Strengthen the Body
Recovery, Relaxation, & Sleep Require Energy
To improve our health, we want to stack as many variables in our favor as possible.
We don’t want to rely on just one thing. We want many things working together — in synergy.
One way to synergize all of our health efforts is to strengthen the body. By making it energetically stronger, we give it the best chance to heal, grow, and recovery.
In this article, we’ll explore three areas that can strengthen and energize the body.
The body’s energy levels can be dramatically improved by receiving free electrons from various sources — as well as daily therapeutic light.
What does this offer? When the body is struggling to extract energy (electrons) from food, we can quite directly support the body’s energy and reduce inflammation via electrons and photons. This can provide an energetic stimulus, boost immunity and rev up the metabolic engine.
I personally don’t know where I’d be without these important methods.
The Circadian Rhythm
The circadian rhythm is the primary regulator of all vital functions, and without a strong sleep cycle, health recovery will always be extremely limited.
When following healthy circadian principles, the body’s strength can steadily climb — even in difficult situations. No matter your other issues, sleeping even marginally better each night will make every step you take so much easier, and more successful.
The struggle eases — dramatically — when the circadian rhythm begins to align. And if even 10% improvement helps — why stop there?
You can recover deep, restorative sleep no matter your challenges.
Nutrients are required for every biological function: from improving immunity and restoring gut health, to turning food into energy and sleep.
Unfortunately, two realities are true in most chronic illnesses:
- Nutrients do not reach cells properly
- Nutrients are used too-rapidly fighting infection and toxicity
Poor gut health is the primary player in these two problems.
Addressing nutrient deficiently wisely can make a huge difference in both 1) the speed of your improvement and 2) how you feel along the way.
The High Energy State
Essential daily habits.
The energy available to you via light, water, and electromagnetism is remarkable.
Infrared Is Restorative, Yet Entirely Missing In Modern Life
Infrared light is invisible — and makes up about half of sunlight.
Infrared is mostly felt as heat, because heat is infrared light.
Red light, on the other hand, is visible and makes up about 15% of sunlight.
65% of pure sunlight is comprised of restorative red and infrared.
The body needs large amounts of red & infrared frequencies to regulate thyroid function, digestion, immunity, circadian rhythm, enzyme activity, circadian rhythm, hormone production, and more.
The modern world we live in is extremely deficient in red and infrared light.
For comparison, Edison-style incandescents produced 90% infrared, modern light bulb technologies omit infraRED light to improve energy efficiency.
Modern people are chronically indoors, receiving very little of these restorative frequencies from sunlight.
Throughout history, humans received large amounts of infrared and red all day and night — from both sunlight and fire.
Supplementing infraRED light is a critical step for recovery from every chronic illness.
Because our environments do not provide these spectrums of light, we must provide them ourselves.
Fortunately, supplementing infrared and red light is easy — if you know how to do it.
Best Sources Of Infrared & Red LIGHT
Over 50% of sunlight is invisible infrared light.
In the morning, the ratio is even higher (because blue and UV light are reduced by particles in the atmosphere).
2) Infrared Heat Lamps
When sunlight isn’t available, for any reason, heat lamps have been my personal go-to source of light for many, many years.
Heat lamps are about $3-8/ea at local stores or Amazon.
3) The Sauna
Traditional saunas are the gold standard.
Modern “Far-Infrared” saunas are inferior, because most do not emit the best, most healing frequencies of infrared.
4) LED Red Light Products
You don’t need fancy & expensive LEDs to provide infrared & red light.
Only buy these expensive items if the money spent is of no issue. The narrow wavelengths privided by LEDs are not optimal — and LEDs tend to flicker, which could be disruptive to cellular/brain metabolism.
Sweating is Deeply Healing
(Infrared is Heat)
The body sweats when it becomes warm.
When the body is hot, this warmth is infrared light — you could see this heat radiating away from the body with an infrared camera.
Heat (infrared light) is therapeutic whether from a sauna, the sun, or even from exercise.
When heat (infrared light) is coursing through the veins, good things happen: metabolically, nutritionally, for sleep, and for immunity.
Sweating itself has all sorts of benefits to health, too.
Get warm enough to sweat daily — especially when trying to significantly improve your health.
- Be sure to replace minerals (particularly sodium and potassium) after sweating.
Every single day, the body needs exogenous (environmental) heat — even a healthy body benefits from daily heat.
