Light Producesenergy which is essential for Life. It allows our neurons to fire our muscles to contract and ourimmune system to fight disease.
On the cellularlevel, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), provides energy to drive many processes inliving cells. ATP is produced in the mitochondria which are the energy units ofthe cells. Light optimizes the mitochondria to produce more ATP which is ouruseable form of energy.
So why red and near-infraredlight is so well absorbed by the body?
These frequenciesof light transmit really well through our body tissues and into cells. andpenetrate through all the layers of the skin and reach into our organs and evenbones, where they can activate our cells to produce ATP.
IncreasingATP production inside our cells via light therapy also calledphotobiomodulation is super important.
So how does ATP effect the body?
ATP is a universal fuel inside all living cells, whichdrives every single biological process we need to not only survive but thrive.ATP is also used as a signaling molecule that our cells use to communicate witheach other.
In one study the researchers used red light therapy totreat hyperpigmentation, called “melasma”, in women.
Nitric Oxide Up-Regulation
Inaddition to ATP signaling, red light therapy. stimulates the release of nitricoxide from the mitochondria and into peripheral tissue during ATP production nitricoxide is a powerful vasodilator, as well as a dilator of lymphatic flow. Thatmeans that more blood flow and lymph drainage can enhance the oxygenation ofcells, accelerate waste drainage, and do many other good things.
Stimulation Of Reactive OxygenSpecies
Additionally,the increased energy production of these red light stimulated cells results ina higher uptake of oxygen. The increased oxygen utilisation causes someoxidative stress to the cell via the production of reactive oxygen species(ROS) effect.
So,if new cells need to be made, to grow or heal a bone, for example, ATP is usedto communicate with fibroblasts to initiate the bone remodeling process. CellularClean-Up And Repair. Let’s say there are damaged,defective, or infected cells. These ATP signaling molecules communicate withmacrophages to clean up the mess, by engulfing and destroying the bad cells.
Immune System Regulation
Howabout when a virus enters our body? Again ATP signaling molecules can call uponkiller-T cells and the like to destroy the pathogen, stop the cells from whatthey are doing and induce an anti-inflammatory response with better SIGNALING.