The 1,000 ways and applications that will make your body stay healthy

There are a 1,000 ways for you to stay healthy without having to go to the hospital or seeing a doctor regularly.

With great advances in medical technology, one can keep track of one’s health just by using health applications on one’s smart phones.

In the last decade, over 1,000 health apps have been launched on androids, iphones and other smart phones just to keep us healthier.

Oh yes! Your smart phone is not just for you to download music, videos and games that make life interesting, you can maximise the functions on your mobile phone by loading it with some healthy living apps that will help you keep diseases at bay.

Scientists and doctors are coming up with many ‘do-it-yourself” mobile applications to reduce hospital visits and as a way of preventing and managing many diseases.

For instance, the Blood Pressure Companion is an application that does not only measure your blood pressure and heart rate, but it send you a test reminder. As you add your weight in the app, you may even see your blood pressure drop or increase as you either lose or gain weight.

This is also an ideal app for recording information between the doctor’s visits or sharing your data with your doctor at your next appointment.Also, with an applications like uCheck, which can be downloaded online from ApplesiTunes store on smartphones and tablets, one can, for instance, perform a urinalysis check without going to the laboratory.

All you will need, according to the founder, Myshikin Ingawale, for this test is nothing more than a full plastic cup of urine, test strips, and an iPhone.

With u Check you only need to insert the test strips in the urine and snap the colour it displays with your iPhone. The application will analyse the colour on the urine-soaked strip to the colours on the applications and it gives you a negative or positive result.

Without visiting a lab and with little cost attached to it, using uCheck , one can now know the level of glucose, bilirubin, proteins, specific gravity, ketones, leukocytes, nitrites, urobilinogen, and hematuria present in one’s urine.

 Besides, the key indicators in the urine will determine if one is predisposed to either kidney disease or diabetes.Cardiograph is another application which measures the heart rate.

 One can also save results for future reference and keep track of multiple people with individual profiles.The cardiograph, which can also be downloaded online on all smartphones, using the phone’s built-in camera, can take pictures of one’s fingertip and calculate the heart’s rhythm – the same approach used by professional medical equipment.

This application is a must-have because it does not require any external hardware. Using the built-in camera of your smartphone or tablet, you can get accurate readings almost instantly or in very few seconds.Ladies, Glow is the perfect app you need to get more in tune with your body (and specifically your menstrual cycle).

 This app is a super sophisticated ovulation calendar that tracks ovulation, mood, symptoms, and even medications to help to pinpoint your next period, whether you are attempting to get pregnant or trying to avoid it.

Then it can help give recommendations of when is the best time to hit the sheets.It is a must-have for the modern day woman.Another application, which could help track to your chances of developing stroke and diabetes over time, is the HealthTAP.

This app uses imprints from the finger or thumb to know in which category your blood pressure falls, like if you have normal, low or high blood pressure. Or if you need to consult your physician, then the result in this app will tell you about it.

The application gets its results based on pulse rate, sweat production, fingerprint temperature and some other factors when you use your in-built camera to snap your thumb and the phone synchronises the image to the app to give a fairly accurate result.

The application categorises blood pressures levels into three groups; low (90/60 or lower), high (140/90 or higher), and normal (values above 90/60 and below 130/80). It also tells when you should visit a doctor for complicated results.

One of them is Carrot Fit, created by Brian Mueller; it uses a snarky female-voiced artificial intelligence to cheer up the user if he/she is losing weight, but berates him or her for weight gain.

Users are required to enter their weight manually and the application tracks it on a graph, and also calculates the user’s Body Mass Index and allows them to enter weight loss goals. Carrot reminds its users to enter their weight, and will “pass judgment” once they do.

Another interesting weight loss app is Weilos, this is a picture-taking app aimed at helping users document weight loss progress.A user only needs to snap a selfie using the mobile phone or tablet, then he/she uploads it on the Weilossocial network.

The user is given weight gain or loss evaluations on the spot by weight loss and fitness experts in the network. Besides selfies, users can post pictures of food, of themselves working out, or of other health and diet-related updates and he/she would be given dietary advice in real time.

If you have been trying to quit smoking for years and are yet to succeed, there is a mobile application that can help you stop for good.Smokefree is an app that helps its users quit smoking by showing them how much money they have saved since quitting, how much tar and chemicals they have avoided by smoking less, and the regenerative steps that their body has made since they stopped.

It also gives some health information on what chemicals are in each stick of cigarette they smoke and what damage it does to one’s health.SmokeFree hopes to answer questions like ‘How long does nicotine stay in your body?’ and ‘How many tobacco-free days it will take for your body to recuperate and no longer be at risk of the dangers of smoking?’The good news is that it can be downloaded across all smart phones, be it android or iphone and tablets. This application has helped many to get out of this deadly habit. If you are a smoker, get one today on your mobile phone.

There are over many more mobile health applications online. These include My Tracks ,iTriageHealth, BMI calculator, Workout Trainer online that can help the upwardly mobile generation keep tabs on their health.

The drawback is that not all of them are free. You may have to pay to download some, but going by their health benefits, stakeholders have predicted these mobile applications may be the next step at preventing people from dying of disease such as hypertension, stroke and diabetes in future.Ingawale, founder of uCheck, says.

 “I firmly believe if we are to surmount the big problems in health care that are coming up for our generation, of which the rising costs are already a symptom, we have to innovate our way out.

 I do believe there are enough smart, committed people – on both the regulator and the innovator sides – who get that.”Recently, it was estimated that more than 20 million people now carry smart phones and other tablet gadgets, but we should not let them go to waste, load your phone with apps that will save your life!
The 1,000 ways and applications that will make your body stay healthy The 1,000 ways and applications that will make your body stay healthy Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on 17:56:00 Rating: 5

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