Infrared & the Metabolism
Infrared light’s impact on the body is similar to thyroid hormones, boosting metabolism and energy levels.
In fact, thyroid specialist Ray Peat Ph.D. has mentioned needing to take 75% less thyroid hormone in summer due to the presence of more environment infrared light (heat).
Make it a goal to receive nourishing infrared light on your body each day.
UV light is extremely healthy in low to moderate doses.
Struggling with immune problems? UV light boosts immunity (via mechanisms beyond Vitamin D, even), sterilizes pathogens on the skin, and — to some extent — helps sterilize the bloodstream.
The only natural source of healthy Vitamin D is UV light. There isn’t very much vitamin D in food and supplements are a vastly inferior method of raising bio-available Vitamin D.
What’s more, there are loads of benefits to UV light that go far beyond Vitamin D.
For example, UV light spurs hormone production and the digestive process, while balancing brain chemicals. UV even helps the circadian rhythm.
In fact, UV light in winter directly improves the gut microbiome — separate and apart from the effect of Vitamin D.
Via the photoelectric effect, it’s also plausible that UV light frequencies help the body build up electrical (negative) charge — an essential component of an energized body.
Your Vitamin D levels are critical to every aspect of health — and they are made by the UVB portion of the ultraviolet spectrum.
If your Vitamin D levels are low, you are sacrificing your health unnecessarily.
It’s good to know the UV Index when you’re outside. Fortunately smart phone Weather apps have this information.
- Look at the UV Index in your weather app
- Above 5 UV Index creates Vitamin D quite well
- Below 5 UV Index, does not create Vitamin D
The Best Home UV Product?
The Sperti is the best UV product available, though it’s far from a perfect product.
The FIJI is better than Sperti’s original model because it contains a better balance of UVA to UVB — though it’s still much less UVA than the natural sunshine provides (and I consider that a problem).
Extra UVA needs to be supplemented when using this lamp. Be careful with this lamp — it is extremely powerful. I recommend only a few minutes’ use per day, maximum.
Nature is a respite from the plague of sick buildings.
Fresh air, natural light, grounding, and negative ions in the air cleanse and energize the mind and body — facilitating better sleep later that night, better digestion during the day, and lower inflammation.
An hour per day in natural spaces can do wonders for healing. Two to four hours/day outdoors is even better.
Grounding — your skin touching the Earth — provides a very weak supply of free electrons to the body.
The term refers to “receiving electrons” from the earth due to contact with the earth’s constant (very weak) electrical current. Anytime skin touches the ground, concrete, or grass, a very small amount of electrons jump from the earth to your body. These electrons are essentially free energy — and the Earth can even be used to make a very weak battery (called an Earth Battery).
This actually can be valuable for your health — but because the Earth’s electrical supply is so weak, hours need to be spent each day touching the Earth for a noticeable beneficial effect.
Typically, grounding is performed outside, with feet or skin touching the ground.
If “grounding” sounds strange, check this out.
- Oxidative metabolism is how we extract energy from food.
- Oxidation means “taking an electron.”
Yes, we use electrons — electricity — from our food for energy.
The body does not discriminate as to the source of its electrons, whether from food or the Earth.
But here’s a really important point: Grounding on land is not the best way to receive electrons.
Remember, the more skin that touches the “ground,” the better.
The best way to ground? In water.
Getting your entire body in a natural body of water means you’re maximizing the electrical supply to your body. All of your skin is available to receive electrons.
In my experience, 20-30 minutes in a pool is the equivalent of hours spent standing on grass, barefoot.
Some people say grounding in a concrete pool is better than a vinyl pool. Natural bodies of water are certainly the best. The ocean is absolutely ideal. (Try it — you’ll notice how good you feel!).
Keep in mind, walking in the grass has plenty of non-grounding benefits too: Fresh air, sunlight, relaxing natural environment, and stimulating the bottoms of the feet.
WATER QUALITY ALERT
In natural bodies of water, be cautious about the quality of the water, especially around cities and industry, where pollutants and pathogens are present in high amounts. Much better to find pristine, natural bodies of water, wherever possible.
This widespread problem of water pollution is jeopardizing our health. Unsafe water kills more people each year than war and all other forms of violence combined.https://www.nrdc.org/stories/water-pollution-everything-you-need-know
With Grounding, Take a “Both-And” Approach
A “both–and” mindset is always essential to recover lost health — it keeps us from idealizing silver bullet solutions, which narrow our options and restrict our growth.
