Smartphone’s Light Affects The Brain And Body (infographic)

You probably know this now but the smartphones release a blue light that makes you read clearly on the screen even in the sunniest days.

That light Is not adjusting to the day.. It is emitted all the time by laptops, TV and other gadgets too. This light imitates the sun and makes the brain confused to think it is day outside even when it is night. So, the brain stops to release melatonin and you have a hard time to sleep. So experts advise to remove every electronic or stop using them few hours before bed.

The melatonin is released inside the body through a small organ in the brain – this is called pineal gland and it works few hours before bedtime. Experts studied more on this topic and blue light insomnia inducing and have found out that it is due to photoreceptor named Melanopsin. The melanopsin was just recently discovered in the retina ganglion cells that react to the blue light.

Ever since, studies found that phone users before sleeping have more troubles to fall asleep.

The effect is worst for teenagers since they are more sensitive to this than adults. It is because the circadian rhythm shifts in adolescent years and makes teenagers be more awake. TV or video games are enough to cause insomnia for an hour or more.


Of the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics Colombia University, Dr. Martin Blank got in a group of experts who appealed to the UN about these dangers of electromagnetic radiation from phones or Wifi.

Many concerns exist about such devices like even cancer causing. The brain of a child gets 4 more times radiation than an adult and sadly all kids have electronics near them.

In China, if you are addicted to such electronics it is named an official clinical disorder. And many rehab centers have young people in them to isolate them from electronics. This is yet to be proven if it works.


First, limit usage before sleeping and turn off everything before bed. Try reading instead.

Or download the f.lux that alters the screen’s display to be warm at night and bright during day so the blue light does not impact you as much. Similar apps exist for phones too. It really matters, try and download them.

HERE is their website to offer you more on screen topics and sleep issues and explain more on f.lux.

Try and get better quality sleep even tonight!


14 Genius Ways To Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

We all love coffee, especially in the morning. Read this list of uses, and learn how to recycle and reuse coffee again.

Use coffee grounds in the garden:

  1. Pest repellent

Sprinkle coffee grounds in your garden to ward of ants, snails, slugs and other plants. Mix coffee grounds and dried orange peel to keep away cats.

  1. Natural fertilizer

Coffee is the greatest natural fertilizer for acid-loving plants like azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, and roses. Mix coffee grounds, grass clippings, brown leaves and dry straw. Coffee grounds give your soil enough nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium. This fertilizer is low in phosphorus and calcium, which makes it a poor choice for encouraging blooms and fruiting. Add lime or wood ash to your fertilizer to obtain a complete fertilizer.

  1. Compost it for later

If you don’t need to use any fertilizer at the moment, add the grounds to your compost heap. Coffee grounds are abundant in nitrogen, and it will attract beneficial worms. Limit the amount of grounds to regulate the ratio of “green” to “brown” matter.

  1. Carrots and caffeine

Add coffee grounds to your carrots at planting time. Combine the tiny seeds with dried coffee grounds to give them enough energy. Your carrots will grow big, and you will keep them safe from pests.

Use coffee grounds at home:

  1. Absorb food odors

Coffee grounds can act like baking soda when it comes to absorbing food odors in the fridge. Load up a small cup with coffee grounds, and keep it in your fridge. You can later add the grounds from your fridge to your compost pile.

  1. Natural abrasive

Sprinkle coffee grounds on your cloth, and scrub away food residues. Coffee grounds may be abrasive, but they won’t harm the surfaces in your home. Keep the grounds away from the cracks, as they may leave stains.

  1. Golden dye

If you spill coffee on your white shirt, just re-wet the grounds, and stain feathers, cloth and Easter eggs. Use soaked coffee grounds to turn white paper into ‘antique’ parchment. Seems nice, right?

  1. Homemade candles

Turn coffee grounds into homemade candles. You need a small paper coffee cup, a paper towel, a cup of wax candle ends, a wick, scissors, a small saucepan, a glass mixing bowl, and coffee grounds.

  1. Clean your fireplace

Coffee grounds can help you clean out your fireplace without getting messy. Just scatter the grounds over the ashes to prevent clouds of smoke from arising. Coffee grounds weigh down ashes, making it easy for you to shovel it.

