Feeling Cold in Summer or Hot in Summer? Is your thermostat out of control?Ever wondered why you feel cold when everyone is comfortable?
Some people feel the cold in their bones or constantly have cold hands and feet. You may have a condition that may be untreated. The power house of temperature control is governed by a single gland called the thyroid. On the other hand, some people can feel hot especially if they are under a lot of stress. Women tend to feel hot at certain times of their lives, especially around menopause. There are many other factors that may affect temperature.
Some of the factors that may affect your body temperature include:
The thyroid gland supervises the body's metabolism with the help of two hormones: Thyroxin (T4) and Tri-iodothyronine (T3) which is make in the thyroid glands. A malfunction in the thyroid gland can lead to a lower amount of activity (Hypothyroidism) or too much activity (hyperthyroidism).
In Hypothyroidism, the metabolism is slowed down, which manifests as sensitivity to cold, feeling tired, gaining weight, slower heartbeat and blood pressure, loss of hair, muscle contraction, skin dryness, fragile fingernails and a decrease in libido.
Dr Wilson in his book “Adrenal Fatigue” confirms that the adrenals are closely related to the thyroid. If you are stressed and anxious, not coping very well and feel like you are running out of gas, the “General Adaptation Syndrome” may be something to consider. A lack of adrenal health can lead to fatigue, lacking energy, desperately need the coffee to get going for the day.
Thyroid dysfunction and adrenal imbalance can often go hand-in-hand and can lead to dysregulation of your body temperature, your body’s thermostat.
Iron is needed for the transfer of oxygen by our blood to the cells of the body, to be harvested into energy. Our red blood cells contain Haemoglobin (the red component in the blood) and transports iron and energy to the cells. If you have a low iron level, you lack the ability to produce energy effectively. As iron is needed to make essential brain chemicals that make us happy or keep calm, we not only feel cold but feel emotionally low. A lack of iron can cause fatigue, dizziness and lightheaded.
It is therefore advisable to have an iron blood test to determine how much iron is in the blood and is stored in the body. Taking iron without a blood test can be dangerous, because if levels are high, taking iron will do you more harm than good.
A low count in this test points to a shortage in iron, which may quickly lead to anaemia. You can increase your iron intake by eating red meat, liver or oysters, and spinach or iron supplements with appropriate sister nutrients to support absorption of iron.
Lack of Sleep
When the body doesn't get enough rest, the nervous system, which helps regulate the temperature of the body, is undermined, which may express itself as dropping body temperatures. We used to sleep 8 hours a day, work for 8 hours and LIVE for 8 hours. We seem to get it all wrong with catching up on our emails, You tube, social media taking our tablets, phones, etc to bed stealing into sleep time. This leads to a lack of melatonin production which is derived from Serotonin, our happy brain chemical, leading to unhappiness, feeling low and depression. When you are happy, you are often unaffected by temperature, hot or cold. When you are sad, you tend to close in physically and feel cold.
Allow yourself to make up for essential sleeping time to return the balance to your nervous system.
If you find that your hands hurt or tingle whenever you're outside, you may be suffering from Raynaud's Syndrome. Blood supply to the peripheral tissues like your hands, feet, and face slows as blood vessels constrict restricting blood flow to these areas leading to blue skin and feeling cold.
This syndrome is manifested by the appearance of paleness in the ends of our fingers or toes, and in many cases it is a result of prolonged exposure to cold, accompanied by mental pressure. Smokers and certain medication can aggravate Raynaud’s. Specific herbs and magnesium is used effectively orally and topically to manage this syndrome.
Candida is a fungus of yeast found naturally in the colon that is controlled by the immune system. When Candida infestation is excessive (this can often be seen with a white slimy coating on the tongue), the temperature regulating organ in the brain called the hypothalamus is challenged.
Sometimes the candida may get out of control in people who have taken too many antibiotics, which harms good bacteria in the intestines and can be expressed by prolonged headaches, tiredness and a sensitivity to cold.
Our lives are driven by stress. Your hypothalamus and Pituitary are 2 brain organs which are responsible for releasing enough cortisol, your stress hormone to regulate action and stress. When stress is in overdrive, the flight and fright system, drives the adrenals to overwork leading to fatigue and stress. Even a low stress that doesn't go away can accumulate and weaken the bodily functions that are dependent on the hypothalamus, such as the thyroid gland or the internal temperature control of our bodies.
Have you heard of overweight people coping with the cold better than skinny people? Animals that live in very cold places, such as seals, penguins and whales, have a very thick layer of fat to insulate them from the outside temperature. If your diet is low in fat and you are underweight, you will become sensitive to cold. Putting on some body fat with a healthy diet helps to improve the warmth of your body.
So if you’re feeling cold this summer there may be an imbalance in your body. Come and talk to Vanita about how to re-regulate your body temperature so you can enjoy the nice blue ocean this summer!
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