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Can you really track your thyroid levels at home? Well… while you more than likely don’t have access to an ‘on call’ phlebotomist or a laboratory to continually test blood results, a simple, old school thermometer might help shed some insight into your thyroid health. Typically, those with hypothyroidism exhibit low temperature levels throughout the day, specifically in the morning and around 3pm when your temperature is more likely to reach that normal, 98.3 F peak. Those with hyperthyroidism typically present with the opposite – a high basal temperature.
Need to know how to do it?
Here’s what you need to track your thyroid health at home:
Traditional Oral Basal Thermometer (You can certainly use other thermometers, but keep in mind that some digital thermometers, as well as temporal thermometers may be off as much as one to two degrees F.)
Paper, a Notebook or a Diary to keep accurate records of your temperature
Here’s what to do to track your thyroid health at home:
In the AM, before waking:
Lie in bed in the morning and as you wake, before you begin moving or get out of bed, take your temperature for approximately 5 minutes. Record this temperature minus .5 degrees (the original study was done using armpit temperatures). As a baseline, it is suggested that normal waking basal temperatures are between 97.8 degrees F and 98.2 degrees F.
In the afternoon, around 3pm (set your alarm for this one – you may forget):
Preferably while seated (perhaps at your desk or in a moment of relaxation), take your temperature for 5 minutes, as you had in the morning time. Record this temperature minus .5 degrees. As a baseline, temperatures around this time are around the normal adult basal body temperature of 98.6 degrees F.
Do this for AT LEAST 3 consecutive full days.
Here’s what to do with your results:
Take your findings to your doctor on your next visit. Whether you have suspected for a long time that you have had thyroid issues or complications, or if you aren’t sure your current dosage of thyroid medication is sufficient, this might be the information you need to take charge of your thyroid and your health. While I get that it can be challenging to remember to take your temperature twice daily and record it, it is one more test that may get you closer to kicking this thyroid problem and getting the help you need.
Remember, always consult your physician for a medical diagnosis prior to adding or eliminating any supplements or medications, as well as herbs from your protocol.
Want to read more? Here are a few resources that can help shed more light on the relationship of basal temperature with thyroid health:
Stop the Thyroid Madness – Temperature
Thyroid-Info – Ask the Experts
Dr. Rind – Basal Temperatures (Note: Dr. Rind’s method is different than described, but he also provides information pertaining to adrenal health and thyroid health. It’s worth the read!)