Why is it important
to measure the body temperature with precision?
In a healthy individual, body temperature is
kept constant in a very small range despite of
big differences in temperature of the surroundings
and also those in physical activity. Very perfect
regulation of body temperature, necessary for optimal
progress of enzymatic reactions, is developed in
all homoiotermic animals
Humans can only survive within a very narrow range
of temperatures - like other mammals and birds
they have to keep their body temperature constant
at all times, around 37°C. Just five degrees
too high or low would be a dangerous condition.
In healthy individuals, the body temperature
(oral temperature) is somewhere between 36,5
and 37,5 . It slightly increases during the
day since the morning (from 6:00 a.m.). The
peak is reached at 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The
lowest temperature is between 2:00 and 4:00
Body temperature changes are more intensive
in young person than in old people.
How does the body achieve a constant temperature?
To achieve this, the human body keeps a careful
balance between heat production and heat loss.
Heat production is easy - most of the energy we
take in with our food is transformed into heat
by our muscles and internal organs. When we get
too cold, our muscles start to shiver, thus producing
more heat, and our capillaries contract, keeping
the heat inside.
Temperature is usually controlled by the part
of the brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus
is like a thermostat for the body. It maintains
normal temperature through heating mechanisms,
such as shivering and metabolism, and cooling
mechanisms, such as sweating and dilating (opening)
blood vessels close to the skin, Normal body
temperature can vary depending on the individual,
the time of day, and even the weather. For most
people, a temperature of 98.6 F (37 C) is baseline
|One of the pregnancy symptoms that
takes a while to gauge is higher than usual
body temperature. You may have been feeling
a little bit warm lately and wondered if
you are coming down with a cold or something.
Take your temperature and see if it is
higher than it normally would be.
Your doctor may already have suggested
that you keep a record of your body
temperature every day. If your temperature
is higher than usual and it stays high
for two weeks in a row, something is
obviously going on with your body
that can cause a high Temperature: Viruses
Bacteria Fungi Drugs Toxins
||When your body
temperature rises because of an infection,
it's called a fever. Fevers are caused by
chemicals called pyrogens flowing in the
bloodstream. Pyrogens make their way to the
hypothalamus in the brain, which is in charge
of regulating body temperature. When pyrogens
bind to certain receptors in the hypothalamus,
body temperature rises.
A Normal Temperature
is Critical for Good Health
Body temperature is the foundation
of good health. A low body temperature is a strong
indication that there is something wrong that
can be fixed. Just like a fever (high body temperature)
is a good indicator that "something's wrong" and
can cause people to feel terrible, so can a low
This Sound Like You?
Do you feel so bad that you
know something is wrong with your health, and
you need to get it fixed so you can live a normal
Have you been to doctor after doctor, only to be told it's all in your
Your doctor says your blood tests look good, so you must be fine?
Your doctor wants to give you antidepressants, because he doesn't believe
your symptoms are real?
Or maybe you're suffering from a number of disturbing and baffling
symptoms, and your doctor says there's nothing wrong with you and that
there's nothing that can be done to help you.
You may even be wondering about your own sanity, or if everyone with
your age and circumstances feels the way that you do.
Symptoms Of Worsening Dehydration
As the patient becomes more dehydrated - irrespective of the cause
- symptoms include: weight loss (2-3 pounds per day), dryness of
the mouth, decreased production of saliva, impaired swallowing, shrinkage
of tissue, dry/wrinkled skin, headache, raised pulse, shrunken eyes,
and fever. As dehydration and salt loss progresses, blood output
from the heart decreases, while sweating may cease entirely. Body
temperature then rises precipitously.
Why is Low Body Temperature Important?
The body's enzymatic processes slow
over 10%, sometimes 20% per degree of temperature
below optimum. Slower chemical function, repair,
and disposal of local and environmental toxins
puts the body below expected function. This can
cause many syndromes and symptoms, such as those
listed below. Obviously, not all chronic problems
are related to chronic low body temperature;
but if several of these are noted, it
may be prudent to measure one's body temperature
on a routine basis to see if
low body temperature is a possibility.
All of our bodily functions are the result of
chemical reactions that are catalyzed by enzymes.
Without proper enzyme function, the chemical
reactions will either take place too sluggishly,
or not at all. The function of every enzyme depends
on its shape for its activity, and its shape
depends on its temperature. That's why it is
absolutely critical to have a normal temperature
for good health.
low body temperature is more than
enough to explain many health problems, such
as: Fatigue, headaches, migraines, PMS, easy
weight gain, depression, irritability, fluid
retention, anxiety and panic attacks, hair
loss, poor memory, poor concentration, low
sex drive, unhealthy nails, dry skin and
hair, cold intolerance, heat intolerance,
low motivation, low ambition, insomnia, allergies,
acne, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, odd
swallowing sensations, constipation, irritable
bowel syndrome, muscle and joint aches, slow
healing, sweating abnormalities, Raynaud's
Phenomenon, itchiness, irregular periods,
easy bruising, ringing of the ears, flushing,
bad breath, dry eyes/blurred vision, and
temperature below 98.2, (36.8C) may cause
various maladies due to a slowing of enzymatic
Persistently low temperatures typically
come on or worsen after severe stress such
of a loved one
or family stress
The body slows down, and the body temperature
drops in response to the stress and is supposed
to recover once the stress is over, but sometimes
it doesn't (a condition known as Wilson's Temperature
Syndrome, or WTS).
When people's temperatures are low, they often
* Feeling at the end of their ropes
* Frustrated about trying product after product to no avail
* About to give up hope
* Sad they can't function normally for their children and spouses
* Outraged that people conclude it's all in their heads
* Realizing that they can't go on the way they are
will generate considerable internal heat. For
some, exercising three or more times a week will
break the cold cycle; but not for all.
helps many, Molybdenum, Choline, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Coenzyme Q 10
have help some; but not all.
has been particularly useful for those who feel cold all the time.
(But many feel rooms are hot when it is they who are cold.)
Iodine has cured some forms of low body temperature. But again, not
copper levels or broken copper enzyme paths, which can cause high copper
levels, may be associated with some forms of low body temperature.
The low levels are easier to remedy than the high
sometimes prolonged, sleep helps some; but again, not all. It is important
that body temperature not drop too far during the night, or the benefits
of sleep are greatly diminished, even extinguished.
worms and parasites are cited by some as causing low body temperature.
Some of these people find that raising body temperature via other means
kills the worms and lets the body maintain a higher, more normal temperature.
sayings speak of adding root vegetables like rutabagas and carrots
to the diet.
sayings speak of adding legumes such as string beans to the diet.
lore from other parts of the world mentions adding spices like ginger
root and red hot peppers to the diet. Hot peppers will make this author
warmer, and the memory was used in biofeedback training using a simple
digital thermometer. More below.
And often when their temperatures normalize:
* It's as though there was never anything wrong.
* They get their lives back.
* They begin looking forward to living a normal life.
* They're thrilled to be well.
* They're mad that they were sick for so long (and lost so much of their
lives) when the problem and solution were so simple.
* They often tell everyone they know who might also be suffering needlessly.
very important to maintain a constant body temperature
and this we can easily do by measuring the body
temperature regularly. There are many reasons
for fluctuating body temperature in children
and adults. More fluctuations can result in more
serious consequences. Just take an Infrared thermometer
and start keeping a track of your body temperature
as soon as possible,