The Most Important Nutrient Your Body Needs Daily and Almost Everyone is Told to Avoid it!

What if the most important nutrient in the entire world was right in front of you every single day.

And what if you were told to avoid it, or that it could hurt you?

Better yet, what if this nutrient was completely free, for everyone, and available anywhere in the world?

In fact, it’s often been said, truthfully, that this one nutrient is the basis of all life on this planet.

It can prevent disease and even cue your body to produce hormones that it needs for optimal health each day. In fact, it can even regenerate the cells in your eye (r, r). It can give your skin a healthy glow, and increase dopamine (r), the feel good hormone.

All life on this planet captures this nutrient in one form or another and uses it to produce energy, heal, produce hormones and communicate.

In fact, exposure to this nutrient at the right time (nutrient timing) can actually protect you against exposure to that same nutrient if, at a later time, you get too much.

Lack of this nutrient causes disease, depression and ill health. Knowing this, most doctors and “experts” recommend avoiding it.

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Here’s what a recent journal article has to say about the standard advice to avoid exposing your body to this critical nutrient:

A recent clinical review published in the The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 1 billion people worldwide may have deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate exposure to this nutrient. In fact, people who do get exposed are taking measures to ensure this critical nutrient isn’t absorbed into the body. This is just crazy.

So, 1 billion people are deficient in Vitamin D, a hormone that is responsible for keeping away disease, and the free and easy way to obtain vitamin D isn’t being used! (r)

What’s the most important nutrient to build healthy humans? Vitamin C? Magnesium? Omega 3 fatty acid?

Nope.

What’s the one nutrient that every lifeform on earth needs to survive? What controls life on this planet and is the basis of all life?

Right now, I’m bathing in this nutrient as I write these words. I’m sitting outside on the back deck, listening to the birds, facing West at 830pm, with no shirt on and I’m soaking up some nutrition.

The number 1 most important nutrient?

SUNLIGHT

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Sunlight is a nutrient.

Yes, Sunlight, specifically Ultraviolet-B (UVB) light, Ultraviolet-A (UV-A) and Infrared-A (IR-A) help our body to produce the hormone vitamin D sulfate on the skin, produce melatonin, dopamine and even set the body up to better absorb sunlight later in the day, protecting against too much sun.

The form of vitamin D produced by the sun is water soluble and can be more easily absorbed and used by the body. The vitamin D we get in pills and food does not share these characteristics, it is not sulfated and is not as effective as that from sunlight.

The sun is more than just one type of light! All the colors of the sun from red to blue and even the invisible rays like UVB and infrared effect our bodies. We haven't even studied the effects of much of the spectrum of sunlight on our bodies yet.

A recent study showed that exposure to morning and evening sun, where there is little to no UV light, gets the skin ready to receive UV rays later in the day. This morning or evening sun without the UV light protects the skin from the rays of the sun that could harm us later in the day! This is truly amazing!

I can talk about biohacking all day long.

Seriously..

I love it.

I can tell you biohacks for just about anything, but if there was one biohack to end all others, this would be it.

Get out in the Sunlight!

There’s even a study that shows sunlight can heal you from getting too much sunlight! Vitamin D from sunlight can help heal sunburn! Amazing!

SUN EXPOSURE- THE BEST BIOHACK AND THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MISSING NUTRIENT FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH 

When someone thinks of biohacking, they normally think of high tech gadgets, supplements, weird diets and a host of other things. Many people even complain that if they could have known one thing about biohacking it’s how much it would cost. From nootropics to personalized supplements, infrared saunas and special foods the costs run into the thousands of dollars a month for many people.

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But we’re telling you about sunlight.

It’s not as sexy as expensive saunas or stem cell injections. When you use sunlight, you don’t get a shiny package waiting at your door. You don’t have to pay for something by credit card, wait for it to show up and then find it gathering dust in the corner of your basement after a few short months.

Sunlight is totally free! You don’t have to be wealthy and you don’t have to know how to use a computer.

We’re here to tell you that the best biohack is totally free, for anyone!

Right? Of course I’m right.

Sun exposure.. Boring..

It’s my goal to change your opinion by the end of this article.

What is the giver of all life on Earth?

Within many cultures throughout the ages the Sun has been worshiped as the supreme God or giver of life.

Think about that.

The sun is necessary for all types of life on earth. Without it, life would cease to exist. We’re taught this in elementary school when learning about photosynthesis.

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For this reason, sunlight is even more important than the food you eat. As Dr. Jack Kruse often says, light is more important than food. We’ll dive into this, but essentially, if you set up your light environment properly, you can eat less food. If you set up your light environment properly, you can obtain the body composition you want. You can build optimal health with light, far more easily than you can with food.

HUMAN BODY = BATTERY

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Think of the human body like a battery. To keep any battery operating at peak efficiency you need to keep it charged. The sun and Earth in combination work as the charger. In fact, the sun can provide us with electrons, or energy, to power our battery. The sun can do this directly through our skin and eyes, or chemically through the food we eat. The sun is a more efficient source of electrons than food.

Your mitochondria use the flow of electrons to keep you energized. This is called the ECT (Electron Transport Chain) in the metabolism lingo of physiologists and biochemists. 

We can get electrons to power our mitochondria through food or from the Earth and Sun. Believe it or not, we can get 66% of our electrons directly from the earth and the sun!

Take that, breathatarian non-believers!

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That means food only provides 33% of the energy supply we need in a day. 

When we live in fear of the sun, we have to eat more food, to produce electrons, and we gain weight and get sick. 

Step barefoot on the earth, look bravely up at the Sun and soak in electrons through the soles of your feet to recharge the batteries.

Why do you think vacations “recharge” us so well?

Think about being on vacation and sitting in the sun, with your feet in the water, barefoot. This is the best way to soak up electrons and sunlight.

The glow you get from being on vacation, that feeling of everything being right in the world if your body finally getting the right nutrient! Vitamin S (for Sun).

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EYES & SKIN = SOLAR PANELS

To really harness the energy of the sun you need solar panels. It’s a good thing that we born with built in solar panels. This is our skin and eyes. The more skin we can expose to the sun the better. Be reasonable here people. AM sun contains little to no UV, so expose as much skin to the morning sun as you can. Soak in the infrared rays. As the UVA and UVB come out, get "safe” sun exposure by getting enough sun for vitamin D creation but don’t burn.

It’s also important to expose our eyes to the sun. That means going without sunglasses as much as possible.

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For someone that is used to wearing sunglasses all the time (me included), this is a little tough to get used to. I (This is Chris) spent 15 years as an ironworker and we were required to wear glasses at all times. Most of the time they were dark glasses so we could see pieces of steel being flown to us by the crane even if we had to look towards the sun. My eyes were so used to the tint of the glasses that any time I went out into the sun I couldn’t see very well without sunglasses.

It took me a few months to really get used to going outside without glasses but now it doesn’t bother me at all.

Sunlight in our eyes in the morning without glasses or contacts has been shown (here, here, here) to set our circadian rhythm for the entire day. This helps us sleep better at night and keeps us optimally healthy.

If your eyes are sun-sensitive, blink them often to cool them. Get as much sun around sunrise and sunset as you can each day and your eyes will adjust to being able to take more and more sun till eventually, you won’t need sunglasses.

SUNLIGHT HELPS US LIVE LONGER 

Dr. Jack Kruse and Dr. Alexander Wunsch are the two leading experts and public sources of information on light and its impact on human health. Both have such detailed and scientific explanations of how light works that it takes a while to weed through the details and understand their points.

The bottom line is that spending time in the right LIGHT ENVIRONMENT massively impacts your health and longevity. 

In the post below that Dr. Kruse made on LinkedIn, he claims that cell division, cell time, and cell life is based on signals from light and thus impacts our longevity.

