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Low Body Temperature Syndrome

Jun 28, 2014 07:24AM

The average temperature of an adult with a healthy thyroid and a healthy metabolism is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37oC). Your body’s temperature is directly correlated with your metabolism. A low body temperature is a sign of low metabolism and low thyroid function. Metabolism, the sum of all the body’s chemical reactions, is important because it signifies how well our cells are able to convert fuel (food) to energy. Metabolism is affected by diet, level of physical activity, sleeping habits and levels of stress.

As stress resolves, the body requires time to recalibrate. Sometimes, however, the body does not restore itself and it maintains a suboptimal body temperature that has an affect on all metabolic functions. Thyroid symptoms, low temperatures and normal thyroid function tests are not a result of hypothyroidism, but what is known as Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome (low body temperature syndrome) and may be reversed within a few months of treatment. Stress is the major causative factor of low body temperature syndrome.

Symptoms associated with low body temperature include poor digestion and food intolerances, constipation, cold hands and feet, frequent urination, irritability, anxiety, migraines, dry skin, acne, brittle nails, hair loss, insomnia, fatigue, low sex drive, hormonal imbalances, hypoglycemia, weight gain and susceptibility to illness. Although a low body temperature can cause severe problems, it can be corrected. Diagnosing low body temperature syndrome begins with taking an average of your temperatures. Usually, treatment is not for life and lasts only for a few months. To begin treatment one should focus on reducing stress, following a clean diet, eating smaller meals more frequently and maintaining a regular exercise regime.


Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic, in Georgetown. For more information about low body temperature syndrome or other thyroid related conditions, call 202-298-9131 or visit 


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