9 Ways The Weather Affects Your Health

There might actually be some truth to the saying, “I can feel it in my bones.”

Arthritis sufferers often say they can feel a change of weather as their joints become achy and stiff, while migraine suffers often blame the weather for a headache.

When it’s cold outside, we layer up and dress warmly, but when temperatures begin to soar we lose those layers so our bodies can stay cool.

However, it turns out that the weather can have a much bigger effect on our bodies than just making us hot or cold.

Cold weather can trigger a heart attack, while too much sun can cause heat stroke.

We take a look at nine ways the weather can affect our health.

Head: Migraine

\Heart: Attack

Mood: SAD

Lungs: Thunderstorm asthma

Immune system: Colds and flu

Blood circulation: Legs

Heat stroke

Heatstroke is a medical emergency that occurs in hot, humid conditions when your core body temperature rises to 41°C. There are two types – classical and exercise induced.

Skin: cancer

South Africa has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia. Make sure you protect your skin all year round.

Our bodies are made up of more than two-thirds water. If you experience a 5% decrease in water levels, your energy levels can drop by 25 to 30%. Dehydration must be treated as a serious condition.


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