In our increasingly globalized and tech-focused world, it seems that the only way to take care of yourself is to plug into your phone. Apple’s 2009 tongue-in-cheek commercial was surprisingly prescient; there is, indeed an app for that. Though it might seem suspiciously ~millennial~ to entrust your physical, spiritual, and mental health to the Cloud, it actually makes a lot of sense. Health and Wellness is poised to become the next trillion dollar industry, and like all new and improved industries, it’s nexus has received a software update. In other words, there is so much relevant, high-quality health and wellness information available through the Internet and apps, just waiting to calm you down, perk you up, and make you say “Ohm yes!” Read on for our top three picks for health and wellness apps.
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen?
Is your search for the perfect health platform unfocused and oversaturated with irrelevant, wordy content? Healthhunt is here to help. The platform uses AI to create customised reading lists for users, and produces articles based on the hottest new topics in the field. Healthhunt also pairs with brands to offer applicable products, serving as a one-stop shop for everything from advice on why you should wash new clothes before you wear them; to natural remedies for dry scalp; to organic beauty products; to why you should incorporate more prunes into your diet (hint: better bowels).
Clean Up Your Act
More and more companies are getting savvy to customer demand for products that don’t pollute the environment or the body. But while we all know now that parabens are “bad” (as evidenced by the amount of products that emphasize “paraben free!!!!!”), we still don’t know what parabens actually are, or whether any of the other 12 chemicals listed on the back of that face wash are just as toxic.
Enter ThinkDirty, an app that allows users to scan a product’s barcode in order to turn up all ingredients, as well as their “dirty meter” on a scale of 1-10 (1 being non-toxic, and 10 being toxic. Users are able to select drop-down information for each ingredient, explaining why it is toxic, and whether it is carcinogenic, environmentally friendly, tested on animals, and much more.
Is “Om” Evading You?
For users who resemble approximately ninety percent of the mortal human population, and can’t just “sit down and meditate”, there is Headspace, which was rated one of the five best meditation apps. It’s great for beginners, offering ten ten-minute guided meditations, as well as a personalized progress page to keep track of notes and thoughts. The app also offers a buddy system, for users who want to guilt their friends into meditating with them.
Headspace allows users to graduate to more advanced meditations once the initial ten are completed, ensuring all your progress toward a centered, healthy lifestyle doesn’t just vanish into the ether.