Stay up to date with notifications from The Independent

Notifications can be managed in browser preferences.

10 ways to a healthy new you

Find new ways to improve and monitor your health with these inspiring products and ideas, from next-gen e-bikes and fitness platforms to a novel home pregnancy test

Advertisment Feature
Friday 26 May 2023 14:35 BST
(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“The first health is wealth” declared famous American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson back in the late 19th century. He was really onto something. Staying healthy is the essential foundation of a quality life – so here are a few products and services we reckon will seriously enrich your life.

Trust the world’s first at-home blood pregnancy test

(Una at Home)

Did you know blood tests can pick up hCG – a tissue found in early embryos that can help identify whether a woman is pregnant – earlier than home tests?That’s why they’re becoming the go-to option for women looking for reliable results. Now, you can complete a pregnancy blood test from the comfort of your own home, with the world’s first all-in-one blood pregnancy test from Una at Home.

Already used in renowned hospital groups, theNG PRECISION+ is revolutionising the world of pregnancy tests. You can use it at any time of the day and anywhere and get an immediate result. The test requires only one drop of blood to be taken from your fingertip, which is virtually painless. Start your journey with Una At Home, and rest assured that you’ll get an accurate result.

Find out more at or email

Recharge your batteries with the help of a breathing expert  

(SOMA Breathfit)

Would you like to wake up each and every morning feeling refreshed and energised, ready to face the day’s challenges and take on the world without feeling tired or achey? Would you like to de-stress and be more productive and efficient in your life? The secret to all this could be as simple as breathing in and out. Niraj Naik is a former pharmacist and now founder of Soma Breath a global school of Breathing techniques. During the 11-day SOMA BreathFit To Recharge Your Energy & Health programme, Niraj will send daily lessons and performance hacks designed to help you clear your mind and raise your overall energy levels.

You’ll be led on guided breathing exercises, yoga, fitness workshops and more. Researchers at Cambridge University are currently studying Niraj’s breathwork techniques. Join BreathFit today and get a 50 per cent off your membership when you use the code "SOMA Breathfit". But hurry, this offer ends on 30 July 2023, so sign up now and start your journey towards a healthier, happier you! 

Find out more at

Love your lashes


Make your eyes look as luscious as possible with a little help from LashForce. Created by award-winning beauty brand NYK1, lashforce eyelash serum offers revolutionary salon-quality eyelashes that are noticeably thicker, darker, longer and healthier looking. It works by gently boosting blood flow around the eyelashes, which could encourage additional growth.

The more time your eyelashes spend in their growth phase, the longer they’ll grow. LashForce is vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologically tested and approved by ophthalmologists, with free next-day delivery on all orders over £60. It’s blinking marvellous.

Shop now at

Feel a cut above the rest

(Get Groomed )

Looking good and feeling good are two sides of the same coin, right? And a good haircut is an essential component of how you look. So, treat yourself, or your company, to a top-quality grooming session courtesy of Get Groomed mobile barbers. Book haircuts, restyling, clipper cuts – buzzcut, or traditional no-nonsense short back and sides – wet shaves, luxury wet shaves and more at your home, office or hotel. Get Groomed is a pro when it comes to providing corporate beauty services – like pre-Christmas pampering sessions, or pop-ups at your favourite co-working spot.

Get Groomed also offers gift cards and a blog with up-to-date advice on the best styles, haircare routines, products and beard maintenance tips. All barbers are certified with authentic reviews, and it’s currently doing its thing all over London, Manchester, Birmingham, Kent and Guildford and Surrey. Fix up and look sharp with a 10 per cent discount for individuals (code “GGINDPT10”) or 15 per cent for companies (”GGINDPT15”).

Book via

Get on your bike this summer

(Cairn Cycles )

If you’re in the market for a new all-terrain bike for your summer adventures, the Cairn E-Adventurer rambler could be exactly what you’re looking for. A light, fast and versatile gravel e-bike, this bike is born to explore and designed to open the door to adventures anywhere. Not only will you get a little assistance from the battery on the tougher climbs – which comes included, although the extra Range extension pack available from Fazua isn’t a bad shout – but the bike’s 13-speed, 10–44 tooth cassette offers the widest mechanical gravel gearing range on the market.

This is thanks to Cairn’s partnership with Italian bicycle component legends Campagnolo, which results in a small and comfortable shift between gears. Something that might not mean much now, but you will most certainly appreciate it several hours and multiple mountain passes into your big ride.

Learn more at

Stay healthy while being kind to people and planet

(The Vegan Society)

Studies show that a plant-based diet could help promote longevity as part of a balanced lifestyle. However, vegans can sometimes struggle to get all the vitamins and minerals they need. Help is at hand in the shape of VEG 1, a brand of nutritional vitamin and mineral supplements designed for vegans, by vegans. There are two main products in the VEG 1 range – a chewable multivitamin for older children and adults, and a liquid multivitamin for young children.