Use coffee grounds in service of your beauty:

  1. Exfoliate skin

Add a tiny bit of warm water or raw oil to your grounds, and scrub your skin.

  1. Rejuvenating facial product

Combine equal parts of coffee grounds and organic cocoa powder. Add whole milk/heavy cream and honey. Apply this alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant facial.

  1. Caffeinated soap

Caffeine can be absorbed through skin, and you can use it in your soap. Turn coffee grounds in a perfect homemade soap, and enjoy the caffeine kick in the morning.

  1. Your hair loves coffee, too

Massage a handful of coffee grounds into your hair to remove any residues without damaging your hair. It’s easy and efficient!

  1. Cellulite treatment

Sitting, smoking, and genes can give you an awful cellulite. Combine coffee grounds and warm water, and scrub affected skin areas for 10 minutes. You should notice the first results within a month.


Peer Reviewed Study: Tattoos Cause Cancer

Tattoo ink is a toxic substance that has links to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases as well as cancer.

Tattoo ink is a toxic substance that has links to autoimmune and inflammatory diseases as well as cancer, according to new research that claims heavily tattooed bodies lose the ability to fight infections over time.

The study by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France explains that ink used in tattoos includes a mixture of organic and metal-based pigments and preservatives and that because tattoos are a matter of choice, and not medical necessity, these substances and their effect on human health have not been subject to rigorous medical study.

The groundbreaking research from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France explains that while tattoos are becoming increasingly popular, their research suggests that while heavily tattooed bodies may be fashionable, in health terms they are a ticking time bomb.

The researchers say toxic chemicals in tattoo ink migrate around the body, transported by the bloodstream, before forming deposits in lymph nodes, which are located in the neck, armpit and groin. This in turn obstructs an otherwise healthy body from fighting infection – a downward spiral that leads to autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases later in life.

Their report, published in peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports, noted ink can contain tiny particles of heavy metals such as nickel, chromium, manganese and cobalt, as well as other toxic impurities.

And one fashionable tattoo color proved far more dangerous than the rest: White.

Titanium dioxide, which is a chemical commonly used to create white ink, is known to increase a person’s risk of developing cancer.

It also causes itching, skin irritation, and delayed healing.

“When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlor where they use sterile needles that haven’t been used previously,” said Hiram Castillo, one of the authors of the study.

“No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should.”

The reality is very little is known about the potential impurities contained in the different colors of ink applied to the skin.

Scientists in France and Germany used X-rays fluorescence measures to detect the tiny particles, and they reported strong evidence to show tattoo ink migrates around the body before creating deposits in the neck, armpit and groin.

“We already knew that pigments from tattoos would travel to the lymph nodes because of visual evidence: the lymph nodes become tinted with the colour of the tattoo,” said Bernhard Hesse.

“It is the response of the body to clean the site of entrance of the tattoo.

“What we didn’t know is that they do it in a nano form, which implies that they may not have the same behaviour as the particles at a micro level.

“And that is the problem: we don’t know how nanoparticles react.“

If you’re considering getting a tattoo, it might be worth thinking about whether you want to introduce pigments that include metals into your body all for the sake of superficial fashion.

This Is The Real Reason Why You Have An Innie Or An Outie Belly Button

But first, let us define an innie and an outie.

An innie is the type of belly button that faces or turns inwards whereas an outie is one that pops outwards, kind of like a distension.

Innies are actually much more common than outies. So if you have a belly button that protrudes a little bit, just embrace it because you are one of the special few.

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The umbilical cord is usually cut just seconds after birth and that is when your belly button is formed or created.


Although many people (along with myself) assumed that the type of belly button one got was based on how the cord was cut, this theory is actually not true.


In reality, the belly button is formed when the resulting scar tissue forms over the next few days. How the scar tissue heals will determine how the belly button will look like.


The remaining cord eventually dries up and falls off, and when the scar tissue is fully healed, a belly button is formed!


Outies tend to have a little more scar tissue hence the appearance. You can’t really naturally dictate the shape of your belly button so don’t feel bad if you don’t have the prettiest belly button out there.


