How Your Basal Body Temperature Tells You More Than You Think
Have you ever wondered why 98.6° is considered the ideal body temperature? The answer, at least partially, lies within biochemical reactions.
Your body needs to maintain a certain baseline temperature to support biological messages being sent back and forth and those messages being received and activated by the body.
This core temperature reading is called your basal body temperature. This temperature can also clue specialists into how well your thyroid is functioning.
72 Hours to a Diagnosis
One of the most frustrating aspects of living with a thyroid condition is getting it properly diagnosed. Blood tests can only tell you so much, and when it comes to your thyroid, that’s not much.
A standard thyroid blood panel only looks at half of the hormonal reaction and your current TSH level. These levels have to be out of balance for an extended period of time before they actually indicate how well your thyroid is functioning.
In the meantime, patients suffer through a lot of the telltale symptoms while waiting for tests that reflect them.
Waiting periods, like the one described above, have prompted patients to ask if there is a more effective way of diagnosing a thyroid condition. Answer: the basal body temperature reading.
What your Body Temperature says about You
You may be able to predict your own level of thyroid function using a few simple tools, which include:
- Digital thermometer
- Pen or pencil
- Watch or stopwatch
When taking your basal body temperature, it is important that you do so before you get out of bed each morning. Your body temperature will start to fluctuate as soon as you begin moving. The most accurate readings are achieved before your daily activities start.
Simply place the thermometer under your arm for 10 minutes and record the resulting temperature on your notepad. Repeat this process for 3 to 10 days, as directed by your doctor. If the temperature averages out to less than 97.6°, it is likely your thyroid is underactive.
The readings will be added to other diagnostic findings, like a reflexology test that can be used to diagnose thyroid conditions in the early stages. If all findings indicate the presence of a thyroid condition, your specialist will discuss how to move forward with treatment.
Early detection matters.
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