I've been called an Ice Queen more than a few times. Although I've never thought of myself as cold-hearted as Estella from Great Expectations--I think in my case it's more of a cultural thing. At least in my family, we prefer to express ourselves through spices. If my mother was displeased with my father there would be a burning hot curry at the dinner table, rather than a loud argument. This is why I have such a palate for hot spices.
But I am freezing. I am always freezing and my toes in particular are like ice cubes. I refuse to go anywhere with cold weather and some have considered it just a princess-y thing--but really, I am chilled to the bone.
When I began treatment for my wonky thyroid, I learned about the connection of body temperature and your thyroid function. Normal is considered 98.6, and as someone who has faked sick many times to get out of school I knew that I used to be quite normal. I bought a basal thermometer at the drug store and placed it by my bedside to check my temperature first thing in the morning (before moving around or anything). Anything lower than 97.9 indicates a sluggish thyroid.
My first basal body temperature came in at 96.1. No wonder I am freezing my ass off in Southern California!
Why is body temperature so important? Low body temperature lowers your ability to fight off infections and pathogens. That is why we get fevers when we get sick--that's our bodies' way of killing off the invaders. And raising your body temperature by one degree speeds your metabolism by 13%. I want my metabolism 26% higher, dammit!
First of all I ordered a good Iodine supplement, Iosol Iodine, the water soluble form that won't overload your system. (I hail from the "goiter belt" in Michigan, after all). With that and a lapis lazuli crystal at my throat, my swollen thyroid has shrunk down. But taking my basal body temperature every morning, I'm still freezing!
I also read that cayenne pepper is helpful, which pleases this Indian since I was raised to express myself with spices. I started adding cayenne pepper to smoothies, to tea, to coconut flour cookies--and I quite like it, but I'm still coming up cold.
Further research recommended Maca, the Peruvian superfood. Maca is nature's Viagra--for both men and women. I can testify that it works a little too well! And that's why I had stop taking it. But Maca is an adaptogenic, which balances your endocrine system, stimulates your thyroid, gives you energy--all sorts of other things while turning you into a mewling cat in heat. But Maca is said to be very effective in raising body temperature. So I'm back to taking Maca and having a Barry White soundtrack in my head.
The one thing that had the best reviews was coconut oil. I mean is there anything that coconut oil can't do? I might as well just fill a swimming pool with coconut oil and live in it. But adding a tablespoon of coconut oil every day is said to raise your body temperature in no time, stimulating your thyroid and metabolism.
How do you make sure you get all the coconut oil you need? I mean it's...oil. I added some to my smoothie, but I didn't want it too oily.
But then I discovered the fun way to get your coconut oil--chocolate. This recipe is very simple to make and is great for everyone who is eliminating refined sugar from their diet. Which I mean we all should, there's nothing really good about it. This is the basic recipe, but have fun varying it to your own tastes.
1 cup coconut oil (get the virgin, unrefined organic kind)
1 cup cacao or cocoa powder (obviously cacao is better for you)
1/2 cup of maple syrup or honey. (organic and raw preferred)
Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan using low heat. Remove from heat and add the cacao and stir till combined. Then add the maple syrup and stir. Now comes the fun part. I tossed in some cinnamon, cayenne pepper (yes, cayenne pepper!) and a few drops of peppermint oil. You can add nuts, shredded coconut (unsweetened), vanilla extract, eye of newt, whatever floats your little boat. Then pour the chocolate mixture into a paper-lined muffin pan and pop that bad boy into the freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove and enjoy your chocolate-y goodness. Be sure to store them in the refrigerator because depending on the outside temperature, coconut oil can get a little melty even if you are a hypothyroid ice queen like me ;).
Why can't all medicine be this fun and yummy? Good question. I will post an update soon letting you know if this ice queen melts.
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