From Jack Kruse’s LinkedIn post in 2017:

“In 1964, John Ott along with Dr. Irving Leopold studied the effects of light on rabbit retinal pigment epithelial cells. They documented that that retinal pigment epithelial would not divide unless they were exposed to low levels of ultraviolet light. Roeland van Wijk research has shown that every cell on Earth has to release ELF-UV light from its surface to stimulate mitosis.  What this implies is that UV light is necessary for our health because the RPE in the human retina controls our eye clock!  The eye clock is what controls our circadian rhythms in our cells and they all link coherently using light water and magnetism to control growth and metabolism.  The effect is massive on our lifespan.”

There is so much to light that most people do not understand. Sunlight can heal and indoor light can be toxic. But you have to dig deeper to fully understand the nuances. Ultimately, you are best by spemding most of your time in a naturally lit environment, with as little between you and the outdoors as possible. 

At night, this is even more critical. Bathing yourself in artificial light at night is carcinogenic. That's why shiftwork is actually a classified carcinogen. (r

BUT DOESN’T SUNLIGHT CAUSE CANCER? WTF!! 

Hang on. All this talk about sunlight, and we’re forgetting that sun exposure causes cancer!

My opinion, no! 

 

We were born on this world and are of this world. We were born to be under the sun. Nature did not make a mistake with us! All animals and plants on this earth are born under the sun and meant to live an outdoor life.

We are the only animals born on earth that construct artificial suns and live indoors, protected from nature and hiding from the sun! Do you think that artificial light that replaces sunlight for most of us could possibly be harming us?

Our birthright is to be outdoors exposed to the sun. Any move away from this, like thinking we’re smarter than nature and our artificial lights are no different from the sun, leads us down a path of disease.

Now, I can say for certain that it's probably not a good idea to get a sunburn every day and you shouldn’t go from zero to hours of sun a day while naked. Be smart about this.

Being smart about sun exposure means knowing more about light and sunlight than others. If you want to allow your skin and body to soak up more sun without getting burned, then make sure to get sun on your body at sunrise. At sunrise, there are just the right rays set your body up to be able to absorb more during the middle part of the day.

The evidence is clear in many scientists minds that the sun is dangerous. Is that a crazy statement or what? It’s like saying water is dangerous and so we better avoid it at all costs.

The sun is the sun and we need it as much as water. In fact, most researchers have no idea what the sun’s rays do for the human body and every year we’re discovering more and more that the sun does that’s necessary.

In the past, we didn’t know the science as well as we do today.

Now, we see that it’s the wrong type of sun exposure that’s an issue, like exposure through windows, and also exposure to artificial light!

Jack Kruse said it well in this LinkedIn post from May 2017:

"Never let your education limit you from learning new things. The authors (of a recent paper on Melanoma) appear to be shocked that they globally found UV FROM the sun shows no causative effect in melanoma cases. Let me say that again.........ZERO ties to sunlight. Does that statement marry to what you've heard from skin and eye doctors? Does it marry to your beliefs about the sun? The meme that the sun is so bad for us now has government officials in Australia mandating sunscreen and sunglasses for children as part of the law. This meme that the sun is bad for us is going to hurt many people.

Researchers still do not realize UV light within the sun has other frequencies contained with it naturally that make it a different kind of stimulus for our cells for healing than UV light frequencies separated from other frequencies and that come from an artificial light source. Nowhere on Earth does man's light equal sun light."

ARE SOME MELANOMAS ACTUALLY CAUSED BY ARTIFICIAL LIGHT? (R)

The article referenced in the title explains that indoor artificial light is likely the bigger cancer concern and not sunlight.

This is a hard truth to swallow. Many people with skin cancer have an aversion to sunlight. They cover up, they wear sunscreen, and they avoid the outdoors. And yet they continue to develop skin growths that must be treated. Often they are told it's from the damage that already occured and there's nothing they can do about it. 

I'm not sure if that's true or not. But perhaps avoiding the sun and bathing themselves in artificial, processed lighting could be making things worse and not better. 

“The incidence rate of cutaneous melanoma has been increasing faster than that of any other cancer in white-skinned populations over the past decades. The main risk factors for melanoma (i.e. exposure to sunlight, naevus count, phototype, and family history of melanoma) may not wholly explain the epidemiological trends observed for this cancer. The light-at-night theory postulates that increasing use of artificial light-at-night may contribute to the increasing breast cancer incidence through suppressed secretion of melatonin (a hormone produced in the dark and inhibited by light, which regulates circadian rhythms). Here, we postulate that this theory may also apply to melanoma and that it may explain a part of this cancer burden.”

OK, go back and read that again!

Light at night and suppressed melatonin (from living an indoor life) may be the cause of melanoma, breast cancer and more.

Artificial light at night, especially that from LEDs and CFLs have too much blue light. This was NOT the case with firelight, candles, or incandescent light. Our leaders have decided to do away with incandescent light and now we're left with toxic LEDs and CFLs. This type of light is damaging to our eyes, our bodies and our brains. These lights are dangerous to LIFE!

If that isn’t enough to convince you to pick up a pair of these GLASSES that block the harmful blue light at night, I don’t know what is.

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SUN TAN SUPPRESSES CANCER GENE! (R)

Oh my, there’s the sun helping us again!

A tan is more than a sign of sun damage. It's also a natural shield against skin cancer, particularly the deadliest sort: melanoma. Now scientists have found another surprising link between tanning and cancer: p53--a gene long implicated as a cancer suppressor--appears to be key to helping us tan.” (r)

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Tanning helps suppress cancer!! Wow, doesn’t it feel great having permission to get tan? Do you feel guilty sun bathing? Or do you feel wonderful soaking up those healing rays?

How you feel about things has a lot to do with the outcome. There’s a reason the Romans and others constructed Solariums. More workplaces should take note and do the same.

Can you imagine a secure place at work where it’s safe to take off your shirt, put your bare feet on the ground and do a little work, or just relax at lunch?

We have just such a place at our corporate headquarters. It's not allowable yet to bare our skin in the corporate courtyard though. It's just not quite accepted yet. At least we have it and we can work outdoors in the courtyard.  And the city park is only 2 blocks away. So taking off your shirt and walking, sprinting or just lying about while grounded to the earth is easy to do in just a

And the city park is only 2 blocks away. So I often take a walk at lunch to the park and take off my shirt and walk or sprint about while grounded barefoot to the earth. It's easy to do in just a 4 minute walk from the front door.

How can you get sunlight while at work? 

When I'm home I literally just set a cardboard box up on my driveway or front lawn in the morning and do my work from there. 

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INDOOR WORKERS HAVE HIGHER CANCER RATES THAN OUTDOOR WORKERS 

Maybe it’s just because outdoor workers are happier and like their jobs more. Oh, wait, the sun helps produce dopamine, the feel good hormone. No wonder outdoor workers are happier. OK, back to cancer.

The following is an excerpt from a political fact check website checking the statement someone made about indoor workers having higher rates of cancer than outdoor workers. Our own FDA agrees that indoor workers have higher rates of cancer. (r) I can’t even make this stuff up.

“… a 2011 research article by Dianne E. Godar, a chemist with the Food and Drug Administration. In the introduction, she writes that "although outdoor workers get three to 10 times the annual UV dose that indoor workers get, they have similar or lower incidences of cutaneous malignant melanoma." CMM, as it’s called, is a dangerous form of melanoma that can spread if not treated.

The author gives three reasons for why this might be: One, people who work indoors are exposed to high concentrations of sunlight on holiday or on weekends, resulting in sunburns that may lay the groundwork for skin cancer. Two, these people work inside offices where they receive sunlight filtered through windows. The windows allow in gene-mutating UVA wavelengths, which promote cancer development but block out Vitamin D-making UVB, which ward off tumor development. Who knew?

