There are thousands of apps devoted to improving wellness, but which ones are worthy of a place on your phone or tablet? These 10 picks truly make it easier to eat healthfully, shop for the most eco-friendly products, and live a more natural life.
The Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen app breaks down the 12 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables highest in pesticide residue—as well as the “clean 15″—so you’ll know when it’s worth spending more on organic and when the non-organic version will do. The organization updates the lists annually to ensure you’re getting the latest research-backed information (free, iOS/Android).
Hoping to expand your family? It’s simpler than ever to identify your most fertile days thanks to this comprehensive conception app. Glow’s ovulation calculator does all the hard work for you, tracking not just your menstrual cycle but more than 40 other important fertility factors, including your sleep schedule, temperature, and cervical mucus. It even syncs with other popular health-tracking apps like Fitbit and MyFitnessPal (free, iOS/Android).
Many products claim to be safe and eco-friendly, but it’s not easy to separate truth from hype. Enter GoodGuide, which assigns a science-backed 1-10 rating to more than 210,000 everyday items to help you find the greenest, healthiest, and most socially conscious options. Products rated include everything from shampoo and mouthwash to air fresheners and pet food. The barcode scanner makes it fast and convenient to compare ratings while you shop (free, iOS/Android).
This app offers “recipes” for homemade cleaners using natural ingredients that are designed to tackle more than 200 everyday housekeeping tasks, from dusting and window-cleaning to stain removal and furniture-polishing. Cleaners are organized by the rooms of your house so it’s easy to find what you need ($3, iOS).
Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables just got easier, thanks to the Grow Planner app. Simply enter the dimensions of your garden and choose the plants you want to grow to get a customized “Grow Guide” that includes sun and soil requirements, sowing advice, and recommended planting times based on your location and weather data ($8, iOS).
You probably know meditation is one of the best ways to clear your head and beat stress, and with this app you can reap the rewards in less time than you think. Headspace offers 10-minute sessions designed to help you improve your focus, ease anxiety, and enhance your mind-body connection. Reminder and reward systems encourage you to stick with your practice (free, iOS/Android).
Whether you’re dealing with food allergies or
simply trying to eat healthfully, this app will help you find a restaurant that accommodates your needs. A wide variety of search filters—including high-protein, vegan, and gluten-free—pinpoint the perfect spot near you. Our favorite? The boredom-busting “not a salad” filter (free, iOS/Android).
This app gives mothers-to-be a fascinating window into their baby’s growth thanks to gorgeous, detailed photos of fetuses at every stage of development. You get a wealth of pregnancy information, as well as handy trackers for your weight, doctor appointments, and more ($4, iOS/Android).
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Whether your toddler is up all night or you’re the one who’s tossing and turning, this app can help everyone in your family catch their zzz’s. Choose from more than 40 soothing sounds, including Heartbeat, Camp Fire, and Blowing Wind. You can even mix sounds to create a personalized playlist ($2, iOS/Android).
You Are Your Own Gym
If you’re having trouble squeezing workouts into your busy schedule, this app is a must-have. You Are Your Own Gym guides you through more than 200 exercises that require only your body weight and items you already have at home. None of the workouts take longer than 36 minutes, so it’s easy to find an efficient routine that will make the most of the time you’ve got ($4, iOS/Android).