Burn Your Bra For Your Health
They come in all shapes and sizes, different attributes, they can be similar or totally different, they attract men and feed babies- if you’re a woman, you’ve got ’em. BREASTS.
And we’ve gotta take care of them! Did you know that breasts are under attack? Yeah, lemme just rattle off a few Statistics-
- About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- As of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations. (source)
These should be alarming to you. Breast Cancer is absolutely no joke, and we all really need to be aware of how common it is and ways to help reduce the risk.
#1 Way is to live as healthy as possible to reduce the possibility of your cells mutating. Eating right, regular exercise, reduce your use of chemicals in home and body products, and limiting stress are all things you need to incorporate into your life to help your body become the strongest it can be.
But you may not be aware of another highly recommended step: Stop Using Underwire Bras.
This notion that bras were connected to an increase in breast cancer was first brought to the world’s attention in 1995 through Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer’s book Dress to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. The book talks about the 1991 study done at Harvard where they discovered that pre-menopausal women who didn’t wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer when compared to women who did wear bras. They used 5000 women between 1991 and 1993 and discovered that:
- Women who wore their bras 24 hours per day had a 3 out of 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
- Women who wore their bras for more than 12 hours but not to bed had a 1 in 7 risk for breast cancer
- Wearing a bra less than 12 hours per day dropped breast cancer risk to 1 in 152.
- Women who never or rarely wore bras had a 1 in 168 risk for breast cancer.
- Overall, women who wore their bras 24 hours per day increased their breast cancer risk by 125 times over women who rarely or never wore a bra. (source)
The main concern is that tight-fitting bras do not allow the lymph nodes to properly detox and flush out all of the toxins that our body is in constant contact with. Any time you have an accumulation of toxins in the body you are at a higher risk for cancer. This is why I recommend doing an armpit detox a few times a year (clay mask on armpits).
Here is how Dr. Michael Schacter, MD, of the Schacter Center for Complimentary Medicine, explains it:
“Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow.”
“The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra might contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast.” (source)
It is crucial for the body to have constant drainage throughout the lymphatic system to properly detox all of the chemicals, waste products, toxins, carcinogenic substances, etc that we unfortunately are always dealing with.
However, you must know that the lymphatic system doesn’t work on it’s own, it all depends on how much movement you give the body. Exercising and sweating are ways to engage the detoxing, even just a fast walk or sitting in a sauna help keep the lymph nodes moving.
But not only do we need to be aware of the constriction that bras cause, we must also be aware that with bras there comes a rise in temperature. Bras are external organs and are meant to hang away from the body. Just like men’s testicles, they are supposed to have a naturally lower temperature than the rest of the body.
Many cancers are sensitive to temperature, and temperature changes can actually change hormones which raises the risk for breast cancer. Keep in mind that it is advised for men to not wear tight fitting pants or underwear because it can actually change the testosterone production and reduce their fertility.
Of course, with everything there are two sides. Some institutions and doctors deny that there is any correlation between bras and breast cancer. But it is up to you to make the decision you feel is best for your body. If you are afraid that bras somehow will keep your breasts from sagging, let me assure you that that is a myth. Bras do not determine how much your breasts will sag. Your breasts will sag based on the proportion of fat and tissue, and how much you use your muscles. If you wish to read more about it, check out this amazing site: www.breastnotes.com
Here are some tips to keep your health and breasts in tip-top shape:
- Reduce the amount of time you wear your bra, take it off when you can.
- Do not wear your bra to bed.
- If you are smaller chested, try tops that have built in support.
- Try breast massages to increase lymphatic drainage, it will also help you notice if you have anything peculiar that needs to be addressed.
- Do not buy bras with underwire, but if you already have many bras with underwire, just snip the outer edges to remove the underwire on your own.
- If you bra leaves any marks or redness on the body, it is too tight and you should make adjustments.
- Use Essential Oils to boost breast health! A few great ones are Frankincense, Clary Sage, Jasmine, and Sandalwood! I dilute these with a little Jojoba, Almond, or Coconut Oil and apply them to my breasts at night! You could even use these while doing your massage.
- Don’t carry cell phone on your person, try to keep it as far away from your as possible.
Try going braless or wearing pretty bralettes now and again. It can’t hurt to be as kind os loving to your body as possible!