6 episodes

Should I do a juice cleanse? Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter TED Talks

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 40 Ratings

Should I do a juice cleanse? Do I really need 8 glasses of water a day? Is it actually possible to "boost" my immune system? You’re constantly bombarded with news stories, ads, and social media posts telling you how to optimize your health—but a lot of these sources that pretend to be backed by science have another agenda. Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health, debunking some of the stickiest myths out there while helping you to understand how your body really works. Produced in partnership with Transmitter Media.

    Can you boost your immune system?

    Can you boost your immune system?

    We’ve been told products like goji berries and pomegranate juice will boost your immune system—but attempts at “boosting” your immune system can do more harm than good. In fact, over the counter supplements contribute to over 20,000 ER visits per year! So is there a safe way to boost our immune systems, and should we even be doing it in the first place? An immunologist takes us through the body and down the “wellness” aisle to debunk products you’ve been sold and shares what you can really do to improve your body’s most important defense system. Read the full transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/BSTscript5

    • 35 min
    Is Drinking Milk Essential for Building Strong Bones?

    Is Drinking Milk Essential for Building Strong Bones?

    Got milk? When it comes to building strong bones, you shouldn’t just stick to the dairy aisle—but many people are starting to skip it all together, with a demonic narrative evolving around milk in recent years. So which should we believe? To find out, Jen travels to the hills of Mongolia to learn all about lactase and breaks down the basics of what makes bones weak, and where to find the key ingredient to make them stronger (spoiler: it’s not in your grocery cart). Read the full text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/BSTscript4

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    • 27 min
    Is Menopause the Beginning of the End?

    Is Menopause the Beginning of the End?

    There are only two mammals who have evolved to survive after their child bearing years: toothed whales and humans. This stage of life is called menopause, and it makes humans an evolutionary wonder! But our perception of it has been shaped by centuries of stigma and shame—up until recently it was even considered a "disease" by the medical establishment that needed to be cured. Menopause isn’t a disease, but that doesn’t mean it’s a party either. There can be troublesome symptoms for many people. So you might be thinking, “I’m not in menopause now” or “I’m not going to go through menopause, ever. Why should I care?” Dr. Jen tells us why while taking us through the complex history of how we got here, giving hot tips on managing hot flashes, and sharing why menopause shouldn't be viewed as the end of the race, but a victory lap.  You can read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/BodyStuffTranscript3

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    • 30 min
    Why are we so awkward about poop?

    Why are we so awkward about poop?

    When most people think about poop, they think about shame and embarrassment. It’s something they don’t want to talk about and that prevents us from learning things—like the number of times a day we should be going number two—that can keep us healthy! On this episode, Dr. Jen tells us why some of the things we’ve been told about poop are a load of crap, what makes the gut the “second brain” of the body, and how what you eat goes from food to feces. By the end, you’ll know everything you need to achieve “poophoria.”  You can read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/BodyStuffTranscript2

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    • 30 min
    How much water do you actually need a day?

    How much water do you actually need a day?

    Glowing skin, increased energy, higher mental function and weight loss: These are just a few of the benefits we have been promised for the low cost of 8 glasses of water a day. But can this magical elixir really do all that it claims? Dr. Jen Gunter takes us behind the fascinating (and scandalous) history of hydration pseudoscience, unpacks the investigative report that ROCKED the beverage industry, and sits down with a nephrologist who tells us what's fact and what's fiction about our kidneys. It will quench your thirst for the truth about hydration.

    You can read the text transcript for this episode at go.ted.com/BodyStuffTranscript1

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    • 33 min
    Trailer: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

    Trailer: Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

    Dr. Jen Gunter is here to bust the lies you’re told—and sold—about your health. Each week she'll debunk a medical myth while helping you to understand how your body really works.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

C ha t te r ,

We need more podcasts like this

Quality information and breaking stereotypes. How would anyone rate it less than 5 stars is beyond me.

SMDGRAVESEND ,

Myths Debunked

Fascinating stuff. A podcast that cuts through the pseudoscience to give the facts. A great presentation and one that I will be listening to in the future. Caffeine is NOT a diuretic? I’ve had doctors tell me it is! Now I know this is false.

richyrichw4 ,

Dr Jen Gunter

Very good & a good insight to what you are supposed to or not...
Well done Jen
I will spread your talk in my network over hear in London UK
Best
Richard

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