Resetting your body’s thermostat

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Steve Balich Conservative Activist

Having too low body temperature can be indicative of a wide array of health concerns. The body is losing heat faster than it can produce it.

The average body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. However, what’s considered a normal body temperature can differ from person to person and vary depending on the time of day, gender, menstrual cycle and age. Research has shown that “normal” can be anywhere from 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

A lot of people have low body temperature. We all know these people… they are the ones who are bundled up while everyone else is sweating. Most people don’t consider low body temperature a big deal, but it is.

A low body temperature has many debilitating symptoms such as fatigue, memory loss, depression, dry skin and brittle nails, etc. Increased temperatures allow your body to better respond to infections, heal wounds and even fight off tumors. It also keeps the inflammation in your body in check to prevent diseases like Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Many people regain their health when they reset their low temperatures back to normal. Here are some simple fixes you can use at home to raise your body temp and feel well again.

#1 — Boost your real nutrition

You want to focus on getting in as much nutrition-dense food as you can each day to boost your body’s metabolism.

When you’re body temperature is running low, it may be that you’ve been on the diet merry-go-round, or that you’re too closely mimicking the standard Western diet. Either way, your metabolism as supported by thyroid hormones can simply wear out, in the same way you can become desensitized to insulin and the islet cells in your pancreas can seem to “give up.”

Choose lean meats, organic full-fat dairy products, and eat high quality fats from foods like salmon. Yes, you’ve been told fish has good fats before, but you may not know that salmon has iodine, which is the main nutrient your thyroid needs to regulate body temperatures.

You can further support your body’s metabolism and thyroid function by supplementing daily with:

• Iodine to help your thyroid create the critical T3 and T4 hormones.

• Selenium to convert the relatively inactive T4s to the active thyroid hormone T3.

• Zinc to support a healthy metabolism.

• Copper to stimulate your thyroid.

All of these thyroid supporting nutrients can be found in Peak Thyroid Support.

#2 — Rest

Wearing your body out will only amplify your problem since stress can lead to adrenal fatigue which is a cause of low body temperature.

Be sure to get at least eight to nine hours of sleep each night and support your adrenals by taking supplements that help with stress management and support healthy cortisol levels (that’s your stress hormone).

These include:

• Ashwagandha root

• Rhodiola rosea extract

• Holy basil powder

• L-Theanine

• Guggul (Commiphora mukul) 

Gguggul is extracted from the sap from the Indian myrrh tree. Its compounds help the thyroid absorb healthy amounts of iodine.

#3 — Exercise (but not too hard)

Until you’ve restored your body to optimal metabolic, thyroid and adrenal function, it’s best to limit your activity to light exercise.

Walk, practice yoga or ride a stationary bike. Some activity is good for you, but high-intensity exercise could be too much until the rest of your system is back in balance.