Identifying food reactions can be one of the most challenging parts of managing IBS and regaining your wellness. Food reactions can be delayed, dose dependent, and combined which makes identifying them similar to solving a puzzle. Food and symptom journaling is one of the very important tools I use to help patients get well, and is a critical component of an IBS elimination diet. Food and symptom journaling is a great first step in working to identify your adverse food reactions, and will be a tool you continue to use during the various stages on your path to wellness. An IBS symptom tracking app like My Symptoms Food Diary (Lite) is one of the easiest and most effective ways to journal.
There are many food journaling apps, but most of them focus on weight loss and fitness. Finally there is an IBS symptom tracking app! This app was especially created for those with IBS and other GI conditions looking to identify their problematic foods. This app allows you to track your foods, the symptoms experienced, and then can run a computerized analysis using alorithms to identify if any patterns emerge between the foods eaten and your symptoms.
You can make notes on the intensity and duration of your symptoms, and are able to set the computerized analysis window between 1 and 72 hours, which is sufficient to capture even delayed hypersensitivity reactions. You can specify date ranges, and analyze targeting specific symptoms. The info can then be exported and shared with your healthcare practitioner if desired. Food tracking can be a challenge at times, so having an app like this to help can be a lifesaver!
Try out this app, and leave a comment below letting me know how you like it!