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IS INTAKE only for people who have issues with their nose?

No! 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 good at breathing through our nose--until we tried Intake, and realized there was a whole world of air out there that we didn’t even know we were missing. But if you do have a history of allergies, sinus infections, a deviated septum, or anything that makes it difficult for you to breathe, Intake may help greatly.

Do THE magnets go inside your nose?

Yikes! This is America, not Dante’s Inferno. Intake sits comfortably on the outside of your nose. The magnets are secured on the ends of the reusable band, and the breathing tabs (which contain the steel disk the magnet attaches to) are designed to adhere to the outer skin on your nose, just above each nostrils. If you’re someone who has searched high and low for a nose-breathing solution and ended up having to settle for sticking something up your nose, don't worry: Intake is comfortable and noninvasive.

Magnetic band? Is this another snake oil gimmick like those magnetic bracelets?

We don't claim any benefit to the magnetic features of Intake other than offering the noninvasive function of holding your nostrils open. When we were designing Intake, we tested a number of ways to best keep the band on your nose, from various tapes to Velcro. None of these worked for the same reason that traditional nasal strips don't stay stuck for long: the skin on your nose moves a lot when you make facial expressions, and also tends to produce sweat and sebum (the natural oil produced by your skin) quickly. So, any method that relied primarily on an adhesive was out.

Using magnets allowed us to cut down on the surface area of adhesive that would have to touch your skin, meaning the band could sit without budging for much longer. This is what contributes to Intake's unparalleled wear time and ability to effectively open your nose.

Does the band come in different colors?

We originally designed our bands in black due to its non reflective nature, similar to Eye Black that football and baseball players use. However, we fully intend to have multiple colors available in the future. We already gave this a test run with our Kickstarter backers, and had great results, so stay tuned!

WHat if My Tabs PEEL Off?

There’s a couple reasons this could be happening. If you haven't done this yet, watch our application video while you apply your tabs (also check out how not to apply as well, so you can troubleshoot). Make sure you're applying your tabs in the right direction, with the cutout facing your cheek, the flat side parallel to the bridge of your nose, and the steel disk sitting just over the curve of your nostril. Once you've found the right placement, press each tab into your skin for several seconds to seal the adhesive and prevent any air pockets.

It's also important to make sure that the tabs should be applied to clean, dry skin so the adhesive can effectively work its magic. Since the tabs are sweat-wicking, they need a clean canvas to work. Thoroughly clean your nose with the included alcohol wipe and let it dry before placing your tabs. That way, the adhesive won’t be compromised with any additional moisture or oil.

If you’re applying the tabs properly to a clean, dry nose and they're still coming off, try sizing down to a smaller band size (bands that are too large will pull harder on the tabs, making them more likely to peel off before you want them to).

Which sports is intake most suited for?

Intake is suitable for the vast majority of sports, activities, and training regimens. We designed Intake specifically with both athletes and the average gym-goer in mind, and we've found the system to hold up exceptionally well for everything from football to yoga to motocross. The only sports that might compromise Intake's weartime are those with substantial facial contact, such as grappling or boxing, and water sports.

Does this include triathlons?

Yes! We recommend removing the band for the swim portion, but leaving the tabs on throughout so you can easily apply the band again for the following leg. If you don't have a secure place to store the band while swimming, you may leave it on, though prolonged submersion can sometimes affect weartime.

How long will it take to get my order?

Items typically ship within one business day. You'll receive an email with tracking info as soon as your order is in the mail. Inside of the USA, we offer free shipping via USPS and provide the option to choose between [FREE SHIPPING], first class mail (3-7 business days arrival), [EXPEDITED] Priority Mail (2-3 business days arrival), or [EXPEDITED] Priority Mail Express (1-2 business day arrival). If items are backordered or on preorder, an estimated ship date will appear on the product page.

See the "International" tab above for International information.

What payment options do I have?

We currently accept credit and debit cards, Paypal, and Amazon Pay.

Where is Intake Available to Purchase?

Right here! Intake is available on our website as well as some larger online dealers. We'll also be coming to Amazon soon. Sign up for our newsletter for details on how we are taking our availability to the next level.

How is Intake making this world a better place?

