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The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health.

Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick.

With that, I’ve picked out the best health tech to improve your general wellbeing, and listed them via the area of your health they will improve. (If you’re looking for the best tech to track your fitness, head over to my Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets roundup.)

Updated 05/12/17

Lower blood pressure: Omron Evolv

Available for $89 (US) and £129 (UK), from Boots

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime Omron

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime

The Omron Evolv is a clinically-validated wireless blood pressure monitor that is light enough to take anywhere with you, while also being super easy to use. The device lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using an app. It is also really well designed, which I was pleasantly surprised about considering its function. Using a heart health algorithm, called Advanced Accuracy, the device measures more data points and eliminates interference from movement for more precise, clinically-accurate readings. It also lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using the Omron Connect App. 

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the Evolv is one of my favorite health gadgets, mainly because it works so effortlessly while giving very accurate results, displayed simply in a well-designed app.

Unclog your arteries: Wacaco Minipresso NS portable espresso maker

Available for £100 from Bear&Bear

Wacaco

The Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker is small, light and portable enough to ensure you never miss out on your morning coffee

Whether your next trip away involves backpacking, camping or slumming it in a hotel with no coffee-making facilities, the Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker is small, light and portable enough to ensure you never miss out on your morning coffee again. And it’s a good job. Regularly slurping a cup of the black stuff is associated with endless benefits, such as a lower incidence of Parkinson’s and certain types of cancers, and even reduced rates of DNA damage. The Center for Cohort Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, recently noted that drinking coffee could also reduce the risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks. A cup of coffee a day keeps the illness away.

Get your five-a-day with ease: Scott Soup Maker 

Available for £190 from Scott

Scott

Scott’s soup maker is the perfect winter gadget, helping to keep you healthy with limited effort

The perfect gadget for when it’s cold outside and you just don’t have the energy or patience to start making a big healthy meal: this soup maker by Hong Kong firm Scott is like none other in its class. Not only does it let you construct nice healthy soups with little effort, but it boasts five automatic programs: thaw, vsoup, sauce, smoothie crushed ice and then the function we all want: Auto Cleaning.

There’s also an Expert mode that touts three mixing speeds  and two cooking temperatures, from gentle to intense. It’s the ideal kitchen winter appliance when you want to eat your five a day, but don’t really want to put all the effort in.

Avoid being eaten: Shark Banz

Available for £95 from SharkBanz.co.uk

Lee Bell

I wore my SharkBanz with pride during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico earlier this year

So okay, it’s not strictly a "health gadget" but there’s nothing as healthy as avoiding death by shark bite! This is the world’s first active shark deterrent wearable, called the SharkBanz, and designed for those with active beach lifestyles, such as swimmers and surfers. SharkBanz uses patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species AND it’s technology is based on proven science, published research and testing.

Worn on the ankle or wrist, and requiring no charging or batteries, the Shark Banz reduces risk of shark attacks for just £95 and allows you to dive, swim or surf for up to 100m with greater peace of mind. It’s also super comfortable, so you can use it during any sports in waters renowned for shark attacks and forget it’s even there. Here’s a picture of me wearing it during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico. And guess what – I didn’t see one shark…

Lee Bell

I wore my SharkBanz with pride during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico earlier this year

Lose weight:  QardioBase 

Available for $129.99 (US) and £129.22 (UK), from Amazon

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scalesQardioBase

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scales

Smart scales are by no means anything new, but the QardioBase scales takes weighing yourself to a whole new level. As well as weighing you, the connected scales will check your heart rate, water percentage, body fat, bone mass and muscle mass and keep a record of all this so you can compare your vitals over time. Accurately measures body weight, body composition (including body fat percentage, muscle, water and bone mass) and body mass index (BMI). Working with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung S Health, the scales connect to the free Qardio App for iOS, Kindle, and Android, allowing users to share data easily and set goals and reminders to achieve goals. 

Better yet, the smart scales can also distinguish your measurements from someone else’s, meaning everyone in your household can share them. 

