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Doctors Say Tight Clothes Can Harm Your Health And Put You At Risk

Doctors Say Tight Clothes Can Harm Your Health And Put You At Risk

The surprising link between your wardrobe and your health

If you’ve ever worn an uncomfortably tight outfit you may have suffered a few hours of discomfort. But did you know that doctors and other healthcare professionals believe that wearing tight clothing on a regular basis can cause long-term damage to your health? It turns out that clothing may suppress your lymphatic system, compress certain nerves in your body and also lead to other health issues.

The effects of tight clothing on stomach health

According to Richard Bricknell of the Bristol Physiotherapy clinic, wearing tight underwear such as shape wear can cause stomach acid to rise into the oesophagus. This can result in heartburn, ulcers and may even increase your risk of oesophageal cancer.

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Another risk from shape wear comes in the form of breathing difficulties. Restrictive clothing does not allow your diaphragm to move in a normal, healthy manner. This restricts your oxygen intake, which can result in hyperventilation and even panic attacks.

The importance of maintaining a healthy lymphatic system

One of the main reasons why tight clothing may negatively impact upon your health is that it has the potential to render your lymphatic system less efficient.

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The lymphatic system operates throughout the body and is a key way in which waste products and toxins are eliminated. As you can see in the diagram below, the lymphatic system spans your neck to your lower limbs.

When you wear tight outfits or pieces of clothing that prevent products flowing through the lymph nodes, you place your immune system under threat. Your body is less able to process toxins, and this could leave you prone to infection.

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Why wearing skinny jeans could lead to nerve damage

The Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that tight-fitting pants could result in nerve pain and compression. For example, they can increase the risk of leg and thigh pain via compression on the nerves that run from the pelvis to the thighs. Symptoms may be extremely painful and include tingling and numbness. Fortunately, it can be alleviated by switching to looser-fitting styles.

Bras – why they are a common source of health problems

Wearing the wrong-sized bra can lead to shoulder, back and neck pain according to Leeds-based chiropractor Rachael Lancaster. If your bra is not correctly fitted, the weight of your breasts may not be evenly distributed across your back. This leaves you vulnerable to crippling pain which may require professional help to resolve.

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Lancaster explains that push-up bras may also cause breathing problems because they put excessive pressure on the ribs and collarbones. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth agree that poorly-fitting bras are a significant health risk, and urge women to try on a variety of sizes and styles to find a bra that feels comfortable and supportive.

Shoes

Ill-fitting shoes leave you vulnerable to a range of foot-related health problems. For instance, tight shoes can trigger bunions, which may be expensive and painful to treat.

Hammer toe is another common condition that arises from wearing shoes that are too small. Those afflicted notice that their toe joints become deformed and can no longer remain in a flat, comfortable position.

Choosing healthier outfits

The best approach is to choose clothing that does not restrict your movement in any way. Whilst occasionally wearing a close-fitting outfit is unlikely to do you any harm it’s much better for your health to wear looser, comfortable clothing in everyday situations. When you next go clothes shopping, consider not only how a piece looks on you but the damage it could potentially do to your body.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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