I’m ready to bust through the embarrassment and squeamishness get into some subjects that tend to make us bashful out on the table in an open, fun, conversational way. I am frustrated lately with the tendency our culture has to scoff at, giggle over, and put aside any topic that is considered uncomfortable. Our bodies are not weird. Things that happen to our bodies shouldn’t be taboo- they should be understood. The more we disconnect from our bodies, the less we will be in touch with what they need and how to heal them. Sex, genitals, daily bodily functions, childbirth, breastfeeding- these are all things we should be talking about like mature, relaxed adults. Instead we skirt over the subjects and stay silent and shy. Come on people, join me. Let’s talk about sex baby. Let talk about poop and pee… Ok, so as you can see- while I think these topics are important, I also think we need to relax and have a little fun when we talk about them. Being repressed and uptight in our lives is not exactly ideal.
Let’s Start With… Breasts
Even though women love to be and feminine often want to wear the “sexy” things we see on tv, it’s really important that women stop and think about the heath of the body and think about the reasons we have breasts, and the natural state that our bodies are meant to live in. Corsets and underwires are fun for a couple hours, but it soon becomes uncomfortably apparent that our bodies are certainly not meant to be compressed, poked and restricted.
In our health quest here at Kale U, we are always working on detoxifying our bodies. It’s a continual process of removing old existing and new environmental toxins from our systems and refraining from adding any new ones into our bodies. There are only as many ways to detoxify as there are to eliminate the toxins- otherwise they are just reabsorbed after being released. What are the body’s main channels of detoxification then? How do solid and fluid wastes exit your body?
- urination (pee)
- defecation (poo)
- perspiration (sweat)
- respiration (breath)
The human body is an incredible machine made up of multiple systems working together. The lymphatic system helps the immune system filter and remove wastes, pathogens, defective cells, and toxins from cells. The lymphatic system also delivers nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to cells. It is extremely important that our lymph system is a) not overloaded with toxins to sift through (which includes excess protein!) and b) that it is allowed to do it’s work and take out the trash, not just pile it up around the trash can.
Breasts contain tiny lymphatic capillaries that grow into a network of tubes which increase in size as they move deeper into the body. It is really important then not to bind up the tissues with the tiniest vessels that carry fluid- the tissues furthest out toward our skin.
Getting quality hydration, exercising, rebounding, dry skin brushing, massage and taking off your bra are great ways to get out of the way of our amazing lymphatic system and let it do it’s job. Yes, removing your bra as soon as you get a chance during the day can really help prevent stagnation of the fluids that should be circulating. Bras can also make it hard to breathe when they are tight, which puts a cap on how well we can utilize the elimination channel of our breathing and oxygenate the body.
Yes, we live in a society where in most cases and places we have to cover our bodies. Breasts that sag, droop, are asymmetrical or imperfect in any way are not considered perfect- but 99.9% of breasts are not perfect. We have to remember that when we see models on tv, it is completely probable that we are seeing surgically and/or digitally enhanced bodies. All bodies are beautiful, big or small, imperfect or model-like. Life is an amazing gift and we must learn to love ourselves as we are if we are to be truly healthy!
Here is a great resource for breast heath and the scary truth about bras. And check out this post called 8 Reasons You Should Burn Your Bra- it’s full of vitally important information from one woman to another, including this claim: “The correlation between breast cancer and bras is four times higher than the correlation between smoking and lung cancer.” That seems to have referenced this page on bras and breast cancer, which sealed the deal for me. I am now typing sans bra.
This video does a great job of explaining that breasts are actually meant to be free!
I’ve found some great tops that let you go braless in style and a few bra tops that are a little more minimal and then some that offer a bit of support but without tight cups or underwires. I know it seems strange to be showing you bras on a “go braless” post, but I doubt you’re actually planning to go to work or the gym without a bra tomorrow is you’re over a b-cup. If you do, that’s great- even better! But I would guess most ladies are looking for a healthy compromise- something light and pretty that covers up the girls but still lets them have a little room to breathe, and something minimal for lounging around the house. Just click on a picture to for more info and pricing. I want them all! I also love my barely-there little sleeping bras from Patagonia, though they really aren’t much good for anything more than a tiny step up from naked, but that’s the point.
Update: Right after this post was published, we got a fantastic email from Sydney Ross Singer explaning his similar views not only on taboo subjects, but on the dangers of bras. He explained that he and his wife wrote a book called Dressed to Kill, on breast health and breast cancer correlations with bra wearing! I noticed this title as I was looking around the web, but I didn’t realize just how packed with truth and information it is! I can’t wait to learn more and connect with Sydney and his lovely wife and coauthor, Soma Grismaijer. They are living the life on the big island of Hawaii. Perhaps a field trip is in order.