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What Does a Low Body Temp Mean

What Does a Low Body Temp MeanMy family was hit by a nasty bug over the last few weeks and so my husband and I were on high alert for fevers. What we discovered about our own body temperatures floored me though. We always came back with low temps. And I figured, well that’s good – at least it isn’t a fever.

But when our temperatures were consistently WAY below the normal 98.6 mark I went online and did some research. I was astounded to find out that not only is a HIGH temperature bad, but apparently a LOW one can be just as bad!

It makes sense though, it is normal for a reason – it means things are working properly and you are GOOD. Swinging in either direction can be an indication of something being wrong.

Now, my husband and I are under some pretty good stresses (aren’t we all?!) and I’m certainly not going to say, “Mine are WAYYYY more than yours!”, even if I feel it haha. It’s part of the reason I started Nurturing Your Body. Taking care of myself and my family are top priority and I knew that stress was a killer.

I’m finding stress is far more than just a nuisance that you may or may not have to deal with. It can do some serious damage and the low body temperature is actually an indicator that it may be silently doing just that.

One thing I found is that it can mean that your metabolism is low. This I found slightly ridiculous because it would appear I have a very fast metabolism, but what do I know?

Here are a list of possible symptoms for low metabolism:

– poor digestion and food intolerances
– cold hands and feet
– constipation or abnormal bowel movements
– frequent urination
– mood swings and instability
– dry skin and or other skin issues like acne or eczema
– thin, brittle hair and nails
– sleep problems (insomnia)
– exhaustion (tired/wired)
– PMS, infertility, low sex drive and/or other hormonal imbalances
– blood sugar instability or crashes
– susceptibility to illnesses
– weight gain, especially around midsection
– chronically low body temperature

Having a low temperature can actually be normal for you so don’t freak out if you do. But I just wanted to make you aware that if you are running low that it COULD be an indication that something is wrong. It could be anywhere from stress, lack of sleep to problems with your thyroid, liver, adrenal function, low on vitamin B12 or even a side effect from medication.

A low metabolism is just one possible cause, I bet if you take a look at your life you’ll be able to easily pinpoint something that just doesn’t quite feel right. Oh and note that body temperature is always lower in the morning.

How Do You Fix It?

You can start to try to fix it by first knowing WHAT can affect metabolism the most. There are FOUR core things. Diet, Activity, Sleep and Stress.

Diet: If you restrict your diet this can hurt your metabolic function. Your diet needs to be well-rounded or you could be missing some vital nutrients.
– Eat an appropriate amount of food for your body type and level of activity
– Don’t restrict the types of foods you eat, learn how to balance fat, protein and carbohydrates.
– Make sure you have enough fuel for energy, make sure your glucose and electroclytes are where they should be.
– Drink water, but not too much that you end up depleting your sources of glucose and salt.

Activity: Physical activity is a must.
– walk 30 minutes every day
– get 20 minutes of cardio 3 times per week
– do some form of strength training
– stretch and meditate for both muscles and your soul
– don’t exercise too much or you will be out of balance, taking too much from your body than you are putting in (food wise)

Sleep: Sleep is vital.
– get between 7-8 hours of sleep every night
– set a sleep schedule and stick to it
– make sleep a priority
– don’t eat too late and make sure you are asleep between 1-3pm so that your liver can function properly
– create a calming bedtime routine
– eat a blood-sugar leveling snack to keep things stable during the night (a piece of cheese or some fruit is a good choice)

Stress: We are all stressed. But to be healthy we HAVE to learn how to manage it or eliminate it as best we can.
– address psychological sources of any stress-emotional disturbances
– remove unhealthy relationships
– get support
– change jobs to something that makes you happy!
– allow for relaxation time
– meditate, do yoga, take calming baths

Your Friend,

Tess
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The Importance of a Positive Attitude

The Importance of a Positive Attitude

The Importance of a Positive Attitude – Smile!!

People are so funny. They’ll go to school and learn from books for practical things, “educational” things they would call it. But trying to improve on yourself? Reading books…to learn how to improve yourself? Oh no…they’ll steer clear of that most of their lives. Why?

Possibly because (and I’m speaking from my own past/personal experience here) it would show a sign of weakness? That they need to improve themselves? No way, those self-help aisles are for crazy people or losers.

Again, why?

If you’ve ever gone down one of those aisles (or found things online) and/or picked up some of the books I think you’d be amazed at the wealth of knowledge there. Why not learn from other people who have BEEN there, who have felt it and who discovered something USEFUL that you can apply to your own life?

I know we like to think we are all so “unique” and “original”, and in a TON of ways we are. But when you boil it all down we are all just people and we all go through a lot of the same stuff. That’s just a fact.

When I tried to recommend a couple of books that have really helped me to a friend of mine (who was going through something similar), her response was “I don’t know, I’m not really a fan of self-help books and the media. I would rather realize things like that through experience.”

My response…didn’t have one. Because that’s her opinion and who am I to argue (and honestly part of me agrees with gaining your own experience)? I probably would have had a similar response a few months ago myself. But one thing turned it around for me and an avalanche of amazing resources started flowing into my life. And guess what? They HELPED! A LOT. In all areas of my life.

Did you know that your negative thoughts can physically make you sick?

That you can actually worry yourself into an ulcer, cancer and even an early grave?

It’s true. And mind blowing really. I sort of already knew that a positive mindset was a valuable thing to have, but it wasn’t until I was reading a few of Dale Carnegie’s books – specifically How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that I heard about specific and EXTREME examples of just how true this is.

I’m actually fighting a sore throat right now…and yeah, I might get sick. But until I actually DO, my mindset will be that I’m NOT going to get sick (I’ve always thought this way BEFORE reading any books – but now I know there’s proof!).

I’m actually too busy to get sick, I simply just don’t have time for it. 🙂 But even if I do, it’s not the end of the world, is it? People get sick and they get better and then the colds are a thing of the past – so why WORRY about getting sick? The worry will likely increase the odds that you will!

But how important is a positive attitude really? Isn’t what’s going to happen going to happen regardless of how you think or feel about it?

The answer: Not necessarily.

Have you seen that toothpaste commercial that says, “Life opens up when you do?” That’s actually true. Someone with a positive attitude, a welcoming persona, a smile on their face is going to have far more doors open for them in life than someone with a frown on their face.

A really amazing analogy that I was recently shown and is so true but we rarely think about, is the ebb and flow of life. Just like with the tides, relationships need give and take, you breathe in and out, there’s always good and bad.

When we worry or resist we are often met with resistance, rather than if we go with the flow, we find that our inner state can remain even regardless of what’s going on around us. There’s always going to be conflict, good and bad, red lights, green lights. Why fight it?

Why not have a positive attitude and see the silver lining and see what happens? Could it hurt? I don’t think so.

Okay, those were my thoughts for today, I don’t know if you found them useful or not. Please feel free to leave me a comment below with your thoughts.

And IF you are open to some great books 😉 I highly recommend – (I haven’t even finished them yet!! But they are great. I’ll leave a full review for them when I’m done):

The Sedona Method

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Your Friend,

Tess
NurturingYourBody.com

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