Boost Your Immunity with Vitamin D3 and Other Essential Nutrients

Season 1 | Episode 14
16m | May 1, 2021

In this episode of the Tonic talk show and podcast, Andrew Donsky RHN, a registered holistic nutritionist with 20 years of experience in natural health and wellness, shares valuable insights on boosting your immunity through proper nutrition and supplementation. As the co-founder and editor in chief of, and a regular contributor to Tonic Magazine, Andrea provides expert advice on maintaining a healthy immune system throughout the year.

The conversation begins with Andrea emphasizing the importance of continuing to support our immune system, even during the warmer months. While better weather may be a welcome change, it's crucial to maintain a regular regimen for immune health. Andrea highlights the significance of activities like spending time in nature, laughing, and enjoying funny content to stimulate laughter and the immune system. She also emphasizes the role of vitamin D3 in immune support, debunking the misconception that it's unnecessary during sunnier months.

Andrea sheds light on the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency and the challenges in obtaining sufficient levels. Factors such as sunscreen use, limited sun exposure, and reduced vitamin D3 production in older individuals contribute to this deficiency. She recommends regular vitamin D3 supplementation to ensure optimal levels throughout the year. Andrea shares statistics indicating that a significant percentage of Canadians have insufficient vitamin D3 levels, even among those who take supplements. She stresses the importance of getting blood tests to determine individual needs and highlights the difference between sufficient and optimal levels.

The conversation moves on to the recommended daily intake of vitamin D3 and the sources of this essential nutrient. Andrew explains that the Vitamin D Society suggests 4000 IU's per day from all sources, including sunlight, food, and supplements. She advises taking vitamin D3 supplements with food for better absorption and recommends pairing it with vitamin K2 for enhanced effectiveness. Andrew provides insights into the benefits of vitamin K2 and advises consulting a doctor before taking it if on a blood thinner.

Furthermore, Andrea discusses the role of vitamin C in supporting immunity. She highlights the strong research supporting vitamin C's effectiveness and recommends up to 2000 milligrams per day. As a water-soluble vitamin, excessive intake of vitamin C is unlikely to cause harm, as the body eliminates excess through urine. Andrea encourages incorporating vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables, such as red peppers, oranges, broccoli, Brussel’s sprouts, and strawberries, into the diet. The importance of Zinc, probiotics, and Magnesium in bisglycinate form also enter the discussion. Deep breathing, meditation and connecting with nature are explored as well. Andrea then discusses her exposure to the New Roots Herbal product line and their commitment to quality and testing.  

In conclusion, this episode enlightens listeners about the significance of maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D3 and vitamin C for immune health. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the benefits of vitamin D3 supplementation, the impact of sunlight exposure, and the role of vitamin K2. With expert advice from Andrew Donsky, RHN, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to support your immune system year-round through proper nutrition and supplementation.

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