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Healthy Living: Is swimming after eating dangerous?
Charles Stuart Platkin, PhD.April 11, 2012 | 2,349 views | Post a comment
Why shouldn’t you swim after you eat -- is it dangerous?
“No, it is not dangerous,” said University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Professor Lona Sandon. “You could get an uncomfortable stomach cramp, but that goes for any activity after eating. When we eat, blood rushes to the stomach and intestines to get the digestive muscles moving. If we begin exercising during this process, the blood is diverted back to the working muscles in the legs or other body parts needed during exercise.
“This leaves the digestive tract in a bit of a lurch, slowing down digestion and increasing the potential for cramping. This also leaves a mass of food in your digestive tract that can make you feel uncomfortable and bloated,” Sandon said. She recommends waiting 30 minutes before attempting vigorous activity.
Charles Stuart Platkin, Ph.D., is a nutrition and public health advocate and founder of DietDetective.com.
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