If there is one thing I want to make explicitly clear, it is that the body does not make mistakes, but rather responds to internal and external factors.
When washing your hands, you use warm water to help kill the bacteria that is on your hands. When you wash dishes, you use hot water to kill the germs on the dishes. When it is warm outside, fewer people get sick, since it is harder for bacteria and viruses to survive in the summer heat.
A fever is the same concept.
When the body detects that something is there that shouldn’t be, it sends signals to the hypothalamus in the brain, telling it to crank up the heat in order to kill what is not supposed to be there. Once the hypothalamus receives the information, it sends signals to the body telling it to shiver in order to increase body heat. Once the body reaches a higher temperature, it makes it much harder for pathogens to survive.
At some point in time, society was taught to fear the fever. To simply eliminate the fever with over the counter medications, the most popular one being Tylenol. What you probably don’t know though, is that Tylenol actually depletes glutathione levels and causes much more harm than a fever. Glutathione is an antioxidant that is vital for detoxification, low levels decrease the bodies ability to properly detox and in turn may cause liver damage.
If an individual develops a fever, no matter how old or young, it means that the body is working overtime to fight against the pathogens that it may have detected. However, if the temperature is becoming too high and causing worry, you can bring it down with a lukewarm bath, a cold washcloth over the forehead, plenty of fluids, and even peppermint oil down the spine, behind the ears, and on the bottom of the feet.
Despite what most may suggest, you should not give your baby, grandma, or yourself Tylenol, at all, but especially in an abundance. A fever is a good thing unless it remains too high for too long, than it may be a sign of an infection or other issues, of which further testing should be done.
The body does not make mistakes, ever. Trust that God thought everything through when He designed our bodies and created each one of us.
If a fever develops:
- Drink plenty of fluids- stay hydrated!
- Apply a cold compress
- Take a lukewarm bath
- Use peppermint oil to cool off the body
- Avoid too many layers or blankets, as this will increase body temperature
- Trust God and your body and don’t fear the fever! ❤
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