Sunlight is One of the Best Healers
It is well know that most doctors and governmental agencies promote sun-avoidance. We are told that sunlight is dangerous and we are cautioned to stand in the shade, wear protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Beneficial, life-giving information about the sun is withheld. In fact, those who avoid the sun increase their risk of death twofold. [source]
We all agree that sunburns and excessive sun tanning will damage the skin, leading to faster aging and possibly skin cancer. How can we capture the healing benefits of the sun without exposing ourselves to increased risk?
Certain wavelengths of sunlight — red and infrared light — are known as the “therapeutic window” providing significant biological benefits without any known side effects. Red and infrared light is safely available to us at sunrise and about the next 90 minutes.
Nature brings us red and infrared light. These are the healthy, healing rays that come from the sun. You’ve felt infrared your entire life. When you sit next to a fire or feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Infrared also helps plants bloom and just the right amount helps stems grow fast and strong. [source]
Sunlight lowers rate of age-related disease, cancer, diabetes, heart disease
In epidemiological studies sun exposure has been associated with lower risks of all-cause mortality and chronic age-related diseases, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This review study shows that red and near-infrared light, both present in sunlight, could explain the associations between sunlight exposure and better health status.[source]
Red/Infrared rays improve your vision
“It is possible to significantly improve vision that has declined in aged individuals using simple brief exposures to light wavelengths that recharge the energy system that has declined in the retina cells, rather like recharging a battery.” ~Glen Jeffrey
Red and infrared light helps avoid brain diseases
Red or near-infrared light stimulates, heals, regenerates, and protects tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. All types of diverse brain conditions can be beneficially affected by using red/infrared light therapy, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, and global ischemia, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and psychiatric disorders (depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder). There is even the possibility that light therapy could be used for cognitive enhancement in normal healthy people.” [source]
Red/Infrared therapy for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
“It is widely accepted that there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). More than 99 percent of drug trials have failed.
“Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are the two most common neurodegenerative disorders. They develop after a progressive death of many neurons in the brain. Although therapies are available to treat the signs and symptoms of both diseases, the progression of neuronal death remains relentless, and it has proved difficult to slow or stop. Red to infrared light therapy (λ = 600–1070 nm), and in particular light in the near infrared (NIr) range, is emerging as a safe and effective therapy that is capable of arresting neuronal death.” [source]
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is red light therapy
In the medical community, PBM usually refers to the use of devices that provide light therapy and are used in treating patients with COVID-19, cancer, chronic pain, opioid use disorder, hypothyroidism and neurological conditions. PBM is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers. [source]
Light Exposure for Health
Your eyes and skin receive the solar light. At sunrise and sunset the rays on the horizon mean that blue light is less penetrating and UV rays are blocked but there is an abundance of red light. Red/Infrared light aids in all-body healing, including bones! Collagen production is enhanced, inflammation is decreased. Infrared penetrates deep into your tissues expanding what is known as Exclusion Zone water. The result is more energy. The best way to take in the healing light is at sunrise. Even on cloudy days, get outside for a few minutes and gaze east, not directly at the sun.
Be intentional about being in nature daily.
Get outside and get in the sun, even if you cannot see it! 42% of sunlight is red light/infrared and it is available all day, from sunrise to sunset. The safest time to get exposure to red/infrared is at sunrise. Yes, I mean even in winter and on cloudy days. Everyone can poke their head outside for a few minutes in the morning and gaze east. Better yet, take a walk outside in the morning. Yes, you can use red light panels and the Infrared sauna but don’t exclude getting out in nature in the early morning—the sun contains more red light frequencies than any man-made red light panel or device.
Let your eyes take in the light that God has provided. It will improve the mitochondrial function in the retina [source] and set circadian rhythm. Your body needs this light.
Try this experiment
Get up early and get outside for a few minutes, no matter what! No glasses or sunglasses. Get outside and gaze east! Do this daily and you will see improvements in your mood and energy, and it will impact health in untold ways.