As women, we have all been taught all my life that wearing a bra is the “proper” thing to do. Wearing a bra under your clothing keeps you looking attractive, put-together, and just all around more appropriate. This pro-bra message has been preached to women worldwide for centuries. With this expectation in mind, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this symbol of femininity is now a normal, daily part of most women’s routines.
But you may be surprised to hear that there are some unexpected benefits to ditching your bra every once and a while or for good! Here are nine ways your health, your life, and your breasts can improve by not wearing a bra.
1. Improve Your Breast Shape
Contrary to what we might believe, not wearing a bra doesn’t cause your breasts to sag. In fact, a long-running French study has proven that bras most likely have the opposite effect, causing breasts to lose their shape over time. According to the study, the “support” of bras weakens the muscles in the chest, making the breasts droop. To keep your breasts rounder and perkier, it’s actually best to let them do their own thing! Your bra is just keeping you back from even more beautiful breasts, truth be told.
2. Get a Better Night’s Sleep
We’ve known for some time that sleeping with your bra on isn’t something scientists approve of. Rumours of this habit causing breast cancer have spread from this notion, but this severe consequence is highly unlikely and has never been proven true. However, it has been proven that wearing a bra to bed is more likely to cause discomfort and disturb your sleep cycle.
3. Boost Your Circulation
All that tightness and squeezing around your chest can slow your circulation by compressing your major blood vessels. This has actually been proven to create cardiovascular issues down the road, which your favourite push-up is just not worth.
4. Improve You Breast Health
A study proved going bra-less improves perkiness has also proven that, on the whole, bras are not fatally bad for your health. Basically, they’re not going to cause breast cancer on all their own; there are many genetic and environmental factors at play when it comes to breast cancer. However, not wearing a bra WILL improve your breast health in other ways! Besides improving blood flow, sweat and dirt are no longer trapped against the skin by your tight bra. This makes infections, rashes, and acne less likely on your breasts. This is especially true is you wear bras that don’t fit quite right. Bras that don’t have the right fit, or have painful underwire, are going to cause shortness of breath, chest pains, and all sorts of discomfort. You could skip the step of finding an appropriately fitting bra and just not wear one at all, just saying.
5. Save Some Money
Let’s face it, bras are expensive! Especially nice, comfortable, stylish ones. No matter what amount of money you spend on bra – whether it’s #800, #3,000, or #5,000 – consider that money saved is money earned. Whatever money you would have spent on a frilly new bra can be pocketed for another time or spent on something more important to you!
6. Strengthen Your Breasts
Essentially, bras prevent your chest from having to fight gravity. Your mind might immediately think that without your bra, then, your breasts would succumb to gravity and sag. However, quite the opposite happens when your ditch your brazier. When your chest has to battle gravity, the chest muscles work harder and actually strengthen your breasts. This doesn’t just make you stronger, but it actually increases your breast size. That’s right, saying bye to your bra could gain you a whole cup size.
7. Encourage Healthy Breast Tissue
As a part of the study previously mentioned, scientists have found that wearing a bra may be hindering your ability to grow healthy breast tissue. Healthy breast tissue is important for so many reasons; obviously, healthy tissue will decrease (but not totally prevent) your chance for various breast diseases, such as breast cancer. Breast tissue that’s healthy will also support breasts more and help breast muscles strengthen – and, as we learned, this leads to naturally larger, stronger, rounder, and perkier breasts.
For many ladies, this could be the biggest reason to ditch your bra: comfort. Seriously, is there any greater feeling of relief than taking off your bra after a long day? It is sweet, sweet freedom. Especially if we wear lacy, itchy, or tight bras, the daily discomfort can be enough to distract you all day long.
9. Breathing Function Will Improve
This is a pretty easy one to figure out. When something tight and restricting is wrapped around your chest all day for 365 days a year for however many years, your breathing slowly becomes more and more restricted. Something like, say, a bra.
While we’re not saying bras will be the doom of your respiratory system, your breathing will definitely be less restricted and healthier without a decreasing your flow of oxygen.
Do these health benefits tempt you enough to consider ditching your bra? Share your thoughts in the comments section below