How Does the Heat Affect You Internally?

Posted on July 19, 2011

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When the temperature increases outside, it’s easy to see how your body is externally affected. You perspire, and may look flushed. What happens internally is less obvious and often not of concern to us; nonetheless it is still important to understand.

When it’s warm, blood travels to our vital organs to keep them functioning, and also to the skin to cool it down. Because the blood flow is preoccupied with those tasks, the stomach often gets less blood flow. At that time the digestion system is not working as effectively as possible. It is possible to become ill from the heat, and show signs of cramping, severe headache, nausea, or severe weakness. The most serious heat related illness is heatstroke, which causes an altered mental state and can lead to a state of unconsciousness and kidney failure.

It is in your best interest to drink more water and eating foods that are easier to digest are most ideal during hot weather. If you have any questions, please call us at the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050).

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