Today, I’m here with someone I highly respect and have both respected his work and been friends with for a long time, which is Chris Kresser. We go deep on the topic of nutrient deficiencies and why the way we think about health needs to change.
If you’re not already familiar with Chris, he is the co-founder of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the founder of The Kresser Institute, the host of the top-rated podcast “Revolution Health Radio,” the creator of chriskresser.com, and the “New York Times” best-selling author of the “Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine.”
He is by far considered one of the most respected clinicians and educators in the field of functional medicine, and he has trained over 2,000 clinicians and health coaches in over 50 countries using his unique approach. He’s been named one of the 100 most influential people in health and wellness and has appeared on alludes everything from Joe Rogan, to “Fox & Friends,” to many other national media outlets. In this episode, we go deep on the topic of “Nutrient Deficiencies and Micronutrient Deficiencies,” which I think is an increasingly important topic.
For a long time I have thought that we have lost sight of this important part of the equation when we over-focused on calories or even macronutrients, and still drastically undereat in nutrients. And I’ve tried to shift my own perspective to actual nutrient density per volume and not just the calories themselves. But we go deep on this and he talks about why Americans especially, are overfed but undernourished, how on average in America 60% of the calories come from ultra-processed foods, how 100% of Americans don’t get enough potassium, and we go deep on a lot of specific nutrients.
We talk about the ones generally considered safe to supplement even without testing, some of the reasons the nutrient levels and density are declining so much right now, optimal versus RDA when it comes to nutrients, specific things to know about vitamin D, vitamin A, and iron, and how specific diets like carnivore, vegan, AIP, etc., can affect nutrient levels and how to mitigate those.
Chris is always a wealth of knowledge, he definitely does not disappoint in this episode.
Episode Highlights With Chris Kresser
- Why Americans especially are overfed but undernourished
- How 60% of our calories come from ultra processed foods
- Top foods to avoid: refined flours, sugars and vegetable oils
- Why the body needs 40 micronutrients in adequate amounts to function and many of us aren’t getting them
- 100% of Americans don’t get enough potassium
- The nutrients it is generally considered safe to supplement with even without testing
- Other reasons nutrient levels are declining: gut health and soil quality
- Optimal vs RDA ranges for nutrients
- What to know about Vitamin D and Vitamin A
- The real deal with iron deficiency and overload
- How specific diets like carnivore, vegan, AIP, etc affect nutrient levels and how to mitigate
- The top nutrient dense foods (some might surprise you)
- Fascinating new research on nutrient density in foods that scores foods based on nutrient levels
- Why it would almost be better to be a vegetarian that easts organ meats and shellfish, than to just eat muscle meats with no organs or shellfish
Resources We Mention
- Chris Kresser – Website
- Adapt Naturals
- BiOptimizers Magnesium
- Pluck Organ Meat Seasoning – Use code wellnessmama for 15% off
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