4 Things You Can Do Today to Increase the Amazing Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy

I think you will agree with us when we say we love Red Light Therapy!  The benefits of Red Light Therapy seem too good to be true and are available for everyone in a spa setting or the comfort of your home.  However, after you go to the trouble of fitting in your red light therapy make sure that you are not jeopardizing the positive health benefits of red light therapy or missing out on ways you could be amplifying the benefits of red light therapy and feeling even better.   

Overview of Red Light Therapy.

Red Light Therapy is well supported by research to have incredible benefits such as improving skin health, healthy sleep, cardiovascular health, helping with weight loss, and supporting muscle recovery.  The list goes on as to how it helps specific ailments and diseases as well which all seem to relate back to its ability to increase cell health.  

During Red Light Therapy red and near-infrared wavelengths penetrate deep into your skin, right to the cell. These wavelengths produce a biochemical reaction in the cell’s mitochondria, allowing it to use oxygen more efficiently to produce energy in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which in turns affects the body’s functioning in myriad ways that lead to a myriad of positive benefits.   

With all of these benefits we did not want to leave anything on the table and by employing these top tips you can make sure that you will be optimizing the many benefits of Red Light Therapy. 

Get Your Red Light Therapy at the Best Time of Day for Better Sleep and to Achieve Weight loss and your Fitness Goals!

Optimizing the time you use Red Light Therapy for the benefits you are seeking may help you achieve those benefits.

Best Time for Red Light Therapy for Better Sleep.

Researchers have found that Red Light boosts melatonin naturally and melatonin is a natural precursor to good sleep.  The results of one study, among many, indicated that a 14-day program of red-light treatment improved sleep and serum melatonin levels in basketball players.  

What is amazing is that if you practice Red Light Therapy in the morning your body will actually store the melatonin it has produced for use later, according to one of the preeminent home Red Light Therapy products, Joovv’s founder, Scott Nelson.  However, as we go about our day we do many things that disrupt melatonin and cause it to decrease in our bodies.  These could be things like exposure to blue light, exercise, alcohol (some mixed studies), and caffeine.

All of this is helpful but what does it mean the best time of day is for practicing red light therapy for sleep?  Well it means that if you practice red light therapy for sleep then you will want to ensure that you do not do any melatonin depleting activities after you practice it so that you get the most from the melatonin producing benefits.

Time your Red Light Therapy to Reach Your Fitness Goals 

There is a growing body of evidence that has found that when red light therapy is applied before and after exercise, it can help increase muscle mass, decrease muscle fatigue, and improve muscle performance. This can be especially useful for weight loss, as increasing muscle mass is known to improve resting metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories. [1] [2]  Red Light Therapy has also been shown to decrease inflammation and muscle recovery time, so your muscles don’t need as much of a rest between workouts. [3]

Accordingly when you use Red Light Therapy to assist with achieving your fitness goals your selection of when to use it will be highly dependent on the fitness goals you are seeking to achieve.  Some evidence suggests that application of red light therapy during rest periods in your workout or between sets can improve performance and increase muscle fatigue resistance. However, it is not known whether the benefits are greater than with pre- or post-workout treatments. Infaredi, a retailer of home Red Light therapy has reviewed the data and surmised that Red light therapy, when applied before exercise, can improve performance and endurance, and can prevent muscle damage. This means longer, more powerful workouts, with less soreness afterwards. Pre-workout red light therapy also appears to be most effective for weight loss as well.

When applied after exercise, red light therapy is shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, to speed up muscle repair and recovery, and to reduce healing time for wounds and injuries. This is especially useful for those who can’t wait to get back to the gym (or field, court, yoga studio, mountain biking trail…) following an injury, or for whom pain and soreness is an obstacle to working out more frequently.

These thoughts were confirmed in a discussion between renowned doctors, Dr. Mercola and Dr. Hamblin, principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology in an interview where Dr. Mercola stated that there's basically two ways athletes use Red Light Therapy. One is preconditioning before your sports event, and then there's after, which helps recovery and delayed onset muscle soreness and all these things. “If you combine light therapy with training regimens each day, do your training, you get light. You go on like that and you can train a lot more effectively. I think this is going to really spread.” says Dr. Mercola

 TOP TIP: Review your top goals for Red Light Therapy and consider when the best time to apply it is so that you can optimize the amazing benefits.

