General Questions

Yes and no, but mostly–no. Comparing Intake to traditional nasal strips is a little bit like comparing a racehorse to a miniature pony: yes, they’re both horses, but you’re more likely to win the Kentucky Derby riding Secretariat than you are riding Tiny James from the petting zoo. Here’s how Intake has solved the areas where traditional nasal strips fall short:

  1. Intake is meant for more than just congestion relief, so we’ve designed it to stay stuck no matter what. Sweat, water, mud, snot, tears (it’s okay, no judgement)–Intake is with you through it all.
  2. Intake’s design holds your nasal passages open far wider than disposable nasal strips. This is because your nostrils are fixed against a rigid plastic band, rather than the skin on the bridge of your nose. This also makes Intake more comfortable–because it’s held in place by two small adhesive magnets, there’s nothing pulling on your skin.
  3. Intake is reusable, and because our adhesive magnets come as a customizable subscription service, you never have to worry about running out. Plus, everything comes in a specially designed carrying case, which makes it all a little bit easier.

Breathing exclusively through your nose has been scientifically proven to be superior to breathing through your mouth, particularly during strenuous exercise. So why have we all heard “in through the nose, out through the mouth” (also, why do we all still breath through our mouths anyway)? Because exclusive nose breathing during increased heart rates wasn’t truly possible before Intake. During sharp nasal inhales, our nostrils suck themselves shut, making comfortable and sustainable breathing impossible. Intake keeps your nose open, ensuring you can breathe deeply without strain, giving you access to all the oxygen you need. It’s a humble improvement on human evolution, if we do say so ourselves.

  1. Nope! Actually, only one person here at Intake (our CEO) has a history of sinus congestion that makes it hard for him to breathe through his nose, even at rest. In fact, the rest of us considered ourselves pretty naturally excellent at breathing through our nose–until we tried Intake, and realized there was a whole world of oxygen out there that we didn’t even realize we were missing. But if you do have a history of allergies, sinus infections, deviated septum, or anything that makes it difficult for you to breathe, Intake will help.

4. YES. We will be coming out with a sleep specific Intake kit for those who need help with their (or their partner’s) snoring issues. But don’t wait for us! Our current kit will help immensely with anyone who snores or who just needs a better night’s sleep.

5. Yikes! This is America, not Dante’s Inferno. Intake sits comfortably on the outside of your nose. If you’re someone who has searched high and low for a nose-breathing solution and ended up trying those cones that go up your nose or that one thing that looks disturbingly like an IUD, fear not. We would never do that to you.

6. Immortality. No, just kidding. Kind of? We’ll be in touch on that one. But for now, you can expect increased oxygen flow to your blood, brain, and muscles, which will aid in recovery, stamina, endurance, mental acuity, coordination, and focus. Within just a short amount of time, Intake will help you teach your body to breathe completely through your nose. You’ll feel the difference.  

7. We know. The thought of surviving a race or a hike or a particularly strenuous StairMaster session with your mouth shut sounds…unpleasant. Trust us on this one, though. Breathing through your mouth can contribute to dehydration and lung irritation, and also activates your fight-or-flight response, increasing your heart rate and flushing your system with cortisol. Once you have access to nasal breathing, you’ll find that it’s actually easier than mouth breathing. You just have to try it! Your body will thank you.

In the year since our launch, we haven’t met anyone who’s tried Intake and hasn’t seen immediate, surprising improvement in their breathing. We’ve gotten to see our users win national races, achieve their personal bests in fitness competitions, and just go about their day-to-day feeling so much better than they ever thought they could.