In other words, looking for “that one fix” is almost never the right approach.
So when it comes to grounding, ground as much as you can — on both land and especially in water. The best benefits, though, will come from grounding in ways that provide more contact with the Earth — with the body submerged in water.
Update: There’s now an exciting article discussing grounding and free electrons. Read more in The Body Is Electric (below).
The device covered in the above article is called Revitive, and it’s a dramatic method to receive free electrons, in much more intense amounts than the Earth typically provides via grounding. I recommend you read this article!
Negative Ions in Fresh Air
It’s also worth mentioning that outdoor, fresh air is loaded with negative ions. This is the exact same electrical energy (free electrons) we find when we touch the Earth.
Negative ions originate as wind blows over plant leaves and open water.
The wind picks up the negative charge from grounded plants and water, just like the body does when in contact with the Earth. Lightning also leaves negative charge in the air — you’ll notice how fresh air can feel and smell after a thunderstorm.
For the sake of negative ions, it is good to spend as much time as possible outside, in healthy spaces — and to open windows when inside (unless in a polluted area).
Negative ionizers devices can be purchased and placed indoors. They have a few caveats, though. Ionizers are:
One negative ion generator that I’ve enjoyed is the IonBox, which produces 20 million negative ions per second (a moderate amount).
In my experience, it will cover a space about ten feet (3 meters) in front of it.
Additionally, the Wein negative ion generator has had consistently solid reviews for many, many years (though I haven’t tried it yet).
To be clear, while I greatly recommend grounding and ionizing technology — and consider them able to dramatically upgrade your baseline healing prowess — we must understand two things:
Upgrade the environment you’re healing in! Spend time outside, in pools, in nature, with your feet on a Revitive device, and in front of an ion generator.
Read The Body is Electric article for much more in-depth discussion of why free electrons are so influential for health.
The High Energy State
Essential nightly habits.
The restoration available to you via deep sleep is unimaginably sweet. It’s also a boost for recovery.
Healing Without Great Sleep?
Going to bed late and waking up late will severely limit the speed and scope of your recovery.
There may be nothing more important — in your entire health journey — than getting your circadian rhythm on track.
A Dysfunctional Circadian Rhythm
Don’t Wait! Follow Great Sleep Hygiene
When the circadian rhythm is out of balance, the entire body is out of balance.
Digestion suffers. Caloric needs will rise. Inflammation will rise. The body’s pathogenic load will rise. Hormonal balance will deteriorate. The gut microbiome is affected.
Poor sleep — alone — takes the average NBA player’s testosterone levels from the 88th percentile (preseason) to the 36th percentile (5 months later) — increasing the risk of injury and harming health. Poor sleep can certainly harm your health, as well.
There are few things worse for recovery than staying up late and sleeping in — even for an NBA player. If you’re recovering from illness, it’s all the more important.
On the other hand, improving your sleep is powerful enough to be considered a “performance-enhancing drug.”
You can take advantage of fixing your circadian rhythm — at any point on your health journey — by fixing your sleep habits.
The light that hits the eyes — and to a lesser extent, the skin — directly regulates the melatonin levels in your brain.
Melatonin is absolutely necessary for sleep (and gut health, immunity, and cancer prevention), and must rise at night to induce sleep.
Melatonin must then fall in the morning to allow alertness.
Bright — especially blue — wavelengths of light drive melatonin lower.
Therefore, bright light during the day (and especially the morning) is critical for great sleep, as is darkness in the evening, before bed.
Most folks with chronic illness struggle to eat enough calories sufficient to lower stress hormones and enable the body to sleep.
This is often due to poor digestion (big meals are poorly tolerated) and ideas about restrictive diets (diverse foods being poorly tolerated).
Undereating is made worse by doctors and health gurus advocating extreme diets that cause people to become afraid of various foods.
Restrictive Diets Can Harm Sleep
Many restrictive diets harm thyroid function — and sometimes make sleep very, very difficult. This effect can take months or even years to take root.
On the other hand, many pro-metabolic diets harm sleep by causing endless inflammation in the gut (due to high carb, heavy sugar diets).
Carbohydrates Can Support Sleep
Hormones and brain function depend on glucose — which is derived from carbohydrates.
In poor gut health, carbohydrates are often poorly tolerated. In the long run, gut health must improve to allow carbohydrates to be tolerated again.
