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Offline michel_mr

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Why is it dangerous to swim after eating ?
« on: 24/03/2005 16:53:10 »
hello every one ,my question in short:why is it very dangerous to swim directly after eating,as i know it can provokes heart attack and dizzness....i really want to know very much

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Re: Why is it dangerous to swim after eating ?
« Reply #1 on: 27/03/2005 09:09:28 »
:( i thought it was to prevent cramping.  logic dictates, or at least mom logic dictates, that if you swim, all your blood rushes to your muscles, leaving the food to sit in your stomach like a lump.
that's what mom always told us.  never ever underestimate a mom.
 

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Re: Why is it dangerous to swim after eating ?
« Reply #2 on: 29/03/2005 08:48:10 »
She's right.

The intestines contain a huge amount of muscle which helps to pulverise the nutrients out of what we eat.

But just as a work out gets the heart pumping to deliver enough blood to your biceps so you can bench press half a tonne, a big meal takes a lot of energy to process, and a substantial proportion of cardiac output is diverted to the gut to supply the muscles and pick up the products of digestion.

If you go swimming with a huge meal inside you the guts can commandeer too much blood, depriving muscles in the parts of the body you use to keep you afloat - like your arms and legs ! This can trigger cramp, causing muscles to go into painful spasm, and help you to drown !

Also, a big heavy meal will affect your bouyancy and make you more likely to sink.

Therefore it's a good idea to wait a little while (a couple of hours) after a big meal before doing battle with 12 foot waves, or attempting a cross-channel swim !

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