6 Remarkable Ways Red Light Therapy Boosts Your Immune System
When we are faced with a virus that causes a disease such as COVID-19, we are reminded that the best barrier we have between us and germs is our own immune system.
Boosting your immune system is much more than taking a supplement or eating your Vitamin C rich veggies foods every day.
In what way?
Our body is complex machinery with many bolts and gears. The immune system is precisely that – a system. Not just one organ.
You cannot focus on just one part of the entire system and hope for the best. You have to apply a more systematic and holistic approach in order to keep your immune system in balance. In that way, you will be more resilient to the harmful influences of viruses, bacteria, and other germs.
Photobiomodulation, also known as red light therapy, primarily energizes your body as a whole. Your body distributes that energy in the most efficient way and keeps itself in balance. That’s what makes you healthy.
All your systems, working as one, well-energized and ready to tackle a variety of environmental conditions. For now, let’s focus on how red light therapy boosts your immune system. The effects of red light therapy include:
Energize Your Natural Defense System
Just like any other system, your defense system needs energy to work. You need cells to synthesize proteins and nerve impulses to run through – all the processes on a molecular and cellular level to work around the clock. Your body acquires that energy from ATP – adenosine triphosphate.
Energy from ATP is used to power cell metabolism. When the chemical bonds within ATP are broken, energy is released and can be harnessed for cellular work.
Because the bond in ATP is so easily broken and reformed, ATP is like a rechargeable battery that powers cellular processes.
We obtain energy from the food we eat which is broken down during the process of cellular respiration into ATP. However, there is another energy source that can be used – light.
Red and near-infrared light exposure also increases ATP and is an excellent source of the energy that is used to power your natural defense system, starting from the cellular level.
Improved Antioxidant Production
Antioxidants are compounds in your body that eliminate harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells, enzymes, and even DNA.
Free radicals are caused by different factors: cigarette smoke, UV light, radiation, pesticides, and other toxic elements.
So, if you are not exposed to any of these factors, you are safe from free radicals? Well, no.
They are a by-product of normal cellular metabolism. You need antioxidants to keep the free radicals at bay so that your body can function at an optimal level.
Antioxidants protect your tissue and cells at a structural level and they also reduce inflammation.
One very efficient way to help your body produce enough antioxidants is to use red light therapy.
This type of photobiomodulation therapy has been clinically proven to promote the production of antioxidants – the important elements of the immune system.
Increased NO Levels
When certain cells in your body want to eradicate different germs, viruses, and similar harmful microorganisms, they do it by releasing nitric oxide (NO).
NO plays an essential part in your immune system response. Among other roles, NO is an effector, which means it takes an active role in eliminating pathogens.
Additionally, NO helps cells communicate. This intercellular communication is essential so that the immune system can be engaged.
Last, but not least, NO boosts blood flow. Healthy blood circulation is an irreplaceable factor for fighting off viruses.
Red light therapy boosts your immune system by increasing NO levels.
Better Flow of Neurotransmitters
Neurotransmitters are important for your immune system response. When your body registers an ‘attack’, the endocrine and the nervous system engage the immune system by using neurotransmitters.
Then, the immune system reacts by creating substances needed for fighting off that particular type of attack.
Immune cells usually have serotonin receptors. This means that they are very sensitive to serotonin levels. In other words, serotonin can help direct the immune cells to the precise place of the ‘attack’ by controlling the serotonin receptors.
So, the last piece of this puzzle is – how to make sure the neurotransmitter levels are adequate?
One of the ways to improve the flow of neurotransmitters and put them to good use is to have regular red light therapy.
It has been proven that red light therapy helps regulate neurotransmitter systems.
While this is usually observed as a great benefit in treating depressive disorders, it is also important for the immune system.
Boosted Collagen and Elastin Production
When we talk about collagen and elastin, we usually think about anti-aging creams and youthful skin.
While this is all true, there is so much more than collagen and elastin do for our bodies. These two proteins are the building blocks for connective tissue in your body.
They make the internal scaffolding of your body. Collagen is the primary element that makes fascia. Fascia connects and protects the entire muscle system, as well as the internal organs.
It is the ultimate connective tissue and creates a communication channel for your entire immune system.
Red light therapy boosts collagen production which strengthens fascia and connective tissue, helping the immune system have a quicker response.
More Efficient Function of Cells and Organelles
The optimal functioning of your body starts from the proper function of its tiniest units.
The entire system of your organs depends on how well your body functions on a cellular level, to the level of organelles and molecules. Your cells and organelles work better when they have enough energy.
Surfaces inside the body such as membranes on the cells and organelles are charged thanks to the EZ water. EZ stands for exclusion zone. EZ water is charged, separated water.
Water charge separates when positive protons are pushed into the middle of the water zones, leaving the water negatively charged in the outer zone next to the cell membranes.
So, water becomes like a battery with both negative and positive poles. This charge increases the voltage across the membrane. The more energy this process produces, the more charged are the cells.
Red light therapy increases the amount of EZ water which then helps cells generate more energy. In that way, red light therapy actually charges your body like a battery, helping to boost its function.
Naturally, if your body is energized on a cellular level, the internal scaffolding is good and strong, the intercellular communication and the communication between the organ systems is quick and efficient – your body is ready to fight off any sort of ‘attack’.
This is the very definition of a strong and efficient immune system and red light therapy helps you achieve it.
Start by getting your own personal red light therapy device and using it daily to boost your immune system and many other benefits …