Photobiomodulation- How To Supplement Sunlight with Light Therapy

 Just Get Outside Already

Why We All Need PBM

Overcome Your Indoor Existence

What is PBM?

What to Focus on When Buying a Red Light

Important Light Therapy Factors

Mechanism of Action

PBM Benefits

UVB Supplementation

UVA Supplementation

Infrared Supplementation

Conclusion

LIGHT THERAPY FOR BEGINNERS

When you can’t get out into the sun, you miss all that good jiu jiu just raining down on you. We evolved under all the colors and spectrum of sunlight. And now we live a mostly indoor life!

We aren’t going to tell you that buying a red light will solve all your problems. We would rather you got out in the morning sunlight. It’s free and everyone has access.

Sunlight contains all the right information to set you up for health and longevity. Photons are tiny packets of information sent from the universe to The Earth. Our skin and eyes take in these photons and unpack the information. We’ve evolved to use solar information as a way to understand where we are on the Earth, what time of year it is and what time of day it is. As we unpack that information processes begin unfolding in our bodies (hormone cascades) that have direct effects on our health.

When we’re outdoors most of the time, our body and eyes correctly interpret this photonic information and we stay healthy. When we’re indoors, and receive photons from man-made devices and lighting, we misinterpret this information and set ourselves up for poorer health.

PBM promises to supplement some of the frequencies of light from the sun that we aren’t getting in our artificial indoor lighting.

Sometimes you have a specific condition and need to supplement with higher doses of vitamins and light is no different. If you truly can’t find a way to get outside, then this is your plan B.

Photobiomodulation (PBM for short) is a way to supplement some of the sunlight we’re missing. All light contains colors, natural and artificial light. We can take advantage of known beneficial colors and reduce known colors that are inappropriate or over-represented in our environment.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) uses either low-level level laser therapy (Laser that doesn't harm the body) or LED lights to produce a desired biological effect. Cases have been made that incandescent light can also be used for photobiomodulation, and this point is contentious, but not totally without merit.

As humans, we’ve evolved to take in the suns rays and use those as information to our cells and brain.

LIGHT IS INFORMATION!

Let that sink in. Light isn’t just light. The type of light you expose yourself to determines your health. Light transmits information to your body. If we forget this, we become sick. We design lighting that costs less money to run, but harms our health. The wrong type of light disrupts animal life. It disrupts our own life. Our bodies were designed to take in light information from the sun and use it to create optimal health.

We can use certain wavelengths of light as supplements to the body, just as we can use oral supplements to help with health conditions.

Light is information. Never forget that.

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WHY WE ALL NEED PBM

We now live our lives indoors.

Often we’re only out in the sun for less than a few minutes a day. If you don’t get outside to take a walk during the day you might not be outside at all!

Indoor living takes a toll on the body.

Indoor Lighting is Toxic!

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Indoor lighting from LEDs and fluorescent lights can be dangerous. Mostly because we spend too much time indoors and indoor lighting was designed to save energy and money and not to optimize human health. Oops.

We absorb light information through our eyes and our skin. Our skin is our largest organ. What information are we giving ourselves when we’re constantly exposed to blue light? We’re telling our body that it’s constantly noon.

LED and CFL lights contain too much blue light that harms the eyes and stops production of key hormones in our body. This is because indoor lighting is lacking red and infrared. Our body is not designed to process blue light without red and infrared and had never encountered blue light after sunset in our past.

This recent Harvard study on the dark side of blue light helps explain the dangers of too much blue.

Artificial lighting also rarely contains any red, infrared or UV light. This is especially true now that we have begun the ban on incandescent lighting (sad emoji). Incandescent contained very little to no blue and contained red and infrared.

Change over to Incandescent and halogen lighting if possible and use firelight as much as you can at night.

HOW TO OVERCOME YOUR INDOOR EXISTENCE WITH PBM

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Finally, we know so much more about light and how healthy it is. Avoiding the sun is a bad idea. But sometimes you work all day indoors.

Red and infrared lights have been created to concentrate and supplement these critical sunlight frequencies that we miss out on by living indoors.

UVB bulbs can help us manufacture vitamin D sulfate in the winter in northern latitudes when we cant head South.

Full spectrum infrared saunas supplement mid and far infrared that we’re lacking in the winter and help us detox.

You can buy home devices to obtain the benefits of this light without heading out into the sun.

PBM devices are something you could use in the winter when you live in northern latitudes to make up for lack of sun.

You could also supplement with these lights to decrease wrinkles, reduce inflammation, increase collagen, heal wounds and maybe even regrow hair on a balding head!.

PBM DEFINITION

PBM is the use of light to affect biology.

According to Dr. Michael Hamblin, PBM is the absorption of red and near-infrared photons of light to provide a benefit.  Red light in the 600-700nm wavelength and infrared in the 780-1200nm wavelength.

Dr. Michael Hamblin is one of the leading researchers studying Low-Level Light Therapy. Michael Hamblin is a Principal Investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Affiliated Faculty of Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology.

I think light therapy goes beyond just red and infrared light and that green, yellow and many other wavelengths of light will be proven to have biological effects. These include the Ultra-violet UVB and UVA as well as mid and far infrared.

Here’s an excerpt from his 2008 paper titled: MECHANISMS OF LOW LEVEL LIGHT THERAPY:

“The use of low levels of visible or near-infrared (NIR) light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves, and preventing tissue damage has been known for almost forty years since the invention of lasers. Originally thought to be a peculiar property of laser light (soft or cold lasers), the subject has now broadened to include photobiomodulation and photobiostimulation using non-coherent light. Despite many reports of positive findings from experiments conducted in vitro, in animal models and in randomized controlled clinical trials, LLLT remains controversial. This likely is due to two main reasons; firstly, the biochemical mechanisms underlying the positive effects are incompletely understood, and secondly, the complexity of rationally choosing amongst a large number of illumination parameters such as wavelength, fluence, power density, pulse structure and treatment timing has led to the publication of a number of negative studies as well as many positive ones. In particular, a biphasic dose response has been frequently observed where low levels of light have a much better effect than higher levels. 

This introductory review will cover some of the proposed cellular chromophores responsible for the effect of visible light on mammalian cells, including cytochrome c oxidase (with absorption peaks in the NIR), and photoactive porphyrins. Mitochondria are thought to be a likely site for the initial effects of light, leading to increased ATP production, modulation of reactive oxygen species, and induction of transcription factors. These effects in turn lead to increased cell proliferation and migration (particularly by fibroblasts), modulation in levels of cytokines, growth factors and inflammatory mediators, and increased tissue oxygenation. The results of these biochemical and cellular changes in animals and patients include such benefits as increased healing of chronic wounds, improvements in sports injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome, pain reduction in arthritis and neuropathies, and amelioration of damage after heart attacks, stroke, nerve injury, and retinal toxicity.”

This part of the paper is well worth paying attention to:

“In fact, light therapy is one of the oldest therapeutic methods used by humans (historically as solar therapy by Egyptians, later as UV therapy for which Nils Finsen won the Nobel prize in 1904 [2]). The use of lasers and LEDs as light sources was the next step in the technological development of light therapy, which is now applied to many thousands of people worldwide each day. In LLLT, the question is no longer whether light has biological effects, but rather how energy from therapeutic lasers and LEDs work at the cellular and organism levels, and what are the optimal light parameters for different uses of these light sources.”