An umbilical hernia can also occur when a newborn’s stomach muscles don’t fuse and grow in time thus making the stomach tissue peak and stretch through the muscle fiber.

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This creates a lumpy outie and it can be even more evident and freaky when a baby cries, yawns or flexes its muscles.


This process usually naturally resolves itself within a year but if it is still there by age 4, then a surgical procedure can be chosen to reverse those effects.


In 2005 alone, more than two thousand people had cosmetic surgery done on their belly buttons. And most of those procedures were to go from outies to innies.


But sometimes, outies can become innies too! And this transformation doesn’t even require any surgery.


This process can occur when a pregnant woman’s belly expands too quickly thus forcing the belly button to flip outwards or when an obese person stretches their skin and stomach lining out too quickly.

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Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome

So you act quickly and go see the doctor. The doctor diagnoses you with a rare condition called vertebral artery dissection from hyperextension of the neck, which is also called Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome.

At this point you’re confused because you’ve never heard of this condition before. So read on to find out everything you need to know about this syndrome.

What Causes Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome: When your neck is hyperextended over the edge of the shampoo bowl, the pressure motion that you put on your neck can tear the vertebral artery, which is the main supplier for blood to your brain.


Dr. Steven R. Zeiler explains that when one of those cervical arteries becomes damaged, you get what is called a dissection, which is ultimately damage of the inside of a blood vessel, which leads to abnormal flow and clotting. Those clots can shoot up to the brain and cause a stroke.


But this is not the only act that can cause this syndrome. Research has found that this phenomenon can occur during innocent stretching, sneezing or even getting out of the bed the wrong way.


Confirmed Cases of Beauty Parlor Stroke Syndrome: A case study from 2006 relates a case of a woman who began to develop sudden dizziness, nausea and extreme vomiting while she was having her hair shampooed at a salon parlor.


In 2016, a U.K. man was awarded over $100,000 settlement from a hair salon after he suddenly had a stroke a few days after getting his hair washed.


Symptoms to Watch Out For: A recent study was conducted that examined the symptoms of beauty parlor stroke syndrome. The study included 25 volunteers that reported dizziness symptoms while having their hair washed.


From the study, dizziness, neck pain and carotid blood flow were among the most common symptoms reported while the neck was extended over the sink. But the symptoms were significantly reduced when proper support for the neck was used.


Another study was conducted to see if any other symptoms were experienced during a salon visit. This study found a direct link to the hyperextended neck position during the shampooing experience to cerebellum vascular insufficiency. In basic terms, it’s the obstruction of the main arteries that the blood flows through to the brain.


Although the risk of being injured at a salon is very low, if you have experienced any of these symptoms while getting your hair washed, you might want to do yourself a favor and wash your hair at home.


Other Risks At A Salon: Having your hair washed is not the only health danger at a salon. Getting your nails done is also a potential risk.


When you’re getting the traditional manicure, you’re putting yourself at risk of bacterial fungal, mycobacterial and viral, including human papilloma virus and herpes simplex virus.


Certain chemicals that are used such as formaldehyde and toluene sulphonamide-formaldehyde resin can lead to chronic paronychia – an inflammatory disorder of the nail fold.


Other Disorders Caused By A Trip to the Nail Salon: Just take a look at some of these disorders that may influence you to start doing your own manicures and pedicures at home.


Worn Down Or Overfilled Nails: When you get your nails done, a special coating is used. But by putting on and constantly removing the acrylic nails, you’re inflicting mechanical trauma to your nails.


Peripheral Neuropathy: This is a type of nerve damage that is caused by complications experienced with acrylic nails. Possible cause is the methacrylates that some of the artificial nail products contain.


Nail Thinning: Having strong thick nails is a good indication that you have a healthy strong body. But by constantly having your nails painted can cause them to become weak and thin. This can result in them breaking very easily.


What Your Eye Color Says About Your Personality

Our eyes say a lot about us. They complement our faces, they can say a lot about what or how we’re feeling, and according to a study done in Sweden, our eyes can also say a lot about our personality.

Scientists at Orebro University in Sweden have recently conducted a study of 428 test subjects to determine if the color of our eyes says anything about our personalities.

