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.
How clothes 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.
[divider]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.
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 woman’s daily activities. Because of this, the supportive ligaments surrounding the breasts weaken and loose the ability to hold up the breasts. Ever heard of the saying, “If you don’t use it you loose 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 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 blood stream.) 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 can 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), hemp, and bamboo are breathable to the skin and many of these 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.
Hopefully in 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.
A note from the Author
Sometimes the more you know the more you wish you didn’t know. I am sure this is the case for many of you women who just read this article. It is unfortunate to find that many of the things we have come to know as “norm” or standard staples in our daily lives might actually being hurting our bodies and our planet rather than being of benefit.
It is important to do our research before cashing in on the latest trend or newest gadget, as it might have a significant impact on our health and our environment. Rather than being a leader of the craze, choose to be a leader of change.
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