I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I’m not sure exactly how long I’ve had it for, but I’m pretty sure it was at some point in my teens when it first set in. I’ve been managing my symptoms and helping others to do so using my immunology background and nutrition training.
Recently though, I’ve been marvelling at how well I felt while I was away on holiday in Costa Rica.
I’ve been feeling well overall for a long time now, but usually it is something that I have to constantly manage. If I slip up with my diet or get too little sleep, then I really pay the price – there isn’t much of a buffer.
But apparently this is not the case in the tropics! I was able to manage jet lag (with two jet lagged children) and big dietary changes (from very high veg and low carb to high carb and low veg…) with no problem at all. I was even waking up refreshed after a very little sleep!
So what was going on? I’ve always loved the tropics and I am convinced it’s the temperature, humidity and the sunshine that help my body work better. Even though I didn’t sun bathe – I was either in the shade with the kids, in my rash vest attempting to surf or walking around with suncream and a hat – I got a light tan and felt the difference.
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Getting that extra bit of sunshine (carefully of course) definitely helps me. I also acknowledge that getting away from it all and being on holiday undoubtably makes things better!
So what does this mean for those of us in temperate regions? Interestingly autoimmune conditions are more prevalent in temperate zones. I’d suggest getting out in that sunshine, or even daylight, as much as possible and in a safe way and keeping warm by layering up, especially when it’s breezy!
Have you been on holiday this summer? How did you feel?
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