The temperature of the human body can be one of the easiest indicators of our current state of health. Under normal circumstances our body maintains a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. You will notice a slight difference in this value depending on the time of day when the temperature is measured. The temperature of the human body tends to be slightly lower during the morning and slightly high during the evenings.
Our metabolism has a direct impact on the body temperature. Higher metabolic activity tends to increase the body temperature and lower metabolic activity lowers it.
Under normal circumstances, our body has the capability to regulate its temperature, ensuring it is always maintained at normal. Higher external temperature such as on a sunny day, triggers our body to send signals to our brain to make us sweat. This in turn brings the body back to its normal temperature. Similarly, when the weather is cold the brain sends out a set of signals, which make our muscles rapidly contract and we start shivering. This again regulates our body temperature back to normal.
There are different ways to measure the temperature of our body. The most common methods are:
When the temperature exceeds 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the body is said to be in a feverish state. A higher body temperature simply indicates that our body is not in a state of wellness and it may require additional investigation by a doctor to find the cause.
Very low or high temperatures can be dangerous. Any temperature below 97 degrees Fahrenheit and above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit qualifies to be investigated by a doctor.
The normal temperature of a baby is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit and a variation of 0.5 to 1 degree during the course of the day may be acceptable. The slight variation may be because the body is fighting an infection. See your doctor immediately if your baby’s temperature has gone above 101 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you are pregnant you can expect your body temperature to be slightly elevated. Hormone fluctuations could also be a cause of temperature variation when you are pregnant. Having a thermometer handy and constantly measuring your body temperature can be vital at times of illness.