Are you tired of using the same old thermometer to check your basal body temperature every morning? Well, say goodbye to that boring routine because we've got some unconventional tips on how to check your BBT without a thermometer!
Your basal body temperature plays an essential role in fertility tracking. Measuring it accurately can inform crucial information about ovulation and help identify conditions like thyroid disorders or PCOS. However, whoever said checking BBT had to be done with a thermometer!
1. Hand Test
The hand test is one of the most straightforward methods for checking your baseline body temperature.
- Wash and dry your hands before you go to bed.
- When you wake up, lay still with your eyes closed.
- Place one hand on top of the other under your armpit for three minutes.
- Remove both hands after three minutes and place them between tight thighs. You will feel either warm, hot or cold sensations that indicate if BBT is high/low/normally.
2. Mouth Breathing vs Nose Breathing
Breath control techniques can also influence changes in our bodies' internal temperatures.
Take deep breaths through your mouth for five minutes before measuring BBt; OR
Do nose breathing exercise such as Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/nadi-shodhana-pranayama) by inhaling entirely once from each nostril alternatively ten times.
3 Exercise Effects
Exercise stimulates metabolic activity resulting in faster cell regeneration which increases surface area dedicated specifically toward heat production - this means a temporarily increased BBt! Try these exercises! Push-ups: The push-up works wonders for increasing core-body warmth; however, it's important not to overdo them since muscle strain may result from too much exertion. Squats: Although squats don't necessarily improve blood flow, they do increase the body's internal temperature due to increased muscular activity. Aim for 10-20 reps of this great workout each morning!
4 Breathing Patterns
Breath control techniques can also stimulate BBT changes within your body if practiced correctly.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose and hold it for three seconds before breathing out slowly through pursed lips for five minutes before measuring BBt; OR
- Take ten slow, deep breaths in and out while visualizing an image that makes you feel happy.
5 Eating Habits
Certain dietary patterns may also promote desirable BBT changes throughout various points across one’s cycle.
Eating habits: 1. Spicy foods like chili peppers (contains capsaicin) increase heat production. 2. Ginger roots have been found to contain immune modulating compounds which boost circulation throughout our bodies thereby increasing metabolic efficiency hence raising baseline temperature as well! 3. Cinnamon (Ceylon variety - NOT Casia variety which coukd be harmful), contains antioxidants shown to aid digestion leading toward more significant energy release so adding cinnamon powder or sticks into tea during mornings could help regulate metabolism faster than usual!
Overall, tracking your basal body temperature is a powerful tool when trying to conceive or monitor other health conditions. Though using a thermometer is typically recommended, these unconventional methods offer fun alternatives informed by science! So go ahead; try some of them yourself with 'feeling experimental', and see what works best for you!