With the arrival of summer, one of the questions that holds the most attention is whether or not it is possible to swim in the sea or in the pool after eating.
Science is cautious because specific studies have not yet been carried out capable of giving a definitive answer as to whether taking a bath after lunch can actually be dangerous.
However, it is not wrong to say that contact with cold water can lead to a slowdown in digestion , which in turn causes various more or less serious events, and that therefore it is necessary to maintain a good dose of caution and take a bath afterwards. having eaten only by implementing some precautions.
When There Is The Risk Of Congestion
The greatest danger you can run while bathing after eating is to develop congestion , which is nothing but the consequence of the thermal shock given by entering cold water which could interfere with digestion , a rather complex process which begins a few minutes after the end of the meal and whose times are not universal but depend on the types of food ingested.
Although fortunately this is not an event that occurs often, it should not be underestimated because in some cases it can even lead to collapse and death.
Digestion also requires a lot of energy from the body and the extra blood flow to the stomach and intestines can make it difficult to perform other activities and also lead to cramps or general feeling unwell.
What To Eat At The Beach Or Pool
Although there are no official guidelines, it is therefore ideal to wait until digestion is complete before indulging in a refreshing bath . Fortunately, waiting times aren’t always very long.
Digestion is faster and easier if you eat light foods, so although it is not possible to define the ideal meal to eat on the beach or by the pool, it is correct to say that some foods are more recommended and that there are rules that adults and children should follow .
First of all, it is good not to overdo the potions but consume them smaller than usual, distributing them throughout the day, so as to make the digestive process less demanding. Chewing well and taking small bites also helps to facilitate this process.
As far as food types are concerned, given that summer days tend to be quite hot, it is better to opt for light foods rich in water , which also help to stay properly hydrated , and those rich in mineral salts such as fresh fruit and vegetables which contribute to replenish those lost through sweat .
The salads and steamed , boiled or grilled fish are also excellent , preferable to meat.
Before taking a bath, it is better to stay away from very fatty, caloric foods such as red meat or rich in sugars .
Finally, avoid fried foods , particularly heavy ingredients such as butter or cream and limit the consumption of carbonated and sugary drinks.
Even alcohol should be avoided completely before entering the water because being rich in sugars they cause excessive sweating . Furthermore, according to many estimates, around 70% of drowning deaths seem to be related to alcohol consumption and the reasons are also linked to the negative effect that alcoholic beverages have on reflexes and attention span. If you allow yourself a drink on the beach, then, before swimming, it is better to wait under the umbrella for the effects to have run their course.
What To Do Before Taking A Bath
If you don’t want to wait for digestion to finish, to enjoy the sea or the pool safely, there are some precautions to take to avoid the development of congestion or other problems.
First of all it is good to evaluate the weather conditions in progress . If the sea is very rough, it is better to give up and not take unnecessary risks. If it is very hot outside but the water does not reach high temperatures, it is better to wait a few extra minutes because the temperature difference could be too large.
Even bathing in company can be useful in case you feel unwell and you need to ask for help.
Since the number one enemy of the post-lunch swim is the cold , getting wet a little at a time , without running into the water, is strongly recommended because in doing so the body temperature is kept as stable as possible, the body gets used to the change and the chance of thermal shock decreases. When the difference between the temperature of the body and that of the water is very high, fainting can also arise, so better not be in a hurry.
Finally, it is useful to assess one’s own swimming and psychophysical abilities . If you are not particularly familiar with swimming, it is better not to stray too far from the shore of the beach or from the poolside and if you do not feel particularly fit, do not enter the water or measure your strength, without overexerting yourself .