I did a rather exuberant little happy dance last night.
“IT WORKED! IT WOOORRRRKED!!” I squealed!
“I’m hot and youuu’re not!! Ha – ha – HAAA!” I obnoxiously sang at my husband. More dancing, singing, and squealing ensued, for an inappropriate amount of time.
Okay, wait, let me back my story up a little.
So, earlier this year, I had done a little self-experimenting. I had tried and failed at the GAPS diet, which led me to try this really crazy-sounding plan from that Matt Stone guy I discovered, and then I started feeling a lot better. And gaining the weight I needed to. And being less crazy about eating a perfect diet. And lots of other good stuff.
My body temperature, which had been as low as in the 96’s, was creeping back up to normal. I even had a few days of reaching beyond the 98.6 degrees I was aiming for. But, it was a little inconsistent, and many days I was more in the low 98s. After the stress of the wedding and the big move across the pacific, I was consistently not reaching a high enough body temperature, and noticing more of my old hypothyroid symptoms like cold hands and feet, sluggishness, and hair thinning.
Dr. Peat’s PUFA-fighting superfood
Well, recently I’ve been reading up more on the work of Ray Peat, who’s a biologist specializing in metabolic function and repairing hypothyroidism. He hates those nasty PUFA oils as much as I do. (Okay really a whole lot more than I do. Sorry, Peat, but I’m never gonna give up eating strawberries because there’s tiny amounts of PUFA in the seeds — good grief!)
He also recommends coconut oil to help counteract the PUFAs’ toxic lasting effects, and boost overall metabolism. Peat suggests about a tablespoon of coconut oil every day.
This got me thinking. Maybe I needed a little help to boost up my temperatures past the low 98s? It definitely couldn’t hurt. Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods there is.
I gave it a shot. For a couple days, I started working my way up to a full tablespoon of coconut oil. Which is actually a lot more than it sounds, when you try to spread it over a piece of toast and mix it with butter for a better taste.
So, back to yesterday. After a full day of realizing I hadn’t needed to wear any socks ’cause my feet were toasty warm, I wondered what my temperature might be. Maybe I was finally back into the 98.6 range again! I crossed my fingers, and stuck my thermometer under my tongue.
And THIS is what it said!
I’m a hot, hot woman, you guys. That seriously is a difference of an entire degree from some temperatures I reached last week. When you’re talking about body temperature, a full degree is huge!
And I’ve been feeling awesome with my new hotness. I’ve noticed more energy, a better appetite (I tend to struggle with that one), and even more of a… *ahem*… “drive” to spend some quality time with Mr. B. Ifyaknowwhadimean. I think I’ll definitely continue to aim for about a tablespoon of coconut oil a day to keep this up.
Where to find cheap coconut oil
You don’t need to buy the super fancy, ultra-organic extra-extra-extra virgin coconut oil — unless you want a yummy, coconutty-flavored oil to use in your cooking and baking. A much cheaper alternative is refined, expeller-pressed coconut oil. It has all the good things about coconut oil, but none of the flavor. And a lot less of the price.
You can find several types of coconut oil, including inexpensive expeller-pressed coconut oil, available online here.
How to fix your metabolism
If you want to learn more about improving your metabolism, normalizing your hormones, and raising your body temperature, I highly recommend reading Diet Recovery, Diet Recovery 2, and Eat for Heat by Matt Stone. You can check out what Matt’s all about on his site, 180DegreeHealth.
Are you working on raising your body temperature?
What has helped you? Share with us in the comments.