10 Interesting Facts About Body Temperature from 10 Interesting Facts About Body Temperature

10 Interesting Facts About Body Temperature

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10 Interesting Facts About Body Temperature

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In order to maintain a healthy metabolic process, our enzymes need to be functioning at a certain optimal temperature – 37°C or 98.6°F. Body temperature is the balance between heat loss and heat production.

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Body temperature can be affected by various circumstances. It changes as you get older, when you exercise, while you sleep and after consuming certain foods.

Continue reading for more interesting facts about body temperature.

Body temperature lowers with age

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As you get older, your body temperature changes. According to a study, older people are unable to regulate their body temperatures to the same degree as younger people because their responses to changes in body temperature are altered. Therefore, normal body temperature can decline with age.

Your body temperature could affect your weight

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Some studies have shown that obesity may be associated with the reduction of core body temperature during daytime hours. Related: 10 Health Risks of Obesity

Your body temperature can affect your sleep

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While you sleep, your body’s natural core temperature decreases, but towards the end of your sleep cycle it starts to rise. Keeping your room temperature low will help your body do its job during your sleep cycle. This has also been shown to help people fall asleep faster.

If you tell a lie, your nose gets warmer

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Similar to Pinocchio, your nose can disclose when you are lying. But instead of growing longer, it heats up. Research found a jump in the temperature around the nose during lying. According to Live Science, “these effects could have something to do with the insula, a region of the brain involved in consciousness as well as the detection and regulation of body temperature.”

Smoking can increase body temperature

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Your blood vessels become constricted when you smoke. You may feel your hands and feet become cold. However, your body temperature actually goes up; when you inhale hot smoke you are raising the temperature in your lungs, ultimately resulting in an increase in your core body temperature.

You’re body temperature changes throughout the day

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Your body temperature is usually lowest in the morning and highest in the evening. However, it may also change depending on your environment – hot or cold and how active you are.

Women are warmer during sleep

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Throughout their menstrual cycle, women experience higher temperatures during sleep. Their temperature also increases after ovulation which lessens the normal decline in body temperature that happens with sleep.

A fever is actually a good thing

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A fever is usually a sign that we are sick; however, it can be very beneficial. A raise in body temperature is a good sign that your body is working to fight off infection. It raises your body temperature and makes it harder for invading bacteria to survive.

Goose bumps

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When you enter a cold environment the muscle fiber connected to your hair follicles tighten, then the skin surrounding the follicles sticks up and creates goose bumps. Related: The Best Winter Jackets

Cayenne can increase your body temperature

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Are you cold? Just eat some cayenne pepper. It contains the compound capsaicin which is said to have heat and warming effects on the body. Cayenne pepper tea is a great way to help your body’s digestive and circulatory system. It has been proven to help alleviate constipation and soothe your digestive tract