Effects of hypothermia on enzymes

Malfunction of our organism

Which enzymes and functions are we talking about here? Non-essential enzymes can, e.g., be enzymes that regulate the metabolism and health of skin, hair, fingernails and toenails. The libido or cognitive function is also not directly required for momentary survival. A cooled organism can no longer afford the luxury of vigorous vitality generated by optimal body heat and accompanied by joy, creativity and unbridled – also erotic – charisma and sexual energy. It must focus on survival. And this leaves many bodily functions by the wayside. No one can afford extras like attractiveness, artistic expression or sexual activity when one’s undercooled body is fighting for survival. The following symptoms occur regularly when deficient body heat causes diminished enzyme functionality.

  • Dry, rough skin
  • Brittle fingernails and toenails
  • Dry hair or increased loss of hair
  • Water retention or edemas
  • Cognitive disturbances, lack of concentration, weak memory
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Premenstrual symptom
  • Irritability, mood fluctuations, depressions, melancholy
  • Loss of libido and, as an accompanying symptom: loss of erotic charisma

The skin, e.g., is a very large organ with approx. two square meters of surface area. Maintaining this organ, which is in direct contact with the environment, requires a lot of vital energy. At the same time, the skin is fairly durable and can handle neglect and inadequate care for several weeks. This provides the body with an excellent opportunity to save energy. The effects of conserving energy become noticeable. Skin loses its shine, radiance and youthful appearance. Dry, scaly and thin skin is often a concomitant effect of low temperature.



The same is true for sexual desires and the fire of love. Loss of sexual desire is a common accompanying effect of illness, but also of deficient body heat. There is a reason why a person who has lost the fire of love is referred to as frigid – or cold.

Is it a coincidence that we expect the hot-blooded Don Juan, the fiery lover and his passionate flamenco dancer in southerly countries? Namely in Southern Italy, Spain or Greece where the sun provides abundant heat and infrared light. For a cold body, renouncing physical love is another excellent opportunity to conserve energy. Anyone who wishes to live a fiery and passionate life should maintain a proper body temperature.

However, the “austerity politics” of a hypothermic body do provide one essential benefit. The loss of expendable functions ensures that the body has enough heat and warmth to maintain other functions for a longer period of time, even at reduced capacity. The heart, respiratory system or even vision and hearing are not as easily affected and usually function without significant limitations, even at a lower body temperature. Other vital functions also remain mostly unaffected by hypothermia: the sense of balance, kidneys and other essential vital functions of the central nervous system (CNS).

If hypothermia persists for a longer period of time, dispensable functions such as libido, skin, hair, creativity, memory and mood suffer. The inner organs as well lose some of their functionality albeit a dispensable portion.Dispensable in this case means: The organ retains its functionality, but does not operate optimally. The metabolism can no longer perform all beneficial or necessary processes if enzyme functionality is reduced. The organ over-acidifies; toxins are no longer expelled, and the specific organ activity is reduced more and more.

Organs that handle daily food intake and processing are most readily affected. The digestive organs – stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas and liver – perform a large portion of the “daily business“. These organs depend to a great extent on specific enzymes: the digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzymes include peptidases (pro-teases), glycosidases, lipases and nucleases. All of these enzymes break down our food and the contained proteins, starches, fat and cell cores. We directly notice the effects if these enzymes are not present or only work at a reduced rate due to coldness. The food then sits in our stomach like a brick. Burping and acid reflux result, and we do not feel well. Flatulence, diarrhea or constipation occurs.

Digestive ailments are a precursor of enzymatic weakness for a body with low temperature. Digestive deficits are closely followed by a whole range associated symptoms. Our vitality is diminished, and we slowly descend into energy deficiency since a large part of our vitality is derived from food. It is not surprising that fatigue, lack of concentration and memory loss occur more frequently. Fatigue, but also sleep disturbances increase, and this affects our mood and reduces creativity. Persons in such a state leave the broad path of abundant and thriving life and step into the wilderness of survival, a descent that first leads to “mood disorders” and later to illness.


Excerpt from the book “Uwe Karstädt: 98.6° F – Ideal Body Temperature

Copyright 2014 | uwekarstaedt.de


About Uwe Karstaedt

The German naturopath lives and works in Munich since 1986 and has published many bestselling books on health and alternative medicine. He is an inspiring speaker with a fascinatingly broad range of in depth knowledge about the basic principles of healing on all levels.

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