June 8, 2015 | Will

I surf a lot and think nothing of swallowing sea water. However, a new study by scientists at the University of Exeter highlights how badly sea water is polluted - which makes me think twice.

By taking rectal samples from members of Surfers Against Sewage, the researchers hope to find out how sea pollution - including antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' - affects our gut bacteria.

Now the sun is here I'm desperate to get out on the water. I'll be careful not to swallow too much water, though.

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Surfers swallow an average of 170 ml of sea water per session.

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