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Hack Your Way to Holistic Health

Posted by Caroline Fong  January 29, 2014 11:30 AM

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We all know the key blocks of good health -- a good diet, exercise, and sleep. While we may aspire to include all of that at the right levels in our lives, more often than not, we fall short. And that is why we take measures or creative solutions to hack our way to health.

If you don't think you've employed any hacking, then simply take a look in your kitchen cabinet. Do you own vitamins? If so, then you've hacked -- tried to hack your way to health, specifically. You probably don't have the time or palate to eat fruits and vegetables for all your necessary vitamins, so you take vitamin capsules.

According to PSFK, holistic health will be one of the key trends of 2014 that will help define our lifestyles and products. Our smartphones and wearable devices are just simply becoming smarter while allowing us to tailor their capabilities to our needs -- which includes tracking health metrics. And health will now include, not just immediate health factors, but encompass environmental and emotional cues for a broader view of well-being.

To make sure you're starting off the year on a solid foot, check out the following products that may just help you hack your way to health. Feeling the winter blues? Recalibrate your mood. Feeling lethargic or recovering from the flu? Regain your strength. Seem to have a poor immune system? Get a healthier gut.

Recalibrate your mood.

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Verilux HappyLight 6000 ($89.95) -- It's that time of the year when daylight is precious. With less sunlight, some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and experience low energy or trouble sleeping. You can simulate natural daylight with the HappyLight 6000, benefiting from a therapeutic light source to trigger your own natural energy enhancers. It'll help you focus and feel revitalized.

Regain your strength.

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Yoga by Numbers ($119.95) -- Much more than just a mat, Yoga by Numbers is a system. It is a yoga mat on a mission to make yoga accessible to anyone. It comes with a “10 Sessions to Yoga” DVD to go along with the number targets right on the mat to guide you every step of the way. Each session teaches three poses and takes only 10 minutes, but the benefits do much more; you'll learn to unwind as well as regain strength if you are recovering from a bout of sickness.

Get a healthier gut.

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Kombucha Brooklyn ($44.95) -- Kombucha is a lightly effervescent drink made by fermenting sweetened tea that, like yogurt, contains probiotics touted by many as the key to a healthier gut. The Kombucha Brooklyn home brew kit comes with everything you need to get started, including the live culture "SCOBY" (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). Improving your microbiome, or community of bacteria in our bodies, can lead to better health. This drink will be an easy and healthy add to your day.

Think your problem solver or hack has what it takes to be a Grommet? We're kicking off The 2nd Annual Product Pitch Contest and we want to hear why your product should be our next winner!

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Caroline Fong
Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.
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