The study, called Associations Between Iris Characteristics And Personality In Adulthood, explores the correlation between personality traits and iris characteristics. The study suggests that people with different eye colors tend to develop different personality traits based on these eye colors. To see what the study said about the color of your eyes, continue reading below.

Black Eyes: The study suggests that people with dark eyes are typically mysterious. People with dark eyes are also natural born leaders who tend to be more agreeable than most.


If you have dark eyes, you may also be better at certain sports that require accuracy and quick thinking (like tennis).


The study also states that your ability to think fast is due to increased melanin in your iris, which allows connectors between your brain cells to communicate faster.


People with dark eyes also tend to drink less alcohol than other people.


Blue Eyes: blue eyes, on the other hand, lack melanin. Blue-eyed people are typically very psychologically and physically strong.


In fact, a study done at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine involving 58 pregnant women ruled that women with light colored eyes (blue or green) actually tolerate pain during childbirth better than women with dark colored eyes.


The women in the study were also able to handle postpartum depression and anxiety better than other women.


Gray Eyes: If your eyes are this rare color, then you probably have a well-balanced personality. You have two opposite sides to your personality and you balance them well.


Having gray eyes means that you can switch from good to evil quite quickly. If your eyes are light gray, you are probably a very affectionate and caring person.


You also probably keep your guard up around new people and do not let others in easily.


Hazel Eyes: People with hazel eyes are different and unique. The mixture of brown and green in these types of eyes means that people with hazel eyes have personalities that tend to be all over the place. People with hazel eyes are also very independent.


Hazel-eyed folks are also extremely confident and spontaneous. They, like people with dark eyes, are also typically very mysterious.


Brown Eyes: Brown is the most common eye color in the world. People with this eye color are typically more dominant, assertive, confident and agreeable.


People with brown eyes also tend to be more respectful and loyal. If you have brown eyes, you may also find that you have trouble getting up in the morning. This is because people with brown eyes have poorer sleep cycles than most people.


Green Eyes: Green eyes are extremely rare, and tend to have a charm to them. Green-eyed people are typically more dominant and agreeable while strong and cautious at the same time.


If you have green eyes, you might be more of a creative person and are also able to do well under pressure.


7 Reasons Why Some People Get Bitten By Mosquitoes More Often Than Everyone Else

And what’s peskier than being out with a group of friends and being the only one who gets bitten?

Turns out, there might be a couple explanations for that. So, if you’re the friend in your group who is constantly being chomped on by these bugs, here are the 8 reasons why plus some tips on how to avoid it from happening.

1. Carbon Dioxide: Go easy on the breathing. Or at least, the exhaling. Turns out that, like plants, mosquitos are actually drawn to carbon dioxide. So this might be what’s causing the troubles for you. This can also affect people with larger body masses who give off more CD such as people who are pregnant.

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2. Body Temperature: This could be the root of your troubles. If you’re super hot and sweaty all the time this could be calling the blood sucking pests to your neck. Again this can cause larger or pregnant people to be subject to a feeding. Don’t forget the bug spray.

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3. Blood Type: I guess this one is a given, but I honestly hadn’t thought of it. A small study found that people with blood type O are more susceptive to getting bitten than people with blood type A.

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4. Chemical Odors: This same small study also found that only a small percentage of people are able to release the odors that suggest their blood type, according to NCBI.

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After Child Takes Bite Out Of Banana, Mom Spots Red Lines – Rushes Child To ER Just In Time

Fruits and veggies should be a staple in many people’s diets. It is important to eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and veggies since each color dictates a certain nutrient and vitamin. A UK mother was doing just that when she went to a local grocery store to procure some bananas.

It wasn’t until she cut them open that she realized that the bananas were the cause of her daughter’s illness.

The mother believes that the red streak running down the banana was a sign of contamination that caused her young daughter to become sick.

Lissa Merlin is a mother from the United Kingdom and she was doing her regular grocery shopping when she picked up a set of bananas.

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She brought them home and her young daughter, Dionne, decided to take a banana and eat it. It wasn’t long until the little girl suddenly began to feel ill.


