Your metabolism is your own personal heating and cooling system. It revs things up when temperatures drop and cools things down when the mercury rises.
Nature made it this way.
The Chilling Facts of Over-cooling With an Air Conditioner
When you overheat, the body works overtime to cool you down, which burns calories. If you have an outside source like an A/C do the work for your body, it gets lazy.
Like a well tuned Ferrari, your body has its own exquisite machinery. Imagine having this high-performance car and then letting it just sit in the garage.
In essence that’s what you do when you blast the air conditioning. When you don’t let your body do what it was designed to do, the effects can be detrimental.
Does Air Conditioning Make You Fat?
Well yes and no. Let’s explain a bit…
Weight gain and weight loss are an outcome of various factors including your unique baseline of calorie burning (basal metabolic rate), the food and drinks you consume, and your physical activity level.
Your metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs.
Over using your A/C certainly can contribute to weight gain because if you slow down your overall calorie burning, then you are likely not superseding the amount of calories you would need to burn fat away.
Sweating is Vital For Body Detox
When you sweat, your body releases toxins — a necessary process that keeps you healthy.
Plus people often look darn sexy when they sweat. Think back to a time when you were in the throes of passion, and tell me your lover didn’t look extra hot all flushed and dewy.
Drawing the Line Between Cool & Cold
Just stop overusing the air conditioner.
Today we are air conditioning zealots — we crank it up at the slightest hint of heat.
When I go for a meeting in an office building during the summer, I have to bring a sweater because I know that I will inevitably get frozen out by air conditioning.
Once while having lunch with a friend, a man next to me requested a table cloth and then wrapped it around himself to keep warm.
Is this level of air conditioning really necessary?
10 Tips For Keeping Cool in Summer Without Air Conditioning
Instead of blasting on your air conditioner, use these helpful, satisfying tips to cool down without compromising your health.
|Tip #1 Get a window fan or use the “fan” setting on your air conditioner.|
|Tip #2 Buy cotton or other natural fiber sheets, underwear, and clothes — anything that “breathes.”|
|Tip #3 Take cold showers.
I find that taking showers at night when it’s hot outside helps cool me off.
|Tip#4 Mix some organic peppermint oil in your body moisturizer for a fresh, tingly feeling.[su_spacer size=”10″]Try Florame’s Organic Peppermint Essential Oil.|
|Tip #5 Add a drop of organic peppermint oil to your water.
It’s very refreshing, and great for your breath, too!
|Tip #6 Keep your facial toner in the fridge.
This gives you a refreshing blast anytime.[su_spacer size=”10″] Try Dr. Alkaitis Organic Herbal Toner.
|Tip #7 Eat cooling foods (like fish) and drink cooling drinks.
Dark green, leafy vegetables really cool you down, as do cucumbers, hence the saying “cool as a cucumber.”
[su_spacer size=”10″]Read: Heat Relief Through A Healthy Diet[su_spacer size=”10″]Try adding some cucumber slices to spring water and then keep it in the refrigerator. You can also make flavored ice cubes and add those to sparkling water – I like using R.W. Knudsen fruit juices.
|Tip# 8 Take refuge in the park.
All of the greenery makes parks 5-10 degrees cooler. Plus, trees make for great shade.
|Tip #9 Buy some house plants – same idea as the park.|
|Tip #10 If nothing else works, turn on the A/C.|
I have a rule: If it’s under 79 degrees outside, I can handle it. But if it’s 80, I will cave in and turn it on. Still, I won’t set it to a very low temperature for long. I start by blasting it to chill the air, and then set the temperature to a comfortable 75 degrees.
If you do use an air conditioner, make sure you put in a fresh filter at springtime.
Was any of this enlightening for you? Which of these tips will you try on a hot summer day? Tell us in the comments below!
Copy Editor, Kelly Perez