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Is it unhealthy to swim after a meal?

It is not unhealthy to swim after consuming a meal; however, it may be very uncomfortable for some individuals may be more sensitive to the challenge of simultaneous exertion and digestion.  The body needs a lot of blood to digest food.  This means that if you combine that with significant physical activity, your body’s normal digestion process is competing with the process to provide oxygen/fuel rich blood to hardworking muscles.  This is why some individuals may feel the need to vomit when exercising after a meal.  To reduce the chance of stomach distress, avoid consuming a heavy meal before engaging in demanding physical activity.
Dr. Know debunks the myth about swimming after a meal. Learn more about swimming in this video from Discovery.


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