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  • 19 January 2022
  • Est. reading time: 5 minutes
  • What is the difference between the FoodMarble AIRE and AIRE 2

  • It’s 2022 and there’s a palpable sense of excitement throughout FoodMarble. All teams are coming together to put the finishing touches to our eagerly awaited second-generation AIRE device. Building upon the research and technology of the FoodMarble AIRE, the world’s first handheld hydrogen breath tester which launched in 2018, FoodMarble’s latest and most advanced digestive breath testing device, AIRE 2, measures both hydrogen and methane that can help people with SIBO, is about to make waves, bringing us one step closer to advancing digestive health for people everywhere.

     

  • Est. reading time: 5 minutes
  • What is the difference between the FoodMarble AIRE and AIRE 2

  • It’s 2022 and there’s a palpable sense of excitement throughout FoodMarble. All teams are coming together to put the finishing touches to our eagerly awaited second-generation AIRE device. Building upon the research and technology of the FoodMarble AIRE, the world’s first handheld hydrogen breath tester which launched in 2018, FoodMarble’s latest and most advanced digestive breath testing device, AIRE 2, measures both hydrogen and methane that can help people with SIBO, is about to make waves, bringing us one step closer to advancing digestive health for people everywhere.

     

AIRE:

With the excitement of the AIRE 2 launch, we feel it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the success of AIRE. The pocket-sized device has been hailed a “game-changer” by so many FoodMarble customers whose lives and gut health have improved thanks to the discoveries made through breath testing.

One of our customers, Kathleen Preso, who had been living with IBS for years, had all but given up on finding a solution. She had sought expert medical advice, had a scan of her bowel, was seeing a nutritionist, and was following the low FODMAP diet. Still, her pain and bloating never went away and she was beginning to feel the psychological effects. Then, by chance, her pharmacist suggested she tries AIRE, and Kathleen never looked back.

“My abdominal pain would sometimes get so bad, I would be forced to quit whatever I was doing at that moment, and go home, not even able to stand up straight. I never knew the cause of my pain or my bloating. Then, my life changed completely. AIRE taught me so much. One of the biggest eye-openers is the fact that it detects digestive problems, even before the pain starts.”

Read Kathleen’s full story here

 

 

Who can AIRE help?

AIRE is an excellent tool if you’ve been diagnosed with IBS, or if you suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea.

If you want to discover which foods are contributing to your gut issues and crucially, if you want to know what exact foods you can eat safely without triggering symptoms, it’s time to start your breath testing journey with FoodMarble. AIRE is an app-connected hydrogen breath testing device fitted with super-sensitive sensors. Why hydrogen? you might ask. Well, hydrogen is an excellent biomarker for digestive difficulties because it’s produced by our gut bacteria as a byproduct of the fermentation process.

 

How does AIRE work?

Rapid fermentation occurs when our gut bacteria break down food materials that haven’t been fully absorbed in the stomach or small intestine. This causes a quick release of gas that can trigger symptoms like bloating and abdominal pain. During a breath test, the amount of hydrogen detected in your breath is converted into an easy-to-understand fermentation score. AIRE delivers this real-time data about your gut to your phone screen just seconds after completing a test.

Catching an early rise in your fermentation levels and preventing an onset of symptoms can be achieved through regular breath testing. The FoodMarble app also allows you to track meals, stress, sleep, and more, painting a very clear picture of what’s affecting your gut. Having this information at your fingertips could be the difference between an evening spent in discomfort and pain, or one spent with family and friends, doing the things you love.

 

Who will AIRE 2 help?

While AIRE measures the hydrogen in your breath, AIRE 2 can measure both hydrogen and methane. If you’re wondering what’s the significance of measuring this additional gas, when AIRE can already help people pinpoint the foods contributing to fermentation in the gut through hydrogen detection alone, we can explain. While hydrogen is a gas commonly produced as a result of fermentation in the gut, some people may also have the gut microbes which produce methane gas, and methane may contribute to different symptoms and issues.

Visceral hypersensitivity, sensitivity to distension of the GI tract, and altered motility (constipation or diarrhoea) are characteristics of IBS. About 40% of those with IBS tend to have more diarrhoea. About one-third of those with IBS is generally more constipated. The remainder switch between constipation and diarrhoea. Those with IBS-C tend to have more methane-producing microbes than those with IBS-D. Methane has been shown to slow down the passage of food in the gut and is commonly linked to constipation. For those suffering from constipation, AIRE 2 can help you gain clarity around your symptoms and help you understand whether methane is a factor.

 

Have you heard of SIBO?

In addition to IBS, you may have heard of a condition called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). To understand what SIBO is and how it can occur, it’s important to know that we have microbes living in every part of our body. This is totally normal and healthy. As we move through the digestive tract, the number of microbes at each site increases. We have the most microbes in our large intestines. However, sometimes excess microbes can end up in our small intestine. When this happens, SIBO may occur. SIBO symptoms vary but often include abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, belching, diarrhea, and constipation. Some people with SIBO may produce more hydrogen, while others may produce more methane.

It’s important to speak with your doctor if you suspect you have SIBO. If you have received a diagnosis of SIBO from a doctor, AIRE 2 is the device that we would recommend as it will be helpful for tracking the levels of fermentation in your small intestine between visits to your doctor.

Healthy Guts for Everyone!

At FoodMarble, we want healthy guts for everyone. It’s our mission. Don’t hesitate to start your journey of discovery with us because life’s too short to allow symptoms have control. Once you find yourself on the life-changing path to improved digestive health, you won’t look back.

 

Rose O’Sullivan

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