Do You Really Have to Wait 30 Minutes to Swim After Eating? — Wellness

Imagine your perfect summer day: You sleep in late, make your way to the beach (or lake, or pool), and spend the rest of the afternoon alternating between napping in the sun, eating hot dogs, and taking a dip.

Outside of remembering to re-slather yourself with sunscreen, there’s not a lot you have to worry about — except for that whole old adage about waiting 30 minutes to swim after you scarf down your lunch or have an ice cream cone.

What’s the deal with this theory, anyway? Where did it come from, and do you really have to worry about it?

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