05 Jul Are you too cold?
TEST YOURSELF: Are you too cold?
The human body is designed to run at a certain temperature (37.0 degrees) and like any engine, if it runs too hot or too cold, it doesn’t work as well as it should.
Most People are Too Cold
We find that most people are too cold. If your body runs too cold it has trouble producing all of the digestive enzymes and all the hormones it should. This will affect your digestion and your overall hormonal health.
Being too cold can lead to bloating, abdominal gas, loose bowels, painful periods, cold hands and feet and a raft of other health problems.
How to Test Yourself
There is an easy way to test yourself. When you wake in the morning, but before you get out of bed, take your temperature (note: it must be done orally and NOT under the arm, in the ear or on the forehead). Your oral temperature best reflects your overall basal temperature.
If your temperature is 36.5 degrees or higher than you are ok. If it is lower than that then you are too cold and are likely to have some health issues as a result.
What to Do If You are Too Cold
If you are too cold, there are some things you can do to try to fix it:
- Stop eating cold food and drinking cold drinks. Better to cook most of your food. You can still have salads, but make sure your put some fresh ginger into your salads. Ginger is warming and helps to offset the cold.
- Routinely add warming spices to your cooking. Paprika, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and ginger can all be good. Chilli and curry is ok too if you can tolerate them.
- Apply some heat to your abdomen. Use a hot water bottle on your abdomen area often (maybe each night while watching TV) to help warm it up.
If you are still experiencing health problems after this, it means you need specific treatment with Chinese herbs to get your body back to a temperature where it can work as it should. Chinese herbs are much more focused than food because they are highly concentrated and tailored for you.