A 1:1 carb-to-protein ratio is a bare minimum carbohydrate intake in most situations to produce consistent sleep.
A 2:1 (carb:protein) ratio is a better middle-ground option for most people.
When you eat is just as important than what you eat.
Meal timing affects weight loss, gut health, immunity, blood sugar control, and recovery from chronic illness.
There’s something extremely relevant and restorative about eating three meals per day. When you eat them, matters, too:
- Breakfast — 7:00 am
- Lunch — 11:45 am
- Dinner — 6:00 pm
These times do not need to be perfect, but there’s ample science and a wealth of anecdotal success stories from eating this way.
The most important thing is to eat earlier rather than later — and don’t snack all day: Eat meals.
What there’s not a lot of science about? Lots of other overhyped meal timing strategies. Most of them achieve one goal, while neglecting other biological needs — thus creating more problems in the long run.
No matter the food you eat, when you eat it will determine how well it nourishes you.
I spent almost a decade not worrying about my meal timing — eating whenever I felt like it, and not eating when I didn’t. This was a mistake.
If I’d known the importance of meal timing sooner, I would have recovered much faster.
1 — Enjoy a Healing Bedtime
An optimal bedtime is around 9:30 PM for adults.
Ideally, we rise with the sun, seeking bright morning light, eat, and move early to restore the circadian rhythm.
The deep synchronization with the solar cycle allows for truly restorative rest — the kind you may have been desperately needing for years. Waking up truly rested and restored requires circadian timing.
The number of hours of sleep you get before midnight can determine how fast you will heal — to beat pathogens, to boost immunity, to digest nutrietns, and to lower inflammation.
Sleep when the sun goes down — and be ready to rise again when the sun comes up.
Aligning the circadian rhythm with the sun is also remarkably healing for the mind. Having a brighter, more alert and upbeat mind will make your journey infinitely easier.
Of course, rising early absolutely requires an early bedtime.
2 — Movement
Movement is a strong signal to the brain that “It is daytime!” Therefore, movement synchronizes the circadian rhythm.
Movement also spurs digestion and immunity, while delivering precious bloodflow to the tissues, and removes toxins from the body via the lymphatic system.
You’ve got to move daily — at least a little bit — if you want to ensure a deeper sleep. Walking is a great start, but be sure to actively use your upper body as well, even for a few minutes per day.
Move in a way that suits you, and that you enjoy, without putting too much stress on the body. Too much stress can deplete your nutritional stores quickly — find the Goldilocks zone with exercise: just right.
For most in the healing phase, exercising in smaller, gentler amounts is optimal.
3 — Upgrade Your Bedroom
Your sleeping quarters need to be slightly cool and very dark.
Your body has struggled to sleep in the past — perhaps it’s hard to get to sleep, or maybe you wake up a lot in the night.
A very dark room can help so much with this. Even low levels of light can disrupt melatonin cycles in the brain — making it harder fall and stay asleep, and sync your brain’s clock with the sun.
If you’re struggling to fall or stay asleep, consider the effect of nearby electronics and sources of EMF: phones, computers, TVs, smart devices, WIFI routers, smart meters, and cell towers.
All of these EMF sources can prove to be disruptive to sleep if the body is sensitive.
If you’ve got mold exposure in your home, this can destroy sleep all by itself. In the long run, mold problems must not be ignored, especially if they’ve grown out of hand.
Unfortunately, modern food usually does not provide sufficient nutrition to maintain optimal health or recover it once lost.
Of course, the chronically sick will need nutrients even more desperately than healthy people, because they are already depleted.
In the depleted state of chronic illness, all nutrients are typically deficient, making folks incredibly sensitive to nutritional balance; they cannot tolerant large doses of any nutrient without disrupting the balance of other low nutrients.
Thus, deficient nutrients usually must rise slowly — together.
Supplementing individual nutrients can be risky, especially when taken daily and in high doses. A good idea is to take individual nutrients only once or twice per week, and in conjunction with a solid, balanced nutritional foundation (such as a quality multivitamin or multi-mineral).
Based on this study’s findings, the belief that a healthy, balanced diet can consistently deliver, to a typical dieter, all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need, through whole food alone, is in dire need of revision.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2905334/
Here’s the kicker. Even the purest, cleanest diet will not be properly absorbed when gut health is compromised.
Therefore, gut health — and the health of the microbiome — must improve to resolve nutritional deficiency and imbalance in the long run.
