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Dr. James DiNicolantonio on What Minerals (And Foods) To Eat for Peak Human Health

Dr. James DiNicolantonio - Peak Human Podcast


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Today, I spoke with Dr. James DiNicolantonio after reading his latest book The Mineral Fix. I've been following his work for years, so it was cool to finally sit down with him. We take a deep dive into minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, and more! We also talk about why it is optimal to eat nose to tail and include certain plant foods in your diet. You'll learn a lot from this episode – it's packed with practical advice!

Dr. James DiNicolantonio is a cardiovascular research scientist and doctor of pharmacy at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and author of The Salt Fix, Superfuel, and The Mineral Fix. A well-respected and internationally known scientist and expert on health and nutrition, he has contributed extensively to health policy and has even testified in front of the Canadian Senate regarding the harms of added sugars.

Dr. DiNicolantonio serves as the Associate Editor of Nutrition and British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Open Heart, a journal published in partnership with the British Cardiovascular Society. He is the author or coauthor of approximately 200 publications in the medical literature. He is also on the editorial advisory boards of several medical journals. He has shared his expertise on The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and international news media outlets.

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  • [5:20] His new book: The Mineral Fix

  • [6:10] Micronutrients run the show.

  • [8:20] How to manage nutrient density

  • [10:40] Calcium and magnesium in animal foods

  • [14:50] How to offset acid retention from animal foods

  • [17:20] Should you add baking soda to your water?

  • [19:30] What are the safest plant foods?

  • [21:05] The ratio of minerals to heavy metals

  • [23:40] Best dietary sources of copper

  • [25:45] Ancestral meats, like Bison, are extremely nutrient dense

  • [27:15] Chronic disease depletes minerals like copper

  • [30:00] Why is copper so important?

  • [34:00] Oysters & the immune system

  • [36:20] Why don’t animals have mineral issues?

  • [38:10] The free-radical theory of aging

  • [42:20] His list of superfoods

  • [46:00] Plain water vs. Mineral water

  • [51:30] Heat acclimatization & salt intake

  • [53:50] Fermented foods, seaweed, and fortification

  • [57:15] Magnesium, sulfur, and chromium

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