In this instance I'm referring to air conditioning.....
Believe me.... I used to be a HUGE fan of air conditioning... especially when I was struggling #MS symptoms... but then I realized something.
Using air conditioning was the biggest mistake I could have made, because it left me in a vicious cycle. The heat sensitivity of the MS was making me stay in the air conditioning... and the air conditioning was keeping me sensitive to the heat.
Think about it... the old saying... "use it or lose it."
Our body has a built in cooling system... it's called sweating.
Just one of the many ways that sweating benefits us... but when we subject ourselves to air conditioning we STOP this natural process that our body uses to take care of us.
AND sadly enough the more we STOP this natural process the harder it becomes for our body's to cool themselves.
Let me try to paint a picture for you... give you an example....
This is a story about my Grandma.... she is 91 years old. She lives back east, where it's very hot and humid in the summer... Anyway, every summer the family has a reunion and everyone gets together outdoors and someone's house... and every year everyone worries about Grandma and how she's going to do in the heat. But you know what... she always does great... and last year a niece went to the ER for heat exhaustion... and do you want to know why? Grandma never uses her air conditioning and stays well hydrated...and her niece stays in air conditioning all day.
As for me, when I have the choice, I choose not to have air conditioning...and for me it's made a world of difference. It didn't happen over night... but it did happen. I can honestly say... now I love the heat... hot and humid. I have even been known to go out and sit in my closed up car and just sweat... this is what some native American Indians would call a sweat bog. It's so cleansing! And your body's doing it the way nature intended...
I challenge you all to pay more attention to your surroundings and how the heat vs. air conditioning effects people. AND remember always stay well hydrated... you have to have something to sweat... and air conditioning dehydrates you just as much as heat does.