The World Health Organization shares that line of reasoning: "Tumour development may be linked to occasional exposure to short periods of intense sunlight, such as at weekends or on holiday. The higher incidence of malignant melanoma in indoor workers compared to outdoor workers supports that notion."

So, it’s not that indoor workers are avoiding the sun; it’s that they’re getting the wrong kind of sun in the worst possible way. We reached out to Godar but were not able to communicate with her directly. An FDA spokeswoman provided a statement, which reads in part: "Melanoma incidence has consistently been associated with intense, intermittent sun exposure as opposed to chronic sun exposure such as that received by some outdoor workers."

My opinion? I don’t think the intermittent sun exposure is what’s causing cancer in indoor workers.

That’s like saying meat is dangerous but only if you eat tiny amounts of it. Those people that eat lots of meat would be healthier than those that don’t eat a lot of meat. If vegetarians sometimes eat meat on a few select holidays or drunken indulgences they would be more prone to cancer than the Paleo meat eaters. Therefore, if we believe what the medical community wants us to believe, those tiny amounts of meat decadence are laying the foundations for cancer. Does that sound insane to you? 

Ok, that wasn't the best example because high protein consumption is not correlated with longevity. Eating less daily protein, but not necessarily being vegetarian is probably best for most people.
How can tiny amounts of sunlight cause cancer but people out in the sun all day for work seem to be fine?  This makes no logical sense.

Could it just be that those indoor workers may not get ENOUGH sunlight AND they are exposed to the wrong type of light all day long and that’s what’s causing cancer?   Let’s not blame the sun, the thing we’ve been living under since humans emerged in history as dangerous.

Light at night and too much blue light during the day is almost certainly the main issue here. 

Oh, I can't wait for you to read the next headline!

 THE SURPRISING CAUSE OF MELANOMA AND IT’S NOT TOO MUCH SUN (R)

Read the articled linked in the headline above for the details on the cause of melanoma. Sunlight is actually protective against melanoma due to the synthesis of vitamin D sulfate.

While the wrong type of indoor lighting may be causing cancer, obesity, heart disease and more.(r)

Here''s what Dr. Jack Kruse had to say recenty on LinkedIn about sunlight and health: 

"Remember what I said above? "Never let your education limit you from learning new things." They authors appear to be shocked that they globally found UV FROM the sun shows no causative effect in melanoma cases. Let me say that again.........ZERO ties to sunlight. Does that statement marry to what you've heard from skin and eye doctors? Does it marry to your beliefs about the sun? The meme that the sun is so bad for us now has government officials in Australia mandating sunscreen and sunglasses for children as part of the law. This meme that the sun is bad for us is going to hurt many people.

Researchers still do not realize UV light within the sun has other frequencies contained with it naturally that make it a different kind of stimulus for our cells for healing than UV light frequencies separated from other frequencies and that come from an artificial light source. No where on Earth does man's light equal sun light."

HERE’S WHERE MOST PEOPLE ARE GOING WRONG  

Spending 90% of our time indoors. HELLO!!! We’re an outdoor mammal. We are not designed to live underground or inside a tree or at the bottom of the ocean. Therefore, we are outdoor creatures and thus creatures of the LIGHT.

In North in the winter, the South in the Summer, we go from our homes to our cars to work to the gym to the store and back home. Rarely do we get outside in these months at all.

Do we get outside for more than a few minutes?

We’re doing this all wrong.

We Cover up.  – Outdoors we layer on sunscreen, hats, and clothing. Our body was made to absorb sunlight as a nutrient for optimal human functioning. As Dr. Jack Kruse says, if you put a tarp over a tree you can’t expect it to live very long. That’s exactly the same thing you are doing when you smear on sunscreen and layer on clothes and hats to “keep off the sun”. Ouch.

We make our kids wear sunglasses and sunscreen. This is causing an entire generation to miss out on sunlight. Let them get a safe amount of sunlight. Sunlight in the morning and just enough in the afternoon.

We Wear Glasses – do you wear sunglasses outdoors? What about contacts or glasses? All of these prevent the healing rays of the sun from entering your eyes! I’m not saying to stare into the sun at mid day and go blind. Ok, I’ll admit to staring directly at the sun at sunrise and sunset. Don’t do this at home little Jimmy. Wink wink. There are many cultures who used sun gazing as a practice for health and spirit. I will not suggest to you to copy me. But Sunlight in your eyes in the morning has been shown to set circadian rhythm for the day and help you sleep better at night. In fact, someone told me there is no UV in early morning sunlight? I checked to see if this was true. Here’s one of the references (r).

You can’t obtain the benefits of the sun by shielding your eyes. Be reasonable and cautious, but do allow natural sunlight into your eye for a brief time.

We tell people sunlight is Dangerous –  yet outdoor workers having less skin cancer than other people. SO obviously this isn’t exactly true.  

Getting a sun burn and getting too much sun is bad, according to most. There are some who disagree with this and claim it’s safer than too much artificial light. However, vitamin D from the sun can help repair this damage.  Some people are not convinced that sunburns are anything to worry about, but do your own research on this one.

Drinking too much water is bad too, but no one’s telling you to avoid water because too much could harm you! And some water is far better than none.

WE GET HAPPIER FROM SUN EXPOSURE 

Sun exposure increases dopamine receptor sites (r).

Dr. Kruse recently wrote an article stating:  “UV-A has a big surprise function that is buried in this picture below: It increases a protein made in the brain called POMC. From this protein, many other proteins are cleaved by solar light to stimulate many important pathways, like dopamine and melatonin creation in the eye and skin. Another important one is β-endorphin release. Sunlight releases an opiate when we are exposed to the sun. Guess why nature did that? Could it be that she wanted us going in the sunlight often for its healing powers? I think so.”

“The fact that UV-A light induces a small opiate response tells us nature is trying to get us to come out into the solar light. The fact that UV-A and IR-A light in AM sunlight work in unison to create this circumstance says something very deep about sunlight importance. In fact, IR- A light looks to be a way to improve your solar callus and offset the risks of extended UV light on the skin. IR-A is a way to induce hybrid tanning for more UV-A assimilation. If UV-A light increases B-endorphin it would explain why we feel good and have mood elevation in AM sunlight.”

Kruse claims that nature has a way of making us addicted to sunlight by giving us a dopamine hit every time we’re out in the sun, especially AM sunlight. He also claims that people who sleep all day and work at night, under artificial lights may have higher rates of suicide, addiction, and depression because they aren’t exposed to the dopamine hit of morning sunlight. They either supplement a dopamine hit from drugs and alcohol or turn to anti-depressants.

ARE CHEMTRAILS KEEPING US DEPRESSED AND MORE EASILY CONTROLLED? 

I don’t like to get too far down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole.

There are claims that it’s a conspiracy to keep us out of the sunlight. In fact, spraying chemicals in the sky, chemtrails, is geoengineering to keep adequate sunlight from our skin. This keeps us more depressed and wanting to buy more stuff and allows us to be more easily controlled. 

Whether the chemtrail conspiracy is real, we do know that there is more haze in the sky than ever before and this haze makes it harder to get vitamin D from the sun.

While I’ve fallen into the conspiracy theory black hole before, this one may or may not be true, but what is true is sunlight increases dopamine. And dopamine makes us happy.

Beware

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SUN EXPOSURE CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT 

Sunlight exposure makes us happier, protects us from cancer and can even help us lose weight (r). When we get the right type of sunlight exposure we can produce more energy in the body. This means we need less food energy to create the electrons our body needs to run. If we need less energy from food, we can eat less!

