How is your temperature related to your thyroid and metabolism?
The thyroid controls the temperature in your body and it acts like a thermostat. When this precious gland isn’t working well, your body will feel colder.
If the average temperature of your body is equal to or less than 97.8 F or 36.5 C over a few days, your metabolism will be slow.
What’s the mechanism behind all this, you may ask! Great question…
Let me introduce you to ENZYMES!!!
You want to have a strong relationship with these guys and I will tell you next. Ready?
Enzymes are proteins that participate in changes and transformations of other substances. They are catalysts to chemical reactions and these reactions keep us ALIVE. No enzymes, no life! It’s thought that we have about 75,000 enzymes running the show inside us. They are divided into metabolic, digestive, and food enzymes.
Enzymes are involved in ALL of the body’s processes. Amylase and lipase are enzymes you may have heard about.
There are many things that inhibit and block enzymatic action and impact our daily health.
One of them is that enzymes are sensitive to temperature (high or low). Some of them depend on the body temperature of 98.6 F (or 37.0 C) or close enough to function properly. When your body is operating at or below 97.8 F (or 36.5 C), know that your metabolism is likely being affected.
When your body is colder because of thyroid dysfunction, your metabolism is interrupted. And the symptoms of obesity, depression, insomnia and others come a daily reality.
What about focusing on lab tests only for the thyroid?
Although the lab tests are good references, there are some issues with them. There is a thing called “sub-clinical hypothyroid”. That means the lab markers are indicating the hormones are within the normal range but the person is presenting the typical symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Many doctors rely solely on labs to assess the thyroid. For some reason, taking basal temperature isn’t scientific enough for them. They might be missing out on the obvious plus forgetting that the person’s feelings have a say here.
Remember that the thyroid sets the metabolic rate for EVERY CELL. Blood tests don’t pick up what’s going on inside the cell. The labs are showing what’s in the blood but not how the body is using them at the cellular level to produce energy. This energy level can be measured with body temperature.
Metabolism is movement. Movement uses energy to produce heat. More movement, more heat. Less movement, more coldness.
Doesn’t this make sense?
Here is another thought for you…
Touch or hold a newborn and then touch or hug an older person. Warm versus cold, isn’t it?
The metabolism of a growing body of a baby is super high compared to that of an older individual whose life is ending. Plus, babies have a significant amount of brown fat, which helps to produce heat.
I know this might not be easy to hear but that’s reality and how the body works. There are many things we can from a lifestyle perspective to improve our metabolism and increase brown fat too, for that matter. I am here to help you do just that.
It’s time for you to take action!