Guest article written by Rachel Grace.
Keeping yourself fit and healthy sounds easy, but in reality, it’s often far from easy. Luckily, technological advancements have allowed global health and fitness to be more data-driven and scientific. Making use of these new tools could be a good place to start on your road to improving your health. So with that in mind, here are five of the best gadgets that can help you stay fit and healthy.
The Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System is an FDA approved glucometer that helps measure glucose levels in the blood and automatically logs the results to your smartphone. This portable device allows you to track your blood sugar level on your phone through an app, displaying your measurements when available. It’s useful for keeping a history of all your measurements that you can then share with your doctor. This handy device isn’t just useful for diabetics who need to check their glucose levels regularly, it is also ideal for anyone looking to track and regulate their sugar intake for health reasons.
Gluten is a type of protein mostly found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. While gluten itself is relatively harmless to the majority of people, those who suffer from celiac disease or gluten allergies need to avoid it at all costs. Science Direct reports that Nima is the world’s first portable gluten detector that allows you to detect whether food has gluten or not through test capsules. The registered app allows you to track and share your data with other users as well.
There are loads of different smart watches and fitness trackers available on the consumer market nowadays, which means it’s hard to determine which one’s the best for your specific needs. For those looking for a device with an emphasis on health and fitness tracking, the Apple Watch Series 4 comes highly recommended. People at risk of heart disease will appreciate the upgraded heart rate feature in the new series. The new Apple Watch has an FDA-approved electrocardiogram (ECG) function that produces data on your heart rhythm that you can share with medical professionals.
When worn on your wrist, Omron’s new watch has tiny pumps and air bladders that conduct a blood pressure test similar to what you’d get in a doctor’s office. The revolutionary watch also uploads your data to a mobile application wirelessly. The app can also prompt a scheduled blood pressure reading as needed.
Regular scales aren’t very good at assessing weight and body fat. Even BMI can often be a crude measurement of our health and nutrition, as opposed to looking at other more accurate measurements. This Smart Body Scale uses a multi-layered tactile electrode system to measure your weight, BMI, basal metabolic rate, total body water, skeletal muscle mass, and bone mass. Moreover, the device is also able to determine muscle-to-fat ratios and suggest the right exercise for you. This helps in providing a more accurate snapshot of your fitness to determine how you should change your diet and lifestyle.
The development of all these innovative health gadgets is a reflection of how the healthcare industry in the U.S is expanding. Maryville University details that healthcare in the United States is a trillion-dollar industry and will continue to grow at a projected 18% rate year-on-year until 2026. In recent years health gadgets have become a big part of this trillion-dollar industry, and have led to more people gaining a better understanding of their health. Through the above devices, health and fitness is becoming something people can take into their own hands and improve individually. Not only will this keep them healthier, but will also decrease the chances of having to make costly hospital visits.