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Why use red light therapy? 

Updated on February 18, 2020

Why use red light therapy?

What is red light therapy? And why is light so important to your health? More importantly, how will light therapy improve your health? With so many health modalities and treatments out there today, it is natural that you might be skeptical towards another treatment option like red light therapy. This article will help to explain the importance of light in your daily life and why light therapy might be for you.

Light is essential to our health, just like food and water. 

Just like humans need food, water, and oxygen to function properly – we also need healthy light. The human body was designed to operate with an abundance of sunlight. Because of our modern human lifestyles, we simply do not get the natural light we need throughout the day to feel and perform our best.

In a perfect world, everybody would properly regulate their exposure to daily natural light from the sun while staying in perfect cadence with their body’s required rhythm of light and natural vitality for optimum health. This is simply not possible with our modern human lifestyles. We need more options. 

Everyone needs healthy light, but we don’t get enough. 

The average person today spends more than 90% of the day indoors and cannot possibly get enough sunlight for their body’s to function properly (1). It is well-known that sunlight deficiency has been linked to numerous diseases such as: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, numerous types of cancer, obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease (2). To add to the problem, humans are now exposed to an unhealthy amount of blue light from our phones and screens which have a negative effect on sleep and circadian rhythms.

Light therapy gives you a healthy dose of light anytime. 

A light therapy device is a simple and easy way to get a healthy dose of natural light on a daily basis. Just 10-minutes a day with a Vital Red Light therapy device is all you need to get the dosage of light that your body requires. Vital Red Light devices treat your body with Red and Near infrared (NIR) wavelengths of light, delivered directly to your skin and body. This is just like the wavelengths of light your body needs from natural sunlight, but without the heat or UV rays that cause sun damage. When your cells begin to absorb the natural light, you begin to change the way you look and feel.

Red light therapy is backed by clinical research & real science.

Red and near infrared light therapy is not just another wellness fad. The technology of light therapy was developed by NASA in the 1980s and 1990s for use in space, but over the last couple of decades we’ve see drastic technological developments that have enabled Vital Red Light to develop products for at-home use. Over the past twenty years, researchers have conducted over a thousand peer-reviewed trials and studies on various kinds of light therapy, concluding that red light treatments are generally safe and effective, with a wide range of potential uses.

Light therapy improves your health from the inside-out. 

Red light therapy works on a wide spectrum of health problems because it works to bring your body back to homeostasis – or balance. In principle, lack of sunlight and high amounts of artificial light keep your body in a state of constant confusion and stress – a.k.a. your body becomes out of balance. Exposure to red and near infrared light therapy brings your body back to its natural state of balance. Every metabolic process, every enzyme reaction, muscular movements, the digestion of food, and the burning of fat are all biological processes that are augmented by sunlight energy. A reduction of ‘natural light energy’ causes a slowdown in these processes that leads to decreased metabolism, reduced burning of fat, reduced vitality, and compromised immunity.

Health benefits of light therapy are wide-ranging. 

Red light therapy treats the underlying and root causes of disease at the source, enabling such a wide variety of health benefits to people of all ages. Whether you’re an athlete, a busy mom, or a health expert, you can benefit from more healthy light in your life. Light is for everyone, and light therapy supports greater balance and a wide range of systemic health benefits. What are the health benefits of light therapy? We’ll cover some of the main ones below.

Enhanced cellular energy 

Red light therapy works by boosting your energy production at a cellular level. The natural red and near infrared light from red light therapy enhances the cellular respiration process that creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy, often called "the energy currency of life”. Our bodies are constantly creating ATP in order to fuel everything we do. The more ATP our cells can produce, the better our bodies heal, feel, and perform.

Increased blood circulation

Blood circulation is one of the most vital functions in the body. It’s how essential nutrients and oxygen is delivered to the brain and throughout the body. Red light therapy improves blood flow by stimulating the production of Nitric Oxide (NO) in our cells. One of the main functions of NO is to relax the walls of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow through arteries and veins. Greater circulation allows our cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients for benefits such as skin health, wound healing, and reduced muscle soreness.

Reduced oxidative stress 

Oxidative stress can be explained as the imbalance between free radicals (harmful) and antioxidants (beneficial) in our bodies. Free radicals are produced in the body by way of natural metabolic activities. What is most surprising is that elevated levels of free radicals can lead to cell injury and cellular aging. Red light therapy works to reduce oxidative stress by up-regulating (increasing) your body’s natural antioxidant production mechanisms.

Natural health benefits of red light therapy.  

The benefits of red light therapy have been studied, tested, and proven across hundreds of peer-reviewed clinical trials from around the world, with compellingly positive results. Remarkably, all of these findings have been without the use of invasive procedures, chemicals, drugs, UV rays, or harmful side effects.

Healthier Skin 

Red light therapy stimulates collagen and elastin production, repairs damaged skin, and aids in skin rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits. Red light therapy works to treat the root cause of many skin issues by stimulating collagen synthesis and fibroblast formation, reducing inflammation, enhancing blood flow, and facilitating DNA repair.

Reduced Inflammation 

Near-infrared (NIR) light reduces overall inflammation in the body by decreasing the presence of inflammatory markers. This reduction can help ease the symptoms associated with joint & bone pain, muscle pain, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

Sleep Optimization 

Red light therapy has been shown to improve overall sleep quality by boosting the sleep hormone, melatonin. Red light therapy is used as a sleep aid to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders, and can be used as a nighttime light source because of its low color temperature.

Muscle Recovery 

Red light therapy reduces muscle soreness and aids in muscle recovery for enhanced physical performance. Red light has been shown to improve strength, speed, and endurance, as well as faster muscle recovery after strenuous workouts.

Conclusion

Natural light is essential for human health and longevity, but most people don’t get nearly as much light as the body requires. That's why paying attention and understanding the kind of light you surround yourself with each day is such a crucial part of feeling happy and healthy. Red light therapy is a trusted and widely-used health modality backed by science and research. Everybody needs healthy light to live and feel their best.

Sources and References: 

[1] https://indoor.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-47713.pdf 

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2427138/

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