The Ultimate Guide to Using Guava

Katie Crino
Katie Crino
May 23, 2023 · 15 min read Sources Verified

Our mission at Guava is to empower people to understand and improve their health, and in this guide, we’ll show you all the ways Guava can empower you today. Health is personal, private, and yet unimaginably important to us and our families. So, we’ve designed our company strategy, privacy policy, and terms of use to align with your long-term health.

Guava’s product is meant to:

  1. Give you complete access and control over your existing health data
  2. Enable you to edit this data how you please and add new data
  3. Utilize the best of modern technology to help you and your providers learn from your data and make decisions that will benefit your health
We do not sell your data, and we follow HIPAA, Federal, and State laws to keep your data safe. Read more about our privacy and security practices.

This guide is meant to be a crutch for you as you navigate Guava. It is designed to allow as much input as you’re comfortable with, whether you are interested in learning about a particular feature, trying to accomplish a certain goal, or determining the overall use of Guava for your personal journey.

Organize your health information

Get your health information into Guava

Your past medical and health information gives you and your providers a deeper understanding of your overall health. Pulling this information into Guava allows us to organize and analyze it to help you better track and understand your health. There are several types of health information you can add to your Guava account:

Your medical records

Your medical records can tell you a lot about your health. They can contain conditions you may have, medications you are taking, lab results, vaccinations, healthcare events, and more. All of this information is valuable in providing you and your provider with a complete picture of your health. There are three different formats you may have your health records in currently:

  1. Electronically in your patient portal
  2. As images or PDFs
  3. As paper records

Depending on the record type, there are different ways to get this information into Guava.

Records via a Patient Portal

You can get records that exist through a patient portal into your Guava account by connecting to their patient portal. Currently, we primarily connect to US patient portals, but we’re adding more soon. If a connection is possible, your records should automatically and continuously sync to your account. You can view your records as a timeline on the Records page or organized by record type on the Profile page. If you cannot connect to your patient portal, you can export your records from your patient portal as a CCDA file (.xml) and upload them to Guava through the Sources page. Guava extracts all information from CCDA files, so you can still see your records as easily as if you connected them!

Guava's sources page
Guava's health system add page
Search for health system on Guava
connect to health system on Guava
Guava's Let's connect page
patient portal sign-in page from Guava
Note that connecting to providers does not automatically share your Guava profile with them.

PDFs and images

If you have your records as a PDF or as images, you can upload them to Guava through the Sources page. Information from uploaded documents can still be extracted with Guava's record-reading technology, meaning they are fully searchable, and you can see your labs and other medical info in an easy-to-understand format.

Guava's Sources upload page
Uploaded document on Guava
detected records from uploaded document on Guava

Paper Records

If your records are paper, never fear! You can first digitize your records and then upload them as PDFs or images. They will still be fully searchable, and you will still be able to see all your labs and other medical info extracted into an easy-to-understand format.

Here are a few ways you can digitize your records.

Your data from fitness and medical devices or apps

If you wear a smartwatch or a different fitness device, track your meds, period, etc., in an app, or use a medical device to track a certain biomarker, don’t let the years of data go to waste. You can connect this data to Guava to make it easily viewable, find correlations and insights, or compare it to other health data. You can add this device through the Sources page. If you have a device Guava doesn’t support, feel free to reach out to us, and we will add it to our list of devices to add.

Guava also supports data from apps via Apple Health, Google Fit, or exports, like Flo, Clue, Samsung Health, and more.

Guava's devices and apps connection page
decives and apps connected to Guava

Add or correct your data

If there’s still missing information after adding your medical records and fitness/medical devices, you can add more information to the profile page to ensure nothing is missing. For example, you can add vaccinations, lab results, conditions, medications, and more.

Guava profile page
active medications list on Guava
adding active medication on Guava

In addition, you can hide mistakes from your profile page by marking conditions, meds, etc., as inaccurate or inactive. Spotting mistakes on your medical records can ensure your provider isn’t given inaccurate information.

Your providers won't see your additions or edits unless you choose to explicitly share with them. You can also always view what the original record was.
Guava's Profile page sections
list of active conditions on Guava
edit active conditions list on Guava

Analyze and learn about your health data

Once you’ve added your health information to Guava, that data becomes searchable and organized. There are several ways to view, analyze, and learn about your data.

Read your records more easily

There are two pages on Guava where you can view your records in an organized format depending on what you are looking for.

The Records Page

Your Records page serves as a searchable timeline of your medical records. Your records are grouped by visit and categorized by type. This allows you to search for a certain type of record or a record from a certain provider. In addition, you can effortlessly search for a keyword from your Records page, and Guava will pull up any records you have with that keyword. This can save you time from digging through your stacks of medical records if you’re looking for a specific lab result, diagnosis, event, etc.