WHAT TO FOCUS ON WHEN BUYING A RED LIGHT

When thinking about buying a red light device for PBM, pay attention to the certain critical issues:

  1. Does the light have benefits? In other words, do users of the light report benefiting from using the light. It would be a waste of money to buy a light that hasn’t been well tested and that has little to no positive feedback in terms of actual real-world results.
  2. Do you want to buy a laser or an LED light?  They may or may not yield the same benefits.
  3. Wavelength used. Does the red light use a wavelength in the biologically active band?
  4. The intensity of the light. If you don’t know what the intensity of the light is, you will have no idea how long to use it or how far away it needs to be from your body.
  5. The non-native EMF from the light (electric and magnetic fields) and more. If the light is putting out high EMF, you might not be doing any good.
  6. LED flicker may negatively affect our biology, however, Dr. Hamblin thinks that pulsed LED and therefore potentially flicker may be beneficial for PBM.
  7. The amount of time a red light device is used makes a big difference. The effect is referred to as biphasic. This means that low levels of light can have a stimulating and beneficial effect while higher levels of light can have an inhibitory effect.

All these can have an impact on your results.

Based on our research and testimonials as well as multiple conversations with others, the two lights we recommend for PBM are:

Joovv - use discount code Primalhacker for $25 off

The Redjuvenator #3

 

Here is our new Red Light Buyer's Guide

 

IMPORTANT LIGHT THERAPY FACTORS

2 Types of Light

Before we get too far down the PBM rabbit hole, we have to talk about coherence.

To simplify things a little, there are two basic types of light. Coherent light and incoherent light.

Coherent Light

Coherent light is laser light.

Most photobiomodulation studies performed in the past on how light affects human biology has been done with coherent light. This translates to lasers.

Coherent light is a beam of photons all having the same exact frequency and all in phase with each other. It is a single beam that will not spread of diffuse. Lasers were used because LEDs were virtually unknown in the 1960s, having just been invented in 1962.

 The benefits of laser light to have a positive biological effect were first noticed in the 1960s when a doctor studied their effect in rats, hoping to show the negative effects of lasers. He found faster wound healing instead.  

According to Dr. Hamblin’s paper

“One of the most topical and widely discussed issues in the LLLT clinical community is whether the coherence and monochromatic nature of laser radiation have additional benefits, as compared with more broad-band light from a conventional light source or LED with the same center wavelength and intensity. Two aspects of this problem must be distinguished: the coherence of light itself and the coherence of the interaction of light with matter (biomolecules, tissues). The latter interaction produces the phenomenon known as laser speckle, which has been postulated to play a role in the photobiomodulation interaction with cells and subcellular organelles. It is difficult to design an experiment to directly compare coherent laser light with non-coherent non-laser light for the following reason. Laser light is almost always monochromatic with a bandwidth of 1 nm or less, and it is very difficult to generate light from any other source (even an LED) that has a bandwidth narrower than 10-20 nm, therefore it will be uncertain if observed differences are due to coherent versus non-coherent light, or due to monochromatic versus narrow bandwidth light.”

So, there are some admitted differences between lasers and LEDs, but on the whole, experts believe that LEDs replicate the benefits seen with lasers.  

Incoherent Light

Incoherent light, like the sun, LEDs, incandescent light bulbs and firelight have light that is not in phase with the other photons of light and it can diffuse. Only recently have scientists begun researching PBM with incoherent light sources.

The sun, being incoherent is the original photobiomodulation light.  Recently, incoherent light like LEDs have been used because they are cheaper than lasers, do not require special training or safety equipment, and appear to have the same benefits as laser light at the same wavelengths.

“Most of the early work in this field was carried out with various kinds of lasers, and it was thought that laser light had some special characteristics not possessed by light from other light sources such as sunlight, fluorescent or incandescent lamps and now LEDs. However all the studies that have been done comparing lasers to equivalent light sources with similar wavelength and power density of their emission, have found essentially no difference between them.” (Hamblin 2017)

LEDs were able to be used for PBM beginning in 1998 based on a NASA invention that increased the intensity of LEDs by using photon interference. The amplitude of the photon wavelength could be increased when constructive interference occurred (waves in sync with each other). This led to many successful applications of LEDs in PBM.

Pay Attention

If you look into the literature about light therapy, pay attention to whether referenced studies refer to the use of laser light or LED light. Pay attention to the wavelength used, the time the light was used and the total power delivered to the skin.

Some articles suggest that it makes a difference, that coherent light may provide benefits that non-coherent light will not.  If you want to do your research on the best type of light for the issue you want to fix, then ensure the studies were performed effectively with noncoherent, LED light. Here is a link to a number of studies showing laser light helped accelerate healing while LED did not.

However, Dr. Michael Hamblin from Harvard University and one of the foremost researchers on LLLT suggests that studies performed with both coherent and non-coherent light are essentially equivalent. A study performed with a laser showing a specific benefit should show the same benefit using an LED light.

In general, studies appear to support both types of light are effective, but laser light penetrates deeper for deep tissue healing better than LED. LED could still be used for those benefits, but would need an increased power output to reach deeper tissues based on the opinion of Dr. Hamblin.

Cool Vs Warm Light

When choosing light bulbs for your home, keep in mind that Cooler light has more white and blue wavelengths and warmer light has more red color of light. We want less blue light in our homes and more red light. Regardless, if it's a standard LED light off the shelf, whether it's warm or cool, it likely has too much white and blue light. Just get a red LED light for nighttime use that comes with a single wavelength of 630 or 660nm red light. That's what I use at home after dark whenever possible. And my kids love it, so there's that. 

Personally, I have removed all the LED lights from my home (except those used for PBM) and put in incandescent lights with clear bulbs. These lights have virtually no blue light. I also try to have several red LED bulbs around of 660nm wavelength to light at night when I don’t need to see colors very well. If you light at night with red light, you will be unable to tell what colors things are, it gets all washed out.

I might pay a few more dollars each month for lighting cost, but it sure beats obesity, cancer and poor health associated with blue light from LEDs. 

MECHANISM OF ACTION

Mitochondrial Energy Booster

Basically, red and infrared help our mighty mitochondria function better. Better functioning mitochondria mean more energy and less risk for disease.

Red Light and Near Infrared are the only wavelengths that penetrate through the skin. Blue light is scattered too quickly and can have negative effects when absorbed, especially at the wrong time of day and in chronic doses. Mid and far infrared are absorbed by water in the body and serve to heat up the water but do not act on our mitochondria directly.

Red and infrared light are absorbed by chromophores. Chromophores are just biological entities that absorb light. The most important chromophores that absorb light are water and cytochrome C oxidase (CCO).

CCO is the more important chromophore in PBM because it’s located in the electron transport chain of the mitochondria.

Light is absorbed by CCO and works by breaking the bond between nitric oxide and cytochrome c oxidase. When nitric oxide (NO) binds to CCO, ATP production is reduced. By absorbing light and freeing NO, ATP production is increased.

When this bond is broken oxygen can bind to NADH. This permits hydrogen ions to take their normal pathway and produce ATP (our main energy storage molecule/energy currency) synthase.

