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February 27, 2018

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How to use your GoBe 2

Fastening the Band

Fasten GoBe 2 tightly on your wrist so that the band’s sensors are in direct contact with your skin. This is important to ensure the most accurate readings and reporting by your GoBe 2 device.

If your GoBe 2 is not in close enough contact with your skin, it will display "NO CONTACT" on the device screen and vibrate every 15 seconds until proper contact is restored. If it is not properly positioned on your wrist for 5 consecutive minutes, it will turn off automatically.


Important:

For more accurate calculations, the sensors need time to establish contact with your skin. During this acclimation period, the accuracy of the readings may decrease. For the best results, we recommend wearing the band for at least 30-60 minutes before eating.

If you eat immediately after putting on your GoBe 2, it may not have the necessary time to detect changes in your body thus decreasing the accuracy of your calorie intake measurement for that meal.


Why is it important wear GoBe 2 as frequently as possible?

GoBe 2 measures the number of calories and your body digests and nutrients in your blood, not the number of calories you consume. This means that GoBe 2 is counting your calorie intake well after you’ve finished your meal, so if you remove it before the end of the digestion process, some calories will be unaccounted for.

The full digestion process can take several hours. The duration of this process depends on the type and quantity of food you consume as well as your body’s unique characteristics and metabolic rate. Other variables that can impact the rate your body processes and digests food include previous meals, physical activity, current status and stress level.

The digestion process is ongoing while you are asleep, so if you want the greatest accuracy from your GoBe 2, wear the band constantly, except to charge in the morning before consuming a meal. Minimally, you should not remove GoBe 2 for at least 3-4 hours after your last meal of the day if you wish to take it off to sleep.


When do I charge my GoBe 2?

The best time to charge your GoBe 2 is in the morning before breakfast. Charging the bracelet at this time will give you the most accurate calorie intake measurement.

The GoBe 2 takes up to 45 minutes to charge if charged daily. Also note that after the device has charged, GoBe 2 needs  at least 30 minutes to connect with your body before eating.


What else can affect the accuracy of the device?

1. Profile Information: Make sure your personal profile information is correct. Do not forget to update information on your current weight if it changes.


2. Moisturizing Creams or Oils: Do not apply cream or oil to moisturize the skin underneath the sensor. It can interfere with the device’s readings.


3. Skin Imperfections: Scars, tattoos and substantial hair growth on the wrist under the sensor can decrease the accuracy of the measurements.


4. Physiological State: After a sleepless night, a change in time zone, or in a state of heightened emotional stress, GoBe 2’s accuracy may decrease.


5. Dietary Restrictions: GoBe 2 is designed in compliance with the conditions of a healthy nutritious diet. Fasting or severe dietary restrictions (i.e., a ketogenic diet)can affect the accuracy of the device.*


6. Sports Nutrition: GoBe measures nutrients by estimating your blood glucose level. Therefore, sports nutrition (isolates, protein, itp) will only be reflected in the overall analysis of incoming calories, but will not be counted as nutrients.*


7. Alcohol: GoBe 2 recognizes calories from carbohydrates in alcoholic beverages (i.e., sugars in soda, juice, wine, beer, flavored liquor, etc.), but not calories in alcohol. When using GoBe 2 to track your calorie intake, remember that the number of calories your body absorbs will be higher than GoBe 2 reports.


8. Medical Conditions: GoBe 2 is not recommended for people with medical conditions that affect water-salt balance, cardiovascular function or metabolic processes (i.e., diabetes, chronic hepatitis, hormonal disorders, circulatory failure, obesity, diseases that impair renal function, etc.)*


9. Medication: Any medication that affects water-salt balance, cardiovascular function or metabolic processes can impact the accuracy of GoBe 2.*


10. Acute Illnesses: GoBe 2 is not recommended for users with acute illnesses that raise body temperature above 37° C (98.6° F), or cause physical aches or pain.*


11. Extreme Climates: Extreme cold, warmth, dryness or humidity (i.e., tropical or desert climates), or high atmospheric pressure (i.e., mountains) can impact the accuracy of your GoBe 2.

*Always seek help from a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional who will answer all your questions related to medical contraindications for diets or exercise.


Taking care of the device

Do not use Healbe GoBe in salt or chlorinated water - this will damage the device casing.

To prevent skin irritation, wipe the GoBe 2 sensor after any active physical activity.

Cleaning the pins on the charger at least once a week using a clean cotton swab.To clean the casing, wipe all areas of the device EXCEPT the sensors with a soft or microfiber cloth that will not scratch the device. If necessary, slightly dampen the cloth with water).

For more information on how to care for your GoBe 2, read our full care and maintenance instructions here.