Guava's records page
Search records in Guava
lab records uploaded to Guava

Lastly, medical records are confusing and hard to read if you aren’t a healthcare professional. With Guava, you can translate certain medical abbreviations in your records by tapping the underlined abbreviation.

Guava's medical abbreviations translator

The Profile Page

Your profile page is a summary of your present health, in contrast with the Records page, which is focused on historical events. The Profile page contains parsed information like your conditions or medications organized by category so you can easily see all your meds, conditions, vaccines, etc.

Guava's profile page
Guava's Profile page sections
list of active allergies on Guava

See your health data in easy-to-read charts and graphs

With Guava, you can see the health information you’ve inputted in easy-to-understand visuals. Any lab results or vitals are parsed from your records and placed into charts or graphs that show results over time and if your result falls within the normal range. You can manually add lab results or vitals to these graphs if you take an at-home test. You can also see your fitness data like your respiratory rate, heart rate variability, or steps in a graph that shows trends over time so you can easily spot abnormalities.

Heart biomarkers on Guava
cholesterol chart on Guava

Learn more about your lab results and health data

You can learn more about these lab results and metrics from several places in Guava so you can better understand your personal health. First, you can read more about the blood tests you've received or have not yet received and what each biomarker or metric means. Additionally, you can learn more about the typical ranges for these metrics and biomarkers and what atypical results or ranges may mean. All health information on Guava comes from trusted government websites, peer-reviewed studies, or accredited healthcare institutions.

More information about cholesterol on Guava

Track your symptoms

Tracking your symptoms can give you a better look into what could be causing them, what could be improving them, and more. Logging your symptoms in Guava, along with other things, can give you insights into these symptoms and provide valuable data to share with your provider.

Log your symptoms

When logging a symptom, you can log the severity, time, date, and where on the body this symptom occurred using Guava's body map.

Guava's Today page
logging symptoms on Guava

The body map can help you keep track of if a symptom is migrating throughout your body or staying consistently in the same place. The more frequently you track your symptoms, the more you can learn about them.

Guava's symptom body map

Remind yourself to log your symptoms

Remembering to track your symptoms can be difficult. That’s why setting a reminder to log your symptoms can help you stay on top of it. You can click the reminders button in the top right corner of the Today page to enter the reminders modal. You can set reminders to log any of the logging categories, the time you want to receive them, and how frequently. Setting a reminder at the end of the day to log symptoms can ensure you didn’t miss any symptoms that needed to be logged in Guava.

Guava's reminder types
setting up symptom reminder on Guava
reminder on Guava's Today page

See your logging data

When you log your symptoms, you can view them in your symptom card on the Today page. This card lets you quickly view what symptoms you’ve logged over the past week or more and the severity of these symptoms.

In addition, you can compare symptoms in an organized chart to other symptoms and to other logging categories like medications, cycle, or caffeine.

symptom card on Guava's Today page
Guava's compare symptoms feature

If you click on a specific symptom in your symptoms card, you can see all-time stats, like how often you get certain symptoms and what months or days of the week symptoms occur. You can use this data to see if your symptom is seasonal or correlates to a certain day of the week. If you have a provider’s visit coming up for a particular symptom, you can easily share this data in a printable one-page summary.

example of Guava's symptom frequency chart
example of Guava's symptom all-time stats

Track your medications

Tracking your medications can help you gain a better understanding of how they’re affecting your symptoms and body. Tracking meds can also help you keep track of when you took your meds so you don’t take them more or less than needed. Having this information in Guava can also help you find trends between medications and symptoms, moods, blood pressure, and more, so you can see if your new meds may be causing any underlying issues.

Log when you take your medications

You can log what meds and when you take them in your medications card on the Today page.

Guava's Today page
Guava's med logging page

You can also see a list of active medications on your Profile page so you know if you are missing any medications your doctor has prescribed you.

Guava's active meds list on Profile page

Set your medication schedule

You can use Guava to set up reminders about what medications to take and when so that you won’t miss a day. From the reminder, you can easily log your medication.

Guava's reminders modal
Med reminder set-up on Guava
Med reminder on Guava's Today page

See your medication logs displayed on a calendar

On your medication card, you can easily see any missed meds, as well as a calendar view of your meds schedule. You can easily view all the medications you’ve logged that month and past months. This can let you and your provider know you’ve been staying on top of your medication usage.

Guava's med calendar

Track other aspects of your health

Your diet, the weather, your activity level, etc., influence many parts of your health. That’s why if you are trying to get a truly holistic view of your health and gain a higher level of insight, Guava allows you to track several parts of your lifestyle without needing to use several different apps and devices. Additionally, you can track biomarkers like blood pressure and blood sugar to see if lifestyle factors, symptoms, or meds affect these results.

