7 Ridiculous Health Myths People Still Believe

FeatureViorel Sima / Shutterstock[content-ad-1]We’ve all received countless pieces of health advice. Unfortunately, not all of them are true—even if your grandmother told you so. Here are 7 health myths that you (or people you know) likely believe, and why they couldn’t be farther from the truth.

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You Shouldn’t Swim for At Least an Hour After You Eat

How many times have you heard to stay away from the pool after eating? This myth is based on the mistaken idea that your stomach will steal the oxygen needed by your muscles during a swim, leading to drowning. Sounds ridiculous, right? It is.

Our bodies have plenty of oxygen to support both our muscles and stomach. If this myth were true, anyone who loves multi-tasking would be doomed. The only nugget of truth here is that competitive swimmers shouldn’t eat a large meal before a swim (not because they risk drowning, but because they might experience some cramps).

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