Cara is an app that can help users better understand the symptoms of and contributions to various gastrointestinal (GI) health issues, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The app’s primary function is to track different lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise. After a few days, users are provided with an overview that may explain mitigating and aggravating factors to their GI health.
Cara tracks many lifestyle factors that may contribute to or help prevent IBS flare-ups. However, there is only a resource showing how to improve one of them. The different tracked factors are modifiable. Users can control which are tracked, which seems problematic for an accurate assessment.
Cara uses a very in-depth form of analysis. It tracks diet, activity, exercise, water intake, medication, digestion, mental health, and more. This can give users a sense of security in that all the factors that may contribute to IBS flare-ups are covered. Users can view these over time by day, week, and month. The app includes a recipes resource section to encourage a healthy diet that may prevent IBS flare-ups.
Other than diet, there is no other resource section to help improve contributing factors. If so many factors can contribute to IBS problems, there would be value in providing suggestions for improving each.