8 Great High-Tech Health Gadgets

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Striving to lose weight? Want to sleep better or exercise more? There are tons of gadgets and apps out there that can help. From devices that track your activity (and even your dog’s!), to sensors that give insight into your sleep patterns, to a bracelet that actually reminds you when to apply sunscreen, here are our top picks of high-tech health gadgets.

Wearable activity trackers

Brand names: Fitbit Flex, Jawbone UP24, Garmin vivofit, Misfit Shine and others

What they do: Track your activity day and night with a wearable fitness tracker. Most devices can track steps, sleep and calories burned. Plus — they sync with a computer or smartphone.

Approximate cost: $50-$150

Why we love them: Wearables are fun gadgets to help you increase activity throughout the day, especially if you compete with friends and family using the device’s app.

Smart scales

Brand names: Fitbug WoW, Fitbit Aria, Withings Smart Body Analyzer and others

What they do: Measure weight, body mass index, body composition and more while syncing data wirelessly to free smartphone apps.

Approximate cost: $75-$150

Why we love them: Any tool that helps make weight loss easier is on our wish list!

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Headphone headbands

Brand Names: RunPhones, Tooks Sportband, HVLO Headphones

What they do: Keep your ears toasty while you listen to your books or music on a jog.

Approximate cost: $20 – $60

Why we love them: The headphone/headband combination means one less piece of gear to fuss over. Plus — wearing a headband over regular headphones can hurt your ears.

Slouch stoppers

Brand names: Lumo Lift, iPosture and others

What they do: These monitor your posture and notify you if you’re slouching.

Approximate cost: $25-$100

Why we love them: Sitting pretty isn’t just for looks. It can help relieve back pain and stiffness caused by slouching.

Sleep sensors

Brand names: Beddit, Withings Aura Smart Sleep System, Emfit QS

What they do: Track your sleep patterns and sleep environment and send personal feedback wirelessly to your phone. Unlike wearable fitness trackers, these devices stay in the bedroom.

Approximate cost: $150 – $300

Why we love them: Wearable activity trackers may be all the rage, but if you just want better insight on your sleep, these devices are great options.

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Sun-smart bracelet

Brand name: JUNE by netatmo

What it does: Measures your sun exposure throughout the day and reminds you when to apply sunscreen or head for the shade.

Approximate cost: $100

Why we love it: No more accidental sunburns — which means younger, healthier skin.

Cool pedometers

Brand names: Striiv Smart Pedometer, Hammacher Schlemmer Smart Pedometer, MilestonePod

What they do: Track steps, distance and monitor progress over time. The Striiv doesn’t require a smartphone. Hammacher Schlemmer’s model plugs directly into your smartphone. MilestonePod syncs wirelessly to your smartphone.

Approximate cost: $25-$100

Why we love them: Unlike old-school pedometers, they provide motivating feedback and can turn getting more steps into a game.

Fido’s fitness tracker

Brand name: Whistle Activity Monitor

What it does: Tracks your pup’s daily activity with a small device that attaches to a collar and syncs to the Whistle app on your iOS or Android device.

Approximate cost: $100

Why we love it: Discovering how much our dogs actually move when we’re not around can give us insight into their health and behavior — and let us know if we need to provide more playtime. And hitting the park with your pooch is a great way to get exercise for yourself too!

This content originally appeared on Sharecare.com.

For more healthy tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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5 Healthy Food Gift Ideas

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Want to bring a little good cheer into a friend’s life? Here’s our list of five healthy food gift ideas that will make everyone happier (including you, because giving is a great feeling).

1. Walnuts

It may sound like a boring gift, but did you know that eating 12 halves of walnuts daily could increase your lifespan up to 20 percent?! Munching on this healthy snack 30 minutes before mealtime is an effective way to control appetite and keep your arteries clear! Pair a half  pound bag of walnuts with some of the below gifts, or give them to family members as a stocking stuffer!

2. Dark Chocolate

Yes, you read that right! Gift a half pound of dark, 70 percent cacao chocolate as a healthy present this holiday season! One ounce daily can reduce heart attack and stroke risk by 30 percent, while preventing some cancers. This gift also pairs well with some of the other gift suggestions like walnuts, coffee and wine.

3. Coffee

Coffee has many health benefits, so consider adding some java to your gift list this year! Your daily dose of coffee (three cups) can cut stroke risk by 30 percent and may help prevent some cancers, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes. This makes a great gift on its own, or paired with dark chocolate.

4. Wine

A bottle of red wine makes a great gift, and even has health benefits! Wine boosts the “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein, and reduces the “bad” cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, keeping everything from the brain to sexual functions up and running.

5. Garlic goodness

Garlic-infused olive oil delivers an immune-boosting, heart-healthy flavor and keeps your joints healthy! This is a great gift for the cook in the family, or any foodie friends, and is easy to find. This is also a great gift to pair with some fresh bread and maybe even a bottle of wine.

This content originally appeared on the website of HCA partner sharecare.com.

For more healthy tips and medical information, continue to check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.