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Being Fashionably Healthy -Tara Gallagher MD

I have always cared about women’s health issues. I’ve paid special attention to the effects of trends on health and knew intuitively that shape-wear was not a healthy choice for women. That knowledge shaped how bumbrella was created to address the slip issue - a modern, no-squeeze all day solution that gave women the confidence and comfort they needed.

Many women swear by the shaping garments in their lingerie drawers. But could those innocuous lingerie items actually be leaving wearers worse for the (shape)wear? We’ve seen a lot of buzz on the subject, especially from the medical community, and the answer may surprise you.

“Just like with girdles and corsets we saw a lot of rib compression and lung problems back in the day, well shapewear is the new girdle, so now we’re actually starting to see side effects from that,” said Phillips. “In my practice, I’ve seen a bunch of nerve compression – that’s tingling and numbness going down the outer thigh or in the groin.” Source: Read Full article.

Tightness prevents healthy circulation which can worsen the appearance of varicose veins causing painful leg swelling. If flow is compromised over time, women are at risk for developing serious blot clots that can have significant health consequences.

“My advice is to avoid any kind of shapewear or just wear it for the least amount of time possible,” Avitzur said. “Think of corsets and Spanx like high heeled shoes—a pair of fantastic stilettos. Restrict these undergarments to special events, but then take them off immediately.” Source: Read Full article.

Shape-wear compresses the abdomen, squeezing on the stomach. This causes stomach acid to back-flow into the esophagus resulting in significant reflux and heartburn. Severe, chronic cases can result in a state of constant inflammation which can ultimately lead to esophageal cancer.  This is an extreme situation, but should not be discounted, especially if you are prone to heartburn.  

"We all want a shortcut that will be more effortless," says Orly Avitzur, a neurologist in Tarrytown, N.Y., and medical advisor to Consumer Reports. "But that doesn't help us in terms of all the advantages of exercise and a really nutritious diet.” Source: Read Full article.

Most of these issues effect quality of life and are not life-threatening.  But, are these potential problems and discomforts worth it?...we think not!  bumbrella offers a healthier alternative. Women can now make better choices because other options exist. We hope you will try the bumbrella difference and begin taking better care of your health today.  

That isn't to say that you should toss the shapewear slip you planned to wear to your sister's wedding. If you're not experiencing any health issues, it's OK to wear shapewear on special occasions so long as you limit your wearing time. Compressive garments, however, shouldn't be a part of your daily work attire. It's hard to imagine something as simple as underwear can be so problematic, but it can be. We are pleased to offer women a new solution.  We are passionate in our belief that women should be free to live authentic lives, comfortable in their own skin.  This starts with the basics, and what's more basic that well-fitting intimate apparel.  We care about you and your health.  If there's one thing I can tell you, it's never compromise your good health for anything, certainly not for vanity sake!!...it's simply not worth it.  Live well, live happy...these are my doctors orders!

-Tara Gallagher MD

About the Author: Tara is the founder and president of bumbrella. She is a mother, entrepreneur, former advertising executive and medical school graduate.

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