STORY AT-A-GLANCE
Your body temperature is vital to maintaining homeostasis, and as it turns out, 98.6 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) may not be an average body temperature
Originally, body temperature was determined in 1868 by a German physician, but by 1935 researchers were calling that number into question. A systematic review of the literature in 2002 demonstrated a greater range of normal and studies in 2020 and 2023 showed an “average” temperature was closer to 98.0 Fahrenheit
Adults should seek medical care if their temperature is over 103 Fahrenheit (39.44 Celsius), but infants and children require medical care sooner. The best measure is the severity of accompanying symptoms of weakness, irritability, muscle aches and loss of appetite
Your choice of foods can make a difference in how sick you get, which became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic when data showed those who ate a diet high in ultraprocessed foods had a higher vulnerability to infection

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