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February 27, 2018

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Water balance: Understanding GoBe’s Hydration data

The Importance of Hydration

Did you know that water makes up 2/3 of your body? Water, and staying hydrated, is essential for you body to function normally. For example, water plays a key role in maintaining a normal body temperature, ensuring normal blood circulation, regulating digestive processes, transporting oxygen to organs and cells, and much more.

Staying hydrated can also help you lose weight! Dehydrated tissues and cells inhibit protein production and in turn, the formation of new muscle and the process of burning calories.

Dehydration has several noticeable physiological impacts as well, including fatigue, headaches, poor skin elasticity and decreased joint mobility.

How GoBe Helps You Stay Hydrated

When you first put on your GoBe, it will immediately start collecting data to analyze your body’s “normal” hydration level unique to YOU. This learning process can take GoBe anywhere from two days to two weeks of consistently wearing the device.

In YEAR, Healbe studied the skin tissue underneath the devices sensors on the user’s wrist. We found that your individual level of hydration directly correlates to the amount of fluid in your cells. This means hydration is not dependent on how much liquid you consume, it’s dependent on how much of that liquid your cells retain.

Using the bioimpedance sensor and patented Healbe FLOW Technology, GoBe calculates your current level of hydration and compares it to your learned “normal” level of hydration.

Hydration Level Low

When your GoBe device vibrates and reads “DRINK,” this is a reminder to drink water because your hydration level is below normal. This reminder comes long before your hydration levels could cause any potential health risk. GoBe’s objective is to keep you consistently hydrated and prevent you from reaching critical levels of dehydration.

That said, do not worry if your GoBe shows a reduced hydration level - even if it lasts a relatively long period of time - as long as you are drinking fluids in any form throughout the day.


Hydration Level Accuracy

The accuracy of your hydration level reading is dependent on many factors. To ensure the greatest accuracy, you must wear the device constantly according to the user manual (taking it off only to charge), ensure constant contact of the device sensors with the skin by adjusting the strap and clean the device according to the care and maintenance instructions.

Additionally, after bathing, showering, washing hands, swimming in freshwater or sweating, it’s best to wipe dry the sensors on the bottom of the device as well as the skin on your wrist the sensors come in contact with to be sure the moisture does not interfere with GoBe’s readings.

PLEASE NOTE: If you reset your GoBe to factory settings, update the firmware, put the device back on your wrist or turn the device back on after 9 PM, hydration data will not be reported in the mobile app or web dashboard until between 6AM and 8AM the following day.


How Does My Body Digest Water?

As mentioned above, your hydration level is not based on how much water you consume, but instead on how much water your body retains.

When you drink a glass of water, the water is in your stomach for approximately 10 minutes. From there, it moves through the intestines, a large amount being absorbed in the large intestine.

If you drink water on an empty stomach, before or in between meals, the movement of water through your digestive track would take about 20 minutes. If you have food in your stomach or intestines, the time it takes for your body to process the liquid you drink increases.

Every day, your body receives (on average) about 2.5 liters of water from drinking water, eating water-rich foods (fruits, vegetables, soup, etc.) and absorbing water released during intracellular metabolic processes (a.k.a. metabolic water - which equates to about 400 ml per day).

The way your body digests water and the rate at which it is absorbed during the digestion process can be impacted by medications that affect your water-salt metabolism and hydration levels. Diuretic medications (to increase urine flow) will result in a decreased hydration level detected by your GoBe and antidiuretic medications (to decrease urine flow) will result in an increased hydration level detected by the device.

GoBe adjusts to YOUR body’s normal level of hydration because just like the way your body absorbs nutrients from food, the way your body absorbs water is unique to you.

Also, it’s important to remember that your body absorbs water differently under different conditions. For example, if you drink two cups of water at once after a long period of physical activity, your body will absorb less of that water than if you periodically hydrating during your activity session.

Finally, the method of hydration affects how your body absorbs water as well. Mineral water and isotonic drinks are absorbed quickly, whereas sugary soda and strong alcohol contribute to the loss of body fluids.

Notification of "DRINK"

When GoBe detects a decreased hydration level, it will remind you to rehydrate by vibrating and displaying the message “DRINK” on your device screen. GoBe’s hydration reminders are based the analysis of several parameters including metabolism, activity level and personal data shared in your profile.

You have the option to set a time interval during which GoBE will remind you to rehydrate to ensure it will not disturb you during meetings and activities. The notifications are automatically disabled overnight.

Hydration Level Indicators

You can also view your hydration level in the Healbe GoBe app. Here you will see  four levels of hydration:

* NORM - your body’s hydration level is normal

* LOW -  your body’s hydration level is below normal

* N / A - no hydration data available due to lack of contact of the sensors with the skin

* CALC - GoBe is calculating your current hydration level

Each time you put the GoBe back on your wrist, it can take 30 minutes to two hours to calculate your hydration level. Inconsistent contact between the device sensors and your skin will increase the detection period.

