Boost Your Body's Immunity with Dr. James DiNicolantonio

Boost Your Body's Immunity with Dr. James DiNicolantonio



Renowned cardiovascular research scientist, Dr. James DiNicolantonio, explains how salt, saunas, and a protein-rich diet can protect your body against disease.

Dr. James DiNicolantonio is a leading cardiovascular research scientist dedicated to fighting disease through streamlined lifestyle habits. His work on salt intake (check out “The Salt Fix”) was revolutionary in debunking the accepted belief that high-salt intake was bad for your health. 

Today we deep dive into nutrient deficiencies and the practical ways you can amp up your immune system to combat illness, increase energy levels and improve cardiovascular function. You’ll get the lowdown on intermittent fasting, diet, exercise, boosting vitamin levels to fight viruses, and increasing body temperature through sun, sauna, & exercise.

Show Notes:

  • Research has shown that higher consumption of potassium paired with high consumption of sodium does not lead to heightened blood pressure

  • Sodium is critical for us to consume, but the issues with blood pressure come when sodium and chronically high glucose are paired

  • Salts have varying levels of iodine, and you can select your everyday salt based on what other sources of iodine are in your regular diet

  • Refined, processed carbs are one of the most damaging aspects of the American diet, and Dr. DiNicolantonio recommends staying away from all flour-based foods

  • The Immunity Fix focuses on building a stronger immune response and how metabolic health correlates with immunity

  • Vitamin D, Zinc, and Selenium deficiencies are linked to a poorer responses to viruses

  • Quality whole foods deliver key nutrients to amp up immunity, prioritize greens especially when eating protein

  • Saunas can deliver an antiviral response in the body through Heat shock Protein 70 and the benefits can last about 48 hours after a sauna session

  • Dr. DiNicolantonio boosts his sodium and liquids prior to exercise. Post exercise, he consumes protein paired with carbs

  • Fresh air, getting outside in the sun, and grounding yourself in the grass or dirt are all beneficial immunity boosters

  • Clearlight Sauna is Dr. DiNicolantonio's favorite sauna

Dr. DiNicolantonio's recommendations for an immune boosting diet:

  • Pasture raised eggs provide beneficial choline, iodine, and selenium

  • Organ meats provide copper and folate. You can buy meat from White Oaks Force of Nature, and Northstar Bison which sell ground meat that includes organ meats

  • Dark greens provide lutein, magnesium, potassium, and folate


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