A low body temperature can correlate with a LOW METABOLISM.
Hopefully now you've started to take a few temperature readings and have come to know what's normal for you, if not start over the next few days.
When to take (once a day up to four times a days!)
1. Before getting out of bed in morning
2. Before lunch
3. Before dinner
4. Before going to bed
Body Temperature can be tracked at home easily day by day, and requires no expensive blood tests. I used to rely on armpit temperature, as that was the standard by one of the Godfathers of metabolic rate, Broda Barnes, but any place you test is fine. Core temperature at complete rest (such as first thing upon waking in the morning), should be at least 36.6 degrees C. This is a minimums, and pre-menopausal women should see temperature significantly higher than that during the 2nd half of the menstrual cycle. Daytime temperatures should reach a minimum of 37.0 C. Ideal temperatures are closer to 37.2 C or even slightly higher.
Note, rectal temps will be slightly higher than oral temps, and should be adjusted. Armpit and auxiliary temperatures run about a half degree below oral temperatures and nearly a full degree below ear or rectal.
The thermometer is a useful tool, and indeed doing things with your diet and lifestyle that make your temperature rise usually make you feel and function better. But at the end of it all, it is just another number. How you feel each day is the ultimate marker for health!
Below you will see “ The Metabolism Tracker." The items on this list signify certain physiological competencies. Ace this, and you're very likely to feel and function your best.
Everything you do in terms of EXPERIMENTING with YOUR diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, medications, and so on should ALWAYS help you maintain or improve in these core areas or else you shouldn't be doing them...
1.Your waking oral/rectal/vaginal/ear/forehead temperature should be at least 36.7 C every day--higher temps are even better.
2.Your body temperature should rise even higher after meals and during the day, to temperatures at or above 37.2 C.
3.You should have moist skin--including skin on the hands and lower legs and feet, which so often become dry when metabolism is reduced.
4. Your hands and feet should feel warm most of the time at normal room temperature.
5.You should experience a feeling of radiating plentiful body heat in general--dressing lighter and feeling as warm or warmer than those around you.
6.You should have fast-growing hair and fingernails, with good shine to the hair and hardness to the nails.
7.You should have at least one, hopefully more, large bowel movements per day that do not require straining or the use of laxatives, magnesium or vitamin C overdosing, or other digestive troubles such as IBS, stomach bloating after meals, excessive gas production, heartburn...etc
8.You should urinate roughly once every four hours during the day and NONE at night, always with a consistent yellow colour to it (not too clear or pale urinations or strong sudden urges). Likewise, you should be able to down a glass of water without having to rush to the bathroom with crystal clear urine.
9.You should be able to sleep through the night at least eight hours solid with no wakeups.
10.If you are a female you should have a timely menstrual cycle with normal flow and very few if any symptoms of PMS, cramping, bloating, and other common complications.
11.You should have a very good sex drive.
There are dozens more….. these are the basics of good physical function that most deserve your attention. If I were to mention more it would probably include stable blood sugar, mood stability, good strength and muscle tone, and better than average resistance to colds, flu, and other common infections.
So, how'd you do? If you failed - don’t despair. The purpose of this post is to share with you plenty of tools to improve some of the items on this list and more. It would be impossibly to cover them all but I will do our best.