Irritable bowel syndrome apps

Learn about mobile apps for irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that can be difficult to diagnose and manage. Recording details of your symptoms and your diet, including the food you eat and drink, can help you learn how your body responds to certain foods and help you recognise patterns and triggers. It can also assist you to assess whether treatments are working for you and improve communication with your doctor by giving a more accurate description of your symptoms. This can be done by keeping a paper diary, or more recently with the use of apps on mobile phones.  

For many people, a successful way to help relieve IBS symptoms is to stay away from foods that include a family of carbohydrates known as FODMAPs. FODMAPs are fermentable oligo-saccharides, disaccharides, mono-saccharides and polyols and are contained in a wide range of foods including wheat products, onion, garlic products and some fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that avoiding foods that contain FODMAPs is helpful in reducing IBS symptoms. Read more about FODMAPs and IBS symptoms relief

The following apps can help you track your symptoms and help you identify high and low FODMAP foods. 

App Features Clinical score
Monash University FODMAP diet

 
  • Information and education
  • Recipes
  • Symptom diary
  • Shopping lists
  • Food guide
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: $10.77(US)
  • Read more about Monash University FODMAP diet
mySymptoms Food Diary (Lite)

   
FODMAP Helper - Diet Companion

  • List of foods categorized as low or high FODMAP
  • Free version has limited features 
  • Available from Google Play
  • Cost: free(basic); paid upgrade
  • Read more about FODMAP Helper-Diet Companion

Free version: 
Two out of five stars




Paid version:

Gi Bodyguard

  • Self-monitoring
  • Tracking
  • Reminders
  • Available from Google Play and iTunes
  • Cost: free
  • Read more about Gi Bodyguard
Two out of five stars
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 19 Mar 2018