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Know your heat terms in wake of hot temperatures

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Posted at 7:29 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 19:29:58-04

LANSING, Mich. — With a brutal heat wave expected to hit later this week, there are a few heat-related terms you might see get thrown around and will want to understand.

Heat cramps are painful cramps caused by the loss of salt and fluids when you sweat.

Heat exhaustion is how your body responds to losing water from sweating. This can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness and weakness.

Heat stroke is the most serious and that happens when your body can no longer regulate it's core temperature. You can't sweat so you are unable to get rid of any excess heat.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has some advice on how you can stay cool and hydrated during the heat.
• Drink more fluids and avoid liquids with large amounts of sugar and alcohol.
• Limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest in the morning and evening.
• Spend time indoors in air conditioning.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
• Wear sunscreen, as sunburn affects a body’s ability to cool down.

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