MORNING SUNLIGHT MAY BE PROTECTIVE AGAINST UV IN THE AFTERNOON 

Morning sunlight can “pre treat” our skin to protect it from UV rays later in the day.

“This is why a lack of sunlight is linked to obesity because of a lack UV-A and IR-A normally present in morning sunlight. The anti-inflammatory effects of α-MSH and ACTH may help relieve irritation and local inflammation in UV-exposed skin acting as a calming influence. This situation in the morning increases histidine in the skin. Histidine is an aromatic amino acid that absorbs massive amounts of UV-A light. This lowers erythema production in the skin. So AM sunlight can pretreat your skin to protect it when stronger UVB light becomes present.” (r)

PLANTS MAKE ENERGY DIRECTLY FROM THE SUN. SO DO HUMANS!! 

Based on the below articles, we just might be able to use the sun’s energy, as long as we are eating plants (r, r, r).

MORNING SUNLIGHT HELPS YOU SLEEP BETTER AT NIGHT 
MELATONIN CREATED IN MORNING SUNLIGHT!

That’s right, melatonin, the hormone that helps us fall asleep at night and get the benefits of sleep is also produced in our eye in the morning upon exposure to morning sunlight. It’s thought that this melatonin helps our eye stay healthy and also regulated the circadian cycle of our eye.

Upon exposure to the morning light, melatonin in the body is decreased and dopamine is increased.

Jack Kruse explains the scientific details here. This is a really great talk he gave in 2017.

“Light builds hormones like Vitamin D3 in many ways.  Light builds our pituitary hormones by first creating dopamine using aromatic amino acids that absorb UV light. It does this to cortisol too. The suns light is used to power up and excite electrons.  That excitation changes the local geometry of amino acids in proteins.  Incident light at surfaces are unpolarized and becomes assigned an order by K+ ions and water. So incident light from the sun really acts as the currency of the compound pharmacy in our pituitary every day to make things we need from light to live our life in our local environment.  This makes your hormone panel a “shadow cast” of your local light environment.  This is why your “local zip code” for light is incredibly important.”

Morning sunlight helps set our circadian rhythm for the day and is responsible for producing key hormones. (rr, r)

Get outside in the morning and get sunlight as early in the morning as possible.

WHY DOES A CHLOROPHYLL LOOK EXACTLY LIKE HEMOGLOBIN 

Some people call this “quirky science”. Seriously, do you think this is just a coincidence? Nature has a purpose.  

It’s really interesting how similar these two essential life molecules look. Heme contains an iron atom which is able to absorb more light energy, while chlorophyll based on a central magnesium does not absorb as much sunlight. WHY>>>>> (r)

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  • Mitochondria break down fuel molecules and capture energy in cellular respiration.
  • Chloroplasts are found in plants and algae and capture light energy to make sugars via photosynthesis.

Mitochondria are involved in cellular respiration whereas chloroplasts are involved in photosynthesis. The overall chemical reactions for the processes occurring in them are different and reverse.  (WOW!!!!! Exactly the SAME reaction, but backward!!!!!!) HOLY SHIT

- Cellular Respiration: C6H12O6+6O2 ---> 6CO2+6H2O+ATP

- Plant Photosynthesis: 6CO2+6H2O --->C6H12O6+6O2

Notice how these two pathways are exactly reversed. How plants make sugars from the sun and how we break down sugars for energy. This is really amazing to see.

I mean it makes sense, but seeing the equation and the molecules is pretty spooky don’t you think?

Did you know that our mitochondria also use light? Light energy can stimulate mitochondria to make energy. Specifically, red light can stimulate cytochrome C oxidase to make cellular energy. (r)

UVB IS IMPORTANT AND ONLY AVAILABLE AT CERTAIN TIMES OF YEAR 

UVB is one of the most important nutrients you get from the sun and also the ONLY place you can obtain UVB (other than a specific way to biohack this, detailed in a future post).

UVB creates vitamin D sulfate in the skin. Vitamin D is so important for our health, and it’s available for free, right from the sun.

Supplementing with vitamin D is not nearly as effective as supplementing with the Sun. Often people have a hard time increasing vitamin D levels in their body with pills, and too high a dose could be dangerous as it builds up in the body. Best to get this directly from nature. Chemical vitamin D, even the "good" version called vitamin D3, is just not the same as what you get from the sun. You can actually manufacture about 30,000 IUs of Vitamin D from the sun in just 30 minutes! Most vitamin D supplements contain anywhere from 400 - 5,000 IUs of vitamin D. 

You can only make vitamin D from the sun when the angle of the sun is c lose to and above 50 degrees from the horizon (r). This means that in summer in most of the US, you cannot make vitamin D until around noon. In the winter, in the northern parts of the US, you cannot make vitamin D at all as the sun never gets high enough in the sky to allow UVB rays to penetrate our atmosphere in quantity enough to create vitamin D in our skin.

Download and use the D minder app to help understand when you can get vitamin D in your latitude. You might want to consider trips down south in the winter to restock that vitamin D!

RED LIGHT AND ANTI-AGING

Red light in sunlight can reduce photo-aging, reduce wrinkles and stretch marks and cure cancer. I’m just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

Red light has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation, increase weight loss and improve athletic performance. Psoriasis and acne also benefit from red light. (r)

As the body absorbs red light, the mitochondria in our cells produce more energy, allowing the cells to do their jobs. This can have an anti-aging effect on our bodies.\

The cells in our body can and do absorb light. This absorbed light is used for energy production, collagen production and more.

SUN SALUTATIONS CONSTITUTE SAFE SUN EXPOSURE (INFRARED LIGHT) 

You can’t see this light, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t real. Put on a pair of infrared goggles and it’s apparent that infrared is very real.

Some wavelengths of infrared can be felt as heat. That warmth you feel coming from the campfire at night is infrared. Some infrared wavelengths you cannot feel as heat, but they do have a biological impact.

Indoor lighting used to contain infrared. When we lit our homes with fire, the warmth and heat coming off the fire are the infrared light. Through all of human history, we lit our indoor spaces with infrared containing fire and candlelight.

Then we spent the next 70 years or more using the Edison bulb. This is known as the incandescent light bulb. It too gives off infrared light. You can feel it heat up. Life was good.

 

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Now we have transitioned to LED and CFL lights. No infrared. NO red light either. These give off a blue frequency of light that can be harmful to the body, the eyes, and our hormones. There is no infrared or red to counteract it. We use them at night in our TVs, laptops and overhead lighting. This light at night is carcinogenic and ruins our sleep. Check out our D.A.R.K. article on how to sleep properly.

 

Infrared light from the sun early in the morning has actually been showing to precondition the skin to be able to absorb UVB during the day and protect against UV-A.

This article (r) from authors from Harvard, MIT, McGill and more discuss the benefits of infrared light:

“suggesting that IR-A may be more beneficial than deleterious when the skin is exposed to the appropriate irradiance/dose of IR-A radiation similar to daily sun exposure received by people in real life.

IR-A might even precondition the skin – a process called photo prevention - from an evolutionary standpoint since exposure to early morning IR-A wavelengths in sunlight may ready the skin for the coming mid-day deleterious UVR.

Consequently IR-A appears to be the solution, not the problem. It does more good than bad for the skin. It is essentially a question of intensity and how we can learn from the sun.

One could therefore assume that early morning “sun salutation” (surya namaskar) and late afternoon procrastination on the beach are actually natural PBM treatments to prevent and repair, respectively. Consequently, if your shadow is taller than you are (in the early morning and late afternoon) you're taking advantage of the beneficial effects of IR-A while avoiding peak (Zenithal) harmful UVR [6061]. Ultimately, it is another way of being sun smart.”

