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The Best Gut Health Apps of the Year

 

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We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who want to supercharge their gut health. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.

Your gut is the bedrock of your health. In fact, the digestive system absorbs most of the nutrients needed to keep your body running. But the gut is responsible for so much more than that. As a regulator of inflammation and home to the majority of your immune system, it’s your body’s best line of defense against disease. On the other hand, poor gut health can cause or contribute to broader health problems.

The relationship between the ecosystem in your gut and bowel diseases, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and ulcerative colitis, is common knowledge. But over the last decade, scientists have been studying links to areas previously thought to be unrelated, such as cancer, mental health conditions, excess body fat, and more. This emerging research is proving the point that whether you’re seeking relief for a digestive condition or just want to feel good, improving your gut health is an excellent start.

So how do you achieve a healthy gut? Some important factors are eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and staying on top of any abnormal symptoms. We rounded up these apps because they’re each specifically designed to help you monitor, learn about, and improve these pillars of digestive health.

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Bowelle

Bowelle

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Tracking food, symptoms, stress, hydration, moods, and other relevant notes can help you better understand your personal health. Bowelle is a comprehensive diary designed specifically to help those with IBS or other gastrointestinal problems take control of their gut health. Use the app’s analytics to uncover patterns in your digestive health and share the findings with your doctor so they can tailor the best diet or treatment options for you.

Cara

Cara: Food, Mood, Poop Tracker

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Cara was designed to help those with special diets, bowel disorders, eating disorders, and other gut-related issues. The health diary makes it easier to find connections between your eating patterns and your digestion. You can input personal factors like stress, bloating, bowel movements, and more. Charting your history over time helps you get a complete picture of your gut health and identify symptom triggers. As a bonus: It also lets you save your favorite meals, export reports to share with doctors, and integrate with Apple Health.

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MyHealthyGut

MyHealthyGut

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

MyHealthyGut promises its evidence-based insights will help you achieve just that — a healthy gut. The app was developed by a registered dietitian, a health psychology researcher, and a health tech entrepreneur — which lends to its science-backed approach. Learn how certain foods impact you by tracking your meals and symptoms in the journal, which you can share with your doctor. The free version offers educational info on gut health, lets you explore digestion-friendly foods and supplements, and provides a sample meal plan with recipes. Purchasing the in-app upgrade unlocks a searchable food database, specialty meal plans, and more.

Fast Tract Diet

Fast Tract Diet

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $7.99

Norm Robillard, a microbiologist and researcher, linked his IBS and reflux symptoms to the foods he was eating. He then developed the Fast Tract Diet to help others with digestive issues or diseases. His diet assigns a point system to foods based on their potential for causing symptoms. The lower the score, the lower your risk. You decide how many points you want to eat for that day, and use the app to help calculate your score. Simple as that! To keep it seamless, this app also helps you create shopping lists and chart your meals and symptoms.

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Kitchen Stories

Kitchen Stories

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

Starting a new diet can be overwhelming. Many processed foods have traces of popular allergy foods like soy, dairy, or gluten. The safest and surest way of following a restricted diet may be to control the ingredients by cooking for yourself. Kitchen Stories makes it simple to find recipes tailored to your needs. For example, you can search for vegan or gluten-free meals right on the app. And even better, you can learn to cook some new faves for your new diet with their step-by-step photo and video guides!

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PoopLog

PoopLog

Best Gut Health Apps

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

There’s nothing to be shy about — everybody poops. And with PoopLog, you can track your stool each time you go and have a better idea of what’s going on inside your gut. The app uses the Bristol Scale, letting you categorize your poop from severe constipation to severe diarrhea. You can add characteristics such as photos, notes, medications, and urgency levels to create a full profile of each poop. Their charts, graphs, and reports make it easy to analyze your history and understand what your stool says about your health. Pooping has never been so insightful!

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Deliciously Ella

Deliciously Ella

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Price: $3.99

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: $5.04

At age 20, an illness called postural tachycardia syndrome was affecting Ella Woodward’s life. Fatigue and allergies left her feeling cut off from friends and family. She was taking loads of medications that gave her little relief. Then, Woodward took matters into her own hands and began researching how diet and lifestyle shaped health. She cut out processed foods and began journaling her diet. Now, Woodward is living proof that a plant-based, whole foods diet can help heal your gut and improve your health. Every recipe on Deliciously Ella is vegetarian and free from wheat and refined sugars.

Happify

Happify

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★✩

Android rating: ★★★★✩

Price: Free

Stress is a known trigger of digestion problems, including IBS. Happify promises that its evidence-based techniques and programs will help you reduce stress and find emotional well-being. Set your own mental health track, such as coping better with stress. Then complete guided meditations and track your progress. The app’s website claims that 86 percent of frequent Happify users reported feeling better about their lives in just 2 months. You’ll just have to try the app to find out if their method is as legit as users rave it is. If you love it, you can upgrade for around $4.99 per month.

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FODMAP Helper

FODMAP Helper

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Android rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

FODMAPs are carbs that are linked to digestive issues. Hence, following a low-FODMAP diet can offer relief from symptoms for people who experience digestive issues. The FODMAP Helper makes it simple to see which foods are low or high in FODMAPs, helping you to select options that are better for your needs. And great news! Premium users now have better analytics for their own experience, as well as access to the community’s reported data.

Symple Symptom Tracker

Symple Symptom Tracker

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: ★★★★★

Price: Free

As the name implies, Symple makes tracking your health easy. The colorful design creates an intuitive interface for recording mood and symptoms. Photo uploads make inputting medication and meals a snap, while integration with Apple Health means all your data lives in one place. If you opt for the in-app upgrade, you’ll enjoy more customization, the ability to track more variables, and increased security for your account.

Clever Guts

Clever Guts

Best Gut Health Apps

iPhone rating: Not yet rated

Price: $7.99

Clever Guts promises to “revolutionize your body from the inside out.” Michael Mosley created the Clever Guts diet to nurture the digestive biome. His diet works in two phases. Phase 1 helps relieve symptoms by eliminating problematic foods over several weeks, allowing your body to repair itself. In phase 2, you can reintroduce foods you eliminated and load your diet with gut superstars like probiotics and prebiotics. If you’re a fan of his diet, you’ll love the app, which provides exclusive content including meal plans, podcasts, videos, and the latest research into gut health. It also highlights the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts, intermittent fasting, and a Mediterranean style diet.

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