I took my temperature the other day. Despite doing this for Abbie every now and then over the past few years, I can't even tell you the last time I had done it for myself. Then again, why would I?
Emma suggested I may like to. You see taking your basal temperature is a wonderful insight into how your body is functioning.* Your basal body temperature is your body's temperature at rest. Emma advised that it is optimal for this temperature to be a minimum of 36.6 degrees C. During the day it is ideal for your body temperature to be 37 degrees C meaning you will be in a thermogenic state where you are efficiently converting thyroid hormone.
"Common symptoms of low thyroid function and/or poor thyroid hormone conversion include low energy, low body temperature with cold hands and feet, an inability to lose fat (although hypothyroidism also commonly occurs in those with low body weight), low stomach acid and enzyme secretion (therefore poor nutrient absorption), leg cramps, insomnia, disturbed sleep, depression, bacterial overgrowth, leaky gut, food sensitivities, salt cravings, sluggish bowels and constipation, muscle twitching, cramps, thinning hair and eyebrows (at outer edges)." Emma Sgourakis
I have been tracking my temperature for 3 days now and it is very low, not within the ranges specified above. My hand, feet and the tip of my nose are freezing as I sit here typing. 8 years on the pill, too many grains, beans, nuts, avocados, chicken and other sources of PUFAs, way too many late nights and two pregnancies seem to have caught up with me.
So my plan of action.
to increase meal frequencies - more snacks in between main meal
to ensure all meals are of 'pro-metabolic foods'**
consume daily carrot salad daily
to ditch the contain compounds that inhibit iodine uptake to the thyroid (goitrogens) plus its full of indigestible cellulose - this includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts.
to eliminate all PUFAs from my diet (since learning about the high PUFA content of pork and chicken, we have removed both from our diet and replaced with more wild shellfish)
to get more sleep. to be in bed by 10pm at the very latest each night.***
to continue to read widely and learn as much as I can about how the body works
I will keep you updated on my progress if you like. Emma advises that increasing body temperature through diet will take time....even up to one year.
Please share your experiences, thoughts and questions. I answer all questions in the comment section so please so pop back and see. I hope this post raises some awareness of a condition that is pretty much the norm for all women today......why not take your temperature, do a little further reading, forward this post to a girlfriend and perhaps join me on my plan of action?
* Pulse rate and ovulation are also useful.
**I know you are wondering what these are. Read about them here. My bone broth recipe here and ways to incorporate gelatin here (nourishing orange jelly) and here (cream & honey pannacotta).
***I've got 15 minutes to go!
picture: taken on the weekend of my best friend, her daughter and I . I just love the afternoon sunlight.