The Basal Body Temperature Test for Low thyroid

Sometimes when you have a thyroid test done, the doctor will say you have normal TSH or thyroid. But you are dealing with symptoms of hypothyroidism. Try the test below.
You can also try avoiding foods that can contribute to hypothyroidism symptoms.

Thyroid activity is directly related to body temperature. 37 C / 98 F is the ideal body temperature for efficient biochemical reactions. At temperatures above or below this norm, chemical messengers become misshaped and no longer precisely fit the receptor sites they are intended to activate. Here is a way that you can measure your temperature.

Materials:

Thermometer preferably digital
Pen/pencil
Paper or chart below
Clock with second hand/stopwatch

 

  1. Place the items on a table close to the bed so that you can reach without much movement.
  2. When you wake in the morning, with as little movement as possible place the thermometer under your arm pit and lower your arm. **
  3. Hold thermometer there for 10 minutes. Do not move stay as still as possible.
  4. After 10 minutes record the temperature on paper
  5. Keep track for 5-8 consecutive days.
  6. Average the temperatures for the 5-8 days

If the average temperature over the three days is less than 97.8 F / 36.8 C indicates low thyroid function.

Even if you have had a blood test and were told you did not have a low thyroid reading, you might go back and look at the test results again. You may find that your blood levels of thyroid hormones are actually low normal. If you are within the ‘normal’ range but below the midpoint and have scored moderate or severe on the thyrroid test give this test a try. Below is a chart to record your temperature.

 

DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 TOTAL
         
DAY 5 DAY 6 DAY 7 DAY 8 AVERAGE

 

**It is more effective for women if this test is done away from menstruation. If not possible begin recording temperature on the second day of menses.

Be sure you are dealing with low thyroid. Check out these other articles and take the tests.

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Thyroid disorders ~ Hypothyroidism
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If you are currently on any medications for thyroid conditions please do not stop your medication. It is between you and your healthcare practitioner on the course of your wellness. This section is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure, or treat thyroid conditions. Please consult with your medical healthcare practitioner before implementing any of these recommendations, especially if you are currently on medication. If you are concerned about the function of your thyroid gland there are tests available to assess thyroid function. Please seek a qualified healthcare practitioner for more information.

About Karen Langston

Karen Langston is an Arizona based nutritionist focusing on Crohn’s Disease and the connection between mind and body.

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9 Responses to The Basal Body Temperature Test for Low thyroid

  1. JP July 25, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    I am really interested in connection between temperature and thyroid… however, are you sure 97.8F is equivalent to 36.8C, my charts say 97.8F is 36.6C.

    • Karen July 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

      Great question JP and thanks for asking. Your chart rounded it out is all. Good luck

  2. Dan May 8, 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Should using left vas right arm for the temp measurement make a difference? My right side is almost a degree higher.

    • Karen Langston May 10, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Dan,
      I have not seen any research done on which arm pit should be used. Interesting that one is a degree higher than the other. There could be some factors to consider such as one side maybe warmer because it is towards the inside of the bed, more sheets made it warmer?
      Hope it all works out for you

  3. Emily July 15, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Does it matter what time you do this? I take my temperature every morning at 5 a.m. for NFP, and during fertile time it is always in the high 96s. I usually don’t wake up for good until 7, though.

    • Karen Langston July 15, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Emily,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and ask this great question.
      When it comes to taking your temperature it would be when you are waking up. You wan’t to move as little as possible so that you do not raise your body temperature.
      Have your thermometer beside your bed where you can reach it without moving too much. Take your temperature and keep still during that time.
      Hope that helps,
      Karen

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