This is a guest post by Bart Wolbers. Bart finished degrees in Physical Therapy (B), Philosophy (BA and MA), Philosophy of Science and Technology (MS - Cum Laude), and Clinical Health Science (MS), and helps thousands of people take charge of their own health with his company Nature Builds Health.
Everyone likes increased performance...
Maybe you prefer taking a handful of nootropics (brain performance supplements) before that important presentation.
Or perhaps you’re blocking blue light at nighttime so that you’re sleeping better.
Alternatively, you might use cold showers to feel more awake in the morning. And if you’re really kick ass you’re going to combine all these strategies.
What you might not know, however, is that red light therapy can also improve the performance of your brain. How? Red light therapy uses LED panels to give your body a massive amount of red and infrared light.
So let’s dig deeper into that subject:
Red Light Therapy And...
Ok, so I may have told a little half truth to get you to stop and read this quick but important post.
I should have said "Melatonin is not JUST for sleep".
Melatonin does have a something to do with your sleep but infinitely more important, melatonin is more of a SIGNAL of darkness that helps synchronize all your body clocks and repairs your mitochondria. Even though its a signal of darkness realize melatonin is built from aromatic amino acids like tryptophan that are synthesized in light! THIS is what you want to read this article for so don't go away.
Melatonin is really FOR your mitochondria.
A family member of mine never wears their blue light blocking glasses at night because they say, "I don't need to protect my melatonin, I can get to sleep just fine."
Well...this is an extremely dangerous practice to follow which you'll see plain as day below in a moment.
First a quick note on melatonin and sleep.
Melatonin is only half of the sleep equation.
The other important half is a...
Problems with your gut?
This three minute read from the Blue Light Diet Declassified blog series will help you.
Well I bet some of those pills, potions and probiotics you're taking will definitely help you, I like the protocol laid out by Dr Grace Liu at The Gut Institute myself.
I also bet the vast majority of you reading this definitely aren't getting any morning sunlight in your eyes or on your gut which means your circadian rhythm is busted up.
Already a well known fact, a busted up circadian rhythm is NOT good for your gut microbiome as you can read more about here (Gut Microbiota in Modulating Circadian Rhythm and Metabolic Health) and here (Role of Microbiome in Insomnia, Circadian Rhythm Disturbance and Depression).
How does morning sunshine in your eyes and on your gut help with leaky gut and gut dysbiosis?
In this short read we will look at A-MSH or Alpha-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone and red light effects on your gut.
Here are two quotes from this review paper...
There is a gang of disorders that leads to cardiovascular disease and other diseases like type 2 diabetes. High blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol or triglycerides, insulin resistance and fat beer bellys. This unhealthy gang of disorders is known as Metabolic Syndrome and about one third of the entire population of the United States are suffering from it.
To get Metabolic Syndrome under control, your typical MD will blabber the usual.
Lose weight. Stop smoking. Eat a "healthy" diet. Exercise. Limit saturated fat. Stop smoking. Some doctors will even put you on drugs to lower cholesterol like statins or even weight loss drugs, antidiabetics and antihypertensives.
Thankfully, some smart doctors and researchers have dug a little deeper into Metabolic Syndrome and now suggest we call it "Circadian Syndrome" instead.
Calling it Circadian Syndrome is brilliant because it now opens up some new and effective treatment options that just the typical medical...
Do you have skin issues?
Wrinkles making you look a little older than you are?
Stay out a little too late on a Friday night and skin looking saggy and dehydrated the next day?
Wanna stop spending an obscene amount of money on skin treatments?
For today's two minute read, I've declassified a secret skin rejuvenation protocol that you'll learn in our Blue Light Detox online video training program.
After a small initial investment on a red light therapy machine, this should save you time and money while subtlety pumping up your ego due to all the unsolicited comments you'll get asking what celebrity dermatologist you're secretly seeing.
Ok, so get to the point, what's this secret skin protocol?
Dab green tea soaked pads on your skin then do a red light therapy session.
