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Question #10185 posted on 11/15/2004 4:09 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
If the inside of me is around 98 degrees, why do I feel uncomfortably warm at 88? Shouldn't I feel as if I'm losing heat?
- Cold Feet

A: Dear Cold Feet,
Your body has a negative feedback system that governs temperature. Because you are always digesting and moving, you are always producing heat. Your body gets rid of this excess heat through normal processes, like sweating and breathing. Depending on the humidity and the temperature of the air, these processes can be retarded. If it's room temperature (usually lower than 88 degrees) your body is close to being balanced, with the atmosphere taking away about as much heat as your body is producing. Many variables can affect the comfortable temperature for you, including how much the air is moving, how much you're metabolizing at the time, etc. etc.