Wednesday 15 May 2019

Marla Ahlgrimm | Summer Swim Safety

Marla Ahlgrimm
Summer is near, and that means swim season. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, safety should be everyone’s #1 priority, even more so than whether or not we fit into those itsy bitsy bikinis. Here are a few swim safety tips compiled by the women’s health expert.

Don’t swim in cloudy water.

Marla Ahlgrimm says that there are many reasons to avoid pools with cloudy water. First are the germs. A cloudy or milky-looking swimming pool has not been properly disinfected. If the water is not crystal clear, the equipment has not been maintained in there are of germs, viruses, and bacteria waiting for you to take a dive. Further, dirty water makes it considerably more difficult to see to the bottom of the pool. This is dangerous, and Marla Ahlgrimm notes that people have died in swimming pools and gone undiscovered for several hours or days because the other swimmers simply could not see that there was a problem.

Dry off completely after swimming.

One thing is certain when you swim, and that is that you will get wet. While this is an excellent way to cool off on a hot summer day, it’s important for women to dry off completely following exposure to water. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that this is because of the risk of getting or worsening a yeast infection. Yeast needs moisture and heat to grow, and that’s exactly what you get if you fail to dry out your most sensitive areas.

Keep the babies out.

Babies deserve to have fun in the water just as much to everyone else. However, Marla Ahlgrimm stresses that babies who are not potty trained should never be allowed to swim in a body of water with other people. Aside from the risk of drowning, a dirty diaper may contain parasites that can cause significant gastrointestinal upset, including severe diarrhea and vomiting.


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