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ALERT: 5 Things You Should NEVER Eat Before Swimming

Ok, there are definitely foods you shouldn't consume before you go for a swim, and we've got the list below. But, let's first address the elephant in the room: Having to wait 30 – 60 minutes after you eat, before you swim is a myth, and a very old one. It was said that blood would rush from your muscles and into your stomach to digest food, therefore causing severe cramping in your arms and legs. Well, every single website we researched says MYTH. And where did this all start from? It's been a fallacy for over 100 years, as the Boy Scout handbook from 1908 warned scouts to wait 90 minutes to swim after eating or they might drown.

Bringing a tray of food into the pool

Okay, now the foods you should avoid before swimming...

Fried & Spicy Foods – Bottom line is that you should avoid fried and spicy foods before ANY exercise, but especially swimming as you're using the muscles in your entire body. The reason: These foods take a long time to digest and are prone to come back up in the form of acid refux. No thank you.

Ice Cream (Especially brands high in butter fat) – Because of the high fat content, jumping in for a swim after a bowl or a cone can cause upset stomach, indigestion, and stomach cramps.

Soda & Fruit Juices – High sugar content causes cramping and bloating which is something you definitely don't want when you're splashing around in the deep end. Water is your best bet.

Alcohol – Alcohol can cause dehydration which can lead to muscle cramps. Plus, it can impair you physically and mentally – not a good idea when you're in over your head pun intended).

BeansHigh fiber food like beans can cause bloating and cramping if you're splashing about. And a bowl of chili is a double-whammy as you have spicy mixed with high fiber. Nope, don't do it.

Kids swimming together at the pool

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