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February 16, 2018

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Calories: How to correctly interpret GoBe measurements

Healbe GoBe automatically determines the number of calories digested. Using the FLOW ™ technology and the bioimpedance sensor, GoBe evaluates the dynamics of the intercellular fluid, which is associated with the glucose and basic nutrients intake throughout the day and uses this information to calculate the calories consumed.

 

How food is digested

Digestion time varies between individuals and depends on many factors, such as specificity of metabolism, previous meal, physical activity, health condition, taking medicines and nutritional supplements, etc. GoBe captures calories at a time when it's absorbed by the body, at the stage of nutrient get into the blood.

The digestion process takes a time:

1-2 hours - the process of chewing and swallowing

3-4 hours - the handling of food by digestive fluids

4-8 hours - digestion process

5-9 hours, and sometimes more than 24 hours - food is delivered to the suction area and enters the blood.

Some of these processes occur simultaneously, so the first portion of digested food may enter the blood after 15-30 minutes, and the main part of the incoming food - only after 3-4 hours, while the absorption period can be superimposed on the next meal. Depending on the composition of the products, 90% of the eaten can appear in the blood as after 1 hour (sweet, sugar) and after 9-10 hours (complex dishes with meat and garnish).

Be careful! GoBe should be turned on and have good contact with the skin all the time until the food enter the blood. Otherwise, the error of its calculations can greatly increase. Since GoBe algorithms evaluate the entire array of received data integrally, an error both in the direction of decreasing and in the direction of increasing calories is possible.


The night time digestion

Despite the processes in the body slow down while sleeping, digestion can continue. Thus, even if the last meal was at 6 pm, at 6-7 am the digestion process may continue. At this point, to improve the accuracy of calculations, we ask you not to remove the bracelet at night, when you sleep.


The previous meal impact

The digestion process for one standard meal takes 3 to 8 hours on average. If you had an enormous meal, the digestion will not end with the next meal. And two processes are superimposed on each other. Thus the second meal can slow down digestion in connection with some depletion of digestive resources of an organism.

Therefore, we recommend you to wear GoBe constantly and do not remove it unnecessarily.


How the digestion is affected by physical activity

Also, the digestion rate is affected by physical activity.

The light training does not affect digestion itself, but it changes the metabolism for a little. Moderate activity slows the digestion of food, and intense physical stress stops digestion and significantly changes the metabolism of the body.

In this way, the end of the digestion process against the background of physical activity can be significantly delayed, and this is one more reason why we recommend that you always wear GoBe.


Eating habits and individual characteristics of the organism

The speed of digestion depends on genetic capabilities and habits. Some people do not digest certain types of nutrients (lactose, gluten, etc.). If a person has not eaten meat for a long time, most of the protein will not be digested as it is not used to. If the meal is unusually complex or is simply more than usual, some of the nutrients may not be digested.

In these cases, GoBe will only show part of the calories that have entered the blood, i.e. were really digested by the body.


Overall health condition

If your body’s temperature is raised, immune processes in the body become more active, chemical reactions flow faster, as a result, the intensity of metabolism increases. If your body’s temperature is less than 36.6, the processes in the body are sluggish, chemical reactions occur more slowly, as a result, the intensity of metabolism decreases.

GoBe algorithms are tuned for normal nutrient consumption and normal blood supply, so as in an increase and as in a decrease in body temperature, the error in calories intake readings increases. At the moment, the states with a changed body temperature are restrictions for the use of GoBe, since the measurement error in such states can substantially increase.


The emotional state

Pain, stress, fatigue, illness affect the speed of movement and the intake of nutrients into the blood.

Remember: if your overall physical and emotional state do not correspond to your normal condition, the GoBe calorie intake readings may have an error.

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January 01, 2018

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Interpreting what your GoBe is Telling You About Sleep

What  GoBe Can Tell You About Sleep

Healbe GoBe2 analyzes your sleeping habits to identify patterns that will help you sleep better. Having a consistent sleep schedule and ensuring you get enough quality rest at night will increase your productivity, improve the quality of your workouts and help you manage your weight more easily.

Sleep Disorders

Studies increasingly show medical professionals concluding that sleeping well is as important as eating well. In regards to losing weight or maintaining your current weight, diet is important, but a healthy sleep schedule can help you to achieve your goals more easily.