How is ATP produced? It is produced via cellular respiration, this process has four steps. First, glycolysis; Second, pyruvate oxidation; Third, Krebs cycle; Fourth and final step, oxidative phosphorylation. Most of these processes occur in Mitochondria!

Red and near-infrared light effect the final step of cellular respiration (oxidative phosphorylation). ATP is formed via an electron transport chain, electrons flow down the electron transport chain producing a release of energy allowing the cell to pump protons out of the matrix, and this process forms a gradient. ATP is made when protons cross over the gradient back into the matrix.

This process also involves cytochrome c oxidase helping oxygen bind with NADH. When oxygen ions bind with NADH they form the essential ions that produce ATP.

Red and near-infrared light enhance this process and restore the production of ATP, it allows the cells to have a normal metabolism again.

Throughout daily life, we damage our cells, so when their metabolism is returned to normal there will be numerous benefits to our bodies.

In “Normal” cells, the NO can create Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in the cell. While in cells that already contain ROS, the release of the NO reduces ROS and therefore inflammation of the cell.

“The increase in ATP production and ROS creating leads to other changes in cell function, such as gene expression and growth factor production (Prindeze et al. 2012).”

“It is suggested that when energy metabolism is subpar chronic diseases can result and therefore red light, by increasing mitochondrial function may help alleviate disease..”

Collagen Synthesis

Collagen production can also be improved through the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines, therefore, stimulating fibroblasts.

According to Dr. Hamblin, TGF-ß is a growth factor responsible for inducing collagen synthesis from fibroblasts and has been reported to be upregulated by LLLT [68].

PBM stimulates fibroblasts and wound healing cells that increase collagen synthesis, reduce photo-aging and help improve skin.

Think about how resilient children’s bodies are, they recover quickly from injuries, this is because their cells have a normal cellular metabolism. At any age restoring your cells metabolism will produce many benefits.

PBM BENEFITS

Healthier Skin and Reduced Wrinkles

Who doesn't want to hack aging. Less wrinkles? Yes please!

81% of subjects reported a significant improvement in per orbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes) on completion of follow‐up [r] [r].

That’s right, anyone over the age of 35 should be using a red light.

Regrow Hair

That’s right guys, try putting a red light on those bald patches. Hey, it’s worth a shot! Not only is it cheaper than drugs, but it’s largely without side effects. This study lists three effective research trials showing regrowth of hair with red and infrared light!

Heal Injuries

I am not making a claim that this will heal your injury, but here’s what the research shows….

Low-level light therapy (LLLT) also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy has been practiced for close to 5 decades. There are many hundreds of clinical trials published.

LLLT has still not been widely accepted or practiced by Western medicine. And yet, it works! It works quickly, is healthy, and has no side effects.

Lack of understanding and access to a light therapy device is often the biggest issue.

Near-infrared penetrates the tissue better than red light, so it’s more commonly used for treating body parts that are under the skin (brain, glands, joints, muscles). Visible red light is more commonly used in the treatment of wounds or skin diseases.

There has been a large number of research studies recently conducted that has demonstrated how PBM can heal injuries and wounds.  Research conducted on mice, burn injuries and even navy seals have shown how PBM can heal injuries or wounds.

The way PBM heals injuries is by stimulating the photoreceptors in mitochondrial respiratory chains. Therefore, insinuating that PBM accelerates electron transfers in the respiratory chain, making more ATP readily available. 

Numerous scientific studies are being published on the effects of photobiomodulation. There has been evidence for light therapy in aiding the body in tissue repair and wound healing [r].

Also, PBM causes a decrease in reactive oxygen species, which prevents tissue destruction and facilitates wound healing. PBM heals wounds because wounds/injuries because essentially all wounds and injuries don’t heal due to mitochondrial dysfunction and the research has shown how PBM facilitates mitochondria, dysfunctional mitochondria, to restore their normal metabolism. When the mitochondria have their metabolism restored this leads to wound healing because of mitochondria’s role in regulating reactive oxygen species inside of the cell.

Here are a whole bunch of studies to support faster healing using PBM:

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/104454701753342758

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1524-4725.2007.34065.x/full

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S156772490400145X

https://www.google.com/patents/US5766233

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1196/annals.1352.040/full

Athletic Performance and Recovery

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Infrared light can reduce the time it takes athletes to recover, specifically 830 nm near-infrared light was tested. (r)

Specifically, red and infrared light has been shown to speed up athletic performance and recovery by enhancing the athletes sleep quality.

 In 2012 there was a research study on a women’s Chinese basketball team. Every night the treatment group was exposed to 30 minutes of whole body red light therapy for 14 days in a row. After 14 nights of the treatment, the athletes completed a sleep quality questionnaire, had their serum melatonin assessed and had a 12-minute run which times were compared pre-intervention and post-intervention. The results showed that the treatment group had improved sleep, melatonin levels and 12 minute run performance.

This study demonstrated how red light therapy could be effective in helping athletes sleep after training sessions and decrease the risk for sleep disorders that commonly occur after training. Sleep is an essential part of recovery that is when the body repairs all the damaged tissues caused by training, with better sleep the athlete’s bodies were able to recover more efficiently for training the following day, therefore, increasing their athletic performance.

Humans perform better when they are connected with their circadian rhythm. For athletes traveling across the country or the world to compete this can be concerning, due to jet lag.

Jet lag is essentially the resynchronization of a person’s circadian rhythm until the individual is adapted to the new environment. This research study used phototherapy to hack jet lag. They exposed the participants to either bright white or dim red light for 2-3 hours in the am, this showed to be effective in aiding individuals to have a nights sleep without waking.

Also when participants were flown from Tokyo to San Francisco an 8-hour time difference the researchers had them expose themselves to bright light for 3 hours in the morning of their new time zone. Exposing them to bright light in the morning allowed the individual to accelerate their ability to synchronize with the circadian rhythm in the new environment.

This could be a great hack for athletes especially those who travel. In order for peak athletic performance, it is important to have a good night sleep. Therefore exposing yourself to red or infrared light in the morning can help your melatonin production occur (we now know this occurs in the AM through the retina) and therefore help your body sleep at the appropriate time for the new environment.

If you can’t do the FREE practice of getting outside in the morning around sunrise (Red and infrared light only at sunrise), then think about supplementing with a red light device.

Weight Loss

“As UV light levels decline in fall, and carbohydrates remain available during these times mammals normally fatten because of the speeds of the SCN are slowed while the ECT in the gut’s organs is made faster.  This readies the animal for winter.  Carbohydrates do not make you fat, but the lack of UV light delivered to your eye does.” [r] 

Low-Level Laser Therapy as a Non-Invasive Approach for Body Contouring: A Randomized, Controlled Study

Obesity begins in the eye according to Dr. Jack Kruse. When we do not get the energy we need from light we turn to food. Due to the increase of blue light and the decrease of UV light our bodies are not absorbing enough light to create the energy we need. Therefore we unconsciously turn to food in order to obtain more energy (or vitamin D3). If we were getting adequate sunlight we would not need as much food.

