We know there is a hormonal component to cellulite, so nurturing a healthy endocrine system is likely a crucial aspect of cellulite recovery. It is now well known that a large segment of the current population is hypothyroid (I’ve seen estimates in the millions). Most people who are hypothyroid don’t even know it.
If a patient display severe symptoms, a doctor might order a blood test to check for “normal” thyroid levels. But as Dr. Broda Barnes observed decades ago, this method of diagnosis fails to identify many patients who are hypothyroid. A better indicator is to measure the Basal Body Temperature, the temperature of the body immediately after waking from several hours of sleep.
According to Dr. Barnes’ research, the most effective measure for gauging thyroid health is to place a mercury thermometer under the armpit for 10 minutes immediately after waking, before getting out of bed. Even a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night could affect the reading. A Basal Body Temperature below 97.8 is indicative of a sluggish thyroid. Since body temperature fluctuates throughout the menstrual cycle, women in their menstruating years should take their temperature on the second and third day of their period to best gauge thyroid health.
I’ve been tracking my Basal Body Temperature for the last two years (I don’t use the armpit method –I use a digital thermometer to take my temperature orally). It’s an easy way to learn more about your body. You start to notice correlations you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise, such as moods or symptoms that correspond with excessively low temperatures. It’s also helpful in determining when you’ve ovulated and hence when to expect your period, since Basal Body Temperature increases significantly during ovulation. Most importantly, gauging thyroid health early provides an opportunity to correct imbalances with gentle treatments such as dietary changes, instead of the lifelong medications most doctors prescribe upon diagnosis.
To learn more, read Dr. Barnes’s book, Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness.
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