A few years ago I was told by a self proclaimed ”health warrior” that she is never wearing bras. My first thought was, no way! But I asked why and slowly but surely it all made sense. Because lets be honest (big breasted women), don’t we girls just all relax best when the bra is off? Bras are not really natural, it can be too tight and I started wondering: do we really need a bra? So a few years ago I did some research and decided not to wear them anymore. Why? What do you wear then? How do ”they” look now after a few years? For a long time, I thought this subject was not suitable to talk about, but with more and new research showing what bras do to our health (and breasts) it is time to explain what bras really do.
This study was the first one I read on bras and cancer. Wearing a bra can cause cancer, and this sounded completely ridiculous to me in the beginning. The research was published in the European Journal of Cancer, where cup size were studied as possible risk factors for breast cancer. The study found that premenopausal women who did not wear bras had half the risk of breast cancer compared with women who wore bras. It was when I finished this book that I stopped wearing bras though.
What happens if you wear a bra?
- Wearing a bra can easily cut off lymph drainage due to breast compression. As such your body will have difficulties excreting toxins, and the built up of these toxins can lead to cancer cell growth.
- The type of a bra you wear can affect how much or little the lymph drainage will be blocked. The tighter it is, the less these toxins get excreted from your body.
- Tight bras have been linked to breast lumps as the breast tissue gets scarred.
- Which bras are the worst? The metal underwire bra. These can cause the most health problems, because of the nature of the metal itself. Not to mention the rashes, cuts, discomfort and skin irritation. Also, push up bras are not the healthiest ones because they are often too tight.
- Most of us don’t want to have saggy breasts. However, you need to know that when our breasts are bouncing (walking not while running), it gives them a perfect natural massage. This will help increase lymphatic flow and get rid of toxins.
Will they sag?
Scientific study shows that we do NOT need to wear a bra, but you don’t want to end up with breasts somewhere at you belly button, right? Ok, maybe that’s a bit too dramatical, but that was my first thought. What will support them? The answer might surprise you. The ligaments of Cooper, tissue which ”glue” your breasts to your chest, do not stretch without a bra. Let me rephrase, do NOT stretch without a bra. In fact, wearing a bra might even stimulate stretching of these ligaments!
There are causes the Cooper’s ligaments can stretch though. Running (without a good sports bra) can do that and smoking.
What is the solution?
There are ways to go through life without feeling naked in a tight summer shirt. Especially if you have a bigger cup, the idea of leaving the house without a bra can be terrifying. So, if you must wear a bra, find one that is not too tight, don’t go for the push up bras or bras with a metal wiring. But the best, go for sport bras. It’s so much more comfortable and healthier! I would never be able to go back to a bra with a metal cup …
Could you ditch your bra?
A few sources: