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How your clothes are damaging your health
How your clothes are damaging your health

You may not know it…but what you’ve got on could be damaging your health!

From the Huffington Post, here are eight ways your clothes could be causing you problems:

Chemicals in fabrics  According to Greenpeace’s Media Officer, Myriam Fallon, “Many chemicals that are used in the dying and processing of fabrics can become hormone disrupting and even cancer causing when they break down in nature, and those chemicals are being dumped into rivers right near the factories.” Of the retail chains whose product was tested, Calvin Klein, Zara and Mango’s wares were all tainted with hazardous chemicals. The solution:  Buy locally sourced clothing and accessories, and seek out small designers whose production practices are transparent.

High-heel shoes, especially pointy-toe styles  Heels can cause painful bunions and hammertoes, leading to painful and expensive surgery down the road. Not to mention that they are difficult to walk in, and can be a hazard when trying to run for a cab.     The solution:  Alternate your heels with flat shoes, at least when lots of walking is involved.

Thongs that cause urinary tract and vaginal infections  Along with being painful and annoying, it turns out that the undergarments can harbor bacteria in the most unwelcome of places. Go for full cotton underpants when sleeping to decrease the chances of infection.

Constricting shapewear  To create the desired hourglass shape, the Lycra undergarments squeeze and sometimes even pinch. The tight garments can compress nerves, leading to pain and numbness, and they can even cause yeast infections.      The solution:  Wear shapewear sparingly.

Too-heavy earrings  Oversized earrings are inflicting damage on women’s earlobes. Women are now undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair lobes that have suffered abuse due to doorknocker-size baubles.  The solution:  Try smaller earrings to give your lovely lobes a break.

Overstuffed, heavy-as-hell handbags  Large, overfilled purses cause back and shoulder pain. Women have been accused of carrying too much crap, and now we are paying to consequences, with trips to the chiropractor to try to repair the damage. The solution:  Clean out your purse. You can leave half of that stuff at home, or at your office (you don’t need three Tide pens, your iPad and a laptop, do you?). Commit to a small bag, and we promise, you will see that you don’t need all the superfluous stuff that was weighing you down.

Tight belts  Not only can waist-cinchers be uncomfortable (especially after that cheeseburger at lunch), but they can cause pain and tingling. Neurologist Irving Friedman told the Wall St. Journal that belts can cause numbness in the legs by “compressing a major nerve, the lateral, femoral cutaneous nerve, that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh.” The solution:  Loosen your belt, especially after a big meal.

Skinny jeans   Just…no.  On EVERY front!


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