What is the Basic of Choosing Bras?
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Recent research in the field of breast care has found that many women wear the wrong bra size. In one study of women ages 18 to 26, researchers found that 80% wore incorrectly sized bras, and 70% of those were sized too small. Why do we buy bras that are too small? It could be because of cultural factors; we want to wear the “right” sized bra, the one that we heard a super model wears. We have certain numbers in our heads, and that is what steers our decision making process. It could also be that it can be difficult to choose the right fit. In this article, we will cover the basic of choosing a bra.
Good breast health has many factors: the way we care for our skin, the foods we eat, the supplements we take, and the clothing we wear. Tight, constricting bras can slow down the flow of the lymphatic system in our bodies. The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory system, and plays a big role in our immune health. It is important that the lymph nodes in our bodies can drain properly. Over 85% of the lymph in the breasts drains to the armpits, and the rest drains to the breast bone. It is important for the lymph fluid in the body to be able to move, because its circulation is the way that it can do its job within the body. If we slow down that circulation with a bra that does not fit, the lymphatic system cannot do its job. A bra that doesn’t fit correctly could also lead to back pain or migraines.
There are several ways to discover your true bra size. You can either go to a store or have a consult with a professional, or you can use an at home calculation method.
1. If possible, go to a store that can help you figure out your true bra size. The store should have an associate that will take measurements around your breasts at their fullest point, as well as just below the breasts at your rib cage. The store will then tell you your bra size and help you find several that fit. Know what you are looking for and don’t get side tracked by the latest sales or buy a pushy sales person. Look for a bra without underwire that meets the needs you are looking for, whether it is for a special outing or for wearing each day.
2. If you cannot find a store that will measure you, you can do some simple calculations at home. But this method can work as a second healthy option. Again, it is best to go to a store and have a professional help you. To determine your bra size from home: Simply take a measuring tape and wrap it around the fullest part of your breast, and get a measurement in inches. This is your bust size. Next, take a second measurement, around your rib cage right below the breasts. This is your band size. Subtract the band size from your bust size, and then use that number to find your cup size. If the number is less than one, the cup size is AA. If the number is one, the cup size is A. If the number is two, the cup size is B, and so on. This letter, along with your band measurement (rounded to an even number) is the size bra you should look for.
The right bras not only promote for your health but also enhance your beautiful breasts. So look for the right ones for your long term breast health and beauty.