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My wife just got a digital thermometer and her temp on three measurements was 98.7, 98.1 and 98.1. Mine were 95.6 and 94.2. What's that about? I've heard vegans can have lower body temps. I don't get cold though. I mean it's snowing and I'm wearing shorts all day. Pretty low temp though......

 

In the first 30 years of my life (eating meat) I was right around 98.6.

 

Health has been great though lately. Best I've felt in years.

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I was thinking it ought to be a good thing. Like we're not burning ourselves up as quick so we'll live longer.....(women generally have lower temps and live longer (I'm male)) but I just did a search and there's a bunch of sites that say very negative things about having a low body temp. Brain fog, hypothyroidism, 97 - 95 / 36.1 - 35.0: Brain Fog: Coordination declines, mental horizon shrinks.

http://www.mall-net.com/mcs/coldbody.html

I think it sounds like crap though. Or at least not really relevant to me....

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I could see how a low temp could give you “brain fog”…. The lower the temp the slower things happen on a cellular level. But it should make you live longer for the same reason. I think you should check your temp with a different thermometer to see if it says the same thing. If you do normally have a low temp you should really know for sure so if you get sick you can tell your doctor what is normal for you.

 

It is also a good idea for any one with pets to find out what their normal temps are. Back when I had my horse she got sick and I called the vet and they wanted to know what her temp was normally and I didn’t have a clue because I had never thought about taking it until then.

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I just don't see how every single human being can have the exact same "normal" temperature of 98.5. We are all individuals, with different physiology.

I agree. A dr once told me that not everyone's normal body temperature is 98.6 -- it can be higher or lower per each individual's physiology. I also agree with madcat that you may want to try a different thermometer to make sure the one you are currently using is accurate.

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LOL. I have been eating better though lately. I drink a large fruit smoothy every single day. And eat oatmeal every single day. I think the workout I'm doing also has me feeling good.

 

I do eat chips and choco a lot though.

 

I've been researching this low body temp thing online and I cannot find anything good to be said about it at all.

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Got an answer from Dr. Fuhrman, Jay.

 

 

"Low body temperature (in the light of normal thyroid tests) is related to a slower metabolic rate and may be a sign of slower aging. There is no such thing as a blood pressure too low, unless it is caused by a failing heart. Healthy people with good elastic and youthful vessels have childhood blood pressures which is another sign of a long life. You are going to be around a long long time. Good for you."

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Is where mine was last time I went in. In "Beyond the 120 Year Diet" Roy Walford indicates that a lower calorie diet will reduce body temperature. I am just making a guess here, but I assume that a lower calorie diet, or a vegetable based diet take less energy to digest and metabolize than a meat based diet. Therefore, keeping the body temperature at a lower level.

 

And if that doesn't sound like psuedo-science (my take on it), I don't know what else does!

 

Jon

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