Your body needs to remain at a certain temperature in order to function properly. If your temperature is too high or drops too low, then you’re going to have a slew of health problems to deal with. Although it’s fairly common to find low body temperature in adults, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be looked into. If you don’t think that a low body temperature is a big deal, here are some facts that may change your mind.
Shivering is the most obvious sign of a low body temperature, but there are plenty of other symptoms to be aware of. If you experience shallow breathing, a slow heartbeat, slurred speech, dilated pupils, drowsiness, or a weak pulse you could have a low body temperature which should be addressed.
Low body temperature can be caused by a variety of things. While you might just have an infection or insomnia, a low body temp could be the cause of a much more serious issue, such as diabetes, kidney failure, liver failure, and cancer. If you’ve been experimenting with substances, then your low body temp could also be due to drug or alcohol abuse.
However, if you were recently sick and are on antibiotics or narcotics, they could be the cause of your lower body temperature. If you’ve just suffered from an extreme event, like a heart attack or stroke, that’s another possible cause of the issue. While you shouldn’t worry if your temperature dips a bit below the normal 98 degree zone, you should head straight to a doctor if it drops too low, because your condition could be life threatening.
If you use an oral thermometer to establish your body temperature, you should wait a half hour after drinking hot liquids to do so, because you don’t want an inaccurate reading. There are also thermometers which read your temperature by placing them in your ear. You could even try a forehead thermometer, which consists of a simple strip you place against your forehead.
Low body temp is typically a sign of a low metabolism. That means you could end up with brittle nails and hair, weight gain, frequent urination, and constipation. If you want to increase your metabolism (along with your body temperature), you should strive to eat enough food each day. Don’t skip any meals in order to lose weight. If you do, your body will be tricked into thinking it’s fasting and your metabolism will slow down even more than it already has. You should also partake in a little bit of physical activity every single day. However, you don’t have to have intense workouts. You can just take your dog for a walk around the block.
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