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7 Foods You Should Never Eat Before You Swim

Don't dive in before you dive in.

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    Ice Cream

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    Spicy Foods

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    Fruit Juice & Soda

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    Alcohol

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    Beans

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    Coffee

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    Celery

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  • Eating foods with high fat content before taking a swim can lead to indigestion and discomfort, and ice cream is a major culprit. The butterfat is especially high in premium brands like Häagen-Dazs or Ben & Jerry's, so sherbet or sorbet might be a better option for a frozen, poolside treat.

  • Since your body is often in a horizontal position when you're swimming, acid reflux can become an issue, and spicy foods can make it worse. Steer clear of hot sauces and peppers before you take a dip to decrease chances of discomfort.

  • Hydrate with water or sports drinks instead of fruit juices and sugary sodas, which can cause bloating and cramping. The content of these beverages puts pressure on the outer layer of your abdominal wall, which can put a damper on any swimming excursion.

  • Boozy drinks can impair your judgement, and that's especially dangerous when water is involved. If you want to enjoy poolside margaritas or a few beers at the beach, do so in moderation so you don't find yourself in a risky situation that could lead to drowning.

  • Beans and legumes like lentils and split peas have tons of fiber, which is great for your health, but not ideal when it comes to feeling great in your swimsuit. If you eat lots of them before swimming, you could experience constipation, bloating and cramping—none of which will make you feel like splashing around much.

  • Caffeine might give you a burst of energy for swimming laps, but the negative effects outweigh the positives. Drinking coffee and energy drinks could cause you to experience diarrhea or nausea in the water, plus there's a good chance you'll get dehydrated.

  • Certain foods, like celery, can cause a chemical reaction that makes your skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light. Sun exposure after eating celery or even having the juices on your hands after slicing the vegetable could result in rashes or skin irritation. Factoring in the sun glare from the pool or ocean, this is definitely something to avoid even days before you take a dip.