Here's the study: Green tea and red light--a powerful duo in skin rejuvenation.
Here's the study results: "Rejuvenated skin, reduced wrinkle levels, and juvenile complexion, previously realized in 10 months of...
Do you think there is a possibility that dermatologists, while they might mean well, could be wrong about the sun?
This short and to the point blog series will dig into that question.
It is evident current dermatology advice causes more of the dangerous cancers like breast cancer. They tell you the sun causes cancer yet the reality is that most of us live indoors under blue light toxic artificial lighting probably greater than 80 to 90% of the time. The lower your Vitamin D level is, the higher your risk of breast, melanoma and basal cell cancers, just to name a few! So what is really causing these cancers? But this is a topic for the next blog post.
If you don't want to wait, order the book called "Embrace The Sun" off of Amazon now and you'll see all the evidence laid out plain as day.
It is my opinion that dermatologists who tell you the sun is dangerous are causing way more cancer than they are preventing. The vast majority of them certainly can't tell you how...
The smartphones and tablets that you probably have in your hand or house right now, as 90% of Americans do, can result in some pretty bad things to your health and biology, ruining your mitochondria is one of the worst things they do.
Blue light is one of the rarest wavelengths of light in nature. So over time your body has evolved to use this light as an operating signal.
What kind of operating signals?
For one, the blue light emanating from these devices signal your body to suppress melatonin secretion. Melatonin is a crucial hormone for a good nights sleep and mitochondrial health. So if you’re using your phone or any type of LED screen a few hours before bedtime, you’re trashing the quality of your sleep and slowly killing your mitochondria. When your sleep isn’t good, a process your body uses to repair itself during sleep called autophagy isn’t good either. All of this leads to bad health news for you.
Instead, you might want to think about reading a...
There’s some new research out recently showing that women who sunbathe are more likely to live longer than women who don’t! The study looked at almost 30,000 Swedish over a period of twenty years.
Heart disease being one of the big factors that decreased in women who regularly get some sun.
But this was the craziest quote in the study…..
“We found smokers in the highest sun exposure group were at a similar risk as non-smokers avoiding sun exposure, indicating avoidance of sun exposure to be a risk factor of the same magnitude as smoking,” said Dr. Pelle Lindqvist, lead author of the Journal of Internal Medicine study.
“Guidelines being too restrictive regarding sun exposure may do more harm than good for health.”
Read that again.
Yes you read that right. Avoiding the sun may be as big of a risk factor to your health as smoking cigarettes is. You can see the full article and study here: Sun Avoidance as Bad as Smoking
Whats a good way to...
Welcome to another Blue Light Diet Declassified video post. In this series, we reveal some of the video training and tips that you get to see when you enroll in our Blue Light Detox Program or read the Blue Light Diet book.
In the video below, you will learn why the traditional orange tint blue blockers are not good enough for optimal night time protection from artificial light at night.
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SO as you learn in this video, orange tinted blue blockers still let some of the melatonin suppressing green light spectrum in through the lens. While you can see better in orange tints which makes them great for driving at night or going out to dinner, if you want complete protection at night you need a pair of green AND blue light blocking glasses.
We test and recommend many great pairs of green and blue light blockers in The Blue Light Detox program. You can find the glasses used in this video at ...
Yes the name of the book is The Blue Light Diet and the name of the online video training course is The Blue Light Detox Program.
But its not all about blue light, which can be good or bad for you depending on the time of day you get your blue light.
The goal of the book and program is to get you to start thinking about light just the same way you think about your nutrition and diet. Because light can do the same good or bad things to you that food can do. It can create a health heaven or health hell for you.
Being healthy has a lot to do with just getting back to nature. We’re surrounded by so much artificial light, but what your body is screaming for is just some natural sunlight.
Have you ever been on a diet, made good initial progress but then just couldn’t seem to lose the amount of weight you wanted? Or would you like a way to lose weight and lower your BMI that doesn’t involve diets or exercise?
Well the answer to your problem might be as simple as getting...