Does red light therapy boost your immune system?

Did you know that red light therapy has a multitude of benefits outside of muscle recovery and gym performance?

Sometimes, even we’re surprised by emerging clinical trials that reveal a new use for red light therapy, which only continues to prove how important it can be for optimising health and performance.

A few of the most well-known benefits you may already be familiar with are:

  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Muscle recovery
  • Circulation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Testosterone production and fertility

Even though these benefits alone can be life-changing, we’re about to let you in on yet another, albeit lesser-known, benefit of red light therapy:

Improved Immune Function

Immune cells

Your Immune system

The core function of your immune system is to prevent sickness by fighting off infections caused by pathogens, bacteria, viruses or toxins.

When you have a healthier immune system you are less likely to get sick or feel run down, and if you do get sick, then you can recover faster.

Although primarily controlled by your white blood cells, there are a number of different types of cells that act as a little army to ward off any foreign cells in your body that have been marked as ‘potentially problematic’.

In order to improve that function, many common practices can help, such as:

  • Consume a balanced diet that is full of variety, including all macro- and micronutrients
  • Exercise regularly
  • Have a consistent sleep pattern
  • Manage stress levels

But what about light exposure?

Man lying in the sun

We already know that our bodies respond incredibly well to light. Whether it’s producing Vitamin D via sunlight exposure, an improved mood by boosting serotonin, or reducing the negative side-effects of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Research has also shown that red light therapy can boost your immune system in a multitude of ways by:

  • Decreasing inflammation – which can result in autoimmune diseases
  • Increasing melatonin production when used during the evening – promotes a better sleep
  • Activating stem cell production – which can be utilized to fight danger cells
  • Stimulating the lymphatic system – crucial for the removal of toxins from the body
  • Improving thyroid health – thyroid disorders massively impact white blood cell functioning

Man exercising in front of red light therapy device

It’s also worth noting that the organs in our bodies don’t function as isolated systems, but work in an incredibly intricate way that is interrelated and interdependent.

This means you get a domino effect wherein if one area improves its functions, other areas will also be positively impacted. The converse also applies; where one area suffers, so too will other areas.

Providing your body with all the tools it requires to function well will ultimately ensure your body will function the way you want it to. And why wouldn’t you want to function optimally? If you have any questions, we’re always on hand to help.

Written by: Caroline Bursey