Ok Ladies! October is breast cancer awareness month. Since October has almost come to a close, I thought it more prudent to write about breast health rather than the history of the Red Tent, which I find needs doing. Perhaps next blog.
There are so many things we don’t talk about nearly enough as women, and we need to start having these discussions. Are your breasts healthy? Are you sure? We are told to do self-breast exams, and to keep our yearly appointments with our gynecologists. We are told that as we age we need to start getting mammograms. But we are going to talk about what they don’t tell you.
First though, let’s talk about how amazing breasts are! They feed and nurture, heal and empower. And they deserve not only honor, but love and pampering too.
Breast milk is full of nutrients and hormones that not only feed our children, there are over 400+ identified nutrients in human breast milk, including probiotics and an abundant source of stem cells. Breast milk has been used by mothers for years for various ailments including diaper rash, and pink eye.
Breastfeeding also helps women by releasing feel good hormones that reduce depression, increase the amount of stem cells within our bodies, and helps to tone the uterus after delivery. Studies have also shown that breastfeeding decreases the risk for breast cancer.
Breasts are sensitive! Not only to the temperature, but to the needs of those around us. Have you ever been around a crying baby, and feel changes happen within your breasts? Some women who are nursing will respond to the cries of other babies by producing extra breast milk. Pretty fantastic! Even though my children are almost teens, I still get sensitive breasts when they are expressing extreme emotion. When my husband is dealing with a lot of stress and emotion putting his head upon my breast actually helps to soothe him.
Did you know that something as simple as a breast massage can increase circulation and release toxins to be eliminated, and flood the body with beneficial hormones? Massaging also makes you more familiar with your breast tissue, and any changes that may be happening. The frequency of hormonal breast cysts, are reduced as well by releasing the built up toxins that come from wearing an ill fitted bra.
The breast has been honored in many cultures across the world. The images of Mother Mary nursing Jesus, is prevalent, as well as the Goddess Isis nursing Horus, just to name a few.
One problem we women have in the States, one that just boggles my mind, is that we most often have no idea what our actual bra size is. Did you know that wearing a bra that is the wrong size for you not only increases back problems, but also increases your potential for breast cancer. A bra that is too small blocks the flow of lymph fuid allowing toxins to build. We are flooded with advertising that shows women wearing poorly fitting bras, who have had plastic surgery to make their breasts look like that in the first place, and we think that is how our breasts should look. I’m sorry to tell you, you were lied to.
I don’t know about you but taking my bra off at the end of the day has to be the best feeling in the world. I spend all day with the girls squished, pinched, and bulging because I couldn’t find a bra that fit properly. I am excited to say that my size GG bras are on their way from the UK. At most big box stores the biggest bra you can generally find is a DD cup. You ladies might gawk and think that DD is a huge size, but it isn’t. That is what you have been taught, and it’s a lie. In actuality most women who think they are a size C cup are in fact size DD. There a couple of ways to find your appropriate bra size.
1: Take a soft measuring tape, and nude, measure the size of your rib cage under your breasts. Write down the number. Then measure your rib cage over the breasts at the fullest point. Write down that number. Your band size is the first number. Your cup size is the difference between the numbers. To be more specific, you subtract the first number from the second number. Your cup letter goes up with each inch. 1=A, 2=B, 3=C etc. Here are a couple of resources to explain it further.
2: I like this method, as it feels more accurate, since women have different breast tissues, some are firm and perky, some are soft and pendulous, and all things in between. This technique uses the measurement of the breasts when leaned over at a 90 degree angle, and laying down along with the standing measurement. Then average the three breast tissue measurements to find the cup size.
Once you have the proper bra size, you need to understand how a bra should fit you, how it should wear. The straps should not slip or dig into your shoulders and the band should not pinch or rise up in the back. If you are wearing an under wire, the wire should sit on the ribcage under your breast tissue and pull your breasts forward. Side boob should be a thing of the past. The center of the bra should sit against your rib cage between your breasts, not over the top of them. If your breasts are spilling out of the top of your bra, the cup size is generally too small.
Another breast health issue that you need to be aware of, is what you put onto your body. Please check your deodorant/antiperspirant. If it contains aluminum toss it immediately and never buy that again. Aluminum has been proven to be a health risk. Here is how this works, and why it is such a huge problem. Around the breast tissue, and within the breast tissue are many lymph glands. Lymph glands work to help our immune system, and purify the body. Antiperspirant is made to block the ducts that produce sweat. Sweat is another way our bodies clean themselves. Aluminum in some form is the active ingredient in blocking those glands. So, in essence by using that you are stopping your body from cleansing itself in an area that was designed for that specifically. The aluminum is absorbed into the skin, and into the body. It begins blocking the lymph glands, and when they become toxic the cells mutate. Cancer is caused from mutated cells. (Simplified version) Not to mention that is a heavy metal, and heavy metals cause many problems within our bodies, and have been linked to Alzheimer’s, and Auto immune Disorders as well.
What can you do differently? There are many products on the market that will eliminate body odor that do not contain aluminum. You must read labels, and in some cases shop around. If you are on a budget then baking soda and coconut oil both are anti-bacterial and will help. They won’t stop you from sweating, but the body needs to sweat. They will however kill the bacteria that cause odor.
This reference talks about Aluminum and Alzheimers.