Heat: Curse or blessing

Heat: Curse or blessing

This time of year it is safe to say that everywhere you go, it is going to be hot.  It is that time of year and it can be very uncomfortable.  The heat makes you sweat, makes you hot, thirsty and very uncomfortable.  And if you have to work in the heat, forget it.  You have to be in really good physical condition to tolerate the heat.  So this is the curse part. You are familiar with this feeling so let’s move on to the blessings.

Blessings from heat

1)It makes you sweat.  Sweating is so wonderful for your body.  It gets rid of toxins and opens your sweat glands and gives them a chance to clean out.  So it is wonderful to sweat.  You just have to stay hydrated and it can be difficult if you are not used to drinking a lot of water.  In general a person should drink half their weight in ounces in water.  So if you weigh 100 pounds then drink 50 ounces of water per day.  But who weighs 100 pounds?  Drink up and stay hydrated.  Also eat food that contains water: celery, cucumber, watermelon, greens etc.

2)It produces solar energy.  This is just magical.  You can power electricity with solar panels, and power grids.  I have solar on my house and it really helps keep the electricity bill way down. Also you can cook with the sun, dry your clothes with the sun if can think of any other uses,   I’d love to know more but I’m out of solar energy but I’m still learning about all of it’s magnificence.  Also correct me if I am wrong but I believe when we dry our clothes outside, the water goes into the atmosphere and then collects only to produce rain later.  So let’s all hang those towels outside.  And guess what you are burning calories when you hang out clothes.  Teach your children about this.

3)It produces food for us.  If we didn’t have the sun out food would not grow.  We need the sun and it’s energy for photosynthesis.  So no sun, no food unless you grow indoors but then that take electricity unless you do it with solar energy.  Recently I planted some amazing lavender and rosemary.  I am hoping and praying that I can keep them alive.  I have a history of KILLING PLANTS.  I am a PLANT KILLER.  I am so sorry about that but I am trying to keep them alive.

4)It gives us a glorious tan and vitamin D but too much sun can cause premature aging, wrinkles and skin cancer.  So do wear sunscreen, hats and limit your time in the sun especially between 12-3 in the Pacific Time zone.

5) And just look at how beautiful the sun is.  It’s just amazingly beautify.

This time of year, I love to take my clothes outside to dry.  And I feel like I am somehow helping out in some way on reducing our big carbon footprint.  If we all pitch in together, we can make a big difference in our carbon foot print and helping to heal our planet.  In my opinion, our planet has been abused by man kind and anything we can do to reduce our carbon foot print is helping.

I am not a scientist, I am a human being who is trying to do what I can do within my power to reduce my carbon foot print.  It is something that takes a conscious effort.  Maybe it doesn’t matter.  But it is helping my PG&E bill go down.  I would prefer to keep my $$ and also if it contributes to clean air and water, I’m down for that.  Call me selfish but I want clean air, water and food for myself and for my family.

If we don’t have clean air and water then our life span will be much shorter.  Some people may not care which is understandable.  But it’s really about our children’s children.  Our grandchildren and what kind of future we want for them.  I want them to have a cool planet.  Not some blazing hot inferno like hell.

Many blessings and stay cool and hydrated.  And always remember that you deserve the absolute best life has to offer.  Don’t forget that.

Valerie is a Mom, Yogini, Health Coach and blogger.  She likes to look at the positive side of life after an exhausting career in Law Enforcement.

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