Skin Health and Anti-Aging

“Although the skin is the organ that is naturally exposed to light more than any other organ, it still responds well to red and near-infrared wavelengths. The photons are absorbed by mitochondrial chromophores in skin cells. Consequently, electron transport, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) nitric oxide release, blood flow, reactive oxygen species increase and diverse signaling pathways get activated. Stem cells can be activated allowing increased tissue repair and healing. In dermatology, LLLT has beneficial effects on wrinkles, acne scars, hypertrophic scars, and healing of burns.” [r]

Joint Pain and Arthritis

Photobiomodulation therapy associated with treadmill training in the oxidative stress in a collagen-induced arthritis model. Physical exercise associated with PBMT decreases lipid peroxidation and increases antioxidant activity. This study shows how PBM can be an effective antioxidant and decrease oxidative stress, which can reduce the symptoms of joint pain and arthritis. Also, the fact that PBM is anti-inflammatory, would also decrease inflammation. Inflammation is sometimes the key player in joint pain and arthritis, PBM would help reduce this and therefore reduce pain and stiffness associated with joint pain and arthritis [r].

Increasing Testosterone

Light therapy, namely PBM may be able to increase testosterone. While you don’t want to shine a high heat producing light on your balls, for obvious reasons, PBM using the right wavelengths might help to increase testosterone.

This is likely only possible if yours is lower than normal, but even if not, worth a shot. 

There are a few studies showing an increase in testosterone with PBM, namely the mechanism is thought to be an increase in ATP of the cells that produce testosterone due to the red light. I’d say the jury isn’t out yet on this one, but it certainly does not appear to hurt and just may jack your low testosterone back up.[r, r, r, r, r, r] Anecdotally, this is how Ben Greenfield uses his Joovv PBM device. I’m pretty sure anytime he can take off his shirt and/or be naked, he’s in.

 You can also exercise, get cold, sleep more, relax, and massively reduce your carbs and increase fat to boost testosterone.

Increased Energy

Photobiomodulation increases mitochondrial energy production by red or near infrared while blue and green light decreased mitochondrial function [r].

Periodontal Disease

In a scientific study rats with periodontal disease, a gum infection that destroys the jawbone, low-level laser therapy was an effective treatment in order to protect the rat from tissue damage and reduced the bone loss from this infection [r].

Pain and Inflammation

Light has been shown to reduce pain when the light is being targeted in a certain area.

Also light can help reduce inflammation, which is the leading cause of most illnesses.

Scientific studies have demonstrated that PBM, when used on cells that have been stressed or diseased, it lowers reactive oxygen species (ROS) [r]. These findings are very encouraging for the medical profession, for the treatment of many chronic illnesses such as cancer. An increased production of ROS has been attributed to activating oncogenes and/or inactivating tumor suppressor genes, which cause mitochondrial dysfunction and a decrease in antioxidant production [r].

Anti-Aging

PBM can be an effective anti-aging strategy, research done on transcranial low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has shown improvement in cognitive decline from aging, mitochondrial function, and apoptosis [r]

Apoptosis is one of the most effective anti-aging strategies. We want the weak cells to die off in order for new stronger cells to develop. Also, many forms of cancer are caused due to lack of apoptosis. The medical community, from Dr. Terry Wahls or Dr. Kruse has been preaching that 98% of chronic diseases are caused form mitochondrial deficiencies with the environmental toxins, who wouldn’t want to upgrade their mitochondria’s performance.

Structured Water

PBM can also be used to structure your water. 

NEXT, SUPPLEMENT WITH UVB

UVB is totally missing indoors. Even if you work in a naturally lit room, the glass filters out the UVB and allows in the UVA. UVB is what creates vitamin D in the skin.

If you live in a northern climate, the sun never makes it high enough in the winter to produce enough UVB for you to manufacture vitamin D.

Many people supplement during these times with vitamin D pills. Based on new research, this may be a bad idea.

Instead, Chris and Thaddeus each invested in a UVB tanning bulb lamp, called Sperti, to get UVB in the winter when the sun is at too low of an angle to produce UVB. 

Be careful to limit your exposure and wear special glasses to protect your eyes. This concentrated light can be damaging if you stare at it, so use the tanning goggles that people wear to the tanning booths.

UVA SUPPLEMENTATION

You can buy a blacklight or a blacklight flashlight. Most people who use these, use them at night in combination with an incandescent light. 

Since we used to always experience either firelight or sunlight with UVA, we should either light at night with candles or a combination of incandescent and UVA light. At least, that’s what Dr. Jack Kruse does and recommends.  Is this a bad idea?? Frankly, we haven’t investigated the mechanism well enough yet. We’ll offer updates as we learn more about UVA supplementation using blacklights. For now, use at your own risk.

INFRARED

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We're talking about mid and far infrared here. These are typically found in infrared saunas and aren't considered by most experts to be true photobiomodulation. I disagree, because all wavelengths ultimately come from the sun and are therefore light. Saunas just use different mechanisms to create a benefit using light than do visible parts of the light spectrum. Saunas use light to vibrate water. 

Mid and far infrared act on the water in the body and heat it up. Heating of this water helps the body detox, stimulates heat shock proteins, which in themselves have tons of benefits, and reduces inflammation, can lower blood pressure and more

CONCLUSION

Red light therapy, UVB and infrared, all considered PBM are massive game changers for hacking our indoor lifestyle. While we at PrimalHacker always advocate for getting outside and getting natural sunlight, this isn’t always possible.

When you can’t get outside, when it’s fall, Spring, and Winter, or the rainy season, supplement with the right wavelengths of light for optimal health.

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Buying a Home for 5G

A cell tower for every 8 homes! 

500,000 more cell towers needed to connect 5G in the US. There’s only 300,000 out there today! 

The internet of things spying on you from every device in your home.  

The 5G power density is so high because it can’t travel as far as 4G and needs to be cranked up.  

How do you Mitigate the EMF in a 5G world? 

Remember with 5G, these are directed beam wave energy. Get a faraday cage pouch for your phone so it's not calling for signal when you don't want it!

One way is to buy a house that will minimize your exposure to 5G. 

Here’s what to look for. 

 

How to Search for a place to live When 5G hits 

5G frequencies are different from 4G, 4G LTE and 4G LTE advanced.  

5G is higher in frequency and the wavelengths are shorter meaning they are more powerful.  

They also don’t travel as far as 4G.  

5G is more easily blocked than 4G, unless of course you have a 5G enabled device in your home calling for 5G frequencies.  

Because 5G won’t travel as far, the antennas are going to be (many already are) placed at street and human level to allow them to enter homes. While 4G can enter homes from the walls and roof, 5G is largely blocked by these things.  

Keep in mind that when 5G is turned on, 4G isn’t going away and will be flooding the world in addition to the 5G.  

When looking for a house, you want to ensure to choose something that will block both 4G and 5G! 

Hire Building biologist 

Building Biologists are trained to identify EMF hazards around your home, or your future home. Hiring a building biologist is the best way to buy a home that will be as free as possible from EMF. 

If you have the money, typically $1200 or more for a visit, a building biologist has tools to measure exactly what your unique 5G issue is. They have tens of thousands of dollars of meters that measure the exact frequencies, wavelengths, and hotspots in your house.  

In addition, they can recommend the best mitigation strategies for your unique situation.  

