Being healthy goes beyond sweating at the gym for two hours or running a marathon. Certainly, a moderate level of fitness needs to be at the top of the list, but there are other components of your health that need attention, including diet, reproductive health, brain health, stress management and skin care, just to name a few. Here are 10 must-have health products for women to help you improve your overall health in the New Year.
Timex Health Touch
Why use a heart-rate monitor that only tracks heart rate when you can get the Timex Health Touch? This sports watch not only offers precise heart-rate readings on the wrist without the need for a chest sensor, but also gives you on-demand heart rate, target zone with heart-rate alert, calories burned, stopwatch, countdown timer and daily alarms. As a bonus, the Timex Health Touch is water-resistant to 50 meters and has an INDIGLO night-light. The Timex Health Touch contact heart-rate monitor will be available in February.
Available at: www.Timex.com
The MySelf Trainer
You may be the most avid BodyPump chick at the gym, but don’t forget the importance of having strong pelvic floor muscles, especially if you’re trying to conceive or are having trouble with bladder control after giving birth. Take Kegels to a new level with The Myself Trainer, a personal fitness tool that provides biofeedback to help women identify and strengthen their pelvic muscles and do Kegel exercises correctly. A strong pelvic floor can help you improve your sex life, achieve better bladder control and recover faster after childbirth. The Myself Trainer may even keep you off bladder control medications that often have unpleasant side effects.
Available at: www.TheMyselfTrainer.com
Always Me Period and Ovulation Tracker
A high-tech tool for reproductive health, the Always Me app will not only help you manage your monthly cycles, it offers a personalized question-and-answer function to address any personal or intimate concerns you may have. You can submit a question related to your menstrual cycle, and a health professional will provide a timely answer within 24 hours. Additionally, Always Me includes a wide range of women-focused information and tips on managing your cycle, health and exercise.
Available at: www.iTunes.com
Sea Of Tranquility CD by Marlise Karlin
It’s no surprise that your daily stress level is always bordering on high, what with your pre-dawn yoga practice, getting the family ready for the day, errands and work deadlines. Chronic stress is not only exhausting, it can create myriad health problems, including a lowered immune system and heart disease. Take 20 (or even 10) with Marlise Karlin’s Sea of Tranquility CD, which offers two unique Stillness sessions (a 20-minute meditation and a 40-minute session for sleep). Releasing built-up tension, freeing your mind of burdening thoughts and allowing you to renew your sense of peace can help you better deal with your daily challenges. For best results listen to this CD in a quiet space, free of interruptions.
Available at: www.MarliseKarlin.com
Price: $17.95 for MP3 download; $20.95 for CD plus MP3 download
Good Thinking Kit
The growing awareness of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s has resulted in a brain-boosting array of memory, problem-solving and game tools. The Good Thinking Kit, created by brain health expert Dr. Cynthia R Green, is a portable kit that features 52 cards and more than 100 “neurobic” exercises that improve memory, critical thinking, coordination, visual perception and word skills. Brain training isn’t just for the elderly; brain fitness is a component of health you should work on every day.
Available at: www.MarblesTheBrainStore.com
CleanWell Hand Sanitizer
Being proactive and avoiding colds, flu and other illnesses is essential to staying well so you can handle the daily challenges you face — as a mom, working gal, student or all three. Hand-washing is recommended as the easiest way to keep germs at bay, but when a sink isn’t nearby, a hand sanitizer is an effective alternative. CleanWell’s line of hand sanitizer products is formulated with a first-of-its-kind patented toxin-free combination of plant essential oils. Germ-fighting products include CleanWell wipes, hand sanitizers, and soaps, which come in a number of fragrances, including Orange Vanilla and Original Scent.
Available at: www.CleanWellToday.com
Price: Varies depending on product
Sanitas Vita C Serum
What you put on your body is as important as what you consume. Since your face is the most exposed part of your body, using a natural skin care product that protects your skin against sun damage, aging and environmental toxicity is key for skin health. Sanitas Vita C Serum features active biogenic, paraben-free and preservative-free ingredients in highly concentrated doses that stimulate, nourish and moisturize the skin. Formulated with vitamins A, C and D as well as essential fatty acids, this “multi-vitamin for your skin” is a must-have to combat too much fun in the sun, whether you’re basking on the beach or skiing the slopes.
Available at: www.GetSanitas.com
Price: $90 for 30 ml bottle
Another area of your body that gets a sun-beating is your chest, particularly if you wear strapless or V-cut tops. Made of emollient medical-grade ingredients and essential oils, Breast SOS conditions, nourishes and repairs skin. It helps fade age spots and hyperpigmentation, and minimizes wrinkles and skin creases that often form when sleeping on your side. You can even use Breast SOS as a way to familiarize yourself with your breast area so you’ll be better aware of any changes, such as fibroids or tumors.
Price: $65 for 30 ml bottle
Give your hair-care products a healthy update with shampoos and conditioners that are free of parabens, glycols, SLS, phthalates, silicones, EDTA, artificial fragrances and petroleum-based ingredients. Earthly Elements hair care products, except for Moroccan Vanilla, are 100 percent vegan and gluten-free, and formulated with pre- and pro-biotics that nourish your hair and scalp. You can also indulge your body with Earthly Elements body wash and body lotion. Products are available in four enchanting scents: Hawaiian Ginger, Island Jasmine, Brazilian Citrus and Moroccan Vanilla.
Available at: www.Willner.com
Price: $12.99 each for shampoo and conditioner; $9.99 each for body wash and lotion
High-Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout
If you are a superachiever, you may think you don’t even have time to read a book — or protect your health from the rigors of your jam-packed daily schedule. However, if you’re bordering on burnout, chances are your stress levels are frequently off the chart and your mental health and well-being are at risk. High-Octane Women (Prometheus Books, November 2010), written by psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, is your guide to staying ambitious and successful as you prevent stress-induced meltdowns. This isn’t a book on how to devote all of your energies to the ultra-busy side of your life; it’s an invaluable tool to help you achieve balance to enjoy a truly fulfilling and healthy life.
Available at: www.amazon.com
Price: $18 for paperback, $9.99 for Kindle edition