What’s the reason for and benefits of fever and body temperature rise?

Are there any advantages to a fever? This is a really important question, because many people who habitually take tablets to suppress fever are not aware of the advantages of this condition.

Ordinarily, when infectious viruses or bacteria enter the body, blood cells known as T-cells identify them as foreign invaders and alert a region of the brain known as the hypothalamus. One of the functions of the hypothalamus is to maintain body temperature at a constant (98.6° Fahrenheit or 37° Celsius) level. On being alerted by the T-cells, the brain boosts our metabolic process to increase the temperature of the body to generate a lot of heat. If still greater heat is required, it makes the body shiver so that more heat is generated through friction.

In short, the hypothalamus does not rest content until it has raised body temperature up to the required level. (Sometimes up to 39° Celsius or 102.2° Fahrenheit). This results in body fever.

Keep in mind that this process is entirely natural. Furthermore, it is also beneficial to the body because

(1) the guard-like T-cells are able to perform their tasks more effectively at 38° to 40° Celsius temperature

(2) as the viruses cannot bear heat beyond a certain limit, they get exterminated

(3) bacteria require a certain iron mineral content of the blood for re-production; and as the circulation of iron constituents is reduced during fever, their proliferation is automatically reduced.

Viewed in the light of the above factors, a fever of up to 39° Celsius is not an illness in itself, but is the body’s response to the illness. It is a counter-attack on viruses and bacteria. After the extermination of infection, the hypothalamus brings body temperature back to a normal level.

It’s important to know when and how to treat a fever or to just leave it alone. Below are some books that can better help us understand such phenomenoms:

Where to Buy
The Healing Power of Fever: Your Body’s Natural Defense against Disease
100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use it
Dalfie Has a Temperature (The Adventures of Dalfie/ The Dalfie Books) (Volume 5)


The Healing Power of Fever: Your Body’s Natural Defense against Disease by Christopher Vasey N.D.

Readers of this book will learn about how fever can actually work to heal and detoxify our bodies. It explains how we can support our system during the three fever stages with a proper diet, drinking more water, and using medicinal herbs. There are also guidelines on what to do when the fever is very high or prolonged.

With such works, we can realize the true purpose of a mild fever and know how it actually fights off illnesses, infections, and even poisoning. The language here is easy enough for anyone to understand even if they don’t have a medical background. Overall, it’s a way to deal with our fever naturally and guide our bodies towards a stronger healing system.

100 Simple Secrets of Healthy People: What Scientists Have Learned and How You Can Use it by David Niven Ph.D.

This is an easy read that gives us tips on diets, fitness, emotional health, and several other methods that lead to longevity. It strives to answer the question of what healthy people do differently than others who are depressed, prone to sickness, or tired all the time.

We have a myriad of studies and research telling us what to do and what to avoid in order to lead a long and healthy life. However, these studies can be contradictory, difficult to access, and often difficult to understand as well. With the simple advice in this work, however, we get to the crux of the matter. The facts here are based on core findings with real-life examples that we can relate to.

Dalfie Has a Temperature by Preston Reichert

It’s essential for young children to learn about the systems in their bodies as well. With this book, parents can teach their kids how to deal with this common illness and what it means.

According to reviewers, this book is a delightful read and quite informative as well. With appropriate and attractive illustrations, the pages serve to give a child entertainment as well as increasing their general knowledge.

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