Sleep disorders can occur for various reasons including special working hours, changing time zones (jet lag), environmental changes, emotional tension and stress. These factors often disrupt your circadian rhythm, which can be characterized by the following symptoms:

- Headache

- Fatigue

- Insomnia

- Depression

- Irritability

- Digestive disorders

Social Jet Lag

Lack of sleep can lead to hormonal issues that negatively impact metabolic processes and your body’s natural indicators that tell you if you are hungry or full. Stress during the workweek and voluntarily manipulating your sleep schedule (i.e., late nights out, irregular work schedules) is comparable to constantly switching time zones.

Putting your body through these continuous transitions can negatively affect your body’s natural processes, overall health, mood, mental health and productivity.

GoBe tells you the amount of sleep your body needs and recommends the optimal times to wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested.


How Does GoBe Evaluate Sleep?

GoBe evaluates your sleep based on your body’s physiological indicators including heart rate and movement.

Based on polysomnographic research, GoBe analyzes your sleep data using an algorithm that can estimate sleep cycles.

Healbe’s algorithms are set to monitor sleep between the hours of 9 p.m. and 12 p.m. the next day. GoBe does not track naps during the day because a good night’s rest is necessary for recovery, whereas naps are an artificial way to "reset" during the day.

 

What Sleep Metrics Does GoBe Track?

To get the maximum benefit from sleep, and to wake up feeling well-rested, these two factors are key:

- The quality of sleep during the night.

- Your body’s sleep cycles.

 

The importance of sleep cycles

When you are asleep, you cycle through periods of light sleep and deep sleep. GoBe tracks your movement and heart rate to determine the phase of sleep you are experiencing. The device goes one step further using its Smart Alarm feature to wake you up with a vibration during a period of lighter sleep to make getting out of bed easier, even if you weren’t able get a full night of rest.

Sleep is cyclical - every night, you typically go through 4 to 6 sleep cycles and each one is characterized by one of these phases:

  • REM or Rapid Eye Movement: When your mind is most active, your heart rate is close to waking levels and you are likely dreaming
  • NREM or Non-Rapid Eye Movement: When your mind is less active, your heart rate is slow and you are not dreaming.

During REM sleep, brain activity, breathing speed and heart rate increases. . Being able to monitor REM and NREM phases is critical waking up feeling refreshed. Ideally, you want to wake up as close to the end of an REM period of sleep as possible to feel well-rested.


Healbe GoBe keeps track of your condition throughout the night and reports the phases of sleep and duration each morning..


Anxiety While Asleep

Sleep specialists assess the sleep quality by tracking physical movement during the night  as well as irregular changes in heart rate. High anxiety levels negatively impact the quality of sleep you are getting. After syncing GoBe with your mobile device in the morning, your anxiety levels will be recorded on the sleep graph on the GoBe app.


Sleep quality

Healbe GoBe calculates the quality of your sleep based on a number of factors including the number of times you woke up, heart rate abnormalities and sleep duration.

GoBe tracks sleep between 9 PM and 12 PM the next day. Although the GoBe recommends a certain amount of sleep each night, if you do not get the full recommended night’s rest every night,  reaching 76-90% of your goal will ensure you are well-rested. 61-75% of your goal is satisfactory , and 46-60% is poor.

In order to maximize the quality of sleep each night, be mindful of the environmental factors below:

  • Minimize the amount of light in the room while you are sleeping (windows, personal electronics, television, night lights, overhead light, etc.)
  • Minimize noise while you are asleep
  • Take time to “wind down” before going to bed and avoid looking at your cell phone and other sources of blue light immediately before going to bed.
  • If you feel you are not able to get the necessary amount of sleep each night, visit a sleep specialist.

Wearing Your GoBe Properly

You must wear your GoBe as outlined in the user manual in order for the device to properly analyze your sleep and give accurate recommendations.

Wear your GoBe constantly for the best results, except to charge, and ensure the sensors are in direct contact with your skin throughout the night.

If you wake up during the night and your GoBe does not record it, it may be because you were awake for a very short period of times, your movements were minimal and your heart rate remained low. The accuracy of all data reported by GoBe is dependent on the accuracy of the personal data (height, weight, age, etc.) included in your Healbe profile.

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October 10, 2016

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Healbe GoBe: A Fall Firmware Update

As you know, our team is always working on improvements to GoBe. The firmware update we released today, which is currently available for installation with the help of the Healbe GoBe App, will fix bugs for more stable operation and upgrade the sleep feature. 

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September 27, 2016

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Drink Up: Healthy Water Intake For A Happier You

Water is an essential nutrient in our diet and the main component of our body, and like every important food ingredient, it is surrounded by certain myths and misconceptions. A great number of statements revolve around the amount of water a person needs to consume  - and, mainly, it is believed that healthy water intake includes drinking at least 2 liters of liquid water a day to lose weight.

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