May 18, 2017; by Briana McDonald (Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine) Burn your bra now, get comfortable, and listen up. Bras have become such a common thing in society we rarely question why we follow along. It was definitely not part of nature’s design; it is one of man’s. If it’s not for comfort, or for function, or any health benefits at all, why have we made it a part of our daily routine? We are not sheeple ladies, and we don’t need to lift, to tuck, to squeeze our breast into any shape and size for any reason whatsoever unless we just absolutely want to…am I the only one who doesn’t? This article has nothing to do with the new age movement or the return of the hippies. Not only are bras expensive, a pain in the patooty, and uncomfortable, they also present a number of health concerns that need to be addressed. Health concerns such as breast cysts, headaches, hormonal imbalances and damage to the lymphatic system.
First, let’s look at the benefits of wearing a bra to see if the pros outweigh the cons. Oh wait, there are none. In fact, a 15 year study conducted of 330 women by professor Jean-Denis Rouillon of Besancon CHU concluded that “medically, physiologically and anatomically” breasts gained absolutely no benefit by being supported in a bra. That in fact, breasts would gain more tone and support themselves if no bra was used and using a bra meant that “supporting tissues will not grow and even they will wither and the breast will gradually degrade.” What if you saw that on a Victoria’s Secret ad? Well you wouldn’t because then there wouldn’t be much of a market for them and too much money would be lost. But let’s not get me started on the role that media plays on women’s beauty cause “ain’t nobody got time for that.”
If you look at the image above you can see there are many lymph nodes gathered in a cluster around the ribs/armpit. If your bra is too tight then you are probably cutting into these lymph nodes which are the axillary lymph nodes. The auxillary nodes perform the vital function of filtration and conduction of lymph draining from the breast and aids in keeping out cancer cells. If you find out that you have breast cancer and the doctor determines that there are cancer cells in your nodes he or she will more than likely want to surgically remove them. In fact, doctors once believed that removing as many lymph nodes as possible would reduce the risk of cancer ever spreading to the rest of the body. Their logic behind this was that if you caught every last possible cell that could be in those lymph nodes and “cured” the armpit and breast of any cancer, you could “cure” the rest of the body.
Removing the nodes that are responsible to help filter out cancer cells which is what nature intended them to do, is not the logical answer in my opinion. You have options. Explore them! You’ll also notice in the image how many nodes run up and down the body vertically, and if there’s anything I’ve learned thus far it’s that everything is far more connected than we realize. If we are constricting “the flow” in any of these areas, who is to say that other parts of our body won’t suffer in other ways as well?
Implement a self care regimen focused around the health of your breast:
- Daily coconut oil massages for at least 5 minutes but if you can up to 20 would be ideal, working the hands in circular motions, first clockwise then counterclockwise.
- Sunlight! How often do your breasts get to see the light of day? Find a room in your home where the sunlight really shines in and soak up the rays. If you have some property in the country by all means, walk around in your birthday suit if you feel comfortable.
- Essential Nutrients: Coenzyme Q10, Colostrum, Flaxseed Oil, Garlic Capsules, Germanium, Melatonin, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and Zinc, Multivitamin, Enzymes, Selenium, Vitamin B Complex, Brewer’s Yeast, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E. You can and should supplement but also be sure you are eating a diet high in all of these essential nutrients. Cut out the processed, oily, and sugary foods and look to nature for your nourishment.
I hope by now all your bras are in the trash can but if they aren’t, at least burn your bra now for your daily errands, lounging around the house, and only use them for professional settings or maybe a sports event in which you would get a black eye if you didn’t wear one.