Whats with the body temperature?
How come even though our bodies are at 98.6 degrees
we are really hot when its 98 degrees outside?? Shouldn't it be
comfortable that way??
TB faithfully helped us with this:
Our bodies requires our internal temperature to be
at or about 98.6F. If the outside temperature is at or higher than
internal then it makes it more difficult to release the excess heat.
Our skin temperature is not 98.6F (37C). This difference allows us
to regulate the heat through sweat and heat exchange of our blood.
Our body generates heat through exertion and chemical reactions.
With high temperatures it make it difficult to shunt off that excess
temps and causes discomfort.
Don added this:
The chemical reactions which take place in our
bodies to metabolize food into energy are exothermic, meaning they
release heat. This means that your body is continuously producing
heat. If the air around your body is around the same temperature as
your body, then that heat doesn't dissipate very well, so you feel
somewhatdamaged believes this:
The temperature outside doesn't have as much to do
with our comfort level as does the humidity level. If it's humid and
98 degrees outside, then we are uncomfortable. If it's 98 degrees
outside with 0% humidity, most people ARE quite comfortable. Keep in
mind that our "98.6" degree body temp is there to keep up warm, and
on a warm day, the two can act together as an invisible blanket.
Curt muttered this:
The body temperature refers to the inside body
temperature and not the outside temperature. You don't want your
outside body temperature that hot, and that is why you sweet, to
cool yourself down.
halfpassed did some research and discovered this:
The reason we are very hot when our body temp. is
98.6 degrees, and its, lets say, 98 degrees outside is this: you
can't give off energy. Basically, heat is energy. Go feel a metal
faucet at room temp and a wooden table in the same room. The faucet
feels cool because all the energy, or heat, is leaving your hand and
entering the faucet, making it fell cold. Now the table doesn't take
away nearly as much heat from your hand, making it feel much warmer.
However, they are the same temperature. Same with why we feel cold
or hot outside, because we aren't giving off as much heat, or
i know all summed it up with this:
bcuz we are warm-blooded. if we where cold-blodded,
like reptiles, then we would like it to be warmer.
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