From a young age, we were taught that wearing a bra is good: it was supposed to keep you looking attractive, with the conviction even going to the length of ‘you look more appropriate’. Boo! The pro-bra message has been preached to women for centuries.
Well, you might be in for a surprise. Little did we know that the minute you take off your bra – good things start happening.
Wearing a bra does more harm than good – it does nothing to reduce back pain and weakens the muscles that hold up the breasts, resulting in greater breast sagging, Jean-Denis Rouillon, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon, eastern France, reported after a 15-year study.
Here are 9 amazing things that are supposed to happen as soon as you stop wearing a bra according to this research.
1. Improve the shape of your breasts
Not wearing a bra isn’t what causes your breasts to sag, surprisingly. In fact, wearing a bra will probably cause your breasts to lose their shape over time. To keep them looking round and perky, it’s best to just let them do their thing!
2. Get a better night’s sleep
It’s been known for some time that sleeping with your bra on is not something scientists approve of. Rumors have spread that this causes breast cancer in some cases, but that’s highly unlikely. Furthermore, even if you don’t wear a bra at night, your undergarment might still be impacting your circadian rhythms, as demonstrated by a study, and keeping you from getting a full night’s sleep.
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 bras, is not good for your circulation.
All that tightness and squeezing around your chest slows the circulation by compressing your blood vessels. This has proved to create cardiovascular issues down the road. Your favorite push-up is just not worth that.
4. Improve your breast health
The same French study that 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 all on their own; there are many genetic and environmental factors at play when it comes to breast cancer.
However, your health will be improved in other ways if you don’t wear a bra! Besides improving blood flow, sweat and dirt will no longer get trapped against the skin, making infections, rashes, and acne less likely on your breasts.
This is especially true if you wear bras that don’t fit quite right. Bras that don’t have the right fit, or have painful underwire, might cause shortness of breath, chest pains, and all sorts of discomfort. You could skip trying to find an appropriately fitting bra and just not wear one at all, just sayin’.
5. Save some ca$h
LBR, bras are expensive! Especially those nice, comfy, stylish ones – the prettier, the higher the quality – the pricier. No matter how much you spend, consider that money saved is money earned.
6. Strengthen your breasts
Essentially, bras are the things that save your chest from having to fight gravity. Without a bra, you might think that your breasts will just sag, but in reality, the opposite happens.
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, giving your bra the bin could earn you a cup size plus. Who knew?
7. Encourage healthy breast tissue
Scientists have found that wearing this garment may be hindering your ability to grow healthy breast tissue. Healthy breast tissue is important for many things, mostly due to it decreasing the risk of 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 might be the biggest reason to ditch your bra: comfort. Seriously, though, isn’t it such a good feeling to just take off your bra after a long day?
A quick fix? Taking a bra-cation, if you will. All comfort, all the time.
9. The breathing function will improve
Wearing bras for a really long time constraints a very important process of life: breathing.
While we’re not saying bras will be the doom of your respiratory system, your breathing will definitely be less restricted and healthier without decreasing your flow of oxygen.