VEG 1 handily contains the main nutrients that deserve special attention when you’re following a vegan diet: vitamin B12, which contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system; iodine, which contributes to normal cognitive function; and selenium, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system. It’s created and sold by The Vegan Society as part of its longstanding campaign to make the vegan lifestyle more accessible and compelling. And all proceeds go to support its charity work. Learn more, and order VEG 1 for yourself with 10 per cent off the whole range using code “VEGAN10” (only one deal per customer, offer valid until 30 June 2023).

Shop now at

Invest in smarter skincare

(Dr Lipp)

Skincare is important. But skincare can be a nuisance, with endless products, bottles and serums clogging up your bathroom. Dr. Lipp does things differently. It strips back 23 common, everyday hair and skincare products into just four 100 per cent natural, fragrance-free and sustainability packaged solutions, so that all you need is Dr. Lipp.

The range has won over 90 awards, works on all skin types and all ages, and is perfect for when you’re travelling. Using just 12 ingredients, the vision is all about clear, healthier looking skin, without loads of unnecessary bottles and faddy items with dubious scientific merit. Dr. Lipp uses sustainable palm oil, zero plastics and FSC-certified paper. See for yourself why Dr. Lipp is exceptional with 20 per cent off your first purchase using code “DRLIPPSTRIPSBACK” (offer valid until 23 June 2023.

Shop now at

Get fit with the help of VR


Virtual reality has been tantalisingly close for some time now. Finally, some interesting players and use cases are finally coming to market. Take FitXR, for example, the leading global virtual reality fitness app developer operating on the Meta Quest and Pico VR app stores. FitXR has thousands of VR immersive workout classes between five studios: Box, HIIT, Dance, Sculpt and Combat. Work out for 15 minutes every day in a gamified, virtual environment, anytime and anywhere, from the comfort of your home or convenience of your office.

Strengthen and tone muscles with Sculpt on weekdays, or get that Friday feeling at an invigorating virtual dance party, with tunes courtesy of the likes of Lady Gaga, Green Day, DMX, and classic hits from bands such as a-ha and Backstreet Boys. FitXR classes are choreographed by professional instructors and pro-athletes – Box provides guided training programmes from two-time Olympic Gold medalist Nicola Adams. FitXR is now available on Meta Quest and Pico stores worldwide and has a free seven-day trial that offers access to all of its classes. 

Discover the future of fitness at

Improve your complexion with a new anti-ageing treatment


Do you want to minimise the appearance of those fine lines and wrinkles without resorting to knives or needles? A revolutionary innovation in aesthetics is about to land in select salons from mid-July. “Visible Age Reverse”, developed by pioneering French aesthetician and doctor of pharmaceuticals Dr JDM, offers an alternative to conventional anti-ageing procedures.

Visible Age Reverse is a non-invasive treatment, which aims to increase blood flow, increase epidermal thickness and temporarily re-sculpt the completion for a more youthful, plump and defined appearance. Find your nearest Guinot Salon – Ascot, Bramhall, Bromley, Celbridge, Earlsfield and Gosforth – and book your revitalising treatment from 19 July.

Find out more at

Smell beautiful while supporting local producers

(Sana Jardin )

Sana Jardin is a socially conscious luxury fragrance house that harnesses the ability of plants and flowers to improve one’s overall wellbeing. Based on a unique circular economy business model, Sana Jardin aims to empower low-income Moroccan female flower harvesters through flower recycling with rose, orange blossom and jasmine, working towards three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Rural women in Morocco are encouraged to upcycle the by-product from perfume production and convert it into their own line of products – such as candles and orange blossom water – enabling them to become micro-entrepreneurs and keep 100 per cent of revenue. For a scent with a social conscience that empowers consumers, check out Sana Jardin’s bestselling “tiger by her side” scent, or treat yourself to an exclusive 20 per cent off the versatile “discovery set” using the code “DISCOVER20”.

Find out more at 

Find keto products that work for you

(8foods )

Looking for low-carb, low-sugar, high-fibre keto foods? 8Foods’ snacks, breads and desserts are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Uncompromisingly delicious, 8Foods’ products don’t contain fillers, additives or preservatives. The multi-award-winning British brand is on a mission to offer healthy snacks and breads that are perfectly suited to the low-carb and keto lifestyle.

The range is created at 8Foods’ own kitchens in Battersea, London, ensuring quality and minimal food waste while using sustainably sourced ingredients and fully recyclable packaging. Better still, receive 20 per cent off with code “Keto20IND” until June 30 2023.

Visit for more

This content is brought to you by Living360, a digital lifestyle destination keeping you up to date with the latest trends surrounding health and fitness, food and drink, homes and gardens, beauty, travel, finance trends and more.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in