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    Staying healthy as a mermaid

    Hi everyone,

    I've been working on a list of things to keep an eye on to stay healthy as a mermaid. Here's a few things I've looked into so far, could anyone help me expand it?

    * Brain health - researching if frequent and prolonged breath holding causes any harm to the brain, and if so, what can be done to stay safe and healthy.

    * Mermaiding warm-ups. Some good stretches and warm ups before going for a swim or having a mer-training session.

    * Sinus care - big one for me. A doctor told my mom I'm prone to ear infections and shouldn't dive deep, and as an adult who had moved abroad to Japan, my sinus problems have reared their ugly head with new bugs for my body to become immune too. And just when it couldn't get worse, developing my first allergies that have made me a regular at the ENT Doctor. So I'm looking into ear plus and nose plugs and whatever else can help.

    * Hair care - I know it's been covered here, great read! Just thought it worth mentioning again.

    * Skin care? How does chlorine, saltwater, and so on affect your skin when you swim regularly?

    * Eye care - keeping your eyes healthy, similar to skin.

    Anything else??

    Health is SO important. Let's all try to be as healthy as we can be!

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    I would add eating right. That has a different definition for everyone tho. Like me, I am a vegan that tries to eat as 'raw' as possible. I rarely eat processed food- if I do it is out to eat, or an energy bar...otherwise the most processed thing I eat is condiments on my food. Because a lot of the stuff I eat has few calories I have to eat a LOT and make sure I complain often about needing more calories. My food regimin is probly very boring to a lot of people. (I can ramble more about it but I won't.)

    As for actual answers to what you have, I just do whatecer and don't think much about howit affects me. 'Healthy', right? My biggest concern is pool water...seahorseys don't do well with pools so I try to avoid them entirely.



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    Good list. I thought that holding your breath would only really start causing problems if you frequently hold it for longer then 5 minutes... Which is really hard to do. Am I wrong?

    Hooray! Another vegan. .

    And I also get concerned about the public pools. My sister in law caught something from a public pool that totally wrecked her immune system and she has had horrible health ever since. Scary...


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    Veggie here as well-and as mentioned, breathholding should not have averse effects when not overdone. It can even have positive sideeffects like killing noxious bacteria or parasites that are anaerob.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissa View Post
    My sister in law caught something from a public pool that totally wrecked her immune system and she has had horrible health ever since. Scary...
    oh no, something else to watch out for!
    Do you have any idea what it was?
    Cryptosporidium, perhaps?

    I'd hate to learn there is something even worse out there...
    although, of course, it could have been any virus that is transmitted over respiration.
    In theory, you can catch every single horrible disease ever which is transmitted that way over the ventilatory system of a crowded place.
    We have a mer here who almost lost her hearing because of a rare virus she probably caught from a kid in a pool.

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    I think it was cryptosporidium, and I think that led to further problems and intolerances that she chronically has to deal with.

    Yeah, public pools are scary to me for that reason, especially if they are crowded. Most of my swimming these days is done in lakes and the ocean, but it is really cold water where I live, so I have been trying to figure out what early mornings I can swim in a pool to avoid crowds... And maybe diseases?(although who knows if it really reduces the chances).


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    Avoiding crowds is the best you can do, sadly it's not always possible.

    I also wear protection for eyes, sinuses and ears, make sure not to touch any surfaces with bare skin, and only visit facilities that appear to be in a well-cleaned condition.

    I can't wait for the day when I finally have my own pool, though!

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    Thanks ladies! I hadn't ever thought of catching something from the pool itself! All the more reason to be careful and stay healthy.

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    U should check out the videos on this website there is everything u need to know from hair to ears and nose http://halifaxmermaids.weebly.com/


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    Great to see more plant powered mers!!!

    You can get sick from pools OR other bodoes of water. I got an ear infection recently after being in a lake, but the doc thinks a _middle_ ear infection from water in the ear is unlikely. So I am going to invest in ear plugs after that. But stuff happens no matter how careful you are. My policy is avoid pools and embrace the natural bodies of water



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    TIP: Sometimes when water gets trapped in your ears, it doesn't always drain in a reasonable amount of time. I'm a swim instructor, and I know that after lessons and being in the pool for several hours, i have thoroughly filled my ears with water. On occasion, my ears don't drain, not even overnight. I've found that a drop or two of over the counter rubbing alcohol, dripped into the ear, breaks the water tension seal, and the water (and rubbing alcohol) will come right out. I personally feel that it helps hold off ear infections from stagnant water hiding in the ear canal. i use the same method after swimming in natural bodies of water as well.
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    You see...after that particular swim my merfriend suggested alcohol, so I did it in my left ear. That is the one I later found out was infected. In the past I have used the product Swimmer's Ear, but now I have this manual method where I put my palm against my ear and 'plunge' it out. Sounds like a fart but it sucks the water right on out. I don't often get water in my ears tho, usually just when I make a poorly planned turn. I lived on a lake growing up and have been to other questionable bodies of water, but this was my 1st ear infection after being in a lake. So no telling what exactly caused the infection, as the net and the doc agree it is unlikely it was the lake. I do use ear plugs every night I wonder if they had a play in it. *shrug*

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    My mom (a nurse) always used hydrogen peroxide in our ears after swims. Purely anecdotal, but I never got an ear infection, even though I was constantly in the pool/river/ocean/gulf/creek/pond growing up.

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    Fantasic tips everyone! I have a good idea of a routine now to make sure I don't need to see my ENT again soon after I starting swimming! I think the peroxide in the ear after swimming sounds like a fantastic routine to stick with.

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