We use our phones for everything and depend on it more than most things. They can do just about anything and are typically the one item some people can’t live without. While phones are used for lots of recreational purposes, from taking photos to keeping us in touch with our friends, there are new apps that can also benefit your health.
Here are five of the best health apps that women can download:
What it is: Find answers to your health questions with iTriage Health, Doctor, Symptom & Healthcare Search app. It was created by two ER physicians and provides medications, diseases and medical locations to you for instant answers to questions.
Why it’s cool: You can search symptoms and learn about potential causes, and then iTriage helps you find the most appropriate treatment, facility and/or doctor. The iTriage Doctor Search lets you find any doctor or physician quickly and easily with information on thousands of medical symptoms, diseases, conditions, procedures, medications and drugs available to you.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.
Period Tracker Lite
What it is: It’s the easiest way to track your period. All you have to do is press a button at the start of each period and the app logs your dates and calculates the average of your past three menstrual cycles to predict the start date of your next period. You can also predict future ovulation and fertile days.
Why it’s cool: You can take daily notes of mood changes, symptoms and intimacy, which help to plan for getting pregnant. This can also help your doctor have a better understanding of your flow and how it might be affecting you.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android
What it is: Reaching your weight loss goal has never been easier with this new calorie tracker. Simply set a daily calorie goal, record your food and exercise, and make sure that you stay on track. MyFitnessPal is one of the biggest names when it comes to fitness. With a database of more two million food items, the platform makes it easy for users to keep track of calories and lose weight.
Why it’s cool: The platform can be used with all diets, whether you’re going low-carb, high-protein, or just trying to eat healthier. The app gives full access to your MyFitnessPal.com account so logging food and exercise can be done anywhere at anytime.
Cost: Free. Available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.
What it is: Constantly tired even though you got the recommended hours of sleep? When you’re in your deepest cycle of sleep, your body is fully recharging and when you’re awakened during this period, you can often be left feeling sluggish throughout the day. This app analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you’re in the lightest phase of sleep. You also get to go through troves of data showing how well you slept during the night.
Why it’s cool: Most sleep-tracking devices are pretty pricey and involve some fancy headgear. Sleep Cycle, however, is just about the app. Users place their smartphones in their beds and the app senses what phase of sleep they’re in based on how much or little they’re moving.
Cost: $1.99. Available for iOS.
Slim-Down Shopping List
What it is: Grocery shopping while trying to lose weight just got easier. Women’s Health Magazine’s team of nutritionists tested aisles worth of items for the annual roundup of the healthiest, tastiest and most convenient supermarket finds. Optimize your shopping list and flatten your tummy with over 240 of the best foods for women that promote weight loss, build muscle, fight cancer and heart disease and build bones.
Why it’s cool: You can find 240+ of the best foods from all categories, including: cereals and breads, sweets and treats, snacks, rice and pasta, fruits and vegetables, frozen meals, drinks, dairy, meats and fish, soups, and condiments.
Cost: Free. Available with iOS.
We use technology in our everyday lives and with these easy to use apps, you can lead a healthier lifestyle. If you would like to see a female OBGYN in Kissimmee call Contemporary Woman’s Care at 407-478-6249.