Being a cautious mother, she checked the banana that her daughter had ate and it revealed a reddish black streak down the core.


The discoloration was due to a mold caused by a type of fungus called Nigrospora. Although many would assume that all mold is toxic to humans, Nigrospora is actually different.


10 Foods to Eat and Avoid on an Empty Stomach for Better Digestive Health

Eating is vital to our health and well being. We eat to live. When you consume your foods, in some cases, is just as important as what you are consuming. Eating all the right foods but at the wrong time is counterintuitive and an exercise in futility.

The goal in healthy eating is not just eating foods that are good for you and avoiding the bad. It is learning your body and figuring out how to optimize the food that you do eat. This means learning how to improve your digestion and to maximize absorption of the key nutrients your body needs.

Eat These 4 Foods on an Empty Stomach

Fresh Fruit

Fruit is an incredibly healthy food group: packed with vitamins, nutrients, fiber and water. Incorporating fruit into your diet, the proper way, allows your digestive system to reap more powerful benefits through vitamin intake and improved digestion. Starting your day with fruits helps you detoxify your system, supplies you with a great deal of physical energy, can aid in weight loss and provide the needed energy and focus for other life activities.

The simple sugars contained in fruit need time to be completely absorbed by your body. When fruits are eaten alone and when your stomach is empty, all of the nutrients, fiber and the simple sugars contained in the fruit can be more easily processed. According to prevailing research, this is the ‘proper way’ to benefit from eating fruits.

Oatmeal, Buckwheat and Cornmeal Porridge

Eating oatmeal first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach has several advantages. First it provides a coating on the lining of the stomach which prevents irritation from your bodies naturally occurring hydrochloric acid (HCL). Oatmeal also contains soluble fiber which aids in digestion and lowers cholesterol.

Buckwheat and cornmeal porridge also stimulate digestion while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They remove toxins and heavy metals from your intestines and create a satiated feeling for a longer period of time.


Honey helps to awaken your immune and digestive systems. Honey has been shown to help with “lazy bowel syndrome,” and other stomach issues. It also acts as a cleaning agent by ridding the body of harmful viruses and bacteria.


Eggs are extremely good for you and provide a myriad of health benefits whenever they are consumed. What makes them the perfect food to consume on an empty stomach is the fact that they make you feel full longer. Studies have shown that when eggs are eaten in the morning, the total amount of daily calories consumed decreases and eggs also aid in fat reduction.

These four foods will improve your overall health, aid in digestion and are excellent breakfast foods!

Along with knowing which foods we should eat, we should also be aware of foods we should avoid eating when our stomach is empty. Eating the wrong foods at the wrong time can wreak havoc on your insides.

Avoid These 6 Foods When Your Stomach is Empty


Tomatoes, although packed with nutrients and high amounts of Vitamin C, also contain high levels of tannic acid which increases acidity in the stomach and can lead to gastric ulcers. Save the tomatoes for dinner salad.


The primary reason to avoid putting yogurt on an empty stomach is because the benefits of the lactic acid bacteria found in yogurt is rendered ineffective due to the high acidity of stomach acid. Therefore you gain very few of yogurt’s health benefits when consumed first thing in the morning.

Processed Sugar

We all are aware that too much sugar is bad for you. But did you know that the sugar added to most processed foods–such as high fructose corn syrup and other such sweeteners have the same effect on the liver as drinking too much alcohol? The sugar that is found naturally in fruits is counteracted by it’s fiber but copious amounts of fructose–especially on an empty stomach, overloads the liver and can lead to liver damage. Skip the breakfast donuts, guys…


Bananas are one of the best known diet foods. It satiates, assists in relieving constipation and is considered by some health experts to be a super food. However, bananas contain high amounts of magnesium and potassium which can lead to an imbalance of magnesium and potassium in blood if you eat bananas on a completely empty stomach. Bananas are a prime example of eating the right food at the wrong time.

Tea and Coffee

Drinking coffee on an empty stomach increases acidity, which in turn causes heartburn and indigestion throughout the day. Drinking tea on an empty stomach can suppress the secretion of gastric juices and reduces bile and acid in the stomach which aid in the overall digestion of foods and is essential to the process of secreting excess cholesterol from the body.


