As a woman, I have 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. Well, we’re calling malarkey.
This pro-bra message has been preached to women worldwide for centuries. With this antiqued 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 brassiere every once and a while — or for good! Here are nine ways your health, your life, and your breasts can improve by saying adieu to your trusty old 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
Furthermore, even if you don’t wear a bra at night, your undergarment might still be impacting your circadian rhythms, as demonstrated by this study, and keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep.
Sleep or a cute, lacy bra? Um, sleep, please. Sleep definitely wins.
3. Boost Your Circulation
The study mentioned above briefly covers the effects of clothing (especially tighter clothing) on bodily circulation. We’ll save you the skimming — frequently wearing tight clothing, especially tight bras, is not so good for 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 favorite push-up is just not worth.
4. Improve You Breast Health
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 $20, $50, or $100 – 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
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 15-year 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.
A quick fix? Taking a bra-cation, if you will. All comfort, all the time.
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.
What do you think? Do these health benefits tempt you enough to consider ditching your bra? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.