Amplify Cell Health and Reduce Muscle Soreness and Inflammation with this Simple Addition to Your Red Light Therapy Routine

We discuss in detail the complex mechanism of how Red Light Therapy works within your cells and the relationship to our minerals in this process in our article How to Amplify the Benefits of Red Light Therapy.  In short, the ATP production which causes energy production and all the wonderful benefits of Red Light Therapy is highly dependent on magnesium and other internal factors.  

As the cells penetrate the skin with the near and far infrared light why not replenish those minerals responsible for completing the ATP process sought after with Red Light Therapy.  At the same time while the lights penetrate deep they can increase the penetration of anti-inflammatory plant powered ingredients, like CBD to further aid the cell energy production.  

At Madrigal Creatives we have dedicated our product development efforts to multitaskers with some serious benefits so we did not hesitate to amplify the amazing benefits of Red Light Therapy and ask our customers to do the same.  

The results were amazing and what was once an appreciated therapy became even more beneficial with the addition of Boost or Soothe, a plant powered magnesium, CBD essential oils body spray from Madrigal Creatives. 

TOP TIP:  Try Boost or Soothe today before your next Red Light Therapy session to see benefits amplified and minerals replenished. 

Receive All of the Amazing Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy by Applying Correctly

Applying Red Light Therapy is not as simple as Letting the light shine.  There are complicated nanometer calculations that relate to how much will hit your body to penetrate the best and closely related to that is the optimum exposure times.  

 There is a little bit of mathematics to do in terms of power density of the light and the time you’ll need to stand in front of the light. The closer you are to the light, the higher the intensity of the light, meaning the more energy you are receiving in terms of light photons hitting your skin. 

 First, you need to consider the specific benefit you would like to target first.  For instance for targeting rejuvenation and younger looking skin, at a distance between 40-60cm from the device where the wavelength will be 20mW/cm2. In order to achieve 6 Joules of energy at that intensity, the optimal amount of energy recommended by Dr. Mercola, you would need to have a treatment time of 6 minutes. 

 You can build up your treatment times longer than this, but this has scientifically proven to be the optimal time – we would prefer to have two to three treatments of 6-10minutes, rather than 1 long stint of 30 minutes. 

 For deeper tissue benefits and targeted work, you can get a little closer. It is recommended to be 10-20cm from the device for a treatment time of 5-10 minutes. This allows the light photons to penetrate deeper and reach some of your muscles and organs, allowing the beneficial healing power of Red Light Therapy to take its effect. Remember, the closer you are to the light, the higher the intensity. Therefore, you will need less time in front of the light to achieve the required amount of energy from it. 

See these handy images indicating the penetration of Red Light into the skn and the wavelengths from a research article titled Effect of wavelength and beam width on penetration in light-tissue interaction using computational methods

 TOP TIP: Ensure that you are practicing Red Light Therapy at the correct time and distance to achieve your goals.


Don’t Lose out on the Health Benefits You Receive From Red Light Therapy 

Our bodies are battlegrounds against infection and diseases. Normal body functions, such as breathing or physical activity, and other lifestyle habits (such as smoking) produce substances called free radicals that attack healthy cells. When these healthy cells are weakened, they are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers. 

Anti-oxidants and Red light Therapy increase cell health.  Antioxidants help protect healthy cells from damage caused by free radicals and according to WebMD Red Light Therapy is working on the part of your cells called mitochondria, sometimes called the “power generators” of your cells, which soak in the light and make more energy. Some experts think this helps cells repair themselves and become healthier. 

While poor cell health can cause disease, better cellular health can lead to strong and healthy cells and systemic improvements across your body, including increased mental acuity, reduced inflammation, healthy skin, performance and recovery, sleep optimization and improved blood flow.  

As we discussed, Red Light Therapy can increase the cell health benefits but cell health can also be disrupted in numerous ways and some of those inadvertent.  

Ensure that you are capitalizing on the benefits of Red Light Therapy by not impacting cell health by smoking, over exposure to pollutants, consuming bad oils (anything from seed that are no heat resistant), exposure to EMFs and a generally poor diet.  

Red Light Therapy is extremely beneficial but like other health hacks can the beneficial results and all of your efforts at increased cell health and well being will be detracted by other practices that affect cell health.  

TOP TIP:  Red Light Therapy should be part of a concerted effort to improve cell health along with healthy eating and environment where possible to maximize its benefits.

We hope that our tips help you maximize the incredible benefits of Red Light Therapy.  Are you going to try before or after a workout or with Soothe or Boost?