Our mitochondrial health is impacted by the lifestyle choices we make. And fundamental environmental elements like temperature and light can be manipulated to improve mitochondrial health. Specifically, red light treatment and cold immersion therapy can be combined to promote overall health by boosting mitochondrial function. Let’s examine the impactful effects of combining both therapies:
Cold therapy has become a popular tool for both mental and physical wellness.
There is proof that cold therapy increases the number of mitochondria, a process called “mitochondrial biogenesis,” which is thought to boost mitochondrial health.
Beginning cold therapy is rather simple. You can improve your mitochondrial activity by capping off your hot showers with 30 seconds of the coldest water you can endure. Research in PLoS One2 claims that even 30 to 90 seconds of cold water can make a big difference.
Red Light Therapy:
Red light therapy specifically influences physiology and, in particular, enhances mitochondrial health. Red and near-infrared light activates the cytochrome Coxidase (CCO) in our mitochondria, enhancing the production of ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, a molecule that generates energy and is found in all life forms.
The improvement in energy generation and mitochondrial health enables the cells to perform more work. Improvements in reaction times, protection against chronic Inflammation and balanced testosterone are benefits that have been seen from the use of this therapy..
Red light therapy, sometimes referred to as photobiomodulation, is a safe, all-natural treatment method that sends healthy light to your body’s cells. It makes use of the sun’s naturally occurring mid-600nm red light and mid-800nm near-infrared light, two distinct wavelengths of light. They offer a variety of health advantages across numerous body systems and organs when used in specific dosages.
An excellent analogy to use when describing the science behind red light treatment is that of plants. Similar to how plants employ chlorophyll to transform sunlight into energy, near-infrared light has a biological effect on the body that increases the efficiency and generation of cellular energy.
The mitochondrial chromophores in skin cells absorb the photons of light from a red light therapy device. Electron transport, ATP, nitric oxide release, blood flow, reactive oxygen species, as well as a number of signaling pathways, are all increased when red and near-infrared light is absorbed. The metabolism is propelled by the elevated ATP, which is also used to create the proteins, enzymes, DNA and RNA required for cell regeneration and repair.
Every cell, tissue, and organ in our body relies on the mitochondrial energy production of cells to function properly. The advantages of this therapy can be seen across the body’s numerous organ systems.
Using a combination of therapies, Chasing The Perfect Mitochondria:
Although there are many ways to enhance mitochondrial function, consistency is the key to success. Choose a few of the strategies we’ve discussed, making sure they work for your body to notice an improvement in mitochondrial activity and, therefore, an improvement in your overall health.
The combination of these therapies works by widening the blood vessels, which improves blood flow. Initially, the treatments cause the blood arteries to contract, increasing blood flow to the important organs but decreasing blood flow to the extremities. The blood vessels delivering blood to the extremities widen after undergoing cold plunge therapy, increasing blood flow to those locations.
Red light therapy and diving into chilly water are not new ideas. For hundreds of years, Nordic countries have been combining these therapies for synergistic health. benefits. Keep in mind, certain geographical areas often have easier access to ice cold water and natural sources of heat.
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