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What Are the Health Risks of Wearing a Bra?

What Are the Health Risks of Wearing a Bra?
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When it comes to bras, we normally tell ourselves that their benefits far outweigh whatever discomforts we might get from wearing them.

But what if I told you that there was a way to be comfortable without sacrificing our health?

Have you ever just had one of those days that you spend yearning for that glorious moment when you unhook your bra when you’re finally in the comfort and safety of your home? How amazing is that sigh of relief when you’re finally free of that uncomfortable bra after a hard day’s nine to five?

Trust me when I say this, this very instant, there’s someone enjoying that sigh.

I’ve always felt that we should trust the wisdom of how our bodies feel. Why do we wear something that is so uncomfortable that once in a while we just can’t wait to take it off? This leads me to suspect that our bodies are trying to tell us something about bras.

As of this moment, the American Cancer Society believes that there is no concise link between wearing bras and the potential hazard of developing breast cancer.

However, like most scientific progress, things vary as time goes by (just like the cigarette industry fifty years ago). Of late we have studies supporting both point of views of the health impacts of bras.

Also remember that there is a multibillion-dollar industry that is counting on billions of us to feel the necessity to wear bras all time. Thus monumental profits continue to exist while we’re potentially putting our health in a bind.

Bra advocates are quick to point out that the garment is a perfect way to avoid the sagging that we dread in our teenage years. However, some studies show that by foregoing the bra regularly you can naturally strengthen the ligaments that support your breast tissue.

Additionally, some studies prove that the lumbar support is also a tenuous claim from the industry.

While for some us this concern is still important, I feel that you need to recognize that this is ultimately an aesthetic concern. A concern that is a cultural construct that sustains the industry, which naturally should be completely secondary to our health.

Let’s focus on the vital aspect: our health. Specifically how our lymphatic system is affected by bras. A highly restrictive bra can disrupt this system by severely compressing the lymphatic vessels. This in turn, causes the gradual buildup of toxic fluids in our breasts.

This can’t possibly be good for our health. Some of us might argue that this toxic buildup can promote tumorous growths or even lead to lymphatic complications like cystic fibrosis.

If you’re not interested in tossing your bras just yet, don’t worry. There are still ways you can limit the harm they can cause.

In addition to following my tips for keeping your breasts healthy, you can also follow these guidelines.

First, do not use bras with underwire, they are too constricting.

Second, try to limit the amount of time you wear your bras. As soon as you’re ready to relax without expecting company, get rid of that bra.

Finally, never sleep with a bra on. There’s no point to it.

Side effects might be happy significant others.

Sources:

http://www.brafree.org/bra_free.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1827274

Image Source: Invest In Your Chest

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