What are some of the unique benefits of the your product?
There are many unique benefits of our nasal band over standard nasal strips, such as Breathe Right. Then there are the benefits of nasal breathing itself...
Number 1. One of the issues with the standard nasal strips is that they come right off. The typical nasal band is made similar to a band aid. It is a single piece of limp sticky material that pulls on itself in order to open your nose. So, it is basically working against itself to pull itself off of your nose the second that it is applied. Ours don’t do that. When you apply our nose stickers they are not being pulled on immediately, so they have time to set and adhere to the skin. We include wipes with each of the kits that we send out so even if you’re out in the middle of no where you can clean your nose, apply your stickers, let them sit for about 5-10 minutes to properly adhere, and then pop the band on and go.
Number 2. Our system is two parts- the stickers with the steel disk in the middle and the magnetic band. Once you apply the stickers and let them adhere, the band is placed over the nose and the disks snap out to meet the magnets. This means that the intense pull is coming from a rigid plastic band that is only moving the part of your nose that you want to move, which opens your nose to its max. Think of our stickers as suction cups- when you try to pull a suction cup off glass it’s near impossible when you pull from the center, but when you slide it off the edge it comes right off. That's like us compared to nasal strips.
Number 3. Our stickers are designed to wick sweat out through their own pores, but do not allow moisture to affect them from the outside. For example- triathletes have been applying their stickers before the swim portion of their race without them coming off in the water. They don’t use the band for the swim as it would allow too much water to enter their nose, but after their long and challenging swim race they hop on their bike with their band waiting, pop it on, and finish out the day with the stickers fully adhered to their noses. It has been really fun to see how successful the stickers have been staying on through so many different activities.
Number 4. When it comes to goggle sports there is really no reason to use your typical nasal strip. The flexible material collapses under the foam of the goggle and because you have added material on your nose, now it is being pinched down even more. Our two part system with the rigid band is strong enough to open your nose to an incredible nose breathing capacity while pushing the foam out of the way. We also have a variety of sizes so you can choose how widely you want your nose pulled open.
What are some of the internal breathing issues that the AC Systems product addresses?
Well, one of the issues that we are really looking forward to helping with is those who have deviated septums. It's incredibly common and can create some serious limitations with sleep and exercise. When we put the system on people who suffer from that issue, they can't believe the immediate sense of relief from being able to breathe through their nose for the first time. Nose breathing is also incredibly helpful for those with asthma. Really what our system does is simply make nose breathing far easier, and especially as your heart rate increases. At rest, most everyone can breathe in and out through their noses without much struggle. That is how we are designed to breathe, not at all through our mouths. But as soon as we start to exercise, our heart rate increases and we feel the need to take in more volume of air so we switch to mouth breathing. And one would think that getting more air is the answer, but it isn’t. You can get more air through your mouth, it makes sense. Your mouth is a larger passageway than your nose. But, in fact, that is one of the problems. Mouth breathing leads to over-breathing, hyperventilation, dehydration, depleted carbon dioxide levels, vasoconstriction (constriction of the blood vessels), and reduced blood circulation during exercise. So what does that mean? It means that your body is not getting enough oxygen to your brain or your blood when you’re huffing and puffing through your mouth. You are losing a lot of water when you exhale through your mouth. And your blood vessels are getting squeezed smaller and smaller with each mouth breath you take.
What you need to do is breathe through your nose the way your body was designed to breathe. This creates the proper mixture of gasses coursing through your blood for optimal health and performance. When you breathe through your nose, your body re-breathes the expelled Carbon Dioxide and the Nitric Oxide that is naturally produced in your sinuses. Both of these gasses are vasodilators (blood vessel openers) which deliver more oxygen to the brain and muscles faster. Breathing in and out through the nose actually helps you take fuller, deeper breaths, which stimulates the lower lung to distribute greater amounts of oxygen throughout the entire body. When the lower lung is stimulated, it triggers the parasympathetic nervous system which calms the body and mind. Mouth breathing only uses the upper lung, triggering the sympathetic nervous system, which activates the fight or flight reaction and stresses the body and mind
What results have you seen in testing and using the new AC Systems products on racers?
One of the biggest differences we’ve seen is lower heart rate (BPM) on our riders. We have seen it first hand with the riders who show us their heart rate monitors as well as in the tests that some cycling magazines have independently done. The cool part about our product is that we don’t really need to convince people that it works. The benefits of nose breathing are scientifically proven and all of the articles, studies, schools of thought, and facts about it are already done and out there for the world to see with a quick internet search. We want people to feel the benefits of nose breathing, and the only way to do that when you start to get your heart rate up is to have your nose stay open. So again, what we do is simple- we just make nose breathing possible and easy. With a lower heart rate and increased oxygen you will have less arm pump, more endurance, your body will be calmer, and your focus will increase.