awareness about rare conditions. You can also spread the word by participating on social media by including #InvisibleIllness in your posts. What do you fight for?

Additional Resources:

Invisible Illness Awareness Week

October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month

Lauren Stiles – Dysautonomia 101

Best POTS and Dysautonomia Blogs

Compression Socks

Dysautonomia Symptoms

Lifestyle Adaptions for POTS

Pilot Approved Travel Socks

We’ve always been a fan of TravelSox travel compression socks for traveling by plane, train or automobile, but we think a review from a Boeing captain means more than our humble opinion! Check out what Captain Lorentz thinks about TravelSox below.


My name is Victor Lorentz. I am a Boeing 767 Captain and Check Airman for United Airlines, flying long haul international flights from the U.S. to various destinations in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.

A number of years ago, one of our pilots who is a competitive athlete authored an article in our airline’s flight safety publication highlighting the health risks associated with the lengthy, sedentary “sits” during such flights.

Besides recommending frequent movement and lower limb exercises, he advocated that we wear over-the-calf graduated compression socks. That is how I learned about TravelSox.

I immediately purchased several pair and have worn TravelSox Soft compression socks on every flight since. My experience was so clearly beneficial that I purchased more for my wife and adult children to wear whenever they fly, regardless of the length of the journey.

All four of us report the same effects: Noticeably less fatigue, no foot or ankle swelling, and the reassurance that comes from lots of research concluding that we are mitigating the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Despite many, many cycles through the washer and dryer, my TravelSox Soft socks retain their elasticity and compression.

Serendipitously, these are the most comfortable socks that I have ever worn. After several years as a satisfied customer, I just ordered more.

Note: I personally pay for the purchase of the TravelSox Soft socks that my family and I wear. I have received no compensation from the manufacturer, importer, distributor, or vendor of these products.

Captain Victor Lorentz United Airlines

Find all of the different TravelSox product options on BrightLife Direct.
This review was originally posted on the TravelSox Facebook page.

Best Socks for Hiking

I just got back from an amazing trip to Israel.  This provided a marathon test of the ability of compression stockings to not only stop my feet and ankles from swelling on a very long flight, but also reduce fatigue and soreness from long days of touring and hiking through the ancient world.

On the flight over I wore a pair of Sigvaris Sea Island Cotton socks for men.  The fabric on these socks is lightweight and luxurious, with a really comfortable foot.  If I have to wear compression socks for 16 + hours, I want them to be the best.  I just rinsed these out, and wore the same pair home.

We spent the first day biking all over Tel Aviv, which was a great way to see the city.  There are bike rental stations and paths all over, and the city is rather flat, so peddling wasn’t too strenuous.  I wore a pair of Juzo Silver Sole low cut socks biking.

After a full day in Tel Aviv, we rented a car and headed north to Galilee and the Golan. The northern part of the country is spectacularly beautiful, with mountains and very hilly towns, dotted with patches of green.  During two full days of hiking, we saw ancient biblical cities, breathtaking gardens, a waterfall, an ancient fortress high on a rocky outcrop, vineyards, and from the slope of Mt. Hermon three countries, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.  My legs and feet would not have held up without compression and padding.  On one day I wore Medi Active, and the other Jobst Active.  I love both of these socks.

Nimrod's Fortress

It was hard to leave so much natural beauty, but we had three full days of tours booked in Jerusalem and the West Bank, so we headed south.  When one travels so far, you want to see as much as possible, so we didn’t stop moving.   At 54, I couldn’t have kept up the pace without compression stockings and really comfortable shoes.  Unlike Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah are not flat.  If you’re not hiking up or down a hill, you’re climbing up or down a set of stairs.  Thanks to another pair of Medi Active, and two pair of Allegro Athletics for keeping me moving, and helping make this a fantastic trip.

Pete@BrightLife Direct
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