Healthy benefits of Fever in our daily life

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Healthy benefits of Fever in our daily life

A fever is higher-than-normal body temperature and is a part of our body's natural response to infection. The average normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When your body's temperature rises a few degrees above normal, it is a sign that your body is fighting infection and is generally not cause for concern. But a fever that goes above 102 degrees Fahrenheit is a cause for concern, and treatment should be initiated.

 

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics shows that 91 percent of parents surveyed thought that a fever can cause harmful effects, with 56 percent of caregivers very worried about the potential harm of fevers for their own children. And 89 percent of parents reached for such fever reducers as acetaminophen and ibuprofen before temperatures reached 102 degrees.

Fever is commonly thought of as a negative, and often scary, a health problem that should be prevented and eliminated whenever present. The reality is, however, that fever can be an expression of a healthy body and a well-functioning immune system. In fact, it is often better to allow a fever to run its natural course without medical intervention.

In traditional cultures, fevers were always well respected and understood.  Most people knew that the fever would build up and then break, much like a wave rolling into shore.

So, it has some benefits to get fever or flu.

Let's see what they are -

Fever can be beneficial, especially in the case of fighting infection. By increasing our core temperature, the body is able to maim harmful microbes and more.

Following are benefits of having a fever -

  • A fever stimulates your immune system into producing more white blood cells, antibodies, and a protein called interferon, all of which work to protect your body against harmful microorganisms.

  • By raising your body’s temperature a few degrees, a fever makes it harder for invading bacteria and viruses to survive and flourish. The higher your core body temperature is, the harder it is for harmful microorganisms to survive in your body.

  • A fever helps to shuttle iron to your liver so that it is not readily available to fuel the growth of invading bacteria.

  • Most experts say, for children older than six months old, having a fever may be a good thing.

  • A fever is an effective way to help a child get over a fever faster.

  • Bugs like to live at body temperature. So if you raise the temperature, you kill them off.

  • In times of fever, the body increases mucus to trap bacteria and enhance the activity of phages in order to reduce infectious organisms.  This is an intelligent response by the body to prevent chronic infection and disease development.

 

A fever cannot cause brain damage unless it reaches 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius) and stays there for an extended period of time. Your brain has a built-in thermostat that does not allow your core temperature to rise above 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 C) during an infectious process. It’s virtually impossible to experience brain damage from a fever caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The majority of fevers don’t reach 105 (40.5 C) degrees. The highest temperature that I have encountered thus far has been 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit (40 C) in a 6-year old boy who had suffered a heat stroke.


 

You should always consult your natural health physician when fevers go over 103 degrees or last longer than four days.  If the fever causes tremendous discomfort, trouble breathing or convulsions at any time it would be an indication to go to the emergency room. One should drink tons of clean water and use electrolytes such as freshly squeezed lemon.  This will support the body as it uses up fluids and electrolytes quickly in an effort to rid itself of the infectious organisms. If the temperature gets up over 104 degrees an ice bath can help bring it down a bit so as to not cause damage to any of the vital organs.