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.)
Boost metabolism: Sage Oracle One Touch by Heston Blumenthal
Available from Sage
The Oracle Touch by Sage does absolutely everything you can imagine when it comes to coffee making, effortlessly and with elegance
There’s nothing quite like the smell of a freshly-ground cup of coffee to get you out of the sack in the morning, and Sage seems to agree. With its Oracle One Touch coffee maker, this espresso machine is fully automatic, making coffee shop menu favorites at the touch of a button. It pulverizes your beans before every brew for extra freshness using its built-in grinder and even lets you adjust the coarseness of the grind with the flick of a knob, making switching things up for specific tastes super easy. There's also automatic micro foaming and tamping, just to make your morning that little extra effortless. And why wouldn't you. Not only does a morning cup of the black stuff help awaken you for the day ahead, but it keeps you looking good, too. It's been proven that fresh coffee is one of the very few natural substances that has been proven to aid fat burning, with a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stating that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by up to 11%, helping you stay lean.
Lower blood pressure: Omron Evolv
Available from Boots
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 from Bear&Bear
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 from 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.
Available from ZeroWater
The ZeroWater filter uses the latest tech to get rid of every impurity from your tap water, potentially saving you fortunes in water bottles
ZeroWater claims to be the only water filter brand that delivers the equivalent to purified bottled water into your home. Using a pour-through system, with an aim to deliver the best filtration possible with their premium five-stage ion exchange technology, this filter removes virtually all total dissolved solids (TDS), a claim which no other filter jug or dispenser can put their name to.
This filtration system is certified by NSF International for the reduction of Lead and other heavy metals such as Chromium 3 & 6 and Mercury. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute have also revealed that ZeroWater removes more total contaminants from water than a regular Brita filter, making it a must have for all homes in the UK.