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Busted! 6 Truths About Childhood Myths

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Wait an Hour After Eating to Swim


A long held belief is that swimming immediately after eating can cause severe muscle cramping and, in extreme cases, drowning, since the body diverts its blood flow away from muscles to the digestive system. According to the American Red Cross, there is no set amount of time you should wait to swim, although it might feel a bit uncomfortable swimming on a full stomach.

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