Log several parts of your lifestyle or biomarkers

With Guava, you can log lifestyle factors like caffeine, food, activity, alcohol, bowel movements, and more to gain deeper insight into how these things affect your health. In addition, you can also log biomarkers like blood pressure, blood sugar, peak flow, and body temperature. Keeping track of these biomarkers can help you spot abnormalities and trends to stay on top of your health. However, we realize that trying to track every aspect of your life may be unnecessary or overwhelming so we recommend only tracking what you think is relevant for you.

Guava's logging types
Energy logging on Guava
Caffeine logging on Guava

Depending on what you are logging, there are stats you can view for each logging category that can tell you how often that factor occurs, how the factor changes over time, or what hour of the day the factor is likely to occur.

Daily step stats on Guava
Energy stats on Guava

Remind yourself to log these habits or biomarkers

To gain helpful insights, it’s important to track consistently. You can set reminders through Guava for whatever lifestyle factor or biomarker you are trying to track. You can set the frequency of these reminders depending on what you are tracking. You can also have one reminder for several factors and quickly log each from your reminder.

Daily check-in setup on Guava
Daily check-in logging on Guava

Set goals for yourself

Depending on the factor you are tracking, there may be the option to set goals. For example, you can set goals like “get over 8000 steps” or “drink under two drinks a week”. Setting goals can help you hold yourself accountable and reach the personal health milestones you’d like to achieve. You can set goals by clicking into the metric tile on the Today page for the factor you are tracking.

Setting a step goal on Guava
Step goal streak on Guava

Track your cycle

There’s a reason your provider always asks when your last menstrual cycle is. For women, their cycle is an important part of their health. It can cause flare-ups, affect biomarkers, and even tell your provider about underlying issues. Logging your period can also help you better predict your next period and fertility window. Don’t worry; Guava never shares any of your data unless you explicitly choose to, not even with your providers.

Log your periods

You can use Guava to log your period, how heavy your flow is, any discharge, and any abnormalities. Keeping track of these things can help you predict your next period, when you are ovulating, if you might be pregnant, and more. You can log your period on Guava from the cycle card on the Today page or by pressing the “plus” button. Logging past cycles can also help you get predictions faster.

If you use a different app to track your period, you can still get your period information into Guava. Depending on the app you use, you can add it from the Sources page. You can also see insights like how your period affects symptoms or if activities affect your period.

If you use Flo or Clue, learn how to get your data into Guava.

Guava's period logging

See period and fertility predictions

Once you have logged a period, Guava automatically gives you predictions based on when your last period was, how long your cycle typically is, and how long your periods usually last. You can see period, fertility, and ovulation predictions in your cycle calendar. You can also see how many days you have until your period or ovulation so you can prepare. If you are trying to get pregnant or avoid pregnancy, you can increase or limit your sexual activity during ovulation or your fertility window.

Guava's cycle calendar

Set period and fertility reminders

To help you remember when your period may be coming, you can set reminders to warn you. You can also set ovulation and fertility window reminders. You can choose how far in advance you would like to receive your reminder and what you would like the reminder message to say (so you can be as discreet as you’d like). This can help you better prepare for when the time comes so you’re never caught off-guard.

Guava's cycle reminders

Find trends, triggers, and treatment plans

Those trying to gain a deeper understanding of their health can use the insights feature. This feature analyzes logging and metric data to find correlations between certain factors. You can use insights to find how certain lifestyle factors affect your health metrics, see what could be causing symptom flare-ups, and find medications or treatment plans that could improve your condition.

See trends between your health, lifestyle, and weather

With insights, you can select a factor and metric to compare from several categories, including sleep, food and drink, activity, symptoms and meds, mood and energy, vitals, reproductive health, weather, medical records, and custom logging data. You can run correlations to learn more about your health, like how your period affects your bowel movements or how the humidity affects your sleep. If you are on the subscription plan, Guava automatically finds these correlations without you having to test individual factors. The more data you input across categories, the more likely you will see significant correlations. You can use this tool to see what improves or lowers your mood, energy, sleep, and more.

Insights card on Guava's Today page
Lifestyle correlations on Guava

Find symptoms triggers

You can also use this feature to find factors that could be causing symptom flare-ups. By logging certain lifestyle factors like caffeine, alcohol, or food, you can find correlations between your symptoms and them. You can also look for symptom triggers by using our comparing symptoms feature. This can let you see all your symptoms and other data you’ve been logging laid out on an easy-to-read chart. You can also use this chart to compare multiple symptoms to each other or to multiple factors.

Guava's compare symptoms chart
symptom correlations on Guava
symptom correlation data from Guava

Find effective treatment plans

Lastly, you can use the insights feature to test whether your medications or treatment plans seem effective. You can do this by tracking meds or your treatment plan and symptoms to see if there’s a difference in your symptom’s frequency or severity when you are on or off a certain medication. You can also use this method to see if your medication is causing any side effects or symptoms. You can then run a correlation and share it with your provider.

