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App of the Week: Cara

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Disclaimer: Doximity is not an affiliate of Cara and does not receive any compensation for this review.

Summary of app features: Cara is a tracking app for digestive health. Users can track their food intake, digestive symptoms, sleep, and mood/stress on the app. Using this logged information, Cara produces reports identifying personal triggers leading to digestive problems. The app also contains resources for users, such as nutrition tips and research, to help them remove and replace their triggers from their diet.

This app is useful for: patients with digestive problems or IBS, skin problems, or allergies. Gastroenterologists, dermatologists, allergists, or primary care physicians can recommend this app for patients struggling to pinpoint food or stress triggers.

Good User Review: “I am a male and I suffer from IBS-D, heartburn and acid reflux. This app is helping me to track and take note of my trigger foods and ultimately avoid or at least be aware of the things that are and are not causing my symptoms... I also have had great success snapping pictures of my food and saving them in the “saved or favorite” recipes area making it particularly handy to meal prep for multiple days at a time and not have to try and re-enter everything over and over again for any meal you eat it at.” — Flayel on the App Store

Limitations: Some users report difficulty in logging their food intake, as there are a limited number of default meal options available on the app.

Alternatives: There are many symptom and food trackers available on the app store for digestive problems, such as Bowelle, or general trackers, such as Symple. Cara is unique because it identifies triggers for you and relates it to mood, skin health, and sleep.

Download: free on the App Store or on Google Play.

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