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Powerful magnetic storm approaching Earth: When to take precautions for your health

Powerful magnetic storm approaching Earth: When to take precautions for your health A powerful magnetic storm will cover the earth (Collage RBC-Ukraine)

A powerful magnetic storm will hit Earth at the end of June due to strong solar flares. According to scientists, it will reach a K-index level of 5 and may last for at least two days.

Meteoagent tells about this magnetic storm, when it will occur, and how to protect your health.

What is a magnetic storm

The Sun regularly experiences explosions and flares that eject a large amount of solar energy into space. This energy consists of charged particles (protons and electrons) that can move rapidly through space.

These particles also travel towards Earth, and when they reach Earth's magnetosphere, geomagnetic activity occurs. Scientists refer to this as solar or magnetic storms.

Magnetic storms are classified on a scale from K-index 1 to K-index 9. From K-index 1 to K-index 5, these are weak to moderate magnetic storms that are almost imperceptible to humans.

From K-index 5 to K-index 9, these are red level storms that can affect not only human well-being on Earth but also cause disruptions in technology such as satellites, radio frequencies, GPRS, and communication towers. During K-index 8-9 storms, northern lights (auroras) are possible.

The next magnetic storm:

According to satellite systems NOAA, TESIS, and international meteorological laboratories worldwide, a powerful red-level magnetic storm is expected to hit Earth on Friday, June 28. It will reach a K-index level of 5 and last for two days.

Geomagnetic activity is expected to subside only by Sunday, June 30, according to experts' preliminary forecasts.

Magnetic storms and their impact on humans:

Scientists have conducted numerous studies on the effects of magnetic storms on human health. Some studies confirm that solar flares and disturbances in geomagnetic activity can lead to worsened well-being and affect mood.

During days of magnetic storms, people often report more headaches, general weakness, mood swings, fluctuations in blood pressure, and seek help from therapists and cardiologists.

Most common complaints:

  • Severe headaches and migraines
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Rapid fatigue
  • Daytime sleepiness and nighttime sleep problems
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Brain fog
  • Fluctuations in blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Mood deterioration
  • Increased irritability
  • Displays of aggression
  • Exacerbation of chronic illnesses

What will help protect the body

During magnetic storms, doctors usually give general recommendations that can help reduce the impact and support the body.

Main recommendations:

  • Stick to a regular daily schedule.
  • Get enough sleep (at least 7-9 hours per night).
  • Do morning exercises and take contrast showers.
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Drink enough water.
  • Avoid excessive consumption of coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, spicy and unhealthy food.
  • Regularly ventilate rooms.
  • Take a daily walk outdoors for at least 30 minutes.
  • Reduce physical and emotional stress.
  • Seek advice and help from specialists when needed.

We previously discussed why morning headaches may occur.