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Update. Since I began this journey back in November 13, I’ve hung around 97.8 for the longest time. I’ve slept an average of 10hrs a night, completely stopped exercising, and eaten a more modest standard American diet. Yesterday I hit a milestone. For a period of the afternoon, my temp hit 99.2 and hovered above 98.6. My energy levels are up and I’ve started dropping weight as Matt mentioned. I’m hoping a few more months of low stress and extra sleep will bring my temp up permanently.
For those of you wondering if this works, I would say “yes” it does. The keys are lowering both physical and mental stress, eating well with “lots” of healthy fats while avoiding PUFAs and sleeping as much as possible.
To be continued…
The challenge for me personally is getting enough calories. The program takes practice. I am not out of the woods either. Regularly seeing 97.8.. throughout the day with the occasional bump into the 98 degrees.
To answer your question, cortisol assists in shuttling t3 into the cells. Without cortisol, thyroid will not function properly. Thyroid is responsible for the “heat” we feel.
From my experience, most of us in the “low temp” category have been under a chronic stress for sometime. The stress may have come from extreme dieting, overtraining, work and/or family stress or a combination of a few. I have taken cortisol personally without success. IMO, if you do not fix the underlying issue, recovery will not happen. Matt breaks it down pretty simple. Stop exercise for a month at least (physical stress), eat a surplus of calories (minimize starvation stress), and relax. By sleeping adequate amounts the adrenals are able to repair in a calorie surplus environment. Once the they are recovered, a sufficient amount of cortisol will be produced which will assist t4/t3 in raising the body temperature. Without sufficient cortisol or thyroid, optimal temp will not be reached. IMO, shutting down the adrenals through RRARFing and sleep, while minimizing all stress is the best approach. Pretty simple.
Thanks for the reply Steven. I’m finding slow but steady progress upward. Since I’ve stopped working out and started force feeding calories, my temps have stabalized around 97.8 and even higher somedays. Positive notes are consistent warm hands and feet. I’m much more calm and collected as well. Per Matt’s book, he said to expect brain fog and coma like feeling while the adrenals repair. I’m doing everything I can to keep the feeling knowing this is a good sign as opposed to previously thought.
The next milestone I’m looking forward to is my memory and mood improving. I’ve already seen slight hints. As you mentioned, it’ll take longer than a few weeks to repair the years of damage we’ve done. Its nice to finally be on the right path!