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Taking care of yourself shouldn't be complicated. We talk to the experts for practical advice to live a long and healthy life, based on science. Subscribe to get episodes from Life Kit on health and wellness.

    Take charge of your gyno visit

    Take charge of your gyno visit

    A visit to the gynecologist isn't just an essential part of your health routine. It's an opportunity to ask questions about your reproductive health, from birth control to painful periods to a decreased interest in sex. Dr. Rachel Bervell, co-founder of The Black OBGYN Project, explains how women and trans or non-binary people can structure their next visit — and get the answers they need.

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    Jet lag is 'not a choice' — here's what to know

    Jet lag is 'not a choice' — here's what to know

    Taylor Swift claimed that "jet lag is a choice" at this year's Super Bowl. Sleep scientists like Jade Wu would like you to know they very much disagree. The disorder can throw your body clock out of whack and leave you feeling sluggish — not great when you're on a big vacation abroad. Wu explains how to make jet lag less miserable and more manageable.

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    Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids

    Curbing needle phobia in adults starts with making shots less painful for kids

    Approximately one in four adults has a fear of needles, according to the CDC. Many of those people say the phobia started when they were kids. Researchers developed a five step plan to prevent what they call "needless pain" for kids getting injections or their blood drawn. NPR's Short Wave talks with Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, who works with a team to implement the plan at his own hospital, about how to eliminate pain during shots.

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    Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise. Here's what to know

    Colorectal cancer rates are on the rise. Here's what to know

    In the 1990s, colorectal cancer was the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Now, it's the first in men and second in women — and rates are rising among people under age 50. This episode, we explore how you can lower your risk and make sure you catch colorectal cancer early.

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    Protect your ears from hearing loss

    Protect your ears from hearing loss

    People of all ages are at risk of noise-induced hearing loss, but few know how to protect against it. This episode, build out your ear care routine with the help of hearing experts — and get surprising advice on phone volume, noise exposure and Q-tips.

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    How to take care of your eyes

    How to take care of your eyes

    Eye health is more than just an annual eye exam. Learn how to protect your eyes from screens, read your prescription and understand what does and does not affect your vision.

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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

Ceiling fan guy ,

Improve your indoor air quality

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August Rivers Humanities ,

Hit or Miss

Loved the caffeine episode. I found the specifics from the Dr. very useful. The protein episode was just OK for me. I could have done without the personal trainer’s name and workout style. I would rather have access to the information on amino acids. The responses to inquiries for those who Don t eat animal products were met with recommendations to eat dairy, eggs and fish and the salad recipe for tuna with almonds 🤮. I liked the info on calculating weight to needed protein. This could have been expanded on to include current weight verses goal weight. They might have discussed complete plant based proteins and how to measure the combinations. Quinoa, buckwheat. Beans and rice, dairy substitutes, soy. How to navigate food, takeout, recipes, hacks. , budgeting, ethical farms, healthiest choices for meat Etc.

Athena-_-Athene ,

Lifekit health- how to talk to your latinx parent about mental health

This podcast hits all the key points to get help for your mental help one way or another. They go into depth on how to start the “uncomfortable” conversations with your family about not only your mental health but theirs as well. I believe this episode hits so close to home and needs to be heard by every latinx in my community because we all don’t realize we need to take care eachother not just physically but mentally in order to break the cycle of sweeping it under the rug. We can go as a whole and finally heal for our future generations.💕

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