If you only supplement with one thing… According to internist and integrative medicine physician Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, “Vitamin D is crucial for health and far too many people are (unknowingly) deficient in this hormone. This is a true public health concern. Vitamin D replenishment is the single most cost-effective thing we can do in modern medicine. The vitamin D dose doesn’t matter. What matters, and what’s a big deal, is your blood level. And that can only be measured through a blood test. Like with cholesterol levels, you cannot look at somebody and know their numbers.”
Safe and responsible sun exposure is the best way for the body to generate vitamin D, but many choose to supplement no matter what the season, and for good reason.
Health Benefits of Vitamin D
The benefits of adequate vitamin D are aplenty and as we get into the cooler months, it’s a good idea to be mindful of how to maintain sufficient levels, especially considering that D plays a significant role in maintaining the health of our “master gland,” our thyroid.
It’s also critical for immune function, which is another consideration during “cold and flu season,” and for managing autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism — the most common form of autoimmunity). In short, vitamin D is one of the most potent immune modulators we have.
Despite its name, vitamin D isn’t a vitamin. Or a nutrient. It’s a hormone produced via photolytic reaction from direct sunlight on our skin. Because the body cannot produce any vitamin on its own, vitamin D is considered a hormone because it’s made within the body via photosynthesis […]
About Jill Grunewald
Jill Grunewald, HNC, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, and founder of Healthful Elements, is a thyroid health, Hashimoto’s, and alopecia (autoimmune hair loss) specialist and co-author of the #1 best-selling Essential Thyroid Cookbook.
- The Essential Thyroid Cookbook will support you for a lifetime of peak thyroid function and immune health. Listen as Lisa Markley and Jill Grunewald share the story of their journey, along with their expert knowledge on thyroid and adrenal health.
More episodes from The Whole Athlete Podcast