On average, a human being will reportedly take 23,000 breath each day – and yet just one breath can reveal so much about our health and nutrition. According to the creators of Lumen, an innovative hand-held, portable device that accurately measures metabolism, “it takes only one breath to unlock the secret of your metabolism.”
With the help of a smartphone app, the Lumen indicates if the body is using fats or carbs for fuel. Based on individualized data, it formulates and customizes a plan that can lead to weight loss, work out efficiency and better nutrition.
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Using its app, the user inhales a fixed volume of air through the Lumen device and holds it for 10 seconds, then fully exhales. (Lumen is calibrated to the individual’s CO2 range and lung capacity.) Using that single breath, Lumen uses a CO2 sensor and flow meter to determine its CO2 concentration. Again, this indicates the type of fuel your body is using to produce energy – either fats or carbs.
Then the user will receive daily, personalized meal plans, which indicates what to eat and when. The Lumen also optimizes workouts by indicating if the user has enough energy before a workout or needs to fuel up. By tracking one’s metabolism, sleep, nutrition, and fitness data, the user will be given a Lumen Flex Score that rates success and helps sustain results.