We hired Brian Hoyer from Shielded Healing, discount code sleep for $100 off your assessment. 

Buy a fortress 

Metal and earth block 5G. If you can find a home that’s sided in metal with a metal roof, you will have gone a long way to stop 5G and 4G from entering your home. If you can find a rammed earth home or a home that’s partially underground, or even a home where the bedrooms are in the basement, these all will protect you and your family from much of these frequencies.  

Move to the country (till 5G comes form above, quote about every square inch of planet) 

Cities have a high density of people. Everyone has their phone on, their WIFI routers on all the time, their Smart TVs, their self driving cars and more...  

To serve all these people, cities have to install more antennas and towers emitting 5G and 4G. This is because each antenna can only handle so many incoming and outgoing communications, usually 4 at most. So an apartment building with 1000 people will need a hundred antennas per se.  

When you buy a home in the country, there are fewer people per mile and therefor fewer antennas and WIFI and cellphone leakage from neighbors. In some places you will not even receive cellphone coverage. That’s an ideal area if you ask me.  

Find a home in the country that gets little to no cellphone reception and is far away from any neighbors. In addition, steer clear of overhead powerlines and sub stations.  

 

Pine trees 

Trees block EMF like that from 4G and 5G. Specifically, pine trees are said to block the most EMF.  

Find a home surrounded by pine trees.  

Build a cold plunge or cold pool or even hot tub 

Water acts as a natural farday cage. A faraday cage blocks EMF.  

Look for a home with a pool or hottub, or even a natural body of water.  

Get in this water often to let your body detox from the EMF bombardment it gets all day long.  

Bonus points for using cold water because this activates ancient pathways that can lead to healing and improved health.  

 

Take our EMF course! 

Tomorrow and I created a FREE EMF course. We could have charged actual dollars for this, but we didn’t. Take advantage of it now.  

The Earth Makes EMF and It's Good For You

 

Yes, it’s true, there is EMF that’s good for us, and it comes directly from the Earth and Sun.  

We all live indoors these days and we’re insulated from Nature.  

We don’t get out in the sun, and many doctors today will tell you the sun is toxic.  

Manmade EMF like Wi-Fi, cellphone radiation and Bluetooth causes inflammation and can lead to health problems.  

We rarely if ever touch our feet to the earth and instead insulate ourselves from the ground by wearing rubberized soles in our shoes. 

By doing this, we miss out on the beneficial EMF that heals us and restores our vitality.  

We call this nature’s EMF.  

Anything created by man, that our bodies haven’t been designed to deal with we call Non-Native EMF (nn-EMF). And these are the fields that largely harm our biology.  

Nature’s EMF is used by our bodies to heal, sync us to the Earth and Nature, and even helps us sleep. 

 

Daytime Electric Field..Thanks Sun  

During the day the sun shines on the Earth. There is an electric field produced on Earth wherever there is daylight. This field is energizing and create by photons entering the atmosphere.  

In addition, the Earth receives thousands of lightning strikes every second. These strikes drive electrons into the earth and also create the Schumann Resonance.  

Our bodies can use the electrons in the Earth and are also attuned to the Schumann Resonance. Science is still learning how this works and what effect it has on us, but we know that when humans travel to space and leave these fields, their bodies break down.  

The Russian’s recreate a Schumann Resonant frequency in space to keep the cosmonauts healthier.  

 

Nighttime Magenetic Field..Thanks Earth  

 

At night, without photons bombarding the atmosphere, the Earth’s Magnetic Field is more prominent. Our opinion is that this magnetic field is healing and we take advantage of it in our sleep to heal our bodies.  

If we sleep above ground level, like in 3rd or 10th floor apartments, or even just in a 2nd floor bedroom, we are quite far away from the proper Earth fields we should experience and rather bombarded by manmade fields from cell towers and Wi-Fi and electrical currents in the walls.  

If you want to take advantage of the healing magnetic field, sleep as close to the ground as possible.  Sleeping in a basement bedroom both allows you to be close to the Earth's magnetic field and minimizes or eliminates the manmade EMF fields.  

 

Grounding 

Remember all those lightning strikes hitting the Earth every second? This embeds electrons into the Earth, which is why the Earth is the largest source of negative energy and why we “ground” electrical things into the Earth. You can stand barefoot on the Earth and allow positive charge in your body, known as inflammation, to drain out into the ground. How amazing is our Earth?  You’ll want to be barefoot to do this and stand on a conductive surface like grass, dirt, rocks, cement, concrete. If you stand on a wood deck, asphalt or plastic you will not be grounded. You also cannot ground through your shoes or through nylon or polyester socks, those are plastic. Get some wool or cotton socks or go barefoot.  

 

Schumann Resonance 

Those lightning strikes hitting the ground create a band of frequency close to the surface of the Earth.  

The collective lightning strike frequency is known as the Schumann Resonance. Humans and animals, probably plants too, are tuned to this frequency. Cosmonauts in Russia recreate this frequency in their spacecraft to keep healthy.  

The Schumann Resonance averages to 7.83Hz. This is exactly the alpha brain wave humans attain when in meditation. It’s probably important to tune into this.  

When you sleep or live further from the surface of the Earth, like in an apartment or 2nd floor bedroom, you are more removed from this resonance. 

 

Sunlight is Information 

When we talk about nature's frequencies, the majority of those come from the Sun.  

Sunlight, both visible and invisible, is information to the body.  

Ignore this information – by wearing sunscreen, clothes, and living indoors – and you will be worse off for it.  

Obviously get safe sun exposure. This means building a solar callus and slowly working to get more sun.  

Getting sun on your naked sun is pure information to the body. This sets your circadian rhythm, tells your body what time of day it is and what time of year. This information can be used to make vitamin D and more.  

When we hide from the sun, we completely miss out on this quantum information.  

Studies actually show that people that get the most sun die less often.  

Sun has both visible light and invisible light. We know there is invisible light, like ultraviolet and infrared. I would argue that there are more invisible wavelengths that we even know about. Science isn’t all knowing. I would also guess that these invisible wavelengths we don’t know about are extremely important to health.  

Bottom line is get outside.  

 

When is the Best Time to Get Earth Based EMF?  

If you want to take advantage of all this good juju the earth and Sun provide, then you need to do a few key things.  

The best times are dawn and dusk. However, any time you can get outside is a win. 

 

Get Outside First Thing in the Morning 

At sunrise your body will read the light and set your circadian rhythm for the day. This is extremely important.  

Also, dawn sun has no UV in it. Your body has receptors for UV and it will know there’s none, so be prompted to correctly set your circadian rhythm.  

When we stay inside and look at our phone, the body is tricked, through the blue light of the phone, into thinking it’s later in the day and then mismatches your rhythm to the actual time.  

 

Where BlueBlockers 

We can’t stress this enough. Get those BLUEBLOCKERS on.  

These are to be worn whenever the sun is not in the sky (After sunset and before sunrise).  

Blue light frequencies mess up your rhythm and are associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity when you see blue light at night.  

At night during sleep  

Lights out, connect to the earth by sleeping as close to the ground as possible. Turn off the breakers to your bedroom or better yet the whole house, or better yet, just sleep outside.  

You could also use a grounding sheet from Earthing Company. We use a King size grounding sheet under our bottom sheet to stay grounded all night.  

