What Illnesses Can Checking Your Temperature and pH Help Identify Before They Become Problems
As a parent I dread putting lips or hand to a feverish forehead and wondering what the next few days will bring. But, as a nurse and mother of two children with auto-immune diseases I learned that a sub-normal temperature (less than 98.6) is much worse because it means the innate system our bodies use to fight infection – be it viral, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitic is not intact.
In ICU I dreaded the temperature under 98.6 F. It meant I had a patient who could not fight off infection, whose metabolic activity was compromised and whose enzyme activity was decreased. Often the patient became septic and then had diminished respiratory, kidney, liver, or cardiovascular function.
Here is the reality. According to Dr. Nobuhiro Yoshimizu M.D. Ph.D. A lower body temperature slows enzyme activity so that energy needed for cellular function and feeding the body’s cells is unavailable or severely depleted.
With every 1 degree drop in temperature there is a:
• 36% decline in immune function
• 12% decrease in metabolic function
• 50% decrease in enzyme activity.
Low body temperature or hypothermia can be a symptom of many disorders such as:
• Addison’s Disease
• Kidney failure
• Liver failure
• Drug/alcohol use
• Due to certain medications
Why is enzymes activity significant?
Without proper enzyme activity the body cannot regulate hormones, cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism is impaired and the body cannot break down fats. Utilization of insulin slows down. Toxic chemicals build up in the body to dangerous levels and cause inflammation. The brain doesn’t function properly because ATP production, the nutrition used by the brain and cells, is affected. Wound healing is impaired and the body cannot fight infection if enzyme activity is not at optimal levels.
A lowered temperature and therefore decreased enzyme activity along with a low pH (acidosis) is also the perfect setting for activation of cancer cells which thrive in an acidic environment and cannot tolerate higher temperatures. While this does not happen overnight, a lower body temperature is a good indication of things to come.
So, what can one do?
1. Get in the habit of taking your temperature first thing in the morning and in the evening. Temperatures are usually at their lowest between 4-6am and highest in the evening between 6-8pm. In a healthy person tracking of the difference between morning and evening temperature should reveal a difference of at least 0.5° F (0.9° C). People with a low body temperature and an overall degenerative condition will have a minimal variation in temperature. With dysregulated body temperature they may even find the evening temperature is often colder than the morning reading. 
2. Check your pH. You can purchase a pH testing kit online or at most pharmacies. If testing urine, check it first thing in the morning. Either collect a sample of urine to dip the strip into or void onto a test strip and compare it to the color chart. It should read 7.4. If testing saliva, spit into a spoon and check acidity with your test strip. Just be sure to wait at least 2 hours after eating or drinking for better accuracy. A saliva test is slightly different than urine and should read 7.5. 
So, now, let’s say not only is body temperature low enough to both compromise immune function (a drop in even 1 degree) which stimulates the growth of pre-cancerous cells; and the growing cancer is using the nutrition necessary to keep the person alive so that we have a double edged sword. What can you do?
Stop eating sugar and processed foods and eat nutrient dense raw foods that will increase enzyme activity such as sprouts, avocados, papaya, pineapple, mango, kiwi, grapes, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and bee pollen. Juicing is an excellent way to combine these foods.