In our previous post we talked about what self-care is, why it’s important and which areas of life can be taken care of. Now we want to look into the more scientific approach of self-care and how technology can facilitate your self-care routines.
What about taking care ourselves in a scientific way?
Now that we have an idea of what trends in self-care we should pay attention to, let's look at the really exciting stuff:
The digitalisation of healthcare - everyone can learn
Taking care of ourselves can be easy. And digital healthcare systems can be learned by everyone everywhere. As more and more information technologies are being adopted to support and deliver healthcare, we see the growing importance for people to be able to obtain, read and understand health information.
Developing the skills to understand our health, making informed health choices and following treatment instructions help us feel more in control of our health; it also empowers us to be active participants in our health.
The advantages of using technology
Digital technology helps us to take self-care to a whole new level, and it's going to get even better. A few years ago, data visualization, statistics, and quantification started to rise and allow people to track their behavior. This was when Strava, Runtastic (acquired by Adidas), and MyFitnessPal (acquired by UnderArmour) just to name a few, changed the technological landscape. Currently, purpose-driven apps and services are emerging and allowing some insight into the individual’s health. - Oura & Whoop are the best examples. We are now entering the third phase that is ultimately powered by some of the most potent biomarkers from within the body and delivered in real-time. Technology such as biosensors combined with mobile apps and analytical tools will help pave the way to a better self-care future. Technology isn't just constantly advancing, but it's also highly customizable to meet our individual needs.
Let’s be honest: How many of you use an app to track your fitness goals, or to meditate. It's also possible to enhance certain apps and programs with wearables, sensors, and health trackers, which are a great way to track our health. It’s been a process that we started using these apps, but now they make our lives so much more convenient. Using sensors and artificial intelligence may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this technology has been developed by trusted companies whose mission is to improve people's quality of life. Those tools put the power into your hands for the first time. So you will be able to look inside and can take adequate steps to improve your health and performance. This means that you won’t have to go into a lab to get your results, but whenever and wherever you feel like it. So keep an eye on the companies who are paving the way for the future of healthcare, because you never know when your life will be changed by their products.
Incorporating personalized health tools
Our bodies are all different, and food and physical activity have different effects on them, so it's important for us to understand our bodies’ individual reactions and needs. Personalized health care tools are getting more and more attention because they make it easier to maintain day-to-day health regimes, track our progress and help achieve our health goals. They empower the individuals to make informed decisions and know what’s best for them, whenever and wherever. They put our individuality front and center and break with ‘one size fits most’ traditions.
Our approach to self-care
The zeitgeist of our times, wants everything to happen fast. But health and disease don’t happen overnight. If you’re new to the world of self-care it can be overwhelming to know where to start. We get it, taking control of your health can seem daunting, especially with all the various areas to pay attention to. Self-care is continuous and we’re here to guide you, step by step, day by day. That’s why continuously monitoring your blood glucose will be a significant next step to monitor your health. Your blood glucose changes all the time, and seeing these immediate effects on these levels from the food you ate, the walk you went on, and that stressful moment at work can help guide you to make better decisions. Diverse research groups have already investigated and highlighted the benefits of using blood glucose responses as a tool for individualized nutrition.[3,4]
We want to make it as simple and easy as possible for people to see how their bodies respond to food, exercise, and sleep, all in one app, so they can make the best choices for themselves, and all from the comfort of their homes. Scientific Self Care allows people to tap into their inner self and understand their body reactions and functions.
As an individual, it's a human right for you to live a healthier life. Ben Hwang believes that: "Your economic status, your ability to work, the services covered by your health insurance, and the chance to pay for better care should not be a determinant of how long you live and what your quality of life should be. HELLO INSIDE and profusa, allow you to make better choices on how to stay healthy longer. They work on a consumer scale, where it's cost-effective. As we evolve, all citizens should have a right to expect. These technologies should get to the point where the question is never 'Can you afford it?'. The question should only be 'Do you need it?’. And if you need it, you have it. The ability to get real insight from your body, anytime, anywhere, is a big first step. The alternative of not having HELLO INSIDE is waiting until you get sick and then have expensive diagnostics to figure out what is wrong with you. As opposed to catching it early."
At HELLO INSIDE, it’s important to us that:
Self-care is pesonalized
There is no one- size- fits- all approach to self-care. What works for some might not work for others. It’s essential to understand our own body's response to food and exercise and to make the best decisions based on personalized information. With continuous glucose monitoring, it’s easier to determine which foods may cause unhealthy glucose spikes so each person can create a customized diet that suits their own body's needs.
Self-care is data-driven
Understanding our body's bio-data is the future of self-care. It is like opening a window into our own body - through a wearable biosensor that sends real-time data directly to an app on our phone. Technology makes sure our blood glucose levels are constantly monitored so we can continually improve our health. This data-driven approach to self-care gives us a better understanding of how our body works.
Self-care is scientific
A scientific approach to self-care puts an end to the assumptions and well-meaning advice. The critical thing to remember is that science doesn't have to mean confusion. With our easy-to-understand biodata analytics app, we can see how our body reacts to food, sleep, and exercise and closely monitor our health simply and graphically - and at any time, anywhere. This will not be like a doctor's appointment where we stare at a chart with no meaningful numbers. Our goal is to make comprehensive scientific self-care easy to understand and accessible to everyone, anywhere.
We want people to create sustainable behavior to live their healthiest version of themselves. We want to educate you about the necessary changes, and give you guidance to implement those into your life, for good. We want to make it possible for you to enjoy your new you and feel, live, perform and look better. Maybe even better than ever before. We genuinely want to empower people to take care of themselves.
Your health is the best investment you can ever make, why not start now?
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