Magnetico mattress pad can help create a static magnetic field around you mimicking the earths field from centuries ago and possibly protecting you from the cell tower down the road.  

WiFi off at night and cell on airplane mode and into a farday cage pouch so it’s not tracking you and you guarantee no one can turn it on at night and radiate you with the wrong signals. Yup, I do think some companies turn on cell phones for brief milliseconds even when in airplane to download a bit of data on you.. don’t take the risk. 

 

Faraday Cage Bedroom  

We highly recommend sleeping inside a faraday cage. This is material that blocks manmade nnEMF like that from your WiFI, celltowers and your daughters cellphone that’s on all night. To create a primal environment while you sleep, think about investing in a faraday cage for your bed. We use one from Brian Hoyer at Shielded Healing.  

 

 

First thing in the morning when we wake, we get on our blueblockers to avoid signaling our body with the wrong messages.  

Get outside first thing to expose yourself to the electric field and the sun.  

Preferably barefoot on the earth so you can take advantage of the photoelectric effect and absorbing more electrons from the earth while dumping positive charge (inflammation).  

I understand it’s winter in northern climates and this is difficult to be barefoot, and that’s why we’ve sourced these grounding heel straps you can attach to any boot or shoe and be grounded without be barefoot.  They just slip on and off in seconds so you just put them on when you want to ground.  

 

Conclusion 

Get outside as often as possible and remove as many non-native sources of EMF as you can during the day and especially at night.  

Where blueblockers at night.  

 

 

Do you want to learn more about the EMF that comes into your home 

Do you want to learn more about grounding and “earthing” 

Do you want to learn more about EMFs from you cell phone, WiFi, and Bluetooth?  

Do you want to learn more about sunlight and the benefits?  

Best Nightlight for Kids

 

The right type of light at night for your kids is more important than you realize.  

Kids are far more affected by the wrong type of light at night than adults.  

While it’s true that most kids are more resilient than adults, when it comes to light this isn’t the case.  

Using the wrong light at night for your kids can lead to sleep issues and degenerative eye problems.  

Children may be terrified of the dark, but we have fund this is largely because adults light up their rooms at night starting from the time they are babies. Personally, our kids have slept in dark since they were less than a year old and they need to light to go to sleep.  

If you aren’t this lucky and your kids need light to sleep, or you want to light up their hallway or bathroom to ensure safe passage at night, then having the right type of light is critical.  

 What’s Wrong with Light?  

At night, lights harm our melatonin and circadian rhythm. This means kids don’t sleep as well at night if they experience light after sunset.  

In addition to sleep disturbances, light at night has been shown to negatively affect mood the next day.  

Humans have receptors in their eyes for blue frequencies of light. Since most all lightbulbs, phones, TVs, and computers, and night lights contain blue light, we stimulate the receptors in our eyes each night. When this happens, our bodies think it’s daytime. Cortisol, the stress hormone is increased while melatonin, the hormone of darkness, is suppressed. This is a bad combination at night. In adults this light at night is associated with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  

Simply put, seeing light at night, and especially sleeping with lights on in our rooms leads to negative health consequences.  
 
Considerations when choosing night lights 

So, you have decided that your kids can’t sleep without some kind of light, or perhaps you just want a light in the bathroom.  

You want to avoid lights that give off blue light. That doesn’t mean you can just buy any bulb that doesn’t look blue.  

Every light you can buy at your local hardware store has blue light in it. LED and CFL lights have more blue than incandescent lights, even if the light coming out of them looks warm or more yellow.  

We took spectrometer readings of many lights and have not found a conventional light that is free of blue anywhere.  

Remember, the blue in light bulbs, including dim light can lead to circadian rhythm disruptions and possible health concerns.  

You want to find a night light that provides just enough light but not too much. In addition, it needs to be free of blue, and preferably green light. These are the two wavelengths studied and shown to impact circadian rhythm.  

Believe it or not there are pure red lights you can buy.  

These red lights have no blue or green and are just pure red light that has been proven not to destroy melatonin at night. 

Portability 

If you want a light at night that can be moved from place to place or even one used to read books at night, look no further than those from Gembared.com (Discount code SLEEP for 10% off).  

Gembared makes reading lights and portable red light therapy lights. While I wouldn’t use one of their lights as a “nightlight” because they are too bright and used for red light therapy, I would use that same therapy light as my lighting at night and I actually do. A nightlight is something I would use in a hallway for dim light at night, or you could use in your child’s bedroom. While a light is something to light up a room like your living room, kitchen, or dining room.  So while we don’t use nightlights here, we do use Gembared lights to light up our hone after dark in our bedroom and living room.  

For reading at night, they make two portable reading lights that are pure red lights. We use these at night to read and bring then with us when we travel. Our kids use these to read books at night and to navigate their bedrooms.  

In addition, Amazon stocks a pure red plug in night light here that we used to use in our hallway. Now we just use the Gembared Rave light strip (discount code sleep) for our hallway lighting. You can see that in the newspaper article we were featured in here, just look for the photos.  

Brightness  

If you want something with more ambience and slightly less red, you can put a Himalayan salt rock lamp in your child’s room. While this is not as ideal as pure red, since it will still give off some, but not much, blue light, it’s far superior to conventional lights.  

 

Night lights we recommend  

The best of the best 

Gembared Crane and Calm (discount code SLEEP) 

Gembared Rex 

Sunlite Red Bulb 

Decent 

Amazon red night light 

OK 

Himalayan salt rock lamp 

 

Why You're Using Your Cellphone All Wrong

I bet You Don’t know How to Use a Cellphone 

Safely that is.  

Your cellphone is a microwave emitting device.  

Ever stuck your head in a microwave?  

No?  

Seems like a bad idea, right?  

Yet you have no problem holding  your cellphone to your head for hours every single day.  

Some of your even sleep with your cellphone under you pillow.  

Take a look at the safety sticker that’s on your microwave. I don’t have one, but I went to the neighbors and looked at it.  

Now, go and look at the sticker on the back of your WIFI router.  

You will now have a better sense of perspective.  

The frequency emitted by your microwave and by your wifi router are the EXACT same frequencies.  

So, if you don’t want to stick your head in your microwave, and your cellphone and wifi router emit the exact same frequency, what gives?  

Truth  

The truth is that microwave radiation and its effects on human biology has been well studied. In over 5,500 peer reviewed, published papers the truth is laid our in black and white.  

Microwave radiation, like that given off by cellphones affects learning, sleep, mood, behavior, and health.  

Modern humans are bombarded with an astounding 1 quintillion more microwaves today than ever before in human history.  

When you carry a cellphone in your pocket, you are exposing yourself non-stop to the frequency associated with that cellphone.  

Every cellphone or cellphone provider uses a slightly different signal. 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and now 5G all use different frequencies to connect.  

Because the frequencies are all different and each frequency has a slightly different effect and each human has more or less susceptibility to any particular frequency, it is hard to nail down that cellphones are negatively affecting us because each human, carrying a different frequency around will have a different effect from that.  

One person may have an issue with their eyes while another gets cancer. These frequencies affect us differently. One thing that is not in question based on centuries of research is that wireless radiation absolutely affects biology.  

