Did you know you can do a simple and quick test at home to test the health of the thyroid gland? Well, you only need one thing.
Dr. Broda Otto Barnes, discovered that body temperature is a good indicator of the activity of the thyroid gland, especially the body temperature immediately after you wake up.
He wrote a book on the activity of the thyroid gland with a description of the various problems and illnesses that may arise due to the reduced activity of this important organ.
He also discovered a simple, home-made test that can be used to check your thyroid gland. Here’s how to do this test.
Dr. Broda Otto Barnes’s test
Before going to bed, take a thermometer and shake it well. Make sure the temperature in this instrument is less than 35 degrees Celsius.
The next morning, as soon as you wake up, put the thermometer under the axilla. Make sure there is no pajamas or other coats between the thermometer and your hand. Leave the thermometer there for 10 minutes. During this time you can give yourself a short break to get some rest.
After 10 minutes, read the results and immediately write them on something. This result is known as “basal temperature” or “body temperature in the morning”. The normal temperature is between 36.5 and 36.8 degrees Celsius.
Body temperature may vary due to infectious diseases or to women with menstruation. It is therefore recommended that you do this test if you are healthy and you are not in menstruation.
Check the temperature somewhere and repeat the test between three and five days. Barnes recommends continuing this procedure for 10 days for a safer result.
- If your temperature is between 36.5 and 36.8 degrees Celsius, your thyroid gland works normally.
- If the temperature has a value below 36.5 degrees Celsius, then it is the low activity of the thyroid gland (Hypothyroidism or “lazy” thyroid). Symptoms of reduced thyroid activity are depression when you feel energyless, fatigue, infections, chronic headaches, loss of memory and concentration, hair loss, and more.
- If the temperature is higher than 36.8 degrees Celsius, it is a rapid activity of the thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) or an infection in the body.
For the accuracy of the results, it is recommended that this test be done within 3 consecutive days.
If your body temperature is above or below normal, we suggest that you go to a doctor to confirm your diagnosis and receive the specialist’s recommendations.