SO WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU REALLY JUST CAN’T GET OUT IN THE SUN? 

How Do We supplement Sunlight?

Oh, this is a very sad state of affairs. I feel for you, I really do. You work night shift. Perhaps your company locks you inside a factory and you can only leave when a buzzer goes off and must return when the buzzer goes off again. AHHHHHHH. 

Ok, so what do you do?

Well, we know indoor lighting is toxic (See this TEDx talk by Thaddeus). Indoor lighting and devices are made up of Blue light, which is damaging to the eyes and stimulating and turns off our melatonin.

You’ll have to read our next article to find out how to supplement sunlight, or if it’s even possible!

SUMMARY – WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?  

  • Wake up and get outside as close to sunrise as possible.
  • Get sunlight into your eye without glasses, sunglasses or contacts.
  • Do not look directly at the sun, look about 15 degrees below the sun.
  • Take off as many clothes as possible. Be naked if possible.
  • At least be on the ground barefoot during this morning sunlight session.
  • Do this for 15 minutes or so.

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  • Block Blue light on all your devices during the day using Iris or f.lux for laptops and Twilight or Nightshift for phones.

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  1. Get outside around noon with as few clothes as possible and soak in some UVB rays. Time varies depending on your skin type, latitude and time of year. In northern climates, you will not get any UVB in the Fall. In Minnesota, September 17th is about the last day I can absorb any UVB.  Do not wear sunscreen.

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  • Download Dminder App. There is an APP called “DMinder” that will tell you when you can absorb UVB rays in your location.
  • Do your work outdoors if at all possible. I take my laptop outside and work for as long as possible. Sit in the shade when you’ve had enough sun.

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  • Change over your indoor lights from LEDs and CLFs to Incandescent and Halogen. That’s right, they use more energy, but are far healthier than LEDs and CFLs.

If possible, use candles or firelight at night. Seriously!

If possible, do not use any light after dark, this is the normal state of affairs our body expects.

Go to bed shortly after dark.

Other articles:

THERE IS AN EQUATION AND CHEMISTRY TO FEAR

By Nic Zahasky

 

The equation:

 

Anxiety/Fear = Estimation of danger/Estimation of coping skills (ie. defense cascade)

 

The mechanism:

 

Thalamus > Sensory cortex > Hippocampus > Amygdala > Hypothalamus

 

The chemistry:

 

Adrenaline > corticotropic releasing hormone (HCT) > cortisol

 

The actions:

 

Arousal > freezing > flight > fight > tonic immobility > collapsed immobility > quiescent immobility

 

The human model is also more complex because humans make subjective representations of body states and endow their experiences with meaning, and because humans use their minds to create internally generated representations of threat—images of feeling states and events from the past or images of the imagined future—which, like real external threats, have the capacity to activate the body’s defense systems in the absence of external threat. Fear states can therefore be induced by combinations of internal and external triggers, some of which will be accessible to conscious processing, and some not.” - Harvard review of Psychiatry

 

 

The above paragraph essentially states that the mechanism of fear dictates our rationale, decisions making process and reactions based on our past traumas (experiences) and as humans we all have a level of corrupted data. If you listen to any news outlet these days you will undoubtedly find some information that will scratch the itch you are looking for.  A preset algorithm geared to the [wo]man in front of the screen or in ears shot of the news “cast” with an agenda of complete neural dominance and eventually an artificial human to machine interface.

 

Imagine if you will that there is a specific area in your prefrontal cortex that directly connects you to the Creator or creation, a place harboring specified genetic code that varies slightly from human to human but also connects us all spiritually.  What if this quantum entanglement was accidentally damaged or by nefarious means, purposely corrupted?

 

There is a portion of the worlds population that is currently operating with chemical and media corrupted data files. This has triggered an impulsive reaction to act in anger when they are confronted with data that can be attacked with fictional bias and real dangers that may be omitted through plausibly deniability. Is this the new normal or is it the perpetual human response to fear? Socially engineered ideology, coding and spells have dictated humans emotional status and behaviors for millennia. The group think conditioning has become more pervasive and easier to implement on those plugged in to the matrix. 

 

What isn't a threat has been twisted or augmented by narrative and tech to become a threat, every human has fallen prey to dogma and strict adherence to their social media beliefs, this leaves little to no room for the Creator persona that dictates empathy and compassion for our fellow humans.

 

As I mentioned before each human is specifically encoded with a variation of the VMAT2 gene, the expression of this gene controls the level of connection to the Creator and perhaps many other higher-order executive functions. We have been created in the image of something bigger and more powerful than ourselves and it is beyond our comprehension. Those that are struggling to gain control over our consciousness (soul) know this and the struggle has been perpetual.

 

You may feel that your personal safety and the safety of our loved ones is consistently under attack from an invisible hand.  You may even feel that your path or journey is no longer under own control, a series of “what ifs” lead you into a tailspin of question and false answers and back into aggression or complete paralysis.

 

There is still hope! On the flip side of aggression and paralysis there is action or fleeing. Fleeing or regrouping should not be looked upon as cowardice but it should be viewed as a variation in tactics. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, Chapter Eight, page 74 highlights the character traits of a good commander. Sensibilities and understanding can make all the difference, Knowing the small minority of dark powers that come against you improves your standing and gives you solid footing. When to push forward and when to fall back, when to take the high ground or when to walk with the river bed, its all a choice.

 

Your past is the catalyst to your reaction or coping mechanism to fear. The inner child that was hurt or traumatized in some manner is reacting within and out of the past but the newly created spiritually robust and experienced commander that is here now comforts that child with the abundance of wisdom. Dr. Zach Busch said it very well, “ A mindset of fear has decided the best way to control human beings is to separate us, and ‘they’ are exactly right. In our separation, we lose the connectivity that creates joy, purpose, and our hyper intelligence.”

 

No ‘person’ (corporation or entity) can separate you from your soul or consciousness, you have an internal and eternal right to deny access and its up to you to exercise this right consistently and without hesitation against any and every internal or external threat.  Every spiritual contract that you unknowingly signed under duress can easily be redacted and become null-and-void with a simple declaration, verbal and or written.    Now that you know the equation for fear and anxiety its time to apply the solution.

 

Happiness = Love + empathy + forgiveness + trust + coping + skills + people + nature

 

All of us are conduits of energy or empaths but some of us are extremely sensitive to the slightest of energetic shifts within our universe. I’d like to say that I generally have my emotions in check and that I act out of logic like Sun Tzu when presented with a problem such as fear, that I can immediately apply the equation above and like that I’m calm and at peace and my directives are clear but often the programming keeps coming and its my goal to see through the codes of fear, to see the tactics of the enemy and adjust my army as necessary.

 

Today may you love deeper, trust the process, move with decisive action and always trust your gut! Check out our video, corona part 1 and 2. Logic can explain away fear, remember that belief is the enemy of knowing.

 

 

 

References:

 

https://journals.lww.com/hrpjournal/Fulltext/2015/07000/Fear_and_the_Defense_Cascade__Clinical.3.aspx

 

http://beforeyoutakethatpill.com/blog/2014/10/27/stress-hormones-and-the-fear-response-in-survival/

 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15245638/

A Very Primalhacker Holiday

I don't know about you all, but I'm not real big into holidays. 

In fact, all holidays, with the exception of the made up ones like valentines day, have been bastardized by corporations to turn then into gluttonous spendfests.  In reality all holidays are based on ancient traditions that were anything but the soul sucking things they are today. We like to stick to the ancient traditions because they had real meaning and probably led to higher spiritual awareness vs mass consumerism. 

With that said, we wanted to share our favorite holiday gifts with you all because we know while you and I may feel a certain way about holidays, it's generally expected that we still give others gifts. And we do make money to keep our blog and social media going by offering critical biohacking tools at affordable prices. 

