How Does My Temperature Tell Me About My Thyroid and Adrenals?


Most of the chemical reactions that take place in the body are catalyzed by enzymes that depend on normal temperatures for optimal function.  (For example - the result is poorer detoxification via your liver) So your temperature can be one of many clues of your metabolic health!

As a hypothyroid patient or you suspect to be one, taking your temperature can be an important aspect to differentiate from adrenal problems because many symptoms are similar or the same in people with thyroid and adrenal dysfunction.

Your temperature: 
  • can help you diagnose your hypothyroidism
  • can help you assess your adrenal status 
How to take your basal body temperature to diagnose Hypothyroidism

“Basal” means “base,” and your basal temperature is your body temperature taken the very first thing in the morning before you’ve moved out of your sleeping position.

Once you get out of bed, the movement of your muscles heats up your body, so it’s essential that you follow these instructions closely to get an accurate reading.

The normal basal temperature averages 36.5-36.8 C (97.8-98.2 F). Treatment  is recommend if the temperature averages 36.4C/97.6F or less. The temperature should be taken for five days. However if the temperature is 36C/97.0 degrees F or less for three consecutive days, you do not need to take the last two temperatures. Mercury thermometer is considered more accurate, while digital thermometer tend to be off up to a degree one direction or the other.


1.)   If using a Mercury Thermometer, shake it down before going to bed. In the morning, as soon as you wake up, put the thermometer deep in your armpit for 10 minutes and record the temperature.  Lie back and relax, keeping your armpit closed over the thermometer.

2.)   If using a Basal Digital Thermometer, in the morning, as soon as you wake up, place it under your tongue until it beeps. 

How to take your body temperature to diagnose Adrenal problem

Take three temperatures approximately three hours apart, starting approximately three hours after waking up, but avoid taking temperatures after activity or eating and drinking for at least 20 minutes:

  1. 3 hours after you wake up
  2. 3 hours after that
  3. then 3 hours after that 
  4. then you take the average of those 3 temperatures and plot it on the graph
  5. make notes of any changes — for example, if something stressful happens or if you change something such as the amount of supplements you are taking.
Recognizing Adrenal and Thyroid Correction Patterns

Dr. Rind's Metabolic Temperature Graph™ is a method for measuring and interpreting daily temperatures to gain insight into metabolic energy issues associated with both adrenal and thyroid function.

Use these Unmarked and Sample graphs to get started 

- PDF file

- XLS file

Interpreting Results:
  • Wide variability in daily temperatures indicates a weak adrenal function since the adrenal glands help the body maintain stability. Good adrenal function produces a stable temperature.
  • In a hypothyroid state, the day-to-day averages are low and very stable
  • In a hypoadrenal state including adrenal exhaustion or adrenal stress, the temperatures are low and unstable
  • If your temperature is high, yet you have hypothyroid symptoms - this is a clue that you may have an antibodies attack on your thyroid, called Hashimotos Disease

  • For pre-menopausal women, the temperature should be taken starting the second day of menstruation. That is because considerable temperature rise may occur around the time of ovulation and give incorrect results. Check your temps before days 19 – 22 of your cycle, with the first counted day being the day you started your period.
  • Do not perform the test when you have an infection or any other condition which would raise your temperature.

The Metabolic Temperature Graph™ is a powerful tool that graphically depicts our metabolic state (adrenal and thyroid) and guides us on the path to recovery.


Dr. Bruce Rind The Metabolic Temperature Graph™


Information in this document is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.  This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice or medical care of a qualified health care professional and you should seek the advice of your health care professional before undertaking any dietary or lifestyle changes.  Please understand that you assume all risks from use, non use and misuse of this information.  The material in this document is for educational purposes only.


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