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Bra Burning: Let Your Girls Be Free, Part 2

 

Read Part 1 Here

It should come as no surprise to you at this point that as a child, I may have been known to get dressed up in costumes and do rather elaborate lip syncing performances. That song Otto Titsling from Beaches (above), was part of my usual repertoire.  Thank goodness my parents weren't so tech savvy.   I feel great pity for the kiddies who get their odd-kid stuff captured on digital.

I may perhaps be divulging too much info here, but I've done it before... I rarely wear a bra. I am fortunate that for the most part, I can pull it off. If I am ever in a gray area, I'll get little shelf-bra'd tank and where it under whatever I'm wearing. I am not a fan of sports bras because they tend to smush and push, give you a uni-boob and make you feel like you're walking around all day in a mamogram machine.  But I am also not into letting the ladies fly wild in professional situations. Just like I do with mascara, I select my occasions and just do it that way.

I wore a bra everyday of my life for a good, I don't know, 17 years or so. I have never been particularly boobilicious, they are small and mighty- like the rest of me. But since working from home, I hardly ever put one on and I now feel pretty suffocated when I do. And there is a lot to that.

Remember a couple weeks ago when I talked about toxins and deodorants?

If you missed those, check them here:

I talked about the link between blocking the pores of the neck and pits, and how toxins settle in our fat tissue and then we have our boobs right there as an ample source of fat tissue for toxic waste to settle. Well think about what a push up bra does! It pushes that fatty tissue right up in there. Not only that, but we then suffocate the pores in and around that area with synthetic materials so even if stuff could get out, it would be trapped to the surface of our skin and simply reabsorbed. To mention the toxic load in the fabrics themselves, opens a whole other discussion.

So when we wear a bra for extended periods of time, not only are we suffocating the toxins into the body, but we don't even allow enough movement for waste matter to move out or for fresh oxygenated blood to move in. It's a battle we just can't win.

I know that some women do need to wear bras more than others because of size, back problems etc. There are still options, and offer the big gazunda girls some options too, down below.

Consider These Factors:

  • Tight-fitting bras (especially the type with under-wire) impede the circulation of the blood and lymph around the breasts and surrounding tissues leading to a greater propensity for lymph glands in this area to become blocked. This is seriously harmful for us as these glands are our major detoxifying force in this region. When they are blocked, toxins from the breasts cannot be drained properly.
  • Even if we keep things natural and don't use chemical laden lotions and deodorants, we still accumulate a toxic load on a daily basis by virtue of being living breathing beings. We accumulate toxins from walking down the street and through the byproducts of digestion that we cannot avoid and these toxins tend to deposit in our fat cells. What are our ta-tas made from? That's right, fat and breast tissue.  We really need all the detoxifying power we can get around this area!
  • Movement is important for the circulation of lymph. For instance, exercising decreases one's risk of developing cancer. Constricted breasts are unable to move, and as a result, lymph is unable to flow efficiently.
  • Women evolved under conditions where there was breast movement with every step that they took when they walked or ran. Every subtle bounce of the breast while moving, walking, running, etc. gently massages the breast and increases lymphatic flow and thus cleans the breast of toxins and wastes that arise from cellular metabolism.

In my research, I also found some points relating to a new study researching  whether benign fibrocystic breast disease can be treated by stopping bra-wearing for eight weeks. That should be interesting.

So then what can you do to lighten the toxic load of that region?

Meghan's Tips For Healthy Boobs

  • Avoid toxic cosmetic products in areas that will be confined (or anywhere for that matter).
  • Get yourself properly fitted for a bra to ensure it's offering maximum support with minimum health risks.
  • Get yourself a properly fitting sports bra for high impact activity.
  • Buy underthings in natural fibres, untreated and un-perfumed.
  • Save the lacy fancy stuff for special occasions.
  • Wash your under things using natural cleaning products.
  • Buy some less supportive camisoles or tanks with built in shelf when you don't need the extra support.
  • Let the girls go free every chance you get.
  • Massage your breasts and underarms thoroughly after a day in a bra to get the lymph flowing.

Now, obviously diet and lifestyle play a major role in complete breast health, but for the sake of this post- I am restricting it to bra related tips. Otherwise we could be here all day!

Question of the Day: What steps do you take to keep your "girls" their healthiest?

18 Responses to “Bra Burning: Let Your Girls Be Free, Part 2”

  1. This is so interesting... a little scary, but still super interesting! I had no idea wearing a bra was harmful. But, like you, I don't really NEED to wear one... so I think I'll be choosing to not wear one more than wear one from now on! I have switched to natural personal products and cleaning products, but I'd like to be even healthier! xo
  2. Michelle said…
    Not going to lie.. I took my bra off right after I finished reading yesterday's blog...thankfully I was at home. I had no idea that wearing bra could be so harmful to one's health. Thank you so much for the very helpful and eye opening info! I'm going to let the 'girls' fly free as much as I can now!
  3. Kendra said…
    Great post! This is an area of health that I would never have thought to consider, but of course it makes so much sense!
  4. Hayley said…
    I rarely wear a bra either...I go for the "workout" tank tops with the built in shelf bra thing. It is much less constricting so I think I'm good. I do wear a more fitted sports bra for working out because having saggy boobs down the road doesn't appeal to me...but I like the idea of giving myself a boob massage at the end of the day! I'm all for a good lymphatic drainage massage.
  5. David said…
    I wore a bra when I was 12. Mind you, it was stuffed with softballs and belonged to my sister. What else was I to do for a costume at Halloween? For a Boy Scouts party! Nice. Drag at 12.
  6. Jessica said…
    Right on Meghan. Excellent article - the bra.is.off!
  7. Julie said…
    I envy women who do not need to wear bras - I have to due to me being really boobilicious (LOVE! that word!!) and it hurts not wearing one when I'm up and around. At home I often take it off but then I don't need to run or walk a lot at home ;) But they also do get massaged a lot so I feel pretty certain they're okay. I drybrush nearly every time before I shower and it's also a kind of reflex I noticed with a lot of women to massage their breasts in the morning or evening after/before leaving bed.
  8. Dakota said…
    Finally catching up with my reading. Wow! Great read! Interesting information. I am one of many who suffer from fibroids in the breasts... brings a new light to the connection. Thanks as always for your continued dedication and passion to inform your readers with this information. You Rock!
  9. So interesting! I honestly had been wondering about this a couple months ago. I actually stopped wearing underwire bras probably a year ago. I'm not a huge fan of bras at all and I would honestly be completely happy to go braless all the time, however since I am fairly "boobilicious" I do feel more comfortable wearing one in public (especially when exercising ;)) I wear a supportive sports bra at the gym and have invested in a couple sports/shelf bras that are very very comfortable and are not constricting to wear out. And at home, I'm definitely braless!!
  10. Betsy said…
    Any thoughts on the Ahh Bra? I'm hesitant to go 100% braless, and this seems like a good alternative. http://www.ahhbra.com/

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