Today’s guest blog post is written by Elissa Cohen. Elissa asked me to edit her At Home Guide to Body Temperature Testing and as I was reading through it I knew that this was something that I would want to share. She created a very concise guide with step-by-step instructions about how to track your body temperature. She also includes a chart making your daily tracking easy and gives you the ability to watch for patterns. Luckily, she agreed to share this resource as well as explain why we might want to track our body temperature in the first place.
Elissa Cohen is the brains behind the amazing blog – http://www.herestothewholelife.com. She covers topics ranging from food, exercise and recipes to sleep habits and hormonal health. She is a Physical Therapist and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner in training. She loves helping others make changes toward a healthier life, especially women who struggle with fertility issues.
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Do you only use your thermometer as a way to see if you have a fever when you are sick? If so, you are way under-utilizing that little thing you keep tucked away in the medicine cabinet.
Your thermometer can be a great way to track the health of your hormones and the overall health of your body.
You see, our bodies are meant to function within a specific temperature range. This is a range in which our enzymes work the most optimally. When our body temperature falls out of that range, those enzymes begin to suffer along with the functions that those enzymes perform.
Measuring and tracking your body temperature can give great insight into the health of your hormones and important glands including your thyroid and adrenal glands. You can also use tracking your body temperature as a way to predict fertility (to either get pregnant, or not get pregnant!)
Most of us have heard about symptoms of low thyroid function: fatigue, thinning hair, constipation, slowed thinking, cold all the time….the list goes on. But did you know that the symptoms of adrenal fatigue can sound very similar to that: brain fog, hair on extremities can be sparse, irritable GI tract, dry skin, poor temperature regulation.
The symptoms of low thyroid function and adrenal fatigue can be quite similar but the adrenal component may be overlooked. And often, if the adrenals are dysfunctional, treating the thyroid will be unsuccessful in the long term because the adrenals can’t keep up.
And maybe you have seen your doctor with symptoms of low thyroid function and blood tests come back negative and so your symptoms are dismissed.
Well, testing your body temperature can be a great start to monitoring your health at home, and may give you some indicators that you need to dig a little deeper. When measured and tracked properly, you can notice patterns that would indicate low thyroid function, low adrenal function, and even if you are sensitive to certain foods.
In my At Home Guide to Body Temperature Testing, you can learn when is the best time to measure your temperature, how to track it properly, and how to interpret the results. I also give you a graph to track a month’s worth of temperatures on to really look for patterns in your temperatures.