We all have our insecurities and our breasts seem to be one of them. Many women tend to feel that they are too small, too big, or we get upset that they are not perfect. One is larger than the other, or one is a little higher. We all have these issues.
One thing we all fear is when our breasts will begin to sag. Even though some sagging can develop naturally, there are some things we can do to prevent sagging breasts and promote breast health.
Why do Breasts Sag?
Our breasts are not muscle. They are made up of fatty tissues and glands for producing milk. All of this is covered with skin that is naturally elastic because of the presence of the protein elastin. According to some experts, there are three major causes of early breast sagging.
Smoking – Smoking destroys the elastin protein and causes skin to lose its elasticity. This causes the skin around and on the breasts to become loose and sag.
Drastic Weight Gain and Loss – If you have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight and tend to fluctuate weight wise, this will have an effect on the state of your breasts. Specifically, if you gain or lose about 50 pounds, this will more than likely cause your breasts to sag.
Pregnancy – Many women believe that breastfeeding causes breasts to sag, but it is the pregnancy that does it. The weight gained during pregnancy is a particular cause of breast sagging. This is especially true when one has multiple pregnancies. The best way to combat this is to try to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy. And keeping your skin supple and happy by regularly using coconut oil, cacao butter, and aloe topically on your breasts and tummy. You may be able to avoid stretch marks too!
How to Keep Breasts Firm
There are many steps you can take to help keep your breasts firm.
Maintain Your Weight – As mentioned earlier, if you keep your weight at an ideal level, your breasts will stay stronger. Drastic weight gain and weight loss will cause the breasts to sag.
Drink Water – You hear over and over again that water is good for your body. It is also good for you skin. According to the University of Wisconsin, if you do not drink enough water, your skin will age quicker, this will cause your breasts to sag. Always drink a liter of pure water upon rising in the morning. Add a pinch of sea salt and lemon to your water.
Proper Nutrition with Exercise – According to iDIVA, there are plenty of foods such as foods rich in sulfur-bearing protein. Spirulina, hemp seed, eggs, and vitamin C: berries, vegetables, and our common fruits, are just a few you can eat along with exercise that will keep your breasts firm. If you need to lose some weight, be sure to keep your diet nutritious for not only breast health, but full body health. Avoid fried foods that can age connective tissue, just like you would avoid smoking.
Pomegranate – There are many sites out there that promote pomegranates and pomegranate oil for breast firmness and health. This is due to pomegranates interesting flavonoids such as ellagic acid, its vitamin C, and its healthy phytoestrogens. Pomegranates are pretty delicious, too.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is another good product to use to keep your breasts firm. According to In Life Healthcare, all you have to do is massage your breasts with aloe vera, leave it on for ten minutes, and then wash away. This should be done 4 to 5 times a week. The aloe will naturally strengthen your skin. You can also massage with coconut oil or cacao butter 2 to 3 times a week. Fresh aloe vera is superior to bottled aloe vera; be sure to filet the skin off of fresh aloe and use just the inner gel.
Breast Exercises – We previously determined that breasts were not made of muscle, but there are some exercises you can do to promote breast firmness. The routine below is a good example.
Breast Masks – PositiveMed has an incredible list of breast masks that you can apply to firm up your breasts. Here is one we adapted.
- One tablespoon plain organic yogurt (vegans can use a tablespoon of coconut kefir)
- One organic egg (vegans use one teaspoon of spirulina and coconut oil)
- One tablespoon vitamin E oil (organic olive oil is also good)
Blend everything together and massage evenly onto your breasts. Cover with an old shirt and leave on for 20 to 25 minutes. Then rinse off.
What to Avoid
Smoking – Smoking is a well-known cause for breast sagging. If you are a smoker who is trying to quit, start with switching to smoking organic tobacco, and then choose to smoke less.
Improper Fitting Bras – If you have a bra that does not fit you well, it does not provide the support needed to keep your breasts firm. It is also good for your back to have a properly fitting bra.
Following these tips will keep your breasts healthy and happy.