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Your Body Temperature May Be Causing Many of Your Health Problems

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 a.m.

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

 

Things 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 body temperature.'

Does 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 life?
Have you been to doctor after doctor, only to be told it's all in your head?
Your doctor says your blood tests look good, so you must be fine?
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Your doctor wants to give you antidepressants, because he doesn't believe your symptoms are real?
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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.
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You may even be wondering about your own sanity, or if everyone with your age and circumstances feels the way that you do.

Some 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.

Low Body Temperature

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.

A 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 more.

Body temperature below 98.2, (36.8C) may cause various maladies due to a slowing of enzymatic processes

Persistently low temperatures typically come on or worsen after severe stress such as:

Childbirth (#1 cause)
Divorce
Death of a loved one
Job or family stress
Surgery or Accidents

Some Diseases

Thyroid
Cancer

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 are:

* Overwhelmed
* 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

 

Exercise will generate considerable internal heat. For some, exercising three or more times a week will break the cold cycle; but not for all.
Nutrition helps many, Molybdenum, Choline, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Coenzyme Q 10 have help some; but not all.
Molybdenum 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.)
Supplemental Iodine has cured some forms of low body temperature. But again, not all.
Low 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
Adequate, 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.
Microfilliary 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.
Old sayings speak of adding root vegetables like rutabagas and carrots to the diet.
Other sayings speak of adding legumes such as string beans to the diet.
Folk 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.

Its 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,