What does your temperature say about the thyroid gland? 50 years ago Dr. Broda Barnes, a physician who was far ahead of his time, found out that the temperature of our body can be a good indicator of thyroid activity, especially the body temperature which we have immediately after waking up.
He wrote a book about the thyroid activity with a description of the problem and diseases that may occur due to reduced activity of this important organ.
He also developed a simple home test that can be applied to check the status of your thyroid gland.
The test from Dr. Barnes:
Before going to sleep, take a thermometer and shake it well -- be sure that the temperature is lower than 35 degrees Celsius.
The next morning, immediately after waking up, put the thermometer. Make sure that there are no clothes between the thermometer and your hands. Leave the thermometer for 10 minutes.
Read the results after 10 minutes and write it down immediately. The result is known as the “basal body temperature”. The normal temperature is between 36.5 and 36.8ºC (97.8 -- 98,2º F)
Keep in mind that the temperature may vary due to infectious diseases and in women who have a menstruation.
The test results
Barnes Basal Temperature Test
If your temperature is between 36.5 and 36,8ºC, your thyroid gland is working normally.
If your temperature is below 36,5º C (97,8ºF) then it is a case of reduced function of the thyroid gland.
The symptoms of reduced function or hypothyroidism are loss of energy, fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, headaches, chronic infection and poor concentration.
If the temperature is higher than 37º C (98,6ºF) you have accelerated work or hyperthyroidism. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism are nervousness, weight loss, hot, clammy skin and rapid heartbeat.
An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can cause a person to feel too hot, while an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause a person to feel too cold.
If you want your test to be as accurate as possible it is necessary to repeat it at least 3 days in a row.
If you determine that the temperature of your body is above the range of normal values, consult a doctor of traditional or alternative medicine who will help you to establish normal thyroid function.