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episode #365

The Power of Light Therapy for Physical and Mental Well-being

June 17, 2024 in Podcast


This week I discuss the growing trend of light therapy and its potential to improve physical and mental well-being. I explain that light therapy works by exposing the body to specific wavelengths of light that are absorbed by our cells, triggering biochemical changes and promoting healing and regeneration.

The main benefits of light therapy include:

  • treating seasonal affective disorder,
  • combating hair loss,
  • wound healing,
and supporting immune function.

I also emphasize the importance of focusing on the basic pillars of health before considering light therapy as a biohack. I also mention the science behind red light therapy, including its ability to increase ATP production and reduce oxidative stress!

Episode Resources:



Brian (1s):

Hello and welcome to the GETLEAN and Eat Clean podcast. My name is Brian Gryn. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author, and this podcast is for middle aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All, right Welcome to the Get Lean Eat Clean podcast. My name is Brian Gryn. I hope you had a great weekend and happy Tuesday if you're listen to us on Tuesday. Hope you had a chance to listen to my interview with the bestselling author of Ultimate Health, Craig Brock.

Brian (47s):

We discussed how he overcame candida and turned his health around, along with the issues with the depletion of our soil in modern day. His probiotic yogurt maker, which I have at the house right now, have not used it yet, but will be his experience with weight loss peptides, the importance of cleaning up your gut and his one tip to get your body back to what it once was. So great interview with Craig b Rocky. If you haven't already, definitely check out episode 364, my interview with Craig. Now, have you ever wondered how for more than 40 years a simple ray of color red can hold a transformative power for our health?

Brian (1m 28s):

Well, the answer is light therapy, and this has been a growing rage in the health and wellness field. Light therapy, also known as phototherapy, is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat various medical conditions. It's been used for centuries in different cultures, but modern day signs has uncovered its potential to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. The origins of light therapy can be traced back thousands of years ago when ancient civilizations such as Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians use sunlight to heal different ailments. They believe that exposing a bodies, a person's body to natural sunlight could restore their overall health and balance.

Brian (2m 9s):

In the early 19 hundreds, a gentleman by the name of Niles Ryberg Fen, a Danish physician, began experimenting with artificial light sources and their effects on human health. He discovered that certain colors of light had different therapeutic properties and could be used to treat conditions such as lupus vulgaris, which was a skin disorder. Now, light therapy works by exposing the body to specific wavelengths of light that are absorbed by our cells. The this absorption triggers biochemical changes in our body promoting healing and regeneration. It can also stimulate the production of certain hormones such as melatonin, which can regulate our sleep wake cycle.

Brian (2m 50s):

So one of the main benefits of light therapy is its ability to treat seasonal affective disorder. This is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months when there's no natural sunlight. It can also improve other mental health conditions such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Now I will say, I've, I have a red light panel in my basement and I've used it from time to time and I can definitely tell a difference in my mood from using it. In addition to mental health, light therapy has also shown positive results in treating physical ails such as skin disorders, chronic pain and wounds.

Brian (3m 30s):

It's commonly been used to treat sleep disorders and jet lag by regulating the body circadian rhythm. So the interesting thing about red and near infrared therapy, it can improve circulation as well, increasing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells. This can lead to faster healing times for injuries, better muscle recovery after exercise, and improved overall energy levels. Now, like anything, if you're gonna use red light therapy, this has to be done on a consistent basis. And studies have shown that red light therapy can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are important for fighting off infections and disease. So this obviously makes it a valuable tool for supporting immune function and preventing illness.

Brian (4m 15s):

It is sort of fascinating how something as simple as light can have such profound effects on our physical and mental health and with advancements in the technology nowadays, you know, you can get these handheld panels, these LED lights that you can just put in your basement or in your favorite room and and enjoy this red light therapy. Now, before I go into a little bit more about the science behind red light therapy, I will say that this is a like a, if you want to call it a biohack, but it's also important to just focus on the BA basic pillars of health as well, right? I talk about movement, sleep, sunlight, stress management, and clean eating. Those are the basic pillars.

Brian (4m 56s):

Once you have those down, then maybe perhaps you can move on to some, some light therapy. And I talk about this in my, in my book, the Step Ladder System. So anyways, I just wanna say that stick to the basics. You can always add in light therapy and it could definitely, you know, make an impact on your health. But sometimes I think in, in the health world, we get so caught up in these quick fixes that we always have to bring it back to the basics. So I love trying to find ways to sort of improve our health, and this is one way with red light therapy. And so now I'm gonna talk a little bit about the science behind it and something called a TP. Because what the red light therapy has been shown to do is increase a TP and reduce what's called oxidative stress and increase this adenosine tri phosphate A TP production and ATPs produced through what's called cellular respiration, which is a crucial molecule required by all living things to make usable energy for your body.

Brian (5m 57s):

It's often called, you hear people call it the energy currency of life. The more efficiently your cells create a TP energy through cellular respiration, the better your body can feel and perform. So this has been talked about a lot in the pro metabolic circles, and I've had Georgie Dink cough and Sarah Armstrong and others on talking about this. Red and neuro infrared light supports mitochondrial function and the efficient production of a TP energy through cellular respiration. Now, red light therapy can improve what's called the electron transfer process in the cell and work against the buildup of nitric oxide and oxidative stress that weakens our cells and slows us down.

Brian (6m 46s):

It also can help with what's called enhanced cell signaling specific wavelengths of light can help to create a better oxidative environment in your cells. There was this results in the activation of numerous intracellular signaling pathways, increased protein synthesis, enzyme activation, and enhance cell progression. Now, light therapy also can support skin health by triggering pro collagen, collagen and fibroblast growth, giving your skin a rejuvenated look. And I will say the two things and the two benefits that have I found from using red light therapy is mood enhancement and perhaps giving the skin more of a rejuvenated look.

Brian (7m 28s):

It's also been shown to combat with hair loss without sort of the unpleasant side effects of conventional treatments. So if you're looking for something that maybe can help with wound healing, skin health, boost metabolism, or aim to just enhance your overall wellbeing, light therapy might be that missing link. The magic of light therapy lies in its ability to harness the power of natural light to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. So whether you're dealing with chronic pain, skin issues, or just looking to enhance your O overall health, this revolutionary treatment may hold the key to unlocking your full potential. So why not give it a try? Your body and mind will. Thank you. Keep shining bright with light therapy and thanks for tuning in today.

Brian (8m 10s):

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, Brian at Brian Gryn dot com. And just to let you know, I'm not affiliated to any red light therapy panels, and I'll put up a few Links in the show notes that if you wanna check 'em out, you can. I'll put the link that I have of mine and I hope you enjoy learning about this sort of fascinating topic of red light therapy, and I will talk to you on Friday with another great interview. Thanks so much for listening. Thanks for listening to the GETLEAN E Clean podcast. I understand there are millions of other podcasts out there and you've chosen to listen to mine and I appreciate that. Check out the show notes@briangrin.com for everything that was mentioned in this episode.

Brian (8m 50s):

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