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Hydrogen breath testing explained

Breath testing to find digestive incompatibilities was first proposed in the 1970s

Today, breath testing is performed at some of the world’s top hospitals. The primary application for these tests is in detecting food intolerances, which may be triggering digestive difficulties.

There have been numerous studies supporting the science behind FoodMarble devices, AIRE and AIRE 2.

When food we eat is not properly broken down by our digestive system, the bacteria that reside in the colon break the food down in a process called fermentation. This releases gases such as hydrogen and methane into the colon that can cause pain, bloating and diarrhea. These gases are absorbed into the bloodstream and are eventually expelled from the lungs in the breath. When these gases are detected using breath testing, it can be a sign of digestive incompatibility with specific foods.

What FoodMarble has done with AIRE and AIRE 2 is to take breath testing out of the hospital and into your hands. Please note that while the aforementioned institutions offer breath-testing services, no endorsement or affiliation with FoodMarble should be implied or inferred.

In some hospitals, breath testing is also used to diagnose Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

It should be noted that AIRE and AIRE 2 are not designed to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent SIBO. If you feel you may have SIBO please consult your physician.

Updated on: 15/03/2024

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