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13 health rules you can break

POSTED: 12:32 PM PST Jan 27, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 27, 2013 

Some health rules are followed religiously, but really have no medical or scientific foundation at all. Here are 13 popular rules that aren't as hard-and-fast as you might think.

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Don't swim after you eat. There's no evidence that this causes cramps, which could possibly lead to drowning. While it's true that eating diverts some blood to the digestive system, most experts agree your body can still provide enough blood and oxygen during exercise to keep cramps from happening.

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