The Met office has issued a warning of heatwave conditions over the weekend, which got us to thinking about some of the bizarre things that can happen to our bodies in the heat. Did you know that...
...hot weather can give you bad breath.
Excessive heat can cause you to dehydrate, which has been proven to have a pretty unsexy side effect – bad breath.
When you are dehydrated, your mouth becomes dry. Bacteria accumulates because there isn't enough saliva to wash it away.
...the sun can make you strong.
You might feel like the sun is giving you an extra spring in your step. And this may actually be happening. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which is linked to strong bones.
So get yourself to a park and stock up on some vit D while you can. Obviously be careful you don't get sunburnt in the process.
...serious heat can stop you sweating.
When we say 'serious' we mean it. You may think this sounds like a dream, but it can, in fact, be a sign of heat stroke – and needs to be treated as an emergency.
The body's normal temperature is 37-38C, but if it heats up too much (40-41C), you may find yourself getting heat stroke. At that point, your heat regulatory system can, essentially, pack in, which stops you from sweating, as your body tries to keep water around your vital organs.