Approximately 59 million Americans suffer from thyroid disorders. This small, butterfly-shaped gland controls the body’s metabolism, and how it consumes oxygen and produces heat. Problems occur when the thyroid releases too much or too little hormone. An thyroid that is either overactive or underactive can lead to a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, goiter, and Graves disease.
Thyroid disorders are difficult to diagnose, and often require a series of specific blood tests. However, fifty years ago, Dr. Broda Barnes developed a test that helps begin the process of diagnosis. He found that body temperature, taken immediately upon awakening, is an indicator. He wrote a book in which he explained the functions of the thyroid, as well as the problems and diseases that occur when the gland is not working correctly.
Dr. Barnes’ test is simple, and can be done in the comfort of your own home. The test is quick and easy, and you will be able to determine how your thyroid gland is working.
Doctor Barnes has created a home test that you can do in the warmth of your home. It is easy and fast and you’ll learn how your thyroid gland is working. The only equipment you will need is a temperature that measures in centigrade.
Before you go to bed, shake the thermometer well. The temperature should be at 35 degrees.
When you arise in the morning, immediately place the thermometer under your armpit, and hold it there for ten minutes. Write down the result, which Dr. Barnes called the “early morning basal temperature.”
(Note: If you have an infectious disease or if you are a menstruating woman, the temperature may vary. Wait to do the test.)
Normal basal temperature is between 36.5 and 36.8 degrees.
If your basal temperature is below 36.5, it is likely you have reduced function of the thyroid (hypothyroidism). Symptoms of hypothyroidism include depression, lack of energy, fatigue, infections, chronic headaches, reduced memory and concentration, thinning hair and hair loss.
If your basal temperature is higher than 36.8, it is likely the production of your thyroid is accelerating (hyperthyroidism), or you may be developing a low-grade infection.
For accuracy, conduct this test three days in a row. If your temperature is above or below the normal range, visit your doctor and insist on a full battery of tests.
To ensure healthy a healthy thyroid, support your liver function, minimize stress, and supplement your diet with selenium, vitamin A, magnesium and vitamin B.