We can't be a wellness company if we don't also look out for the wellness of our planet. We feel like it's up to manufacturers and businesses like us to help make environmentally conscious practices the norm, not simply a bonus that looks good on a marketing insert. Here are the steps we've taken to make sure Intake leaves the smallest footprint possible. We're always looking for better solutions, so expect this list to be updated as we incorporate new, better methods.

Ecoenclose packaging: We partnered with Ecoenclose so we could send out all of our products in sustainable mailers.

Sustainable Printing sources

Reusable packaging: Your Intake Kit comes in a reusable travel case, which helps protect your product and saves us from having to use unnecessary packaging.

Recyclable: Though we're not fans of plastic, its durability and light weight made it the best option for our travel case and band. Most of our components are recyclable, so should they break or become unusable, you can recycle them rather than throwing them out.

Have a suggestion? Reach out to us and share your ideas!

Are there magnets in the disposable tabs?

No--the magnets are in the ends of the reusable band. Our breathing tabs contain a steel disk, which recycling facilities melt down and reuse.

Did intake start the nasal breathing trend i keep hearing about?

No! We're just helping to power up the bandwagon. We’re always learning, and it’s our goal to keep you in the loop too. We're in the process of building a Science page, where we post links to articles we love and summaries of relevant studies we’ve found.

Why should I wear this?

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, for most people, exclusively nose-breathing during increased heart rates wasn’t possible before Intake. During sharp nasal inhales, our nostrils suck themselves shut, making comfortable and sustainable breathing extremely difficult. 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.

I don't usually have trouble breathing through my nose. Is Intake going to be worth it for me?

YES! In fact, most of us at Intake breathe well through our noses without aid--and we’ve seen such a big difference while using Intake that we can’t imagine exercising without it. Here’s what we've learned: even a biologically perfect nose isn’t able to deliver enough oxygen to the body on its own during increased heart rates, so you won’t be able to reap the full benefits of nasal breathing without a nasal dilator. We designed Intake to open your nose to its widest capacity, and keep it open, so if you’ve tried traditional nasal dilators and not found much of a difference, Intake could be an especially good option for you.

I tried Intake and found it easier to breathe through my nose initially, but once I started working out, I still had trouble getting enough air. What gives?

It takes time for your body to adjust to a new method of breathing. We’ve found that 3 to 4 full workouts with Intake seems to be the magic number for the body to begin adjusting to nasal breathing. After that time, you’ll start to see a pretty substantial difference in your endurance and recovery. You’ll reap the most benefits with continued use. It helps to practice first without Intake: try incorporating nose-breathing into a couple workouts to build physical recognition of nasal breathing, and then try it with Intake.

WILL INTAKE HELP WITH SNORING AND SLEEP?

There are many different reasons why one might snore or have trouble sleeping, so we hesitate to definitively say yes to this question. However, we have had a very encouraging number of users report incredible benefits to wearing Intake to sleep, including huge reductions in snoring, deeper sleep, and, in some cases, even relief from sleep apnea*. If you've ever tried nasal strips and felt that they helped, you will likely find Intake to be extremely beneficial.

We currently have a sleep-specific Intake kit in the works, designed for those who need help with their or their partner’s snoring issues. But don’t wait for us! Our current kit may help immensely with anyone who snores or who just needs a better night’s sleep. If not, send it back and we'll refund your money.

* Note: you should always consult your doctor when seeking medical or health-related advice. Intake does not recommend that you stop the use of any doctor-recommended products that may be helping you breathe, such as a CPAP machine. If you would like to try Intake to replace any current doctor recommended or prescribed breathing aid, please check with your doctor first to be sure it is safe.

International shipping?

We are currently shipping only within the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. We're working out International distribution and logistics, and we'll update you when we find an option that's as reliable and inexpensive as possible. For those outside the US and Canada, USPS offers the cheapest option, but can be less reliable and slow, taking up to 21 business days. DHL is pricier, but they offer a more reliable service and much faster shipment timelines (3 business days).

We made a full page dedicated to sizing! Click below to check it out.

I love my kit, but how do i get more breathing tabs?

We have a Membership option that gets you tabs each month, and gets you a pretty sizable discount on each order. We have subscription plans for each level of activity, plus flexible terms and add-ons. Learn more about #TEAMINTAKE here.