Cleaner lungs: Netatmo Healthy Home Coach

Available for $99.99 (US) and £89.99 (UK), from Amazon

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo's latest healthy home gadgetNetatmo

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo’s latest healthy home gadget

If you live in a big city, chances are the air that you breathe on a daily basis could be doing damage to your health. All cities have pockets, with some areas that are worse than others. How would you know if this bad air, caused by pollution, is having an affect on the place you spend your most time: your home? This is where Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach comes in. It detects air quality level, humidity, temperature and noise at home, and gives advice on how to create a healthier environment.

You can also connect multiple healthy home coaches to your smartphone to monitor several rooms.

Better Digestion: Philips Avance centrifugal Juicer

Available for $299.99 (US) and ££177.45 (UK), from Amazon

Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips' Avance juicerPhilips

Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips’ Avance juicer

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients in helping us prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and also improve digestive health. However, many people don’t get enough fiber. One way of ensuring you do is with a simple to use juicer such as Philips’ Avance. The juicer has FiberBoost technology, which enables you to choose the texture of juice you prefer, selecting with the switch of a button from a refreshing clear juice to a more creamy juice with up to 50% more fiber.

It’s also super easy to clean, meaning you’re more likely to keep up the juicing and not hide the appliance in the back of your cupboard once the novelty wears off.

Healthier heart: AliveCor Kardia Band

Coming soon in the US and available for £199 (UK), from AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems

If you’ve already got yourself an Apple Watch but you’re particularly worried about your ticker and want to step the heart-rate monitoring level up a gear, then the Karida Band is a good choice.

It’s essentially a medical grade heart monitoring Apple Watch strap by Silicon Valley health tech company AliveCor, but what makes it special is its electrocardiogram (EKG) tech that is designed to pick up palpitations, shortness of breath and other reasons for concern which could increase the risk of a stroke. This is a must-buy for any Apple Watch user even slightly worried about their heart as it’s already been proven to pick up vital signs of heart-related problems in several users, even heart attacks.

More health tech continued on the next page…

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The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health.

Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick.

With that, I’ve picked out the best health tech to improve your general wellbeing, and listed them via the area of your health they will improve. (If you’re looking for the best tech to track your fitness, head over to my Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets roundup.)

Updated 05/12/17

Lower blood pressure: Omron Evolv

Available for $89 (US) and £129 (UK), from Boots

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime Omron

Te Omron Evolv lets you check your blood pressure anywhere, anytime

The Omron Evolv is a clinically-validated wireless blood pressure monitor that is light enough to take anywhere with you, while also being super easy to use. The device lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using an app. It is also really well designed, which I was pleasantly surprised about considering its function. Using a heart health algorithm, called Advanced Accuracy, the device measures more data points and eliminates interference from movement for more precise, clinically-accurate readings. It also lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using the Omron Connect App. 

Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the Evolv is one of my favorite health gadgets, mainly because it works so effortlessly while giving very accurate results, displayed simply in a well-designed app.

Unclog your arteries: Wacaco Minipresso NS portable espresso maker

Available for £100 from Bear&Bear

Wacaco

The Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker is small, light and portable enough to ensure you never miss out on your morning coffee

Whether your next trip away involves backpacking, camping or slumming it in a hotel with no coffee-making facilities, the Wacaco Minipresso espresso maker is small, light and portable enough to ensure you never miss out on your morning coffee again. And it’s a good job. Regularly slurping a cup of the black stuff is associated with endless benefits, such as a lower incidence of Parkinson’s and certain types of cancers, and even reduced rates of DNA damage. The Center for Cohort Studies at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, recently noted that drinking coffee could also reduce the risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks. A cup of coffee a day keeps the illness away.

Get your five-a-day with ease: Scott Soup Maker 

Available for £190 from Scott

Scott

Scott’s soup maker is the perfect winter gadget, helping to keep you healthy with limited effort

The perfect gadget for when it’s cold outside and you just don’t have the energy or patience to start making a big healthy meal: this soup maker by Hong Kong firm Scott is like none other in its class. Not only does it let you construct nice healthy soups with little effort, but it boasts five automatic programs: thaw, vsoup, sauce, smoothie crushed ice and then the function we all want: Auto Cleaning.

