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These are the five types of bioactive light in humans:
1. Blue light – sets the circadian rhythm in our brain, which in turn regulates numerous different neurotransmitters and hormones
2. UV light – allows us to synthesize vitamin D from the sun
3. Far-infrared – acts to heat up our cells (this is the part of the sun’s spectrum that you feel as heat) which stimulates changes in cell function, as well as circulation changes
4. Red light – acts on the mitochondria in our cells to stimulate increased cellular energy (ATP) production
5. Near-infrared (NIR) – acts on the same pathways as red light – particularly in the mitochondria in our cells to stimulate increased cellular energy (ATP) production
The most common light-related health problems that most people are already familiar with are vitamin D deficiency (from too little UV light) and circadian rhythm disruption (from too little blue light in the morning and too much artificial light at night).
Just as the modern world of processed food leads to chronic malnutrition, our modern light environment (of too much of the wrong kinds of light and too little of the right kinds, and with poor timing) is called mal-illumination.
It has widespread effects on our brain and organ function, immune system, energy levels, mood, neurotransmitter balance and hormone levels.
Just as our body requires the intake of certain vitamins and minerals (e.g. vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, etc.) from the diet to function normally, our cells also require certain “light nutrients” (adequate amounts of certain wavelengths of light) to be healthy. In short, the human body needs near-infrared and red light to function optimally.
Just as we can have malnutrition from a poor diet, we can have mal-illumination from poor light exposure.
- Anti-aging effects in the skin (enhancing collagen synthesis, production, and elastin production for youthful skin and dramatically reducing cellulite)
- Lowering inflammation
- Enhancing fat loss
- Enhancing physical performance and muscle recovery afterwards
- Boosting testosterone
- Speeding wound healing
- Spurring neurogenesis in the human brain, strengthening synapses, spurring brain cell growth
- Helping prevent cognitive decline
- Reducing waist circumference and liberating fat from cells so it can be burned again
- Enhancing physical performance and muscle recovery afterward
- Enhancing fertility
- Combatting gingivitis and promoting healthy gums
- Enhancing stem cell implantation and proliferation
- Enhancing gland health from the thyroid to the lymphatic system
- Clearing skin for sufferers of acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis
- Improving eye health
- Fighting chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Potentially helping the body to fight cancer (in tandem with chemotherapy)
- Removing wrinkles, lines, and veins on the surface of the skin
- Increasing energy
- Improving the appearance of scars
- Killing pain
- Protecting cells against damage from stress