Have you ever heard the claim, “always wait an hour after eating before swimming”? Well, that theory is only a myth. Studies these days show that the probability of getting cramps after eating in the pool is small. You should be safe from cramping unless your food contained alcohol. So, yes, you may get small cramps, but recently it has been proven that the chances of drowning are not increased due to eating prior to swimming.
The original thought was eating before swimming was dangerous because it could cause cramps; potentially causing you to drown. On the other hand, the opposite could be more disastrous. If you have not eaten much before swimming, your arms and legs may not get enough blood circulation which could cause you to drown. Believe or not, many people were worried about this because it was associated with drownings.
The myth was first introduced in 1908 in a boy scout hand book, warning to wait up to 90 minutes before swimming after consuming food. Where the boy scouts’ got the book is unknown, but it was clearly wrong. Still, it was believed for over a hundred years.
In the end, you do not have to avoid swimming after eating. Eating right before swimming is not life-threatening, but remember to drink more water as the hotter weather creeps in. So the next time you want to take a dip in the pool, remember it is not dangerous to eat right before splashing in, As always, keep reading stories and have fun swimming this summer!
By: Avey Schulz
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