It’s the beginning of the new year, and with that comes the lists of new years resolutions and personal goals. We always start the new year with great intentions to lose weight, run faster, meditate more, wake up earlier, eat healthier, reduce stress levels etc. Setting the goal is the easy part, actually achieving them requires constant work, determination and dedication.
We love setting goals that create a healthy, balanced lifestyle that enables us to live our lives to the fullest. In this blog, we provide all the tools necessary to achieving those physical and mental goals.
Red light therapy is a tool that can be used synergistically to help you achieve your goals in the following ways:
Red light therapy increases your metabolic rate. This is due to the fact that the type of light emitted stimulates your cells to make more energy (ATP). More energy is available to burn glucose, resulting in healthier and stronger cells, as well as a faster metabolic rate – which ultimately results in weight loss.
Red light therapy can boost your immune system in a multitude of ways by:
- Stimulating the lymphatic system – crucial for the removal of toxins from the body
- Improving thyroid health – thyroid disorders massively impact white blood cell functioning
- Decreasing inflammation – which can result in autoimmune diseases
- Activating stem cell production – which can be utilized to fight danger cells
A lack of sleep can severely impact mood, increase inflammation and cause weight gain. Red light therapy works by decreasing the stress hormone Cortisol which is responsible for keeping you awake and active. Melatonin, the sleep hormone increases through red light exposure which controls your circadian rhythms, mood regulation, anxiety, sleep, appetite, immune responses and cardiac functions.
ANXIETY AND STRESS
Clinical studies have shown that once light of certain wavelengths reaches the cerebral cortex of the brain a cascade of reactions begin. This starts with increased blood flow to the area, improving the availability of oxygen and stimulating the production of ATP.
This reaction is beneficial in many ways – reducing inflammation, decreasing damage to neurons and neurotransmitters, boosting antioxidant production, and protecting the proteins that produce neurons.
Red light therapy can be used as a tool to alleviate stress and negative emotions while improving concentration levels, feelings of peace and being mindful of external environment. Researchers have investigated how stress can be linked to many negative reactions from the immune system, where severe and long-term stress may result in autoimmune diseases. Red light therapy can trigger the release of the feel-good hormone Serotonin and the relaxation hormone Melatonin which naturally help you feel better.
MULTITASKING WITH YOUR DEVICE
We know that our days are extremely busy and jam-packed with a to-do list. Prioritizing your health through 10-15 minutes of daily red light therapy exposure can be difficult if you don’t set the time aside or ensure that it remains a priority. Here are a few tips that can make your exposure time more efficient:
- Listen to a podcast
- Medicate and practice mindfulness
- Do a strength training workout
- Yoga or stretching
- Sit with a friend or family member for double-time treatment
Using this type of therapy over traditional medications is extremely beneficial as it is non-addictive and users experience no withdrawal symptoms. Patients have noted no negative side effects through this therapy.
Make 2022 your best year yet!
Written By: Caroline Bursey