When it comes to improving health, most are aware of the importance of the fundamentals such as proper sleep, nutrition, & hydration. However, most are unaware that light plays a significant role in our overall health & wellbeing.
Like plants, people are designed to take in full spectrum light from the sun! Light regulates a lot of our biological processes & impacts our circadian rhythms, cellular functions, metabolism, reproduction, & even our locomotion. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle has removed natural exposure to sunlight & replaced it with artificial blue indoor lighting & digital screens. To make matters worse, a recent study showed that humans spend, on average, 90% of our time indoors - further disconnecting us from natural light!
Despite this haunting statistic, the good news is that we can supplement our light exposure with Red & Near Infrared light wavelengths to improve our health! This is exactly what I’ve been doing for the last 3 years since discovering Red light therapy.
So what is Red light therapy & how does it work?
Red light therapy is 100% natural & approved by the FDA. Red light (630-700nm) & Near Infrared (700-900nm) wavelengths are administered to your skin, penetrating the cells below. Mitochondria (the energy production centers of cells) are stimulated, triggering the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is your body’s primary means of biochemical energy transfer. ATP is delivered to all of your bodily tissues and organs, boosting the energy level within your cells. Greater cellular energy elicits higher oxygen levels, reduces inflammation, boosts your immune system, and improves your circulation.
Increased energy in your cells activates the production of fibroblasts (specific connective tissue cells that create collagen and elastin). Collagen & Elastin are essential proteins that keep your skin supple and elevate your body’s innate power to heal itself.
So how does Red light therapy improve recovery & athletic performance?
Increased energy at the cellular level means increased overall bodily energy. Greater energy within your cells translates to increased stamina and endurance, improvements in strength and speed, and a rise to your optimal performance level.
Muscle growth is also compounded through ATP production and the resulting cellular energy boost. Improved cellular efficiency, increased oxygenation, and better circulation all lead to your highest muscle-building potential.
Lastly, Collagen and elastin are primary components of muscle and connective tissue. The elevated collagen and elastin levels evoked by red light therapy stimulate healing, accelerate muscle and tissue recovery, and strengthen tendons and cartilage.
Which Red light panels are best?
Red light therapy can be done at a medical spa center or easily administered in the comfort of your own home. When it comes to choosing a device, quality is imperative. I use a full body device at ThrIVe Wheeling & also have a portable lightweight device for personal usage that I keep at my house or take with me when I travel. I have extensive experience using Joovv & Gembared!
No matter what your level of fitness is - whether you’re a professional athlete, amateur gym-goer, & anyone in between, red light therapy is an exciting new way to boost your health, improve your recovery, & enhance your athletic performance.
How often can you do Red light therapy?
You can incorporate Red Light into your routine daily! If you’re using a full body device, aim for 10 minutes a day total. If you’re using a smaller device to target specific body parts, aim for 30 minute sessions.
Interested in reading some red light research? Check out the studies below!
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