As an aside about so-called “pure” or “clean” diets — most avoid certain foods that are necessary for health and, unsurprisingly, cause nutritional deficiencies.
Examples of moving away from “pure” diets:
The end result of moving toward a balanced diet is that nutritional balance improves.
Establish a basic nutrient supplement routine that will provide:
The best place to start for most people is a quality, low-dose, balanced multivitamin.
From there, add individual nutrients, rotating them throughout the week to avoid overdosing.
READ MORE: A powerful approach to building a nutrient regimen:
It’s also a really good idea to have an awareness of the most important nutrients.
Which nutrients matter most? Start here:
Sodium — Potassium Balance
Sodium and potassium balance each other.
Calcium — Magnesium Balance
Calcium and magnesium oppose and balance each other (just like sodium/potassium).
If you don’t sunbathe or supplement Vitamin D, your levels are likely low.
In poor gut health, B-vitamins are neither absorbed nor produced by friendly bacteria.
Find a low-dose multivitamin that can help you get safe amounts of B-vitamins each day.
Zinc — Copper Balance
Zinc and Copper oppose & balance each other (just like sodium/potassium).
Iodine — Selenium Balance
Iodine and Selenium oppose & balance each other (just like sodium/potassium).
It’s important to take a good Vitamin C supplement.
Megadosing vitamins is always risky — each nutrient interacts with many others.
The body cannot resist infection and other dangerous or debilitating diseases when our micronutrient levels are low.
To fight off pathogens and restore metabolism, nutrients will be required. Nutrient deficiency is not a sustainable situation — you will remain stuck in your progress.
Balanced, proper doses of nutrients — not megadoses — are needed to properly sleep, digest food, build immunity, and enjoy more mental clarity as you recover.
Poor gut health can sabotage any diet and supplement you try.
Your efforts to balance nutrients will be wasted if you aren’t absorbing them well.
Insetead of banging your head against the wall with nutrition, improve your gut so you can:
To heal the gut, create a protocol for yourself incorporating multiple “killing supplements” along with repopulating supplements.
The safest prebiotics are apple pectin, modified citrus pectin, and FOS — though prebiotics should be avoided in deep dysbiosis until the gut has improved somewhat.
Ultimately, many people need simple, digestible carbs (like honey, fruit, or sourdough bread) for the gut (and thyroid) to heal, making carb avoidance counter-productive — although there are exceptions to this rule.
How do you absorb nutrients better? Explore the Gut Section
Undereating is a sign of poor gut health and hypothyroidism.
Ultimately, sufficient calories are required to provide enough energy to the body to recover. To properly digest normal quantities of food, gut health often needs to improve.
Therefore, healing the gut and recovering from undereating tend to go hand-in-hand.
Further, don’t let a desire to “lose weight” or “be skinny” interfere with getting sufficient calories and diverse foods to support your body, your sleep, your thyroid, and your gut health.
The best path to looking your best is to be as healthy as possible.
Your Liver Health
Improving your gut microbiome is also the first step toward improving liver health.
Your liver is a primary controller of fluid balance and homeostasis in the body and, as such, it plays a major role in nutritional balance.
It’s difficult to nourish the liver when gut health is subpar. Therefore, set the stage for better liver health by, first, focusing on the gut.
By focusing first on gut health, your efforts to restore liver function will not be wasted.
Better liver & gut health means nutrients will be absorbed and balanced, essential components of sustainably high energy in the body.
When your food isn’t digesting well, improve your body’s energetic metabolism via:
Building up the body is different than detoxing and avoiding harmful toxins — which are inherently negative actions.
Instead, supporting the body into a high energy state is innately positive — strengthening it to withstand the challenges it is facing.
In essense, we’re not just avoiding the evil, but overcoming evil with good.
Health and longevity are not merely about avoidance of foods or toxins, but equally about what we do to bring life’s energy inside our body.
When the body has sufficient energy supply, it knows what to do to heal.
For me personally, I never would have recovered my health if I only focused on narrow therapies. Endless detoxing, or thinking a specific diet would truly cure me, or even relying solely on supplements — none delivered on their promise.
So I expanded my awareness and habits — which exponentially grew my results. Now I’m healthy, happy, and excited to wake up in the morning.
You can be healthy and excited to wake up — rested and alert — and it begins when you expand your vision about what’s possible.
How will you energize your body, to bring it into a high-energy state?
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