We can gift to others without taking on the soul sucking breath feeders that wait for unaware consumers to buy buy buy. 

Before we link to any potential holiday goodies, let us talk about winter. 

Winter is a time of death. 

The annual plants are now dead. 

The sun slowly dies all fall and finally, on the winter solstice, dies in the west earlier than ever and rises later than ever. 

As tree leaves flutter to the ground, now crispy and colored, sap from trees is now safely in the roots and out of the limbs and leaves. 

Winter is also the time of rebirth. 

This year, winter solstice happens on a GREAT Conjunction where multiple planets align for the first time in the last 6000 years. 

This alignment is a sign of a great reset, and we can see that language popping up everywhere from the World Economic Forum to corporate emails. Literally this word reset is appearing everywhere out of the blue. 

While every winter contains a reset, this year is something special.

Not only is winter a time of resetting, the sun dies on the solstice and is reborn the next day as it begins staying out longer and longer from that day forward. Winter reset is also a body reset. 

The human body cannot sustain perpetual summer. In summer we eat carbs, sugar, stay up late, get less sleep, and work hard. 

In winter, we reset the body and our systems by getting more sleep, eating little to no carbs and sugar and allowing the body to rebuild. 

But this year, a great reset is in order. We have heard that companies, with work forces that cannot come into work, due to State orders, are working harder to automate tasks and remove the need for human workers at all. 

The military is preparing for a rest in the coming year and while we have no idea what that means, I'm thinking about NATO/ UN troops coming onto our soil. 

In addition, as we move from Pisces to Aquarius the Yuga moves from water to air. This likely means an end to water terms of money like currency, flow and such and a change from paper currency to digital currency. 

This great conjunction and great reset is something you can tune into for spiritual upgrades rather and be fearful of.  You can learn more here and here. 

For now, back to traditions. 

Witches back in ancient times were healers. One tradition they kept was the Yule Log. The eldest male selected the biggest log they could find that could still fit in the hearth. This log was decorated with runes, glyphs, prayers, beads and more before being put into the fire. Being so big it would last a long time and it would be accompanied by the family snuggling up on this cold winter day. 

Nearly ALL of what we call christmas is completely and wholly based on saturnalia. Look it up. 

Ancient people would have celebrated the death of the current year with the birth of the new year. Likely this would have been done with a feast, eating up the stores of carbs like squash and potatoes and getting ready to subsist more off meats and fats. 

This was a time of contemplation, additional sleep, and less work. Some people believe ancient humans went through a phase of near hibernation where they slept most of the time, thus reducing need for food and water. 

Whether you celebrate one of the modern religious holidays or want to practice more ancient traditions, take this time to slow, down, sleep more, and eat less carbs. 

Get out of here and go snuggle with a family member or furry friend and meditate on 2021 and the great reset. Make it a reset for your spiritual growth. 

On to the list. 

Bluebockers

Every Primalhacker MUST have blueblockers. Not only do they mimic the ancient sky of darkness, blocking all blue light from entering the eye, but they help you get more sleep at night. 

Our favorite pair are these

 

Red Light

Ancient people had fire at night. They gathered and met by firelight. Firelight was healing from the red and infrared light. It contained nearly no damaging blue light. 

If you can't sit by a nightly fire, plan on buying a healing red and infrared light. 

Our favorite is Gembared (discount code SLEEP)

Our favorite portable red light is the flexbeam (discount code primalhacker)

If the indigogo campaign is still going, you can get up to $249 off by using THIS link.

Avoid EMF

Ancient people healed faster and without modern medical equipment. Part of the reason why is because they were no bombarded by man made EMF that caused massive stress in the body. 

You can use EMF blocking faraday bags for your phone and airtube earbuds instead of putting your phone to your head. 

In addition, you can get yourself one of these EMF blocking hoodie sweatshirts to protect yourself when you leave your home. 

If you need some EMF blocking underwear try these

Greens in Winter

In winter, we advocate eating more fat and little to no carbs.  Usually this means we eat less greens and mushrooms as they aren't available fresh in our area.

One easy way to get in the greens that tastes great and that we've tried out for months and love is Organifi.

Discount code PRIMAL for 15% off.

These are the hand-selected superfood ingredients you’ll enjoy in each serving of Organifi Pure:

They also offer a morning green drink, afternoon red drink, and evening before bed drink for sleep.  We've been using all three and have really enjoyed them. 

Barefoot Shoes

Our ancestors didn't go around cramming their feet into unnaturally narrow shoes that deform muscle and tendon causing pain. All shoes, if we wore them at all, were barefoot. 

It's time to bring barefoot back. After years and years of trialing barefoot shoes, we have two companies that have been around for the long haul and make amazing shoes that last a long time without breaking the bank. 

Xeroshoes and Vivobarefoot (Discount code PRIMALVB )

 

Primalhacked Wine

You can get a bottle of the "hangover" free, low sugar, biodynamic wine for a penny using this link

 

 

EVERYTIME I USE THIS I GET ZONKED

 


By Thaddeus and Tomorrow

EVERYTIME I USE THIS I GET ZONKED...

Those were the last words my husband, (world famous biohacker, Thaddeus Owen) says to me before bed last night.  He said you have to spray it on your belly.  I pulled up my shirt ....⁠ a few seconds later it begins to burn a little and feel sort of itchy, but I am used to him using me as a female biohacking guinea pig.  The tingling went away quickly enough and I slept sound all night long.  Are you able to guess what he sprayed on me? Keep reading.  


Want to know more about Primalhacker’s biohack for a better night’s sleep.  This is one of those articles that will lead you in with a secret and won’t reveal it till the end of the page.  Just heads up.  It’s like reading a book, who reads the last page first?  Well, my mother does, but she cra cra.  


First things first.  Lets talk about ….sleep.  How well are you sleeping at night?


Most people, humans will answer below average.  Why? Because your not sick and tired enough to do something about it.  Tell me im wrong!  Please tell me im wrong. Im not wrong, there are 22 gazillion studies and doctors and people who specialize in sleep.  We will let them be special.  If you answered your sleep is above average but could still be more optimal, we have a few secret biohacks for you.  


Those of you who are doing most things right already, like have your diet dialed in, your workouts, your time outdoors in nature grounding….

These few things I have proven and tested out myself and on my wife and they might be fun and interesting for you to try out just to get your sleep dialed in a little more!


Sleep hacks for those with Above Average Sleep


  1.  5HTP + collagen  on your nightstand if you are really struggling to drift off.

This is something that works every single time. If you are truly struggling with sleep, try this trick, but we do not recommend it long term as we’ve heard it can cause neurotransmitter burnout, specifically serotonin. But used infrequently, or just long enough (perhaps a few months) to learn some other techniques, it works great.  


Recipe:

Before bed, make up a small cup of water 

Add to the water: 

1tsp of collagen powder (find it here)

1 capsule of 500mg of 5-HTP (find it here)

Stir. 

Put this on your nightstand and drink if you can’t get to sleep. 

The collagen helps the 5-HTP dissolve more easily and it can take about 30 minutes before it’s fully dissolved and ready to drink. 


  1. Wear blueblockers after sunset  that’s easy click HERE to shop our “thaddeus approved glasses” and click here to watch his TED talk about why it’s so effective

  1. Watch the sunrise and sunset- and don’t eat after sunset ---its too easy but do it anyway. Just like maugwi turn into gremlins if they are fed after dark, your cells turn into monsters if you feed them after dark. Cells are designed to sleep and detox after dark, so don’t feed them. 

  1. Our secret to getting zonked biohack has to do with the belly button. This is where your umbilical cord was attached and it’s also where all food entered your body when you were a baby. Because of this fact, your body more easily absorbs things from this area

-->Rub topical magnesium on your belly right before sleep….here’s why this works to get you zonked! 


