While neither confidence nor beauty is tied to any specific body part, it is true that healthier, fuller and perkier breasts help boost a woman’s overall attractiveness and body confidence. Healthy breasts help a woman maintain her feminine form, and can help her feel her absolute best. As such, women would do well to protect, care for, and enhance their breasts. By making changes today, women can benefit from healthier breasts tomorrow. As such, for this blog we have compiled 12 simple ways that every woman can do all that and more starting today. Many of these tips are doable. They positively impact a woman’s overall health, and consequently her breast health. The sooner you start, the sooner a woman starts taking care of her breasts using the following tips, the sooner she is likely to benefit from positive results.
Here are 12 steps to healthier breasts:
1. Wearing a well-fitted bra
Women often underestimate the importance of wearing a properly fitted bra. Bras that do not fit properly can negatively affect the health of a woman’s breasts. These ill effects include skin irritation, bad posture, circulatory and respiratory problems, and the dreaded sagging.
To find a bra that fits well, start by having your bra size professionally measured. A professional measurement will help to ensure that you get the right bra to match your body and breasts. Of course, your bra size can change due to a number of factors such as aging, weight loss, weight gain and even your monthly menstrual cycle, among other factors. As such, it is important to repeat the measurement exercise from time to time.
2. Go Bra Less Every Chance You Get
While a well-fitted bra is important for when you do wear a bra, it is still very important to go without on occasion. Studies indicate that women who wear bras less tend to have healthier breasts than those who wear them more often. Bras, which essentially keep breasts in place and from moving in their natural way, tend to constrict the lymphatic flow in the breasts.
One French study suggests that women can reduce (and in some cases reverse) sagging and have perkier breasts after a year of going braless. One the flip side, the study showed that those who wore bras over the same one year period experienced increased sagging. Of course, this is possible due to wearing ill fitted bras to begin with (see above).Finally, bras are hot and breasts need to breathe as they do well at cooler temperatures. As such, give your boobs a break, and some love by not wearing a bra sometimes.
3. Exercise regularly to shape healthier breasts
Exercise boosts blood circulation which is great for the whole body, including your breast. Regular aerobic exercise such as jogging or cycling can be fun, and can help reduce your risk of cancer. So too is swimming, yoga, dance or whatever exercises you enjoy. Weight training exercises for the chest and pectoral muscles are particularly great for improving the appearance of one’s breasts. This is because these muscles provide support for the breasts. As such, the stronger these muscles are, the less your breasts will sag and the firmer they will appear.
4. Do regular breast massages
Breast massages are great for fuller and firmer breasts. A breast massage is sensual and should be done a few times a week to reap the benefits. To make breast massages even more successful, you can opt to use an herbal based firming cream during your massage. This cream is rubbed gently into the breasts as they go to work making them firmer and reducing other signs of aging including wrinkles and age spots. It is important to note that these creams will not necessarily increase breast size.
5. Detox your body
Developing healthier and more attractive breasts is an inside/outside game. Detoxing is a great way to cleanse the body of impurities and get the body functioning in tip top shape again by maximizing nutritional value. Due to the fact that detox boosts the body’s healthy functions, detoxing reduces your risk of getting cancers and other diseases, including breast cancer. Naturally, reducing your risk of developing breast cancer will help to keep your breasts and body healthier. In addition to detoxing, adding iodine in safe amounts helps to reduce the risk of diseases that affect the breasts. Consult a physician before detoxing or taking iodine as too much is not good for the body either.
6. Get as much sleep as the body requires
Sleep is the time during which the body rests, recovers and heals itself. During sleep, the body releases several hormones that help repair the body and keep it healthy. As such, the amount of sleep you get and the quality of that sleep will help keep your body in great shape.
The positive effects of sleep on the body are further enhanced by sleeping in a dark room. While sleeping in darkness, the brain secretes the hormone melatonin which balances the estrogen levels. This is good for the breasts as estrogen is necessary for developing and maintaining healthy breasts. In addition to keeping the room as dark as is possible, sleeping between the hours of 10pm and 6am to maximize melatonin production is also recommended.
7. Your breasts are what you eat
Again, whatever you do to your body generally, will inadvertently affect the health of your breasts. With that said, eating well is one of the best things you can do for your body and your breasts. Feeding your body well also feeds your breasts. A breast-friendly diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and other foods and products that are rich in iodine (like seaweed and fish), magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Foods that are high in fats, simple carbohydrates and sugars, and that are overly processed should be consumed at a minimum if at all. Be sure to also drink a lot of water.
8. Stay away from alcohol and other vices like smoking
The overconsumption of alcohol can greatly increase the risk of developing cancers, so too can smoking. Combine them and it only get worse. These habits should be avoided at all costs. While smoking is not recommended at all as it ages the skin and cause it to lose elasticity (which can result in breasts sagging), alcohol can be consumed on occasion at social events. However, consuming alcohol should not be overdone. Alcohol dehydrates the body and results like smoking allows the skin to lose its elasticity, again causing breasts to sag.
9. Get some sunshine
While the risks of skin cancer are real, there are many benefits to getting sunshine. The sun provides the skin and body with vitamin D. Vitamin D helps build the body’s immunity against disease (including cancers) and helps the skin stay healthy. During the winter, or for those who live in places where sunshine is at a minimum, taking vitamin D supplements should suffice. If you opt to get some sunshine however, be sure to use sunscreen with the appropriate amount of SPF and do so first thing in the morning. As the day wears on, the sun gets hotter, more harmful for the skin, and there is less vitamin D for you to benefit from.
10. Do your regular breast examinations
It cannot be overstated that early detection saves lives. Many women ignore the reality of breast cancer by not testing regularly enough and then by the time they do, it may be too late. Do not let this be you. Do your regular breast self-examination, and visit your doctor for other tests should you find anything on toward. It is important that you become familiar with the feel of your breast during different periods of your cycle and so forth.
11. Moisturize your breast
Keeping the skin around the breast healthy is paramount if you wish to have healthy breasts. Moisturizing is a good way to keep the skin youthful and elastic. Younger, healthier skin around the breast is less likely to sag. Products that are rich in shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil should do the trick. Apply your moisturizer after cleansing the skin, such as after a shower about twice a day or as needed. Naturally, during the winter and in colder climates generally where the skin is prone to becoming dry, cracked and wrinkled, extra moisturizing may be needed.
12. Avoid plastics, herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals
Many of the over the counter (OTC) household products that are used contain harmful chemicals. These are harmful to the human body. BPA or Bisphenol-A is an example of one chemical found in many products such plastic plates and water bottles and food cans (that are used regularly), that is harmful to the body. BPA mimics the negative effects of estrogen on the body and breasts. This should be avoided. Use ceramic or glass plates where possible, avoid consuming foods from plastic and cans, and try to use products that are as natural as possible. The less harmful chemicals any given product has, the better.