Interesting Facts about Body Temperature: Tell a Lie and Your Nose Heats Up

Thermoregulation

Thermoregulation

There are certain things in life we never stop to actually think about, and when going through everyday life we find ourselves taking for granted. Body temperature is one of those things. Without regulated body temperature, we would all die.
If the body’s temperature drops too low your respiration system starts to slow which eventually leads to death. On the contrary, if your body temperature gets too high, the enzymes in your blood start to denature which leaves them unable to catalyze as well which will lead to death.
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.
Healthy human body temperature ranges between 97ºF (36.1ºC) to 99ºF (37.2ºC) and the normal core body temperature of 98.6ºF (37ºC) is usually cited as normal. It is considered as one of the primary indicators of good health along with pulse rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate.
It’s important to measure temperature accurately as it has a huge impact on diagnosis and treatment, an inaccurate measurement may compromise the patients safety.
Fortunately, we are able to maintain a healthy body temperature regardless of external outside temperature. For instance, putting a jacket on if you are cold or taking off your sweater if you feel yourself getting warm.
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. Below are some interesting facts about body temperature:
1. The human body temperature is not the same throughout the day. It is observed that the temperature shows less during early morning between 4 to 6 AM and the maximum during the evening between 5 to 7 PM.
The variance is found to be +/- 0.5ºC in most cases. Since the routine activity during the day results in slightly higher temperature, the body temperature is also linked to physical activity.
2. Your body produces enough heat in only thirty minutes to boil a half-gallon of water. Your body is the epitome of a study on the laws of thermodynamics. You produce heat from all that is going on – exercise, metabolizing food, maintaining homeostasis – and as you sweat, exhale, excrete, and urinate (lovely thoughts, all of them).
3. Despite what your mother says, you do not lose heat from your head. It is very common for parents to advise their children to wear a hat or to cover their head when its cold outside, with the reasoning behind this advice often cited as “most of your body heat escapes through your head.”
While hats are great to wear when it is cold outside, they are not the reason your body temperature can balance itself to battle the elements. Body heat is lost evenly throughout all areas of the body.
However, in children their heads are larger than other parts of their body’s, which can let off heat much more apparently than that of an adult.
4. Tell a lie and your nose heats up. Fibbing may not cause your nose to grow, but lying will heat it up. Despite this distinction from the wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy, Spanish researchers at the University of Granada still dubbed their finding the “Pinocchio effect.”
Using thermal imaging, they were able to demonstrate that the anxiety brought on by a lie causes the nose and the areas around the eyes to get warm.
5. Your body temperature can help you become pregnant. Believe it or not, women chart their body temperatures to know when their body is ovulating in preparation for pregnancy.
The body is unable to implant an egg if the body temperature is too low (usually under 97 degrees) so recording the body’s temperature is necessary.
For example, a woman takes her temperature every morning before she even gets out of bed, and when it is anywhere from .04-1 degrees higher than normal, her body may be ovulating. If it stays at a higher temperature for over 16 days, it may indicate that she is indeed pregnant.
There are BBT (Basal Body Temperature thermometers) you can purchase at the store to find out if you are ovulating or not. Or you can simply buy a regular thermometer that tells you if you are running a fever, as those work just as well!

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