50 years ago, a physician wrote a book about the function of the thyroid gland. At first, the book didn’t go well but a test to inspect the function of the thyroid gland that was described in the book lived on and is still used today.
Dr. Broda Barnes, the physician, created a simple home test that can be applied to check whether the thyroid gland is working as it should or are we suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
All you need to do to inspect its function is to check your “early morning basal temperature”. That is the temperature of the body early in the morning, right after we wake up. Simply shake the thermometer to go under 35 degrees and put it in your armpit as soon as you wake up. Hold it for 10 minutes and write down the result. In order to get your average early morning basal temperature, measure your body temperature for 3 consecutive days. The results will reveal the condition in which your thyroid gland operates.
- If the temperature is between 36.5 and 36.8, your thyroid gland is functioning perfectly.
- When the temperature is lower than 36.5, the thyroid gland works slowly. You might be suffering from some hypothyroidism symptoms like fatigue, depression, lack of energy, hair loss, concentration issues and memory loss.
- If the temperature is well above 36.8, the thyroid gland is working in an accelerated manner.
If the test shows a reduced or accelerated activity of the thyroid gland, visit a doctor immediately! Check the condition and get a proper diagnosis! Do not ignore this issue!
Keep in mind that the body temperature may vary in women who are in their menstrual cycle so it would be best to perform this test when you are feeling healthy and your cycle is over.
Make sure you keep your liver healthy, lead a stress-free life and increase the intake of magnesium, vitamins A and B, selenium and cortisol to prevent issues with your thyroid gland!