With no food in the stomach, alcohol travels straight to the bloodstream. Once alcohol is in the bloodstream, it’s quickly distributed throughout the entire body, causing the blood vessels to widen and result in temporary feelings of warmth, temporary decrease in pulse rate, as well as blood pressure. It travels through the stomach, kidneys, lungs, liver, and then to the brain. It doesn’t always take long for this to happen either; about 20 percent of the alcohol a person drinks passes through the stomach and reaches the brain within a minute. Having food in the stomach decreases the rate in which alcohol travels through the bloodstream, slows its effects and minimizes the damage it causes to the organs.

Research is definitive; when you eat is just as important as what you eat. Good health begins with being conscious about what we put into our bodies and learning how to fully optimize those good food choices.

6 Secrets to Look Great for a Special Occasion

Unexpected things happen: a surprise vacation, an old friend’s wedding, your own marriage proposal. So how do we clean our skin and get in shape fast? It seems impossible…

Fret not! Bright Side has collected some tips on what you can do when there’s not much time.

2 weeks. Lose weight.

You could lose a few pounds in 2 weeks if you reduce your caloric intake to 1,000-1,100 kcal per day. To do this, fill your diet with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat fish and meat. Due to limited energy intake, stored fats will be burned. Don’t forget to drink at least half a gallon (2 liters) of water a day — this is rule #1 for those who want to lose weight.

1 week. Tighten the waist and improve skin condition.

Losing weight in 7 days is possible with 3 types of foods: citrus fruits, pineapple, and protein. Citrus fruits contain large amounts of fruit acids, which dissolve fats and remove them from the body. In addition, vitamin-rich fruits — especially vitamin C-rich — will improve your immunity, skin condition, and overall well-being.

Pineapple is recognized as one of the best slimming products thanks to bromelain, which effectively breaks down fats. Proteins are building blocks for our body, supplying energy. For a full-fledged result, you should forget about carbohydrates and fats for these 7 days.

3 days. Tighten your belly.

Several options could help you remove excess fat from your abdominal area. The first: drink 7 oz (200 ml) of carrot and apple (1:1) juice 6 times a day. Not only do these products contain few calories but they also saturate your body with vitamins, beta-carotene, and pectin.

The second option: for breakfast and lunch, prepare a mixture of 1 boiled egg, 1 tablespoon of sour cream, and 1 grated carrot. For dinner, just have green tea without sugar.

2 days. Cleanse your body.

If you have only a couple of days left, small hacks for cleansing your body will come in handy. They work thanks to the same bromelain that breaks down fats. For breakfast, have a pineapple, which you can supplement with fresh citrus juice or coffee without sugar but with lemon.

During the day, replace your usual drinks with a glass of hot water with mint and lemon. Lunch should consist of beets, carrots, and cabbage and also a few large prunes if you’d like. You should also have a glass of water with lemon and maybe some dried apricotsbefore going to bed.

1 day. Remove excess water.

When the time can be measured in hours, you will be saved by vegetables and bran. The latter serves as an “internal scrub” for our intestines, so 5-6 tablespoons of bran with low-fat yogurt in the morning will be very useful for your body.

Fry with 1 tablespoon of olive oil or boil 3.3 lb (1.5 kg) of frozen vegetables. Divide it into 5-6 servings, and eat at regular intervals. These measures will help you get rid of excess water. This is the best you can do because removing fats takes much longer.

Remember that these tips are good only for the periods of time mentioned! Eating too many sour foods on an empty stomach or a prolonged low-calorie intake is dangerous. Losing weight is a gradual process, and these tips are simply emergency measures. Love yourself, and enjoy the celebrations!

Bonus: Prevent sagging breasts

  1. Strengthen the muscles in your chest with weightlifting, chest presses and pulls, arm raises, roundabout push-ups, and dumbbell flyes. Don’t forget to wear a properly fitted sports bra.
  2. Sleep on your back. If you favor one side while you sleep, you may find that the top breast stretches more.
  3. Stop dieting, and eat healthily. Each time you gain weight, your breasts may appear to sag more when you lose it.