Bras and Women's Health

Freyja Skye

Posted on September 22 2019

Bras and Women's Health

Did you know?

Wearing tight bras, especially underwire bras, can be detrimental to your health and has been shown to cause breast cancer. 

A tight-fitting bra restricts the lymph nodes around the breast and underarm area, preventing toxins from being processed through them and flushed out of the body. Accumulated toxins anywhere in the body increase the risk for cancer. Over 85 percent of the lymph fluid flowing from the breast drains to the armpit lymph nodes. Most of the rest drains to the nodes along the breast bone. Bras and other external tight clothing can impede flow. 

The nature of the bra, the tightness, and the length of time worn, will all influence the degree of blockage of lymphatic drainage. Thus, wearing a bra can contribute to the development of breast cancer as a result of cutting off lymphatic drainage, so that toxic chemicals are trapped in the breast. 

Free-flowing drainage throughout the entire lymphatic system is crucial for the body to quickly detoxify itself of waste products and any harmful or carcinogenic substances like PCBs, DDT, dioxin, and benzene from the industrial world we live in. The rate and degree to which the lymphatic system can drain these toxins away depends largely on the amount of body movement needed to stimulate it. The lymphatic system doesn’t simply work on its own. It gets fired up when the body gets moving through exercise, dancing, or even a brisk walk. When breasts are constricted in a form-fitting bra, they are not free to move in synchronization with the rest of the body and stimulate the lymph nodes around them to start moving toxins out. This kind of restriction problem is clearly evident in many women who display red creases or grooves along their bra lines. Dents around the sides of the chest near the bra edge are also sometimes visible through the clothes, depending on what a woman is wearing.

Metal underwire in bras can also mess up the function of acupuncture points due to the electromagnetic field of the metal. If a woman keeps the metal underwire on top of those reflex points, over time that will mess up the functioning of the associated circuits: Liver, gallbladder, and stomach.”


Your comfort and health matters to us! 

We at MahaDevi design take great care to design soft, supple, gently supportive Bamboo bras, bralettes and yoga bras without underwires that don't restrict your body's functions, are comfortable to move in and breathable on your skin!  

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  • Kerstin Eyrich: October 04, 2019

    This is great. I was fortunate that at age 15 my Karate Coach who was also a doctor told me that if I wore bras, my breasts wouldn’t know how to hold themselves up anymore. So I stopped wearing bras other than sometimes soft sports bras for running or yoga. Now at age 37, after breastfeeding for 3 years, my breasts look almost the exact same as they did then. A little bit softer but no sagging!

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