5 reasons to stop wearing bras for good

Whether you’re ditching the bra for a cause or simply because you hate having to wear them, here are five good reasons to get rid of your bras for good.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen numerous feminist hashtag movements crop up, including #FreeTheNipple, which was a campaign that promoted equality for women regarding having to cover their breasts in settings where men were allowed to be shirtless.

Also, according to sport science researcher Jean-Denis Rouillion, a professor at the University of Franche-Comte in the town of Besancon- and his 15 year study of the effect of bras on 330 women between the ages of 18-35 years- wearing a bra from early age did nothing to support the chest, reduce back pain or prevent premature sagging.“Medically, physiologically, anatomically, breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra.” Bra use stops the muscle tissue from growing whereas women who did not wear bras developed strong breast tissue. This stronger tissue gave their breasts a natural lift and helped prevent early sagging.

So, whether you’re ditching the bra for a cause or simply because you hate having to wear them, here are five good reasons to get rid of your bras for good:

You can never find one that actually fits perfectly: When we see underwear and lingerie models, they’ve got your typical hourglass figure and shape, which, as I’m sure you know, not every woman has. So, unless you have a specific body type, most of these garments just simply aren’t going to fit like they should or look like they should.

It’s easier to breathe: Bra straps and the band are very constrictive. While some women like the feeling of wearing a bra and say it feels like a hug, others feel like they can’t breathe. When buying bras, it is recommended that we buy a bra with a band that has a snug fit because, over time and use, the band will stretch out and we will have to put it on a tighter setting or buy a new one. This tightness can make you feel like you can’t breathe properly or deeply. When women stop wearing a bras, they find it easier to take deep breaths. Practicing yoga and meditation is also far easier when you can take a deep inhale without a band tightening even more around the middle.

Helps eliminate poor posture: While many of us were led to believe that wearing a bra helps with our posture, the opposite may be true. A poorly fitted bra or one that is too tight around the middle can cause poor back posture. A band that is too tight around the middle can create a spot in the back where the upper half and the lower half no longer work effectively together. This can lead us to slumping our shoulders and upper back and slumping our lower back, causing mild to severe back pain. The most obvious way to work on improving our posture is to spend more time not wearing a bra and, if we must wear one, to get one that is properly fitted for our body.

Reduces headaches: A tight bra band can cause problems for some women. It reduces blood flow and can affect the nerves in the back and neck. Aside from the skin irritations, such as rashes, that a tight band can cause, it can also give women tension headaches. While the easiest solution is to stop or reduce bra wearing, you should also get yourself properly fitted for a sports bra which, according to some doctors, can help eliminate the health problems associated with a bra that is too tight.

Better digestion: Did you know that if your bra straps are too tight they can slow down digestion? Osteopath Richard Moore has stated that poorly fitted bras can cause digestive problems and can even lead to constipation. Because the tight straps cause us to slump over, reducing the amount of air we breathe in, constricting our diaphragm, and causing digestive problems, the cry is louder than ever to either find the right bra size or give up bras altogether. To quickly find out if your bra may be causing you stomach problems, check your shoulders after wearing your bra all day. If there are red marks, your stomach problems may be the result of an ill-fitted bra.

Not wearing one make a person more body positive: The cold hard truth is that the world doesn’t care what your ascribed characteristics are, if you don’t fit in, you might catch hell for it every now and then. Our world is saturated with media depicting perfect women with perfectly round breasts and impressive cleavage; which can be damaging for those people who feel they must fit into the cookie-cutter mold of what’s considered ‘perfect.’ If you get criticized for not wearing a bra because of how it makes you look, it’s obviously going to harm your self-image. Ditching bras and embracing the naturalness of your body is to leave self-loathing and the lack of self-confidence behind.

Who cares if your boobs don’t resemble Scarlett Johansson’s, learn to love who you are and the world will open up to you.

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