Medication correlation from Guava

Share with your provider and prepare for upcoming visits

To give you the best care, your doctor needs the full picture, and while in your appointment, the visit prep summary can help you remember critical details like when your symptoms started or how long you’ve been on a certain medication. With all your information neatly organized, you can tell a better story of your health journey and use it to advocate for your care. You can share the health information on your account with your provider in two ways.

Visit prep summary

Often provider appointments feel like they fly by, and you don’t always remember or have time to say all you need to say. However, Guava’s visit prep feature creates a one-page summary of your overall health that you can cater to based on appointment type and what type of material you would like to cover.

In these visit prep summaries, you can pull in symptom data, choose from an existing list or add adjectives to describe your symptoms, pull in your symptom comparison charts, and pull in health history like conditions, allergies, family history, and medications. You can also add questions, assessments, requests, and treatments to your summary to ensure all the little details are covered. If you create a visit prep summary for a follow-up visit, Guava can automatically pull in data since your last visit. Print a copy of your summary for your provider, print a copy for yourself to take notes on, or pull it up on your phone to remind yourself of important appointment details.

Guava's Visit Prep Types
Guava's Specialist visit prep
Guava's specialist visit prep supplemental info section
Guava's specialist visit prep medical history section

Provider sharing link

Another way to show your provider this data is via a sharing link. You can choose the “share your profile” button at the top of the page, and Guava will provide a link for your provider to go to and a code. Once access has been granted, your provider can easily see your profile, including your meds, conditions, biomarkers, etc. They can also see select logs, insights you have, your Guava Score, and more. Seeing this information is an easy and organized way to help your doctor get a holistic view of your health.

provider sharing on Guava

Boost your preventive health

One crucial aspect of your healthcare is preventive action. Preventive action is proven to be far better than treating patients once they are sick, and yet it’s quite underutilized in the US. Therefore, Guava has several features designed to take preventive action and spot problems before they become unmanageable.

See what preventive actions you should take

On your profile page, there is a section called your Guava Score. This score gives you a number 1-100 of how much preventive action you’ve taken based on several scientifically backed criteria. This may include going to your annual physical, eating less processed meat, drinking alcohol less frequently, and more. This score encourages you to take preventive action by displaying a large list of different things you can do to lower your risk of disease in a fun and interactive way. We encourage you to try to get your score to 100! It’s not as easy as you’d think!

Guava score on profile page
Guava Score steps

See what lab tests are recommended

In your biomarkers section, you can easily spot missing biomarkers that may be important to get measured regularly. You can see what biomarkers you are missing by clicking on each organ’s section. You can also read more about these biomarkers and lab tests to see if they might be relevant for you to get.

kidney biomarkers from Guava
Guava's Why we chose this test for kidney biomarkers

Order lab tests from the app

If you’ve spotted a couple of missing tests, never fear! You can order these tests directly from your account from the biomarker’s section of the profile page to make preventive health a little easier!

Tests that can be ordered from your Guava account are only available in selected US states.
Adding lab results on Guava
ordering lab results on Guava  through

Spot abnormalities in your biomarkers

Tracking health metrics and biomarkers regularly can help you spot any abnormal results. These results can tell you if a part of your body isn’t working properly or if you are experiencing changes, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. Alerting your provider to these out-of-the-ordinary results can help them make more comprehensive conclusions about your health.

Read more about recognizing these out-of-range lab results.

Heart biomarkers on Guava

Manage your loved one’s health

Did you get Guava to manage your children’s or another loved one’s health? If you are in charge of a loved one’s health, Guava allows you to manage that profile to keep track of any changes or new records they may have. You can receive notifications for any new records they may have, see if they’re taking their meds, add emergency information to their account, etc.

For your children

If you are managing an infant or child’s account, you can see a full vaccine schedule, so you know what vaccines are recommended by the CDC and at what age they are typically given. Additionally, you can log your child’s height, weight, and head circumference to ensure no abnormal growth metrics.

Child vaccination calendar on Guava

Prepare for emergencies

It’s impossible to foresee emergencies. However, it’s not impossible to prepare for them. With Guava’s Emergency Card, you can breathe more easily knowing the important medical details will be accessible in an emergency. With this card, emergency personnel can scan the QR code on the front of the card and then easily see your emergency health information. You create the emergency view and can feature conditions, allergies, or medications that may be important for the emergency personnel to know about in a crisis. You will receive a free Guava Emergency Card if you have a subscription. If you do not have a subscription, you can purchase the card for $19.

Guava Emergency Card front
Emergency information view on Guava
Guava Emergency information view of allergies and medications
Guava Emergency view of health insurance and emergency contacts

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