Red Light Therapy Benefits, How it Works, & The Science

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Red light therapy has many benefits, like making a person’s cells work better and helping the body use energy more efficiently. Using a medical-grade device from Vital Red Light has been shown to improve skin health by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, speeding up wound healing, and decreasing pain & inflammation.

But how can light have so many positive benefits on the body? And how does red light therapy really work? In this article, we’ll dive into the science behind red light therapy and how it can improve your overall health and well-being. We will explain how healthy light can improve mitochondria function and ATP energy production which powers your body and its cells. We’ll also cover how red light therapy can benefit your skin, sleep, mental health, fitness, and overall health and wellness.

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    What is Red Light Therapy?

    With so many different natural health products out there it can be hard to know which ones actually work. Red light therapy is different. It has been studied and tested across thousands of peer-reviewed clinical trials, with overwhelmingly positive results for skin health, reducing pain & inflammation, physical performance & muscle recovery, sleep, and much more. And that’s without drugs, chemicals, UV rays, invasive procedures, or other negative side effects.

    Red light therapy is a straightforward, gentle treatment that emits red and near-infrared light to someone’s skin to stimulate cells and improve their function. An at-home red light therapy device from Vital Red Light emits these healthy light waves of light (red and near-infrared) at a safe and effective level, penetrating deep into the skin and tissues to offer anti-aging and healing benefits. You know how your body needs sunlight for certain wavelengths of light? It’s the same with this, but without harmful UV rays or heat.

    Red light therapy, also known as low-level light therapy, has been studied and tested across thousands of peer-reviewed clinical trials, with overwhelmingly positive results for skin health, reducing pain & inflammation, physical performance & muscle recovery, sleep, and much more.

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    Why do we need healthy light?

    Just as humans need food and water to survive, we also need healthy light. Healthy light is vital to our health and well-being, but most people do not get enough. Modern life consists of most people spending 93% of their time indoors and surrounded by non-native, fake light (ie, fluorescent lights & blue-lit technology). This “unnatural light environment” is not how nature designed humans. It’s why so many people suffer from light deficiency symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and low energy.

    Our human bodies were designed to function with an abundance of natural sunlight, but with our modern lifestyles, we don’t get nearly enough light to have optimal health. This is where red light therapy steps in to provide the healthy light our bodies need for optimal function.

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    Red light therapy works by stimulating and energizing cells, improving their function and overall health.

    How does red light therapy work?

    Red light therapy works by stimulating and energizing cells, improving their function and overall health. Healthy light waves (from a red light device) penetrate deep into the skin and tissues to reach mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells. Mitochondria are responsible for creating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy that powers our cells. When mitochondria function properly, cells can work better and the body uses energy more efficiently.

    Once deep inside the body, red light therapy has been shown to stimulate collagen production for improved skin health, decrease inflammation and pain, improve physical performance & muscle recovery, enhance sleep quality, and even alleviate symptoms of depression & anxiety.

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    Light at certain wavelengths is clinically proven to interact with the human body beneficial ways. Red light therapy, comprised of both red and near infrared wavelengths is unique part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

    So why not try red light therapy?

    Red light therapy is a safe, non-invasive way to improve your overall health and wellness. Treatments are quick and easy to do right at-home. By simply sitting in front of a red light therapy device for 10-15 minutes every day, you can improve your cellular health and see real results.

    The best part is that red light therapy is natural, drug-free, and has no known negative side effects. It’s why so many doctors, health practitioners, and professional athletes are incorporating red light therapy into their daily regimen.

    There are many ways to use an at-home red light therapy device. You can sit or stand in front of it, depending on the size of the area you want to treat. You can stretch or foam roll in front of it after a workout, or between sets. Or you can prop it up near your spin bike, treadmill, or other aerobic machine and do a light recovery workout. 

    Don’t let the modern world prevent you from getting the healthy light your body needs. Give red light therapy a try and experience the benefits for yourself. Your cells and overall health will thank you like all of our customers. See what some of them have to say below or read more reviews here. 

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    How to use red light therapy at home

    Using red light therapy is simple and easy: Switch on your Vital Red Light, aim it at the part of your body that you wish to treat, and relax for 10 minutes. Easy as that, no setup is required, just get comfortable and enjoy. With only a couple of sessions a week, you will begin to feel the healing effects of red light therapy. For best results, follow the basics:

    • Frequency: We recommend that you complete light therapy treatments between 5-7 times per week. Try doing this for 1-2 weeks to see if it is for you. You are not going to get the results until a few sessions – so consistency is key. 
    • Session Length: We recommend that you complete 10 to 15 minutes of light therapy per session. Don’t exceed 20 minutes per session. It can be used up to 2 times per day. 
    • Eyes: Closing your eyes is just fine. It will not damage your eyes. We include goggles for those who are sensitive to bright light 
    • Clothing: the more skin exposed, the better. Lots of people use RLT while naked 

    Red Light Therapy works by enhancing cell function.

    Did you know that 90% of your body’s energy is produced by these little things called mitochondria? You have trillions of them in your body. And healthy cells rely on healthy mitochondria. However, as we age, mitochondrial function declines. This age-associated mitochondrial decline leads to a progressive decline in our metabolism, our overall energy levels, our resiliency, and our muscle function.

    But here’s the good news: Red light therapy has been shown to improve cellular function by promoting greater efficiency and balance in the cellular energy-making process. 

    Every single one of our trillions of cells needs energy to function and maintain equilibrium in our bodies. Fortunately, we humans are able to convert this necessary energy from sources like food, water, and oxygen. The process through which we do this is called cellular respiration–and when it’s working properly–it’s remarkably efficient. The mitochondria in our cells are responsible for this conversion, converting glucose and oxygen into energy (ATP) for the cell to use.

    Red and NIR light work together to improve the efficiency of cellular respiration by impacting the mitochondria. The mitochondria are essential for cell function, and red light therapy can help to increase their numbers and optimize their performance. In other words, it can give your cells a boost of energy, helping them work better and more efficiently. 

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    Questions & Answers

    What devices are available for at-home red light therapy?

    Vital Red Light has many options of medical grade red light therapy devices that are suitable for at-home use. Our devices come in many forms – from full-body units that expose your whole body to therapeutic red and near-infrared light to smaller handheld devices that are more portable and convenient.

    How long does red light take to work?

    You can experience a reduction in symptoms as early as after the first treatment session with red light therapy. To get the most out of your Vital Red Light, consistency is key. We recommend once daily use, although using your device 2-3 times a day may be beneficial for symptomatic areas. 

     

    Is red light safe for the home?

    Some red light therapy devices (like the Vital Pro) are FDA cleared, safe and free of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Unlike using other laser therapies or tanning beds, red light therapy does not use UV light (which can cause skin damage). With every Vital Red Light therapy treatment, you can rest assured that you are getting the right dose of light without any negative side effects. 

     

    What to look for in an at-home device?

    To experience all the amazing benefits that red light therapy has to offer, you need to make sure that the device you’re buying is high-quality and third-party tested. There are lots of cheaply-made red light therapy devices out there that charge a pretty penny and weren’t built in the correct way to actually provide the therapeutic benefits. Thus, it’s important to do your research before buying a red light therapy device.

    Using a premium light therapy device from Vital Red Light is an easy way to get a healthy dose of natural light anytime, anywhere. Red and near-infrared light therapy is a trusted and scientifically backed health and wellness modality that is producing real change among thousands of customers. Ready to experience light therapy for yourself? Explore the Vital Red Light devices.

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    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to replace medical advice. Please consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment. Results may vary from person to person. The use of a medical-grade device such as Vital Red Light is recommended for best results