In fact, during the Summer Olympics, several athletes made headlines by admitting that this frequently happens. While this may seem merely unappealing, a study suggested that urine can actually combine with the chlorine disinfectant in swimming pool water to make potentially harmful chemicals. The study found that a chemical in urine and sweat, called uric acid, undergoes a chemical reaction with chlorine to produce two substances— cyanogen chloride and trichloramine. These substances can be inhaled by swimmers, especially those who swim indoors. Do these health concerns mean we should stop swimming? Swimming has numerous health benefits, which outweigh any risks from these chemicals for most people, especially if you swim outdoors or only seasonally.
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About one in five American adults admitted in a survey to having peed in the pool. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps even confessed back in that peeing in the pool is an acceptable thing to do. When we're in the pool for two hours, we don't really get out to pee. We just go whenever we are on the wall. A team of researchers in Canada seemed to confirm the notion that "everybody" does it.
Image via Travelzoo. We all have habits we prefer to keep classified but as people prepare to leave on summer vacations, a new global survey released by Travelzoo , one of the largest publisher of travel deals, reveals the dirty little secrets of travelers across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The data indicates that close to 70 percent of Americans snag hotel toiletries and a whopping 64 percent said they have tinkled in the pool while on vacation! What's worse is that 10 percent Germans said they have cheated on their partner while on vacation -- thankfully only 3 percent of Americans admitted to doing so. Taking Hotel Toiletries Grabbing extra hotel toiletries ranks as the most common travel secret for Americans 69 percent followed by Canadians 63 percent , Chinese 61 percent and Britons 45 percent.
But while taking a dip is a great way to beat the heat, many public pools are crawling with germs -- and, if not treated properly, can pose a major health risk. Before heading to the pool this weekend, find out what could be lurking in the water -- and learn how to protect yourself and your family. Though it may seem like a habit most people would grow out of after childhood -- or preferably, never pick up in the first place -- many adults admit to relieving themselves while swimming. But as tempting as it may be to avoid drying off and trekking to the bathroom, experts have a clear message: don't do it.