How Your Outfit Can Affect Your Health

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You already know that clothes can harm your bank balance, but did you know that they can also damage your health? Alas, that sexy pair of heels or that stunning dress that you’ve had your eye on for so long might just contain hidden health hazards.

Here’s a little look at some of the ways your clothing may be out to get you.

 

Some clothes restrict movement

 

This isn’t the first thing that’s likely to come to mind when you think of your clothes doing you harm. More likely you imagined something like tripping on the hem of your dress and falling down some stairs.

Nonetheless, it’s a well-proven fact that the more sedentary people are during their day-to-day lives, the greater their risk of a whole range of illnesses, and even death.

To maintain good health, you simply need to be able to move around freely throughout the day. There’s a reason why Fitbits have daily step targets programmed in.

Your outfit may look good, but if it keeps you seated all day, it’s a future health hazard in the making.

 

Some shoes are dangerous

 

Obviously, heels can be dangerous in a variety of ways. They really could cause you to trip and fall down the stairs, or stop you from being able to run away in a bad situation (e.g., if a car comes hurtling towards you while you’re crossing the road).

Of course, there’s more to it, however. Certain shoes, while they may look great, are simply bad for your joints and muscles. Regularly wearing high heels is thought to contribute to poor posture and shortening of calf muscles, as well as various other health complications.

Even if you intend to remain a regular heel-wearer, it’d be worth your time buying a pair of foot-friendly orthopedic shoes from one of the many companies who provide them, such ShoeFinale.  

 

Dirty clothes can make you sick

 

You may have a pair of pajamas that you wear to bed several nights in a row without a wash, or perhaps a pair of jeans which you assume won’t get dirty for at least several days of wear.

Unfortunately, there’s a lot of danger in wearing dirty clothes, and a lot of it comes down to the harmful microbes that can grow in the creases without you being any the wiser.

These microbes can contribute to everything from fungal infections to allergies. As if they weren’t enough, the accumulated body oils which build up in dirty clothes can also clog pores and cause skin irritation.

 

Some clothes contain toxins

 

Here’s a reason to be seriously careful about where you buy your clothes from, and why it pays to search for brands which advertise themselves as organic or chemical free.

Simply put, your clothes can contain toxic chemicals in the same way that your fresh produce can contain pesticides.

This is all a by-product of the manufacturing and dyeing process, and it shouldn’t be a secret that many clothes may be saturated in harmful chemical compounds when you consider that even major designer brands often use third world sweatshops for their manufacturing.

At the very least, give any new clothing you buy a good wash before wearing it, although this is unlikely to deal with the issue completely.

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