On this episode of the Anti-Aging Hacks podcast, we discuss Red Light and Near Infrared Light therapy and all their benefits.

We discuss the following items:

1. How does Red and Infrared light provide more energy to our body

2. The benefits of Red Light in reducing wrinkles, improving skin texture and tone

3. How deeper penetration of light improves muscle definition, reduces workout recovery time

4. How Red Light can improve sperm motility and fertility in both sexes

5. How often and when to use Red and Infrared Light for best results

My guest Eric James is the Founder & CEO of Red Therapy Company. He was originally a programmer and neural network expert but being in front of the computer so many hours took its toll on his body. Through his own health challenges and those of his family members, he became passionate about health, and wellness.

This lead him to become an expert in light therapies and study the effects of different types of light on the skin, mind, mood, and body as well as how people are using RED / NIR light therapies for overcoming health challenges.

Red Light can be an effective technique in your anti-aging and longevity strategy.

Here are the show notes from the episode.

Eric got into Red Light Therapy 2:20:

– Stepmom had nerve pain, ended up with custom RED light boots

– Red Light therapy kept coming up with other family health challenges

– Had issues with his back and sitting in front of computer, and some family members had issues with collagen production, hemmaroids, low blood platelet count

– Found studies with Harvard and Red Light therapy

– 4000 studies on Red Light including from Harvard Medical and NASA

– Created a device for everyday people that is not too expensive

History of Red Light:

– Lasers were being used to determine if laser could have an effect on tumors in mice

– Side effect was that the hair on mice grew rapidly

All the Different definitions of Red Light Therapy 6:10

– Low Level Light Therapy

– Photobiomodulation

– Red Light Therapy

– Near Infrared Light Therapy

– Cold Laser Therapy (because it does not heat up the skin)

Available Spectrums of Light 9:00

– Ultraviolet light – 300-450 nm

– Visible Light Spectrum: 300-700 nm

– Infrared Spectrum: 700-100nm

– Red and Near Infrared have an effect on our bodies because they can penetrate our skin into our body.

– How deep the Red and NIR go into your body depends on power of light and distance from light source. 

– If you want to treat your skin, you can stand 3 feet back

– If you want to heal tissue that is deeper, can stand close to device

Red Light Therapy Benefits for Energy Production

– Most customers are athletes, or people looking to have more energy, or better skin

– The healthier our cells are, the healthier we are

– When we are impacted by a stressor, then body pushes back

– Body needs ATP which is the energy produced by mitochondria in our cells

– ATP is the jet fuel in body

– As we age, mitochondria gets less efficient and Nitric Oxide sticks to them and blocks oxygen from binding

– Light knocks Nitric Oxide out of mitochondria where NO is beneficial

Red Light Therapy Benefits for Anti-Aging and Skin 14:05

– Red light and Infrared light causes a challenge to the skin

– Cells respond by producing more collagen (and elastin)

– Can make the collagen in our bodies from Hormesis

– Red Light also provides cells with the energy so they can do their job and produce collagen

– With the increased energy, body can do its job to heal the body

Use Cases for Deep Penetration of Red Light 22:00

– Having more energy anywhere in the body feels better

– Skin is easiest to see

– Little bit more difficult to feel healing inside the 

– Deeper penetration improves muscle mass (learn how to build muscle and lost fat)

– Reduces recovery time in muscles so athletes can work out harder and quicker

Drawbacks of Red Light Therapy 24:50

– A small percent of people are hyper-responsive to light so they need lesser exposure to sun and red light

– Easy to find if you are hyper-responsive to light, they get headaches without sunglasses

– Short term, can make acne worse, and then acne goes away later

– Your body produces more heat, so if not drinking enough water then the skin can be a little dry (chapped lips etc.)

– Certain medicines like Accutaine (for acne) is very dehydrating and makes you very sensitive to light

– has a 60 day trial so if you are very sensitive you can send back the device

Recommendations on Using Device 29:40

– Do 5 minutes per section of your body

– 5 days a week

– If you have an acute injury, sprained ankle or back going out, then 6 inches away for 5 minutes

– People are doing naked yoga or stretching first time in the morning

Does Red Light Therapy Help Increase Testosterone 32:35

– Eric has not seen confirmed studies for increasing Testosterone

– Lots of studies have been done in rodent models, not many in humans

– Much better improvement in sperm motility and fertility in both men and women

– Caution: Do this from 24-36 inches away to make sure testes cells are not fried

Best Times of Day for Red Light Therapy 35:30

– Best to block or avoid Blue light at night

– Red light isn’t bad at night but its best to avoid super bright lights before bed (which this light is)

– Most people prefer to do it in the morning

– Also helps reduce inflammation

– Best to determine individual use cases for best times to use it

RedRush PBM App 41:20

– App shows you the menu options

– How long to turn it on, and how far to stand for each menu option

– Also shows you the energy being transferred to your body

Links to Red Therapy Company

Website: Red Therapy Co

Use discount code antiaginghacks for a discount if you buy red light device.

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