Safe Use Instructions  

Oddly, your cellphone doesn’t come with safe use instructions. HOWEVER, it does tell you right in the safety/regulatory manual that touching your cellphone while it’s turned on violates the safety requirements.  

Read that again!  

Touching your cellphone while in use specifically stated to be avoided for safe use.  

I bet none of your has read that part of your cellphone manual.  

So… if you can’t touch your cellphone while it’s turned on, what do you do?  

 

Wireless radiation affects can be mitigated with 3 key strategies. Follow these and you will minimize your exposure to harmful man-made EMF.  

 

Time 

The less time you are exposed to microwaves, the better.  

Use your phone, WIFI, and Bluetooth for as little time as possible.  

Spend as little time in high EMF environments. These are places like coffee shops and even your office where high powered WIFI is pumped out for everyone to use.  

When I’m at corporate headquarters bathed in junk light and wifi, I make sure to spend as little time inside as possible. If I can work, meet, and take my lunch outside, I will.  

 

Distance 

Wireless radiation diminishing quickly with distance.  

There is a law called the inverse square law that is applied to wireless radiation. This means that for every 1X increase in distance from the source there is a 10X drop in the intensity of the radiation.  

Position yourself as far as possible away from a microwave radiation source. Even a few inches can make a huge difference.  

If you can’t turn off a wireless source of radiation, move as far away from it as possible.  

When a friend of mine measured the WIFI radiation in her son’s high school she found that just moving desks from under the WIFI router that was installed on the ceiling to a desk 5 seats away dropped the radiation levels by more than 10X.  

 

Blocking  

Obviously the best way to reduce wireless radiation is to turn it off. Most of us can’t do that completely. Though we do more than most people, which I’ll explain below.  

When you can’t turn off the wireless, you can block it.  

Microwave radiation can be blocked by metal.  

There are faraday cages you can put your wifi router into and it will significantly reduce the radiation. It will not block all the wifi or else your devices would not be able to connect to it. These are metallic cages with enough gaps in the metal screen to allow some of the wifi out but at significantly reduced signal power.  

You can buy a faraday cage (LINK) for your phone. These are metal lined pouches that block all radiation going to and coming from your phone. These are great if you have someone in your family sleeping with their phone or if you want to be absolutely protected from your phone.  

We keep our phones in the pouches while we sleep even when they are in airplane mode. We know that people have been measuring wireless radiation from their phones even when in airplane mode. This is likely due to software companies calling for private data about you to be sent to the cloud all the time as well as reveal your location. We do not consent to this and therefore keep our phones in pouches so they cannot connect to the cloud or spray us with radiation while we sleep.  

In addition, we take it a step further by surrounding our bed in a faraday cage. While we can turn off our wifi and cellphones at night, we cannot stop the cellphone tower from sending radiation into our bedroom while we sleep.  

Actually, we can stop it by surrounding our bed with metal mesh fabric. This blocks the radiation from our “sleep chamber”.  

Whenever we fly or travel, we always wear our Primalhacker EMF blocking hoodies. It’s impossible to get away from wireless when traveling and thus we do our best to reduce what we’re exposed to as much as possible.  LINK 

You can also mitigate some of the radiation given off by your laptop while on wifi by using one of these products from Harapad.  

Blocking wireless radiation is often our best choice these days when we cannot get away from it. 

 

Airplane Mode 

Your cellphone, tablet, and laptop all have airplane Mode.  

Use it! 

Whenever you are not downloading messages or making a phone call, turn your devices onto airplane mode.  

Don’t forget that when your laptop is connected to a LAN line, you need to enable airplane mode. Otherwise it’s still pinging wifi every once in a while for no reason.  

If you have your cellphone in your pocket, put it in airplane mode.  

This is why we have voicemail and texts.  

I modified my voicemail message to state that I do not listen to voicemail, honestly who has time for that.  

I ask callers to send me a text.  

When I pop my phone out of airplane mode and download data, I see the texts and call back whoever I need to. I am not on call 24/7.  

Airplane mode will disable your WIFI, cellphone, cell data, and Bluetooth.  

It will not disable the GPS. GPS is always on. You can convince yourself of this by using maps on your phone and then turning your phone to airplane mode. The maps will keep up just fine.  

Be careful though, because some people turn their phones to airplane mode and the wifi or Bluetooth is still on. Check to make sure these are actually turned off when your phone is in airplane mode.  

One phone hack is to only have the wireless on that you need. Instead of ALWAYS having Bluetooth, Cell Service, and WIFI on all the time, just turn on the one that you need.  

Each of these is a separate antenna microwaving you. Turn on only the antenna you actually need.  

 

Hardwire 

You can get rid of wireless at your home.  

We have “hardwired” our home. Here’s an article we wrote detailing how we did this without pulling wire through walls.  

HERE's OUR ARTICLE ON HARDWIRING 

Here is a video showing you how to disable the WIFI on your router.  

Go into your router settings and disable the WIFI.  

Get a LAN cable and connect all your devices to the wired cables. Your TV, video game console, cellphones, and laptops will all connect to a wired connection.  

The best part isn’t just that you’ll be protected from the wireless radiation but wired connections are faster than wireless.  

 

Stop being EMF’d.  Adopt some or all of the suggestions above to improve your health.  

 

A Blue Light Supplement to Protect the Eyes

If you've heard about the damage blue light can do to your eyes, then you'll be excited to learn there is a new product that was built to mitigate the blue light damage caused by our devices and LED home and office lighting. 

We're a Device Centric Culture

Wow, if we thought time spent indoors and on devices was increasing before, what just happened in 2020 was a showstopper. We spent all of 2020 mostly indoors and more connected to a device than ever before. Well, those of you out there that didn't take advantage of the empty parks and woods to get out constantly :)

In general people spend over 95% of their time indoors. Between cars, work, gym, store, and home we're larger indoors under junk lighting and connected to devices. 

What's the Downside?

Now, being on devices a lot means our eyes take a beating. We're looking at screens that are close to our eyes, which is stressful to the eye. Looking further away is relaxing to the eye. 

In addition, the high intensity blue light can be harmful to the eye. Without the red and infrared light (which is present along with blue from the sun) we don't receive the antidote to the blue.  most indoor lighting and device lighting is free of infrared and has little red compared to blue light. 

This blue light from devices can cause free radicals to be developed in the eye. Over time, scientists and doctors believe this can cause macular degeneration. 

What Can You Do? 

Wear blue light blocking glasses. Blue light blocking glasses, like those found here, have been shown to protect the eyes from blue light. 

Use Candles at night

Work outdoors

Try the ONLY supplement designed specifically to mitigate the damage to your eyes from blue light

Qualia Vision

 The folks at Neurohacker have done it again. Not only did they invent one of the very best, and the first ever, pre-built nootropic stack, and a longevity supplement, now they have invented a blue light supplement. 

We all know we should be outside ALL DAY. 

And wear blueblockers whenever the sun goes down. 

Most of us do not do this. 

Trust me, I know a lot of biohackers and I can count on one hand how many of them actually wear their blueblockers at night.  I wish more of your would just do that because it makes a HUGE difference. 

So, when you ignore my advice and work on a laptop indoors all day and don't wear your blueblockers at night, there's now a supplement built specifically to mitigate the damage the blue light is doing to your eyes. 