Magnesium is well known to help bring on sleep at night. Topical magnesium has very little studies showing whether it is well absorbed. Because of the lack of data, many people ignore this method of using magnesium. After many discussions with PhD scientists, they believe the theory of topical Mg absorption is accurate, but not studied. Therefore Thaddeus tried this for a year and found it VERY effective for inducing sleep. Find it online here



Is your sleep below average?


If you're not quite there and need to up your game with your diet, workouts, grounding that's a great place to start.  


Here are a few things to start with for sleep


  1.  Don’t bring tv or devices into the bedroom  LINK see our blog post about light hacking here
  2. Turn off your WIFI at night  LINK see our blog post here and learn why
  3. Don’t eat after sunset or before sunrise
  4. Wear blueblocking glasses after sunset and before sunrise  
  5. Meditate in the morning to set up your day
  6. Make sure you see the sunrise everyday without wearing contacts or glasses for at least 5 mins to 45 mins 30 mins within sunrise
  7. Turn off all devices at least 2 hours before bed
  8. Tell your partner or kids what you appreciate about them everyday 
  9. Follow primalhacker for more cool biohacks
  10. Spray topical magnesium on your belly button area right before you go to sleep

The photos are from our dear friend Kristin Canty's farm in Bath, NH.  We held a primalhacker retreat  in 2018.  Kristin is the beauty and brains behind "Farmageddon" the movie.  You can find it here

SLEEP SWEET 

PEACE AND LOVE YOU ALL 

Thaddeus and Tomorrow

Why You Should Block Blue Light at Night

Humans, for all natural history that we know of, have never been exposed to blue light after dark.

Because of this, our bodies are tuned to the color blue, only present in the daytime sky.

This attunement to blue tells our body that it’s daytime.

Daytime means we humans will produce cortisol to be awake and alert and stop producing melatonin, a hormone of darkness and sleep.

When we see blue after dark, our bodies destroy melatonin, lose many of the benefits of sleep, and set us up for long term health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer according to the National Institute of Health.

In order to minimize exposure to blue light at night, the very best thing you can do is to wear blue light blocking glasses.

If Blue Light is Necessary, Why Block it?

Blue light is present in the sun always.

Our bodies have receptors that decode blue light.

These receptors are called melanopsin.

Melanopsin reads the blue light in the environment and uses this information to produce hormones that keep us healthy.

The amount of blue in the environment also tells the body what time of day it is. There is a varying amount of blue from sunrise to noon to sunset. The body reads these levels to know what time of day it is.

Knowing what time of day it is, helps our body set circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is so important to human health that the nobel prize in medicine was given in 2017 for the study of circadian rhythm.

Every cell in our body contains a clock and these clocks are required to be set to the right time for optimal health.

Our clocks are set by the color and brightness of light.

When we live indoors and turn on lights after dark, we confuse our body and the melanopsin receptors into thinking it’s daytime. We mess up our circadian rhythm and cause chaos in the body.

Blue light at the wrong time of day is devastating.

Blue light after sunset tells the body it's daytime, releases stress hormone and keeps you awake, destroying the healing hormone melatonin and ruining your sleep. 

In addition, strong blue light during the day from devices and overheads lights that are devoid of UV and infrared light can damage the eyes by causing too many free radicals in the eye without the mitigating effect of infrared light.

Blue light after dark has been shown to reduce melatonin and shift circadian rhythm.

Why Wear Blue Light Blocking Glasses at Night

When the sun sets, melatonin is released from the gut and pineal in the brain into the blood. Melatonin stays high for about 12 hours and helps us clean up cancer and even boosts our immune system!

But artificial light, which has a high amount of blue light at a time when nature provides no blue light, messes with melatonin levels.

Blue and green light have both been associated with decreasing melatonin, blue more than green. Red light does not decrease melatonin.

When blue light is removed at night, people sleep longer and get better sleep and melatonin is preserved.

Blue light blocking glasses have been shown to filter out blue light and preserve melatonin.

Blue Light Blocking for Better Sleep

Wearing blue light blocking glasses after sunset have been shown to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. Personally, I find these glasses so effective that I gave a TEDx talk about the effect HERE and also developed my own blue light blocking glasses because good looking effective blue light glasses on the market were too expensive and I wanted everyone to have them.

Blue Light Blocking to Control Cortisol Release

Cortisol is released with blue light, because blue is always present only when the sun is up. When the sun rises, we want to be alert and awake. This is because we are diurnal animals (we sleep at night and awaken during the day) as opposed to rats that are nocturnal animals. 

Our biology is coded to the light. 

Cortisol is a stress hormone, but also keeps us alert and awake, which is fine during the day but not before bed.

 

Blue Light Blocking Glasses for Reducing the Risk of Disease

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has published multiple papers showing that exposure to artificial light at Night (ALAN) is associated with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer. In addition the World Health Organization has declared ALAN or artificial light at night as a Class 2B carcinogen, in the same category as microwave radiation, lead, and asbestos.

It's important to note that light at the wrong time of the day is likely carcinogenic and also leads to health issues. This is true for everyone, even if you do not "feel" like it affects you. 

Protect your Eyes

If you work on a device all day or work under fluorescent or LED lights, you must protect your eyes. Daytime blue light blocking glasses filter some, but not all blue light to help protect the eyes.

Blue light during the day is necessary, but the intense blue light from devices is too much for your eyes and can create free radicals leading to macular degeneration. 

Shift Work

Shift work is anti-life. I’m sorry about this, but humans are diurnal animals while rats are nocturnal animals. Humans are not nocturnal and this means no matter what kind of night owl you “think” you are, you are designed biologically to be asleep when it’s dark.

Yes, you can “try” to hack nightshift work, and HERE is our article on how we would hack nightshift if we had to work nightshift. Ultimately, you will want to find a new job that allows you to work during the day.

How to Choose Blue Light Blocking Glasses

Everyone and even all kids really need to be wearing blue light blocking glasses after dark.

We all are exposed to phones, devices, TVs and lights after dark, especially if we’re not at home where we can control the light.

The cheapest glasses you can buy are THESE and while they aren’t something you’d wear out of the house, you can definitely get the cheaply and try the out at home to see how they work for you.

We recommend you try them out for one month and see what happens. I haven’t yet met someone who didn’t notice a benefit.

For daytime blue light blocking glasses that look amazing, we made these glasses 

Nighttime glasses that you can wear out of the house and look cool can be found here 

Finally, if you want to block blue and green light at night, as both can mess with melatonin, then THESE glasses will do just that.

Other Ways to Avoid Blue Light at Night

  • Use Red Lights in your home like these LEDs or Gembared (Discount code SLEEP) which can also be used for red light therapy.
  • Add Twilight or Iris aps to your phone and use iris or F.lux on your laptops.
  • Use Candles at night.
  • Turn off the power in your bedroom at the circuit box. Many people do this to avoid EMFs as well..
  • Get sunlight during the day. This has been shown to allow you to get better sleep at night.

 

As soon as the sun sets, put on your blue light blocking glasses.

When the sun rises the next day, take them off.

This will ensure you preserve your melatonin and build optimal health.

Portable Red Light Therapy is Here

There are so many different light therapy devices on the market that it might get overwhelming. It's hard to make a choice. But, how do you pick the best one for yourself? What is the best red light therapy device - the answer is surprisingly simple.

The best red light therapy device is the one you use every day. So, it's more than just numbers, outputs and features (although, they are important). It's about convenience. So, behold FlexBeam!

 

There are many different red light therapy products on the market. They include cosmetic devices, cheap red light lamps, wall panels, and even masks.

