Health inclined people tend to get easily sucked into the health tech market, sometimes spending their money on devices that prove to be inefficient on the job they are supposed to do. However, this does not stop manufacturers from coming up with new ideas and releasing a ton of products that seem like great investments at first glance. In the following, we will provide you with some much-needed help in this department by talking about some health devices which you, as a health freak, have more likely thought about purchasing. We will see what they promise and if they actually deliver, thus separating the hoaxes from the real deals.
#1 – Fat measuring scales
Even scales have seen a massive upgrade these days, the scale you used to get on only to find out how much you weigh becoming futile in comparison to modern fat measuring scales. Sought after as they display not only your weight, but the body fat percentage, water mass, bone mass, and more, body fat analyzers have received a lot of attention since their entrance on the health device market. But are they actually accurate when displaying these useful health stats? The answer is yes as most smart scales actually provide accurate data and useful readings which can help make a huge difference when it comes to your overall health.
- As long as you do the proper research and invest in a reliable body fat scale, you will indeed have a trustworthy health device by your side, a device that will help you keep your weight in check while helping you better understand what lifestyle changed need to be made in order to lead a significantly healthier life.
#2 – Fitness trackers
Luckily, although modern people have truly chaotic schedules, more and more of them seem to be doing their best and trying to find time for exercising as often as possible. Thus, as people now hit the gym, or exercise at home or outdoor often, it is easy to see why fitness trackers have gathered a massive following. These devices promise to track exercise routines, efficiency during workouts, the number of steps you take each day, at what speed you run and what distance you cover, and so on. Each device has its own set of data it tracks and displays, and the accuracy is debatable as it depends on the product at hand.
- When it comes to fitness tracking devices, we recommend you dive into some thorough research before actually purchasing one. The market for these devices is loaded with different models, so you are bound to find some which actually provide accuracy and some that are not worth your trust. Overall, we do recommend you buy a fitness tracker, especially if you work out often, but we just advise you to do some research and make an informed choice.
#3 – Blood pressure monitors
Modern portable blood pressure monitors allow you to measure, record, and even share your blood pressure data with whoever you want, including your doctor. Intuitive and delivering a sole function which is easy to understand, it allows you to monitor one of the essential health aspects without having to take trips to the doctor’s office every time you suspect something is wrong. However, interference from movement is an issue with most monitors, so you have to do a thorough search and find one which is a bit more permissive from this point of view to not end up following misleading data regarding your blood pressure.
- As long as you buy a clinically-validated blood pressure monitoring system, you can confidently rely on the readings it provides. However, if the device is not tested and validated clinically, we do not recommend you use it as it will most likely provide false, inaccurate results.
#4 – Heart monitoring systems
Heart monitoring devices come in several shapes and forms – they can either be bands that go around your chest, options in a fitness tracking device, or even wrist wearables. Fluctuations can always occur with your heartbeats, especially if you work out, and keeping an eye on this health stat is crucial as it could make the difference between life and death. You can use these systems as guidance regarding how your heart reacts to certain activities, emotions, situations, environmental conditions, and so on, but we still recommend you go check yourself at least once per year as sometimes results provided by the device could be inaccurate, and you might think that you are completely fine when the truth is actually opposite.
- Although we do recommend you go get a check-up at least 1-2 times per year if you feel that your heartbeats are not regular and suspect you might have cardiovascular issues, we do admit that a quality heart monitoring system for home use is a device that really comes in handy, especially for health freaks. Just don’t be naïve and rely on it 100% as the opinion of the doctor is much more accurate.
#5 – Sound machines
Sleep has a major impact on the quality of your health, so you should thrive to create the best conditions for your sleeping environment. Undeniably, the sound machine is a must have for anyone, being practically mandatory for light sleepers and those who suffer from mild insomnia as it helps people have a smoother transition into the state of sleep. Furthermore, depending on the specific model you use, it can even mask background noises that would have otherwise awaken you.
- No matter if it is a white noise producing machine or one that plays you to sleep with nature sounds, it is a health device worth having as it ensures a soothing, energizing sleep session each night. For those who suffer from mild insomnia, it will even help them fall asleep faster.
#6 – Brain sensing headbands
The headbands contain electroencephalography sensors which monitor brain activity during meditation or other activities. These devices promise to help you reduce stress levels, giving you instant feedback on how your brain is reacting to what activity you are doing at that moment, thus providing guidance towards calming yourself and leading a happier, healthier life. However, we must admit we are quite skeptical regarding the efficiency of these devices, at least for the moment.
- Although we cannot say that there is no hope in the future for brain-sensing headbands to be trustworthy health tech, we do not fully trust them at the moment, at least. You should probably wait another year until you jump on this gadget to buy one which is more accurate in its performance and that provides more data.
#7 – Air pollution monitors
Air pollution has reached new heights these days as both the indoor and the outdoor environment are quite hazardous to our health. While you cannot actually do anything about what is happening outdoors, with the help of an air pollution monitor you could at least keep an eye on air quality indoors. As you know whether or not the air is contaminated, and if it is, you know how severe the situation has gotten, you will be able to make a smart choice regarding the air purification method to use. For example, if there are no big problems in this department at home or at the office, you can simply add some plants to improve air quality. However, if air pollution indoors is high, it is clearly time to use an air purifier and lower air pollution levels a.s.a.p.
- With air quality being so poor indoors as well as outdoors, an air pollution monitor has become a must-have. Make sure you invest in a monitor that has received a lot of positive feedback from users, and you should be safe.
#8 – Gluten testers
If you have celiac disease or gluten allergies, the Nima gluten tester is a smart device you need in your life as it provides on the spot data regarding the food you plan on consuming. If the food item contains gluten, a sad face will appear on the gadget, telling you that you should avoid eating it. In case a smiley face appears instead, it means you are safe to indulge in the food sitting in front of you.
- For gluten intolerant people, a gluten tester is mandatory as it spares them from feeling sick. However, we must admit that it is a bit tricky to fully figure out if you are receiving truthful guidance or not.
#9 – Smart glucometers
A health gadget that stings you in the finger and promises to accurately tell you what your blood glucose level is, the smart glucometer seems like a worthy piece of tech to have at home. However, we do warn you that not all glucometers are accurate, and if you want to be sure that the one you are using is actually reliable, we recommend that you check if it is FDA approved or not. Obviously, if it is approved by the FDA, you can rely on its readings, and if it isn’t, you should most likely throw it out and buy a new one.
- If you want to be sure of the fact that the smart glucometer is providing you with accurate glucose level readings, use one that is FDA approved. Otherwise, you risk investing in a device that provides wrongful readings, ending up panicking over a potential false alarm.
#10 – Smart fork
The smart forks which exist on the market right now serve a pretty funny purpose – reminding you to eat slower and spend more time on chewing the food rather than shoving it in your mouth. This smart utensil might not force you to overcome this issue, but the fact that it vibrates when you are overdoing it while eating is a useful reminder, especially for those who are on a quest to lose weight and eat better from all points of view.
- Not the most spectacular gadget on our list, but one worth checking out, especially by those who tend to have weight issues, the smart fork basically serves as a reminder that you are eating too fast. Whether or not it is worth your money is up to you and how much you can restrain yourself from eating frenetically. What we can say for sure is that this product is most certainly not a hoax.