Monday, August 28, 2006
I finally got my air conditioner repaired today and the temperature in my house is below 80 for the first time in about two weeks. A few days (between freon charges until the new unit came in), it was 90 in here.
About 2:00 a.m. Saturday morning, at one of those points in time between being asleep and being awake, I had the thought that I might actually die from lack of oxygen. All of my windows are doublepaned and have no screens. I was too afraid that a lizard or bird would join me in my bed to open them.
As I sit here all refreshed and happy (thank God for my home warranty), I recall that I continued to eat spicy food even though it was so hot in here. I'm also wondering about why the cuisine of tropical areas is spicy while the food from colder climates is bland by comparison.
I'll be right back...
After a brief Google, I have found out that the theory is spicy food increases your body temperature so you feel cooler because your body temperature is more equalized with the temperature surrounding you. Spicy food also makes you sweat which cools the body as the perspiration evaporates.
Another site theorizes that people in hotter climates are drawn to spicy foods because those foods stimulate appetite and gastric juices which is important since heat can be an appetite suppressant.
Here's a link to the Hot Sauce Blog that my cousin Zina sent me several months ago.