I've been using it for a month and I really like it. 

Way back in 1999 a friend of mine was working on a vision formula at a company in Boulder Colorado. He told me that the #1 ingredient to help vision was Bilberry. Guess what's in Qualia Vision? That's right...

Qualia Vision for blue light health

Qualia Vision Designed to:
  • Provide support for strained eyes
  • Protect eyes from blue light
  • Enhance visual performance
  • Support healthy vision
  • Lessen blue light impact on sleep
How it works:
  • Supports visual processing speed
  • Supports tear production
  • Supports retinal glutathione (GSH) levels*
  • Supports brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)*
  • Supports lens regeneration functions
*Qualia Vision supplies support for the entire visual system, providing plant-based pigments, vision super fruits & spices, and eye-essential vitamin and amino acid support 
What to Expect from Qualia Vision: 
  • Less eye strain
  • Reduced dry eyes
  • Less eye sensitivity 
  • Enhanced visual processing 
  • Enhanced light-sending abilities 
Notable Ingredients:
  • Lutemax® 2020
  • Mirtoselect® bilberry
  • Amla fruit

 Get a bottle to try it out for yourself for less than $20 and save money using discount code PRIMALMIND!

Vision wheel chart

 Here's What Each Ingredient is Formulated to do

  • Lutemax® 2020

Main Claim: Enhances visual performance and blue-light blocking

Lutemax® 2020 supplies the three antioxidant pigments—lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin—used by the macula to filter blue light and protect retina tissue.

  • MirtoSelect® Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Relieves eye fatigue and supports eye surface comfort 

MirtoSelect® bilberry is a vision superfruit that supports ocular blood flow, promotes recovery of eye muscles, comforts the eye surface, and provides relief from eye fatigue.

  • AstaPure® Haematococcus pluvialis Microalgae Extract (3% astaxanthin)

Main Claim: Supports eye muscle stamina and blue light resistance

AstaPure® is a natural source of astaxanthin, an eye antioxidant that supports eye muscle stamina & recovery, blood flow to the eyes, and defenses against blue light.

  • Saffron Stigma Extract

Main Claim: Supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function

Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, contains a variety of eye-healthy carotenoids, and supports macula health, blue light resistance, and retina function.

  • Goji (Lycium barbarum) Fruit Juice Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina health and photoreceptor function

Goji fruit is a Traditional Chinese Medicine eye tonic used to nourish the eyes and promote healthy vision that supports healthy retina and photoreceptor function.

  • Amla (Emblica officinalis) Fruit Extract

Main Claim: Supports lens health

Amla fruit is an Ayurvedic eye tonic that supports lens health and is believed to preserve eyesight, promote eye health, and relieve eye fatigue.

  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Root Extract

Main Claim: Supports retina and lens health

Ginger is a bioenhancer (it enhances the bioavailability of carotenoids) with antioxidant benefits that supports the healthy function of the retina and lens.

  • Taurine

Main Claim: Supports photoreceptor function

Taurine is the most abundant amino acid in the retina, where it acts as an antioxidant and is essential for the function of the photoreceptor layer that captures light.

  • Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin)

Main Claim: Supports optic nerve function

Methylcobalamin (an active form of vitamin B12) is critical for the healthy function of the optic nerve that transfers information between the eye and brain.

 

There you have it.  I'm definitely excited about this product. I think this is the first and will be shown to be the best supplement in this market. Many others will follow now, but will they be any good? 

4 Specific Tips To Support Mitochondria And Cellular Health

Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell”. 


It’s hard to overstate the importance of our mitochondria. Virtually every biochemical reaction and cellular process in the human body relies on them. Our energy levels, how we age, our exercise recovery times, and virtually any other category of health you can think of, have inexorable links to the health and abundance of our mitochondria. 


But advice on how to support mitochondrial function can be vague. “Diet”, “exercise” and “lifestyle” are obviously involved, but if you’re going to take mitochondrial function seriously, you need greater specifics.


These are specific recommendations for 4 major focuses of mitochondrial support: 


Specific Dietary Tip: Qualia Life + IF


You may already know the immense health benefits that come with intermittent fasting, and  its role in triggering biogenesis of new mitochondria. You also may know that limiting refined carbs (soda, white bread, pastries, etc.) is good for a host of health benefits including mitochondrial function. 


But you may not know that a 36-ingredient beast of a nutritional formula called Qualia Life is specifically designed to optimize mitochondrial function and cellular health. There’s nothing on the market that checks more nutritional boxes for mitochondrial support in one supplement than Qualia Life. 


I've taken Qualia Life for years and the difference it has made to my energy levels and personal training goals have been phenomenal. The company behind it, Neurohacker Collective, is well known for their premium nootropic products such as Qualia Mind, which I can't recommend enough for mental performance. I've gotten to know the Neurohacker team over the years and I was pumped when Qualia Life came out because Neurohacker specializes in very comprehensive formulas. Qualia Life contains NAD+ boosters, polyphenols, adaptogens, ergogenics, antioxidants, you name it. Neurohacker's calling card is how much you can nutritionally accomplish with one supplement. 

Qualia Life Bottle

 

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Try Qualia Life by clicking here and take your mitochondrial nutrition to the highest level ever.

Specific Exercise Tip: High Intensity Interval Training

Sprinter on a track at sunrise

Needless to say, exercise is vital to mitochondrial production, and any exercise beats none, but if you want the biggest return on exercise training for mitochondrial health, I highly recommend high intensity interval training (often abbreviated as HIIT). A recent study in Cell Metabolism found that HIIT exercise in particular- such as 15 second sprint bursts or 30 second cycling bursts followed by brief recoveries- had the strongest correlations with mitochondrial production. Evidence also shows this is true for strength training exercises such as squat jumps and similar rapid burst exercises followed by brief recovery. 

 

Specific Therapeutic Tip: 30 Seconds Of Cold Shower 

cold shower handle

The benefits of heat and cold therapies for mitochondrial function- such as sauna, cryotherapy, and outdoor cold exposure- are vast. But for those of you lacking the time, money, or discomfort tolerance to follow through on hardcore cold/heat options, you still have no excuse according to a new finding. A recent study published by Plos One indicates that just 30 seconds of cold shower exposure can deliver significant benefits associated with mitochondrial support. So even if you hate cold therapy, just toughing out a mere 30 seconds at the end of your shower can deliver big benefits to mitochondrial function (and beyond). And don't forget that even walking outside for a few minutes in winter without a jacket is considered cold therapy!

 

Specific Lifestyle Tip: Ritualize Relaxation

Man sitting on top of mountain

After asking you to do high intensity exercises and cold therapies, this last tip is the gentlest of them all- relax! Stress hormones can negatively alter mitochondrial function, so any daily practice that prioritizes relaxation- from meditation to massage to nature immersion- is actually serving an important role in overall mitochondrial health. How you reach a relaxation state is less important than the fact that you do. Maintain that state for at least 30 to 60 minutes a day, taking it just as seriously as exercise, nutrition, or biohacking therapies. 

 

From nutrition, to exercise, to therapeutics, to lifestyle, those are 4 specific actions you can take today to address mitochondrial health in a comprehensive way.