I have been using red light therapy for well over 10 years now. I first learned about it when I visited the Living Foods Institute run by the amazing Brenda Cobb. I completed the Living Foods health and healing program.
I was diagnosed with precancerous cells and had been battling chronic fatigue, mono, and Epstein Barr since high school. I had been from doctor to doctor with no results or answers to my chronic brain fog, tiredness, inability to concentrate and constant run down feeling.
When I moved to Florida after I was married with one child I saw a flyer about a class Brenda Cobb was teaching about green living. I went and was hooked on natural healing, green smoothies, growing wheat grass, detoxing, rejuvelac, sprouting, reflexology, essential oils and colon cleansing. My time at the Living Foods Institute, and my health and healing journey has forever changed my life.
One of the many therapies we used was red light therapy. It was not very well known about 10 years ago or in the mainstream. It is starting to catch on, like other alternative therapies and I want to share it with you.
3 Types Of Light The Body Uses
There are three kinds of light that the human body uses and each one of them is used differently.
- UV light – From sunlight, produces vitamin D
- Blue Light – Affects our sleep cycles called Circadian Rhythms
- Red Light & Infrared light – Anti-aging, pain reduction, fat loss, detoxing benefits and healing benefits.
Infrared light therapy is essentially the same as red light therapy, except infrared energy is invisible, and it penetrates the body deeper than red, reaching deep into soft tissues, muscles, joints, and bone. Infrared light therapy is where light therapy gets serious.
“Low-intensity laser light will be standard equipment as a healing device for our aging population” Laura E.Duval, Baylor College of Medicine, NASA Johnson Space Center USA 2006)
Red Light Therapy For Pain
Infrared Light Therapy can be used to help with pain:
- Muscle cramps
- Tears and strains of muscles and tendons
- Pain in joints, muscles and nerves
- Muscle spasms
- Dislocations and fractures
- Varicose veins of lower extremities
Red light therapy can help to remove the pain right at the source. It can help to increase circulation, decreases inflammation, relax tense muscles and acts as a natural pain reliever.
When cells are damaged they lose their electrical charge. The energy supplied by red light therapy helps to recharge and regenerate the damaged cells. The red light helps to reduce inflammation and increases the blood flow to inflamed areas.
Red Light Therapy For Skin And Anti-Aging
Red light helps improve skin tone and texture, control pigmentation spots, can help reduce pore size, encourage vibrant, healthier-looking skin, and reduce fine lines.
Anti-aging red light therapy stimulates circulation and repairs the elastin fibers within tissue to help keep skin firm. Now if that is not sparking your interest in red light therapy I don’t know what will!
Infrared light is the invisible part of the sun’s light spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue to stimulate many health benefits.
It can penetrate the epidermis lay of the skin, to stimulate your skin’s natural ability to produce collagen and elastin.
Red Light Therapy For Weight Loss
Just like a plant your skin and tissues absorb light and convert it to energy.
Red light therapy stimulates the mitochondria in your cells to produce energy, which can help to speed up your metabolic rate.
Red light therapy can help to stimulate repairing and regeneration of damaged cells. I can also help to cause fat cells to release their stored fat into the bloodstream.
There is a lot of research on red light therapy and I urge you to do your own research. NASA has been using red light therapy for many, many years with it’s astronauts to heal injuries in space and on the ground.
Infrared Sauna is another great way to get exposure to red light therapy.
Red Light and Thyroid Health
If you have a thyroid condition, starting the day with a few minutes of red light therapy directly on the thyroid gland can be a powerful weapon in your tool box for recovery.
Ideally spend a few minutes on the whole collarbone and chest region to get the thymus gland stimulated as well is a good thing to do.