Currently this option is only available to users within the US. However, if you are outside the US, we have added an item to the store that allows you to order 10 refill packs (200 uses or 6 + months of daily use) in bulk so you can continue to use Intake on a weekly basis. You can find that product here. 

HOW DOES INTAKE COMPARE TO A NASAL STRIP?

If you're a longtime wearer of traditional nasal strips, we salute you. When we started Intake, we were inspired by idea behind nasal strips--that opening your nose can, truly, change your life--but we also recognized that there had been no changes to the nasal strip industry in almost 30 years. We did our best to remedy all of the shortcomings could identify, so that we could create a nose-breathing aid that was versatile, durable, and (if we're being honest) cool. Since most people who wear nasal strips do so daily, we also wanted Intake to be convenient--that's why it comes as a customizable subscription service, so you never have to worry about running out or having to run to the store. Plus, everything comes in a specially designed carrying case, which makes it all a little bit easier. Check out the following tabs to learn more about how we've improved on the old standard.

WILL INTAKE PULL THE SKIN OFF MY NOSE DURING USE?

No! Unlike traditional nasal strips, Intake uses very little adhesive to stay put. The reason traditional nasal strips can pull the skin off of your nose is because they're using your skin for leverage in order to hold your nasal passages open. Because the skin on the bridge of your nose is so delicate, this much pressure can cause damage.

WILL INTAKE HELP WITH SNORING AND SLEEP?

There are many different reasons why one might snore or have trouble sleeping, so we hesitate to definitively say yes to this question. However, we have had a very encouraging number of users report incredible benefits to wearing Intake to sleep, including huge reductions in snoring, deeper sleep, and, in some cases, even relief from sleep apnea*. If you've ever tried nasal strips and felt that they helped, you will likely find Intake to be extremely beneficial.

We currently have a sleep-specific Intake kit in the works, designed for those who need help with their or their partner’s snoring issues. But don’t wait for us! Our current kit may help immensely with anyone who snores or who just needs a better night’s sleep. If not, send it back and we'll refund your money.

* Note: you should always consult your doctor when seeking medical or health-related advice. Intake does not recommend that you stop the use of any doctor-recommended products that may be helping you breathe, such as a CPAP machine. If you would like to try Intake to replace any current doctor recommended or prescribed breathing aid, please check with your doctor first to be sure it is safe.

Does Intake open your nose wider than nasal strips?

Yes! Intake holds your nose open far wider than disposable nasal strips. This is because Intake is a strong, rigid band, that comfortably holds your nose open to a fixed point. Nasal strips, on the other hand, collapse upon inhale.

Nasal strips always slide off my nose. will i have the same issue with intake? 

No, Intake's two-part design allows longer wear time than nasal strips--it won't come off while you're sleeping, and it won't come off while you're exercising. Here's how the design helps Intake achieve longer wear: when you wear a nasal strip, you're relying on the adhesive to both open your nose and stick to your skin. Because the adhesive has to do two jobs, it loses its effectiveness fairly quickly. With Intake, the adhesive just has to stay stuck, while the band does the work of opening your nose.

the nasal strips i wear while working out barely make it through my warmup. is intake's adhesive suitable for exercise?

Unlike traditional nasal strips, Intake was designed for more than congestion relief or use during sleep, so we’ve built it to stay stuck no matter what. The tabs are sweat-wicking and water resistant, and the ends of the band contain neodymium magnets (the strongest type of magnet available), making the system is suitable even for high-impact activities.

I need to wear nasal strips daily, but they irritate my skin. will i have this issue with intake?

We get it--that's why we designed Intake to be as comfortable as possible. The band doesn't press into your skin or leave imprints, and the adhesive tabs are very small, so you can wear the system for a long time without pain, discomfort, or irritation. Because there's very little stress on the adhesive, it won't pull off your skin while you're wearing it.

Still need answers? We are happy to answer any and all questions or concerns.

Contact us directly at: info@intakebreathing.com.

sizing

Sizes That Fit Every Nose

Here’s how it works—

Our kits come in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. Each kit has two bands, slightly varied in size, like this:

Band size is determined by the width of the bottom of your nose. The size chart allows you to measure from the widest part of one nostril to the other.

Print the size chart here.

