What is red light therapy or Photobiomodulation?
The exposure to normal indoor lighting can massively impact your health in ways most people never consider. It can impact your sleep, promote depression and anxiety, contribute to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), create major hormone imbalances, encourage other negative biological effects, and even contribute to things like weight gain.
When you are thinking about light therapy, you have to consider that there is something cellular that is happening and it is not just a feel good experience. It's not just our eyes that absorb light, our skin absorbs it as well, and creates massive biological enhancements all the way down to the very cells of your system. Red light and near-infrared light are well-documented for healing and rejuvenating our bodies in ways we are only now really understanding.
How does it work exactly?
Just like plants convert the energy from light into a chemical energy through a process known as photosynthesis, we too have the ability to break-down red and near-infrared light into cellular energy or adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the compound that stores and releases energy for many cellular processes
Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an essential compound for the existence of life. It depends on an enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase which makes ATP, which helps oxygen glue itself to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and hydrogen to form NADH, the hydrogen ions that make ATP synthase-which is a mitochondrial enzyme localized in the inner membrane. And if you know anything about mitochondria, then you know that Mitochondrial DNA keeps you young.
You have to consider why these things are ultra important. Stress, sickness, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, injury, and even muscle repair will create an environment where our cells create an excessive abundance of nitric oxide, which in turn intercepts cytochrome c oxidase by gluing itself to it where it doesn't function properly and when cytochrome c
oxidase is low, our bodies reduce the production of ATP. Which means we create less collagen, gain fat, hormones are out of wack, etc. The response is we feel sluggish, tired, and we don't handle stress or sickness well.
Red light and near-infrared breaks the bond between nitric oxide and cytochrome c oxidase and allows the cytochrome c oxidase to make ATP.
Pretty cool, right?
So in turn, it gives you the benefits of less inflammation, better collagen for less wrinkles and more radiant skin, energy to the hair to repair damaged hair and even restore life energy to the hair follicle and regrow hair, increase blood flow, enhance sex life, optimize metabolism, increase energy, enhance mood, improve thyroid and hormones, and support healing and recovery.