Top 5 digital health solutions that will enhance your way of living

 

 

Digital health solutions are increasingly present in our daily life. They are designed to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle or to monitor your overall health and wellbeing.

Having a connected health device at home has a great number of advantages. Indeed, it can help you get to know yourself and your body better by measuring a wide range of vital signs. But it can also help detect anomalies and rapidly notify your medical doctor. Last but not least, these devices can significantly improve your lifestyle by analyzing your data and providing you with great pieces of advice regarding your nutrition, your sleep time or your sport activities.

 

Here is my top 5 digital health tools to enhance your way of living !

 

Luminette

 

In autumn and winter, when the level of light outside is reduced, the brain takes time to realize it is daytime. The rate of melatonin (sleeping hormone) in the blood therefore remains high. This phenomenon creates an unusual tiredness during the day and a prolonged drop in mood.

It has been proven that light therapy treats depressive disorders with seasonal patterns, occurring mostly during winter. But artificial light is also used to treat other conditions, such as sleep issues and stress episodes for example.

Submitting eyes to a special light devoid of infrared and ultraviolet, for 30 minutes in the morning, compensates for this lack of outdoor sunlight, and therefore cuts off the production of melatonin.

Luminette is a light therapy device placed above eyesight. Its patented system allows you to do whatever you want during the session instead of staying in front of a source of artificial light waiting for the device to stop.

Luminette is to use once a day, with a session lasting from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the intensity chosen. Beneficial effects become noticeable 4 to 5 days after the first session. You’ll find your energy returning and your mood improving.

This device has a cost of $199 per unit.

 

SmartSleep

 

SmartSleep is a Philips connected headband which will help you monitor and manage your sleep. With more than 30 captors on the forehead, it will detect and analyse cerebral activity during the night. As soon as the user is in its deep sleep phase, the headband spreads white noise in order to promote and strengthen sleep. All data is sent to the mobile application so the user can track its sleep cycles. The application also gives some tips to improve your sleep routine.

This headband is sold in the United States at a price of $399.

 

Nima

 

Nima is the world’s first connected food sensor designed for people who have food sensitivity and allergies. Developed by MIT researchers and engineers, it uses antibody-based chemistry to detect proteins in foods in a matter of minutes. You only have to put a pea-sized sample of your food, and chemicals in the capsule mix with the food to know if it contains peanut or gluten.

Nima is for instance selling peanut and gluten sensors and both are in portable format. Results are readable on the sensor as well as on the mobile application, connected by bluetooth to the device. The accuracy rate is 98.7%.

The price of the sensor is $199. The sensor comes with 3 capsules. A capsule, which can be used only once, costs approximately $4 to $5.

ScanWatch

 

ScanWatch has been designed by Withings and is considered the number 1 worldwide hybrid smart watch.

This watch continuously scans vital signs to detect heart conditions and improve fitness. It features an ECG, an oximeter for SpO2 measures with a battery life up to 30 days. The ScanWatch will also detect some sleep disorders, in particular sleep apnea, by measuring breathing disturbances. When connected to your smartphone via bluetooth, you’ll get all the information on the Health Mate iOS or Android application.

Basically, this watch, at the cost of $279.95, will be your best friend if you want to improve your fitness and monitor your health parameters.

 

Ava

 

Ava is the first fertility tracking wearable on the market. By using physiological parameters such as fever, resting pulse rate, perfusion or breathing rate, it can detect woman’s fertile window. This bracelet is used with the mobile application, on which you’ll have all your personal information. For consistent readings, the bracelet works overnight when your body is at rest.

 

The device uses technologies such as temperature sensors, accelerometer (measures movement and sleep cycles) and photoplethysmography (captures heart rate variability, breathing rate and skin perfusion).

Ava can be used for women who have a regular cycle between 24-35 days and using an alternate conception method.

 

This bracelet, approved by the FDA, has a cost of $279, but 20% from the sale of every Ava bracelet goes towards women’s health research and development.

 

The costs can seem high, but it does make sense to have one of these digital health tools to improve or way of living and our overall health. There are many others on the market, but these fives are my favorites, since they cover a wide range of areas.

 

Article by Mathilde Yung

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