How Tight Clothing Affects your Health

This is an important topic to note especially for women.  Particularly in today’s society where tight clothing and itsy bitsy cinching and push-up garments are on-trend.  When trends and new products come into the marketplace, we do not always think about how they directly impact our health or our environment but they can have significant effects that we all should be aware of.

What are some examples of tight clothing that can affect our health?

Garments such as girdles, corsets, shapewear, bras and underwear are of the most restricting; however our everyday clothing and accessories such as tight jeans, leggings, tank tops, and shoes can also hinder our health.  Additionally, tight clothing made of synthetic fibers can also affect us.

How do these garments impact our health?

Garments that are restricting such as corsets, shapewear, and most bras can cause strained organs, compressed rib cages, and serious health issues with the respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems.

Bras evolved out of the evolution of the corset.  As the fashion of the corset squeezed the breasts and forced them upward, this look soon became the attraction behind the corset and eventually led to the design of the brassiere.  Little did women know, the vanity of wearing a slimming corset or a push up brassiere has a detrimental effect on one’s health.
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Most women wear bras to support the breasts and prevent them from sagging; wearing bras however does the opposite of this.  Most bras are restrictive and do not allow the breasts and breast tissue to move naturally along with a women’s daily activities.  Because of this, the supportive ligaments surrounding the breasts weaken and lose the ability to hold up the breasts.  Ever heard of the saying, “If you don’t use it you lose it”?  This is what happens when the breast tissue around the breasts are constantly supported by a bra and are not able to get their daily “workout” from the natural up and down movement.  Additionally, the restriction from bras are harmful because the breasts are one of the largest lymph areas in a women’s body.  (The lymph is a colorless fluid which bathes the tissues and drains into the bloodstream.) The lymph is what clears the body of toxins and harmful cells which produce many health issues including cancers such as cancer of the breast.  If the breasts are not able to move naturally and stimulate the lymph to flow, these toxins and harmful cells build up and health issues arise.

The same issues arise from wearing tight pants, tops, socks, etc as they can cut off your circulation and hinder your lymph flow/drainage in your body.

As for tight shoes/heals, wearing tight shoes can lead to medical problems such as blisters or sores that can cause infections, bunions or hammertoes, corns, heel pain, toes that cross over each other (deformed toes), ingrown toenails, toenail infection, shortened achilles heel, swollen ankles, sore feet, complications with Diabetes, and athlete’s foot.

Clothing made out of synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon also affect our health as they do not allow our skin to breathe and detoxify.  Furthermore, these fabrics hold in heat; which in certain areas of our body such as those where we wear our bras and underwear, these areas are specifically important to keep a stable/regulated temperature.

What are better options of clothing to wear that is a healthier alternative?  

Obviously, looser fitting clothing is a better option along with clothing made out of natural fibered materials.  Natural fabrics such as those made from cotton (preferably organic cotton) and hemp are breathable to the skin and most natural fibers are also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.  Additionally, wearing loose-fitting comfortable shoes that allow your feet to breathe is important in supporting your body’s structure as well as keeping foot problems at bay.

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Hopefully, from the story above of how the brassiere evolved, you correlated a link with the fact that societal trends are not always the best to follow.  Before hopping on the bandwagon with the latest style, make sure that it is conducive to supporting your body’s structure, as well as its lymph flow and detoxification.

 

Picture Credit: http://victorianeracnr.blogspot.ca/2011/01/history-of-victorian-corset.html

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12 Bra Tips to Finding the Right Bra for Optimal Health

Finding the best fitting bra can be a daunting task. Not only do women want a brat that is functional, they want a bra that is comfortable, looks good and provides their body with the best care. All women’s body types are unique and require a different style for proper fit and comfort. Check out these 12 bra tips to learn more.

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Alternative Breast Cancer Screening Tests for Natural Health

As we are well into October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to share common breast cancer medical procedures and the healthier alternatives to these practices.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recommends for women age 40 or older to get a mammogram every 1-2 years. Mammograms are an x-ray of the breast used to check for breast cancer.  It is important to know that procedures such as CT scans and x-rays come with a high dose of radiation, which is also a breast cancer risk factor!  These operations expose you to ionizing radiation which is the longest known environmental cause of breast cancer in both men and women. Several recent studies have clearly shown that breast cancer screening may be causing women more harm than good. The amount of radiation from one x-ray can amount to the same amount of radiation you get from 1,000 chest x-rays and can contribute to mutations that lead to breast cancer. According to Dr Samuel Epstein, “The premenopausal breast is highly sensitive to radiation, each 1 rad exposure increasing breast cancer risk by about 1 percent, with a cumulative 10 percent increased risk for each breast over a decade’s screening.”  Additionally, the compression from mammogram screenings squeezes the breasts with so much pressure that it can cause cancerous cells to spread if there were some in the breast tissue.

Other diagnostic procedures, such as biopsies of tissue from the breast, performed to determine if cancer is present can also be harmful as it may lead to inaccurate diagnosis and unneeded treatments.  Misdiagnosis alone can lead to a myriad of other illnesses in the body caused by emotional responses such as fear and stress.

Fortunately, there are a variety of measures you can take to prevent the disease along with alternative health screening options to detect breast cancer.  Your immune system is your number one defender against disease so it is important to keep it healthy. For alternative health screening options, self-examinations are a proper measure in early detection.  Refer to the following diagrams as guides on how to properly perform a self examination and for the type of symptoms to be aware of.

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Illustrations of Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Also, look into thermal imaging in lieu of a mammogram.  Thermography screening is an imaging tool that provides the earliest possible detection by capturing the metabolic energy created by the processes supporting the growing cancer colony throughout the years.  This technology uses digital infrared thermal imaging to take a picture and creates a map of the infrared patterns of the body.  It is different than other screening tools because it helps to see function (physiology); whereas MRI and X-rays detect anatomical changes and will miss such things as active inflammation or angiogenesis (increased blood supply as found in cancer).  Thermography has been approved by the FDA for breast cancer screening in 1982.  It can detect early danger signs in the body years before other tools and has been shown to be effective in finding early signs of breast cancer up to 8 years before the mammogram!

Ultrasounds can also help at detecting breast cancer. Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the breast tissue. An ultrasound can distinguish between a solid mass, which may be cancer, and a fluid-filled cyst, which is usually not cancer.

In conclusion, it is important to do your research on the different technologies that are available in breast cancer screening and choose the option that best supports your journey and what you are looking to achieve. Furthermore, there are many contributing factors that contribute to the onset of disease such as breast cancer and it is important to be aware of these factors and take the necessary preventative measures to reduce your risk and nurture your body for optimal health. We encourage your eat a healthy organic diet, wear organic apparel as much as possible especially organic bras and underwear, and limit your exposure to environmental toxins to as best of your ability.

Cheers to health!

References:

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/mammograms


http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/breast-cancer-risk-factors/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/03/experts-say-avoid-mammograms.aspx

http://sites.commercecreators.com/folder2669/index.cfm?&fuseaction=browse&pageid=69

Picture References:

http://www.medicalassessment.com/terms.php?R=50

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