Cold Hands and Cold Feet

Low Body Temperature and Thyroid Problems

Do you have a low body temperature, under about 97.8? Your body temperature is an indication of the strength of your metabolism. Healthy children typically have warm little bodies. Their hands and feet are warm, their hair is thick and shiny.

cold hands & feet from thyroid problems can result in weight gain

Many adults complain that they are always cold. Even living in Tucson in the summer wasn’t enough to get my feet warm when going to bed at night (until I uncovered the mystery why and got treatment). It took me a long time of being hypothyroid to learn about the the importance of using your body temperature to determine whether your thyroid gland is working properly

Check Your Body Temperature

In the times of Covid-19, practically everywhere you go someone is going to take your temperature. I don't really trust those digital thermometers that are held up to your forehead. But they can come close, not exactly what your body temperature is. Mine is still always in the 97.6º range. And I know I'm cold a lot of the time. That means my thyroid is still not functioning properly. 

Temperature Above Normal

Many doctors will check your temperature and if it’s above 99º, they tell you that you have a fever. But mysteriously, when your body temperature is below “normal” they tell you to ignore it. In fact, nowadays doctors will tell you that the new healthy body temperature is about 97.6º.

I find that ridiculous. Darwin explained that bodily changes in species happened over centuries. But because so many people are now found to have a lower body temperature, researchers go backwards and say that this is the new normal! What about finding what else people with low body temperatures have in common instead? Maybe people who are a larger body weight, perhaps due to thyroid problems, are the ones throwing off the measurement of the new normal body temperature? 

Well I’m here to tell you to ignore them! Your body temperature is an important indicator of your vitality and health. In fact, it’s the method that has been used to diagnose hypothyroid before there were blood tests. And it is an accurate measure of whether your body is working properly!

Body Temperature Used To Diagnose Thyroid Disease

If you have low body temperature, it’s important to check your thyroid gland. Most people who have symptoms of low thyroid (hypothyroid) have these symptoms due to the auto-immune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. As your body is attacking your thyroid gland, you will have symptoms of both Hypo and Hyper-thyroid. Your doctor may be treating you with Synthroid (synthetic T4) which doesn’t work well for many patients. If you are being treated and still have low temperatures and other symptoms – YOU ARE MOST LIKELY NOT BEING CORRECTED. Check to see if you have other symptoms of thyroid problems, such as thinning hair, dry skin and more. 

Don’t continue to let your doctor tell you that “you are fine”. If your doctor won’t address your symptoms, or tells you that you have a mental or emotional problem, find another doctor!

However, if you are fortunate and do not have thyroid problems, but still have cold hands and feet, you are probably not eating enough, or you are taking in too much liquid in your diet. I highly recommend you subscribe to Matt Stone’s newsletter on Facebook – 180º Health. He has a course on metabolism.

Stress and Thyroid Gland Function

What can create an attack of your thyroid gland and result in debilitating symptoms? STRESS. Symptoms are exacerbated by STRESS. It is imperative for you to practice stress relief – not just when you are feeling stressed out; but at least daily to become more resilient to stress and control your physical symptoms!

Body Weight and Thyroid Disease

Although this article references losing weight when you have thyroid disease, there is other information which is important. I have not found reputable sources that can prove that any weight loss can be maintained whether or not you have thyroid disease. But you can read it for other important information. 

Stress Relief Practice

I recommend Restorative yoga, and EFT (meridian tapping), HeartMath Stress Relief and Chi-Gong.

photo of Inner Balance biofeedback stress app on a smart phone

The idea is to do the practice daily. You can switch them so you don’t get bored. I recommend you keep a chart of your symptoms, and then do an experiment. Do a week of stress relief, and then check your symptoms to watch how they improve. And make sure you keep a record of your body temps (but don’t get perfectionistic about it). Observe when you are cold, and when you are warm. Watch how certain foods make you warm, and others don’t. Remember, when you are cold, your metabolism is not working optimally.

It’s important for you to learn about your body so you can take good care of yourself. It’s really not hard: Eat, Sleep and Play. And do stress relief every day!

PS: What stress relief practice do you do on a daily basis? Please comment below

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EFT:Emotional Freedom Technique, stress, thyroid


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