So, why would you pick a portable device like this instead of a red light wall panel or a different RLT device? Generally, it all depends on how you want to use your device and what you need it for.

Whatever you use, make sure that it does what you need it to do (ie, it has good features and specifics) and that it's convenient for you to use. People often stop using inconvenient devices even when they are amazing.

 

Here are couple of reasons why FlexBeam makes an excellent choice in comparison to other types of RLT devices:

 

Flexibility

 

One thing that makes FlexBeam an amazing choice is its portability and flexibility. You just put it on, placing directly onto your skin and you let it do its thing. This means that you can go hiking, driving, cooking or just normally go about your day. You still get your dose of red light therapy along the way.

Usually, when you have a wall panel, you don’t get as much flexibility. You position it at a convenient place in your home and have your therapy. Panels are excellent devices, but not many people have the time to use them. You have to expose the part of your body you want to treat to the panel. Which sometimes means you need more privacy than you can get in your home.

On top of that, the effects of red light therapy weaken as you move away from the source of the light. Let’s say you have a knee problem. Which side of your knee do you place directly next to the panel? What about the other side? Do you do two sessions? This is all much easier when you can wrap your RLT device

 

Excellent Specs

 

If you want to dig deeper into choosing the best red light therapy device for you (as you should) make sure to check the specs of the device. Keep your eye on:

-          Wavelength

-          Energy density

-          Irradiance


Wavelength

Let’s start with the wavelengths. You want a device that emits the light between 600 to 1020 nm. That’s what science says. It also says that the best healing range is between 625 and 635nm for red light and that the LEAST effective range is 700-770nm. As for infrared, aim for 810 to 850nm. 


Energy Density

Energy density is expressed in J/m2. The maximum of energy density you should go for is 60 J/m2. Everything above that is too much and your body may stop responding to red light therapy.


Irradiance

Irradiance is the flux of radiant energy emitted per surface area. The most effective irradiance for red and near-infrared light is 20-200 mW/cm2. FlexBeam has a safe and solid 100 mW/cm2.

 

Get Yours

You can get yours at a special Indigogo sale for up to $250 off using THIS LINK and you can also buy it on the website for a 10% discount when the Indigogo is over using THIS LINK and discount code PRIMALHACKER

 

We have been using the Flexbeam for almost 3 months and it's amazing. The portability means that we use it more often than a standing panel. 

The power of the device has been incredible. We can bring it into bed, the car and on a hike. 

I would highly recommend this product. 

Why you need to keep your mouth shut for better sleep and performance!

If you have been biohacking for any amount of time now, you have surely discovered the importance of sleep.

As a human you have a very unique set of sleep requirements. According to Dr. Michael Breus, these unique characteristics can be categorized by an individuals chronotype and their sleep drive or circadian rhythm is cued by a combination of epigenetic factors such as sun light, blue light, food, exercise, hormones and body temperature.

Improving your sleep efficiency is key to improving your deep sleep and regulating your sleep drive (circadian rhythm). Circadian rythms will change or can be disrupted by the season changes, age, stress, schedule, alcohol, food,  and how much one is plugged into the matrix. So, where does mouth tape come in and why is it important? (sleep foundation. org - Sleep Drive + The power of when quiz.com)
 
In this modern era [wo]mans connection to nature and its subtle yet immensely impacting biological cues it provides has affected the respiration rate and the way we even breath. According to  James Nestor, author of Breath, The New Science of a Lost Art; a respiration rate increase has taken place in the last 50-75 years and the modern [wo]man is breathing more rapidly and less efficiently than that of our predecessors. According to the Cleveland Clinic the “normal” respiration rate of an adult is 12-20 breaths a minute and an abnormal rate is below 12 and above 25 breaths per minute. I’d argue that above 15 is abnormal and hitting 9-10 BPM is extremely healthy. Why has this shift taken place and how can a simple tool like mouth tape change this and improve your sleep.
thepowerofwhenquiz.com
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/circadian-rhythm/sleep-drive-and-your-body-clock

What is Mouth Tape?


Mouth tape is a simple yet effective tool to improve your respiration rate and improve your sleep without impacting your wallet. I’ve experimented with all of the products that are out there and have ended up with 3M’s Nexcare gentle paper tape, medium hold. A roll cost me $2.99 plus tax and has lasted for over two months now. I have been mouth taping since the begging of June 2020.

mouth tape 3m

What improvements I saw from mouth taping

With all the things affecting our health and emotional status a great nights sleep can improve your emotional and physical resilience. I’ve tracked my sleep every night for two years until very recently when I removed all tracking devices from my life ( why you should do this is for another topic)! According to my BioStraps data on my last ever recording of July 27th,2020 my deep sleep was 5h 38min, improving on my best ever deep sleep of 3h 14m.

 

Most interesting thing to me was the change in my BRPM. From an average of 15.2 at the begging of June to an average of 12.8 at the last day in July. According to the Oxygen Advantage, “breath light to breath right”! Disclaimer, as [wo]man we throw a lot of the kitchen sink at our problems so its hard to quantify if the mouth tape alone improved my deep sleep or was it a combination of buteyko breath work and mouth taping but I can tell you that the continued mouth taping and decrease in buteyko exercise and my sleep is still anecdotally amazing!

oura ring data on mouth vs nose breathingoura ring nose breathing with taped mouth

Tips for proper mouth taping 

Proper mouth tape positioning is key for first timers to reduce potential claustrophobic feelings and anxiety. Some of the made for mouth tape sleep aids out there have a piece that covers the entire mouth and has a small slit to allow for restricted mouth breathing but this can still be too much for newcomers. 

 

This is why I have chosen the 3M Nexcare tape, a simple two inch piece taped vertically from the upper lip directly under the nose to the base of the bottom lip works wonderfully. This, method and brand of tape works over facial hair and by taping this way you feel less confined because you may breath from the corners of your mouth. Don’t worry if your tape comes off at night as this is a training tool to help improve breathing quality and function.

Breath Light to Breath Right

Remember you must breath light to breath right! Reduce and eliminate chronic mouth breathing and use techniques like mouth taping to improve nasal breathing, sleep, energy, and performance.

 

What to do now?

Take a few moments today to really focus on your breathing. It is a s simple as sitting with your eyes closed to see where your breath begins and where it ends. If you notice through out the day you are yawning frequently its a good sign that you are a mouth breather and everything from your sleep to mental performance will and is suffering to some degree.  Here are my five tips to improve your nasal breathing and respiratory function.

 

  1. Tape your mouth shut at bed time!
  2. Slow controlled nasal breathing with breath holds to improve your C02 tolerance. For instance inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds and hold for 8 seconds. repeat for 5 minutes
  3. DO NOT YAWN ever again. Yawning is a nervous system response to off load excess CO2 but most-likely you are actually hyperventilating and not under breathing. If you feel a yawn coming on, close your mouth and quickly exhale through your nostrils and return to controlled nasal breathing.
  4. O-H-M, yes, Ohm! Ohming will naturally increase the nitric oxide profusion in your paranasal sinus which will aid respiratory efficiency and improve epithelial oxygenation. ie. decreased stuffy noses, improved sports performance, and cancer fighting to name a few things. (buteykoclinic.com/docs/Nasal-Nitric-Oxide.pdf)
  5. Use a Neti pot before bed to get things cleared up. Winter in the Midwest can be brutally dry, leading to increased mucus production and congestion. A bit of structured water and mineral rich sea salt will loosen mucus and hydrate epithelial tissue helping you sleep tight!

 

As a bonus tip! You better be blocking blue light and you start here by purchasing a pair or two of stylish blue light blocking glasses.(Secret Discount code Tomorrow20)

 

Check out THIS post of ours on how to sleep right.