You’ve probably heard that if you swim on a full stomach you’ll cramp up or even worse, drown. But is there any truth to this water safety concern? We asked our expert, Tom Gutwein, MD, to weigh in:
Swimming after eating depends on 2 things:
How much you eat
How hard/vigorous you swim
If you consume a small meal, and are swimming at a leisurely pace, you are fine. If you are eating a meal and go in deep water to swim laps, you need to wait at least 30 minutes. When you swim shortly after eating a heavy meal, you are exposing yourself to a risky situation.
Dr. Gutwein’s recommendation: Resting your palate for 30 minutes before going for a vigorous swim.