The mobile phone has changed the world, and continues to do so, making an impact on almost every aspect of our lives. I don’t know if it’s just me, or if there really is a significant increase in the visibility of health-related apps and platforms. From big names to startups, health-related projects seem to be the trend.
Come to think of it, we use our smartphones almost 24/7 for practically everything: food, travel, shopping, and entertainment. Why shouldn’t be health at the top of the list? As the old saying goes, health is wealth, and if you’ve got enough wealth to buy a phone that’s several hundreds of dollars worth, then paying a couple of dollars for useful health apps will not be an issue! Then again, there are also a lot of free health apps that ought to be on everyone’s smartphones.
Let’s take a look at these apps and strive for a better life, shall we?
I don’t know about you, but when the topic of health comes up, two things come to mind: food and exercise. I try to ignore the second, and tend to focus on food, though.
Ask Karen is an app published by the USDA and it provides answers to food safety questions. Available for both iOS and Android.
Instead of scouring tiny labels for information about food products, simply use Fooducate to scan the barcode and give you the information in an easy-to-read format. Educate yourself to healthy food choices – for free!
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead” used to be my mantra when I was younger, but now that I’m older, sleep deprivation issues make me beg for a blissful night’s sleep. If you have sleep issues, Sleep Cycle might be the app you’re looking for. This app is brilliant because it tracks the quality of your sleep and wakes you up when you’re in your lightest sleep mode, ensuring you get quality rest. $0.99 for iOS.
If you don’t deal well with stress, then Breathe2Relax might be the app for you. It basically provides guidance in controlled breathing so that you can alleviate stress and stabilize your mood. Brought to you by the US Department of Defense!
And for those who have memory issues and keep forgetting to take their medication, RxmindMe will help ensure that you never forget again. With daily, hourly, or weekly reminders which you set, your medication routine will always be followed. Free for iOS.