By Tara Rippin • 07 November 2018 • 22:18
BAD BREATH: Dehydration in the heat can cause unexpected problems so drink lots of water.
THE long, hot summer days are almost behind us, but have you ever wondered what happens to the body in extreme heat.
Some people love the sultry conditions and overload of vitamin D, but for others it can wreak havoc with the body.
Hot weather can cause some painful chafing, unavoidable sweaty armpits and sleepless nights of relentless tossing and turning. And then there’s the hay fever.
But it can also give you bad breath.
Excessive heat can cause you to dehydrate, which has been proven to have the unsexy side effect of halitosis.
When the mouth becomes dry, bacteria accumulates due to a lack of saliva to wash it away.
During summer months, the body loses more water naturally through sweating. This, coupled with an increase in the use of hay fever medications, fad summer dieting, and increase in outdoor exercising and over exposure to the sun, can also make the problem worse.
It’s advisable to drink plenty of water, not just to combat bad breath, but to keep other body organs functioning well.
On a positive note, a healthy amount of sun can actually strengthen bones as vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, commonly linked to strong bones.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.
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