There’s also an Expert mode that touts three mixing speeds  and two cooking temperatures, from gentle to intense. It’s the ideal kitchen winter appliance when you want to eat your five a day, but don’t really want to put all the effort in.

Avoid being eaten: Shark Banz

Available for £95 from SharkBanz.co.uk

Lee Bell

I wore my SharkBanz with pride during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico earlier this year

So okay, it’s not strictly a “health gadget” but there’s nothing as healthy as avoiding death by shark bite! This is the world’s first active shark deterrent wearable, called the SharkBanz, and designed for those with active beach lifestyles, such as swimmers and surfers. SharkBanz uses patented magnetic technology developed by marine biologists to deter predatory shark species AND it’s technology is based on proven science, published research and testing.

Worn on the ankle or wrist, and requiring no charging or batteries, the Shark Banz reduces risk of shark attacks for just £95 and allows you to dive, swim or surf for up to 100m with greater peace of mind. It’s also super comfortable, so you can use it during any sports in waters renowned for shark attacks and forget it’s even there. Here’s a picture of me wearing it during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico. And guess what – I didn’t see one shark…

Lee Bell

I wore my SharkBanz with pride during some scuba diving in Puerto Rico earlier this year

Lose weight:  QardioBase 

Available for $129.99 (US) and £129.22 (UK), from Amazon

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scalesQardioBase

Keep tabs on your weight and body composition with QardioBase smart scales

Smart scales are by no means anything new, but the QardioBase scales takes weighing yourself to a whole new level. As well as weighing you, the connected scales will check your heart rate, water percentage, body fat, bone mass and muscle mass and keep a record of all this so you can compare your vitals over time. Accurately measures body weight, body composition (including body fat percentage, muscle, water and bone mass) and body mass index (BMI). Working with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung S Health, the scales connect to the free Qardio App for iOS, Kindle, and Android, allowing users to share data easily and set goals and reminders to achieve goals. 

Better yet, the smart scales can also distinguish your measurements from someone else’s, meaning everyone in your household can share them. 

Cleaner lungs: Netatmo Healthy Home Coach

Available for $99.99 (US) and £89.99 (UK), from Amazon

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo's latest healthy home gadgetNetatmo

Check how clean the air in your home is with Netatmo’s latest healthy home gadget

If you live in a big city, chances are the air that you breathe on a daily basis could be doing damage to your health. All cities have pockets, with some areas that are worse than others. How would you know if this bad air, caused by pollution, is having an affect on the place you spend your most time: your home? This is where Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach comes in. It detects air quality level, humidity, temperature and noise at home, and gives advice on how to create a healthier environment.

You can also connect multiple healthy home coaches to your smartphone to monitor several rooms.

Better Digestion: Philips Avance centrifugal Juicer

Available for $299.99 (US) and ££177.45 (UK), from Amazon

Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips' Avance juicerPhilips

Go on a digestive cleanse whenever you feel the need with Philips’ Avance juicer

Fiber is one of the most important nutrients in helping us prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and also improve digestive health. However, many people don’t get enough fiber. One way of ensuring you do is with a simple to use juicer such as Philips’ Avance. The juicer has FiberBoost technology, which enables you to choose the texture of juice you prefer, selecting with the switch of a button from a refreshing clear juice to a more creamy juice with up to 50% more fiber.

It’s also super easy to clean, meaning you’re more likely to keep up the juicing and not hide the appliance in the back of your cupboard once the novelty wears off.

Healthier heart: AliveCor Kardia Band

Coming soon in the US and available for £199 (UK), from AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems AliveCor

The Kardia band could save your life if your ticker is prone to heart problems

If you’ve already got yourself an Apple Watch but you’re particularly worried about your ticker and want to step the heart-rate monitoring level up a gear, then the Karida Band is a good choice.

It’s essentially a medical grade heart monitoring Apple Watch strap by Silicon Valley health tech company AliveCor, but what makes it special is its electrocardiogram (EKG) tech that is designed to pick up palpitations, shortness of breath and other reasons for concern which could increase the risk of a stroke. This is a must-buy for any Apple Watch user even slightly worried about their heart as it’s already been proven to pick up vital signs of heart-related problems in several users, even heart attacks.

More health tech continued on the next page…

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