If you do not have a printer (or it always seems to be out of ink like ours) don't worry. You can use the millimeter side of a ruler to determine your size range.


HOW TO PICK YOUR SIZE


FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Here's examples of how the size guide should look when you're using it.

The square highlighted in blue shows the size that the user should pick based on the sizing chart.

Commonly Asked Questions

Most of the product questions we receive are about sizing, both from people looking to try the band for the first time and those who have already tested out a few different sizes. Whether you're about to place your first order, or you've already received your kit in the mail, here are answers to the questions we most frequently receive. Have a concern that's not addressed below? Contact us here and we'll come up with a solution.

WHY DO THE KITS COME WITH TWO DIFFERENTLY SIZED BANDS?

Based on feedback we’ve gotten from our test phase users, we’ve learned a couple things. One is that most people can fit comfortably within a range of sizes, and like to try out at least two before deciding which works best for them. Something else we’ve noticed is that many of our users prefer to have two different sizes for different activities: one for exercise and one for sleeping, or one for their gym routine and another to wear under goggles or a faceplate. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to have an extra option. Variety is the spice of life, as they say.

I'M WEARING THE BAND WITH OTHER GEAR, LIKE CYCLING GLASSES OR GOGGLES. WILL THIS AFFECT THE SIZE I NEED?

If you’re wearing Intake for high-impact activity, or in a sport that requires goggles or a faceplate, we recommend sizing down. A smaller size band will create less pull on the adhesive tabs, making the band more likely to stay put. Of course, your mileage may vary, so we recommend trying out both sizes in your kit to see which is the best fit for you. For use of Intake with sun glasses, there should be no need to change your size from whichever you feel is most comfortable.

I'LL LIKELY BE USING THE KIT ONLY FOR SLEEP, OR LOW-IMPACT EXERCISE. WHICH SIZE WOULD BE BEST FOR ME?

If you’ll primarily be using Intake for sleep or lower-impact activities (for instance, a moderate gym set), we recommend choosing your normal size or even sizing up—the larger sized bands are less convex, meaning they’ll pull your nostrils open wider and allow greater airflow. However, this also means they’ll pull harder on the adhesive tabs, meaning you’ll potentially get less run time out of the tabs. You will learn quickly if your skin takes well to the adhesive and you are able to use a larger size, or if your skin prefers the use of a size that is more "perfect" for your nose. If you'll just be using the bands for sleep, it's best to opt for a slightly larger size first to ensure you have access to the most airflow.

HOW DO I USE THE SIZE CHART?

Follow the directions above to ensure you've sized the chart correctly upon printing. Once you've got your chart in your hands and the size tabs cut and folded, place your nose inside the tabs to see which offers the best fit. The right size should fit your nose with a tiny bit of wiggle room--you should be able to feel the edges of the paper lightly graze your nose on either side. The fit shouldn't be snug, nor should you be able to rest your nose in the paper tab without feeling the edge of the paper on either side.

I JUST RECEIVED MY KIT, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I ORDERED THE RIGHT SIZE. HOW CAN I TELL?

The proper size Intake Band should create a significant difference in airflow while not exerting too much force on the tabs. Most first-time users, including those who have no trouble breathing through their nose normally, are surprised by the increase in airflow Intake creates. Though this isn't an exact science, a good rule of thumb is that if you're not surprised by how clearly you can breathe, your band is likely too small. Conversely, if your band feels uncomfortable, or your tabs peel off despite proper application, your band is likely too big.

I USED THE SIZE CHART, BUT THE SIZE I ORDERED STILL DOESN'T SEEM TO FIT. HELP!

We get it--sizing can be tricky! If you haven't already, we recommend taking each band in your kit for a full test run--give both sizes a full training day or night of sleep, and see how they wear. The proper size often seems too big at first (if you hold it up to your nose without applying it to the tabs, there should be around 3mm to 1/4 inch of space on either side). As long as the band doesn't pull up the tabs before you're ready to remove them, it should be the right size for you. If the band is too small, you'll find that it doesn't open your nostrils wide enough to feel a noticeable difference. If you've used the size chart and given both bands a trial run, contact us at info@intakebreathing.com and we'll ship you an alternate size. No need to return your current bands, simply give them to a friend or recycle them.