Vitamin D is actually a HORMONE. Are you getting enough?

Crossfit Torsion
January 23, 2023
Vitamin D is actually a HORMONE.  Are you getting enough?

Contrary to popular belief (and the term VITAMIN D), Vitamin D is actually a hormone. 

It’s status as a hormone might explain the current healthcare emphasis on ensuring your levels are not only adequate, but optimal. 

We typically think of Vitamin D in terms of improving bone health because it helps the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorous which are critical for building bone, but there are actually Vitamin D receptors on many of the body’s organs and tissues which suggest important roles beyond just bone health which is an active area of investigation for scientists. 


Where do I get Vitamin D from? 

Sunlight (which means you have to get OUTSIDE–even in the winter).  But, to make things a bit more complicated, genetically, some of us are not very efficient at creating Vitamin D from sunlight exposure.

Food - fatty fish like tuna, mackerel, salmon and fish liver oils and some other fortified foods like milk and orange juice that may not be the best choices for all people.


- We often get asked - "do I need a supplement" and the answer is typically the same…”It depends…” each and every individual is different!

- You can get your Vitamin D levels measured.  So, go get them measured. 

- Once you have that information, you can work with your doctor to decide if you need to supplement to get you to those OPTIMAL levels.  

*Spoiler alert: We live in Ohio! Most people could benefit from a Vitamin D supplement at least a few times per week.  

As we always recommend, take charge of your own health.  Be your own advocate. Know your numbers.  Understand that there’s a difference between “normal” and “optimal” in every single health marker out there.

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