Debunking summertime myths: Wait after eating before swimming? Contagious poison ivy?

Debunking summertime myths: Wait after eating before swimming? Contagious poison ivy?

Debunking summertime myths: Wait after eating before swimming? Contagious poison ivy?

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by WHAS11

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Posted on July 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

(WHAS11) - We are already halfway through summer and that got us thinking about summertime myths.

Myth: Wait 30 minutes after eating before swimming.
Reality: True! The science behind it is that your stomach needs blood flow to digest food and swimming diverts blood flow to your muscles instead.

Myth: Swallowing watermelon seeds is bad for you.
Reality: False! It is true that your body cannot process them and will simply pass them through your digestive system, but there is very little risk in swallowing them. In fact, they are eaten regularly in countries like China and Nigeria.

Myth: Poison ivy is contagious.
Reality: False! You can only get the rash and be affected by poison ivy if you come into direct contact with the oils on the plant.

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