When you choose what to wear, you probably consider your post-work plans, the weather and how much you need to do laundry. Chances are, you don’t think much about your health, if at all. Maybe you should start thinking of your health more, here is why;
Chemicals in fabrics
A lot of chemicals are used in processing and drying of fabrics. When the chemicals break down in nature, they can be hormone disrupting and cancer causing. Because of the close contact with the skin, we can breathe some of the particles that clothes emit.
You should avoid the flame retardant clothes that have been treated with polybrominated diphenly. These chemicals can affect thyroid hormones. Percchloroethyleme (PERC), a chemical that is used in dry cleaning, has been linked to many cancers. Avoid dry cleaners that use PERC. Studies have shown that people spend time indoors with dry cleaned items and those who wear the dry cleaned clothes end up being exposed to low doses of PERC.
The pointy-toe style heels are known to cause painful hammertoes and bunions, this leads to expensive and painful surgery in the long-run. Flat shoes are a great option, especially when you’re doing a lot of walking.
Thongs can cause vaginal tract and urinal infections. Other than being intrusive, annoying and painful, the undergarments can harbor bacteria. When you’re sleeping, full cotton bacteria underpants can significantly decrease your chances of infection.
Pants that are too skinny cause compression of the nerves in the legs and groin, hampering blood flow to the lower legs. This can lead to numbness, muscle damage and swelling. These symptoms may sound extreme but as you may find out more information in a recent case study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry to study effect of clothing on health; a 35-year-old woman ended up spending four days in hospital after squatting repeatedly while wearing skinny jeans.
Compression is part of the issue, when you wear clothes that are too tight; the skin barrier that protects you from infections is disrupted because the fabric constantly rubs on your skin. Skin hugging clothes also make you sweat more; this creates a good environment for bacterial, viral and fungal infections like folliculitis. Follictus turns hair follicus into icky red bumps.
Large, heavy, overfilled handbags can cause shoulder and back pain. To avoid trips to the chiropractor, clean your handbag of crap you don’t need and commit to a smaller bag, you probably don’t need most of the superfluous stuff weighing you down.
Waist-cinchers can be extremely uncomfortable, they can cause tingling and pain. Belts can cause numbness in the legs by compressing the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, a major nerve that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh. After a big meal, you should loosen your belt.
Spanx and stockings seem pretty harmless, but they can be quite destructive. Too tight shapewear can squeeze your organs and cause acid reflux and stomach pain. If you must wear shapewear, do it occasionally and limit the time you spend sucked in it.
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