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Breast Sagging: More Than A Beauty Problem
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:30 pm 
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As you probably know by now, as we age our breasts sag. Most of us probably think of it as just an aesthetic issue. But there’s a medical term for it, breast ptosisis -- ligaments stretch and connective tissues break down. Skin also thinks. Although you can’t prevent sagging from happening entirely, you can minimize it. If you want to be uplifted, try these tips:

Nix yo-yo diets: Gaining weight causes the breasts to enlarge, and the skin stretches. When you lose weight, you’ll lose it everywhere, including your breasts, and that makes for a saggy appearance. So get off the gain-and-lose merry-go-round Instead, try to maintain a steady weight by eating a balanced diet and exercising.

Pump up your pecs: You can give your breasts a firmer appearance by building up your pectoral muscles. These are the large, highly visible muscles located on each side of your chest. Their primary job is help the shoulders and arms move and lift. Good pectoral exercises to do are push-ups and chest presses.

Be posture perfect: Poor posture causes breasts to droop, but good posture lifts the breasts up. Proper posture occurs when your back is straight, your shoulders are back and your head is held straight. But you’ve got to have strength to maintain it. Pilates classes can help because they build back muscles and concentrate on your core.

Toss the bra: At least when you’re home. It’s a myth that bras help prevent sagging. In fact, a study conducted at Otsuma Women's University in Tokyo, Japan, found at the end of a three month study that women sagged more after wearing a bra than those who went braless.

Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to keep the connective tissue and skin healthy and help slow the signs of breast sagging. Fluids hydrate the skin and connective tissue. Drinking at least six 8 oz. glasses of water, green tea or 100-percent juice a day, is a good goal.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables: These foods contain the antioxidants necessary for healthy skin. Your best choices are dark vegetables and colorful fruits which are higher in antioxidant content.


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