Strengthen The Body

Recovery, Relaxation, & Sleep Require Energy

Strengthen the body via therapeutic light, sleep, nutrition, gut health, and exposure to nature.

Environmental Energy

Energy levels in the body can be dramatically improved by receiving daily infrared light, as well as frequent UV light, and grounding as much as possible.

When the body is struggling to extract energy (electrons) from food, electrons and photons — along with fresh air — provide a stimulus to the metabolism and rev up the metabolic engine.

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 proper circadian principles, the body’s strength can steadily climb — even in the worst of situations. No matter your issues, sleeping just 10% better each night will make every step you take so much easy, and more successful.

The struggle eases — dramatically — when the circadian rhythm begins to align. And if 10% improvement helps — why stop there?

You can recover deep, restorative sleep no matter your challenges.

Nutrition

Nutrients are required for immunity and turning food into energy.

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.

Combatting nutrient deficiently wisely can make a huge difference in the speed of your improvement and in how you feel along the way.

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Environmental Energy

Essential daily habits.

  • Heat is light.
  • Light is energy.
  • Water is an incredible chromophore (absorber of light energy) and heat-sink.
  • Light’s photons drive the photoelectric effect.
  • Electrons are electricity.
  • The body gets its energy from food by taking its electrons.
  • Grounding provides electrons.
The energy available via light, water, and electromagnetism is remarkable.
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InfraRED Light

Among the most restorative therapies:
Infrared and red light.

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 now eschews red and infrared light.

In fact, whereas Edison-style incandescents were 90% infraRED, modern light bulb technologies omit infraRED light — to improve energy efficiency.

Seeing that most people are indoors most of the day, modern humans receive 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

1) Sunlight

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 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

There are lots of fancy & expensive LEDs to provide infrared (& healing red) light.  I do not recommend you invest in these expensive items unless you have money to burn.  Narrow wavelengths are not optimal — and LEDs tend to flicker, which could be disruptive to cellular/brain metabolism.

Anecdotes About Red LED Products

Multiple clients have used heat lamps for months — and then bought a very expensive, high-quality red LED light product. The red LED product? Returned a few weeks later.

Heat lamps are superior.

Sweating Is Restorative (Infrared Is Heat)

If the body is sweating, it’s bathing in heavy infrared light — either from environmental heat or heat released from tissues.

When infrared light (heat) is coursing through the veins, good things happen: metabolically, nutritionally, and for immunity.

Sweating itself has all sorts of benefits to health, too.

Get warm enough to sweat every day — especially when recovering from illness. Be sure to replace minerals (particularly sodium and potassium) after sweating.

The body needs exogenous (environmental) heat every single day — even healthy folks.

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).

Water inside cells traps infrared light and uses it directly as energy — the same sort of energy the body extracts from food (electrons) and turns into heat (infrared light).

Whether via sunshine, heat lamps, or the sauna, get significant infrared light on the body — enough to break a sweat — daily. There may be no better foundation for health recovery.

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UV Light

Critical for digestion, immunity, & sleep.

UV Light Is… Beneficial?

UV light is extremely healthy in moderate doses.

Struggling with immune problems? UV light boosts immunity and sterilizes pathogens on the skin, and — to some extent — the bloodstream.

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Sunlight has many benefits, separate and apart from Vitamin D.

The only natural source of healthy Vitamin D levels is UV light. There isn’t very much vitamin D in food and supplements are an 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.

Vitamin D Is Made By UVB Light

Your Vitamin D levels are critical to nearly every aspect of health.

If levels are low, you are sacrificing your health unnecessarily — .

When you go outside, take a peak at your weather app on your smartphone or computer.

  • Look at the UV Index
  • Above 5 provides Vitamin D quite well
  • Below 5, does not make Vitamin D

Get as much sunlight as you can!  The only rule: Don’t burn.

  • Vitamin D must be balanced by other nutrients.
  • You may want to take vitamin A, and magnesium.
  • Vitamin C 200-400mg/daily is also good idea when getting lots of UV.

UV In A Winter Climate

Get UV Light from a “mid-level” tanning bed.

This will have a better balance of UVA/UVB light. UVB light without sufficient UVA can cause Vitamin D to rise too high.

START SLOW:  3-5 minute sessions are advisable if you’re unaccustomed to UV light exposure. 7-8 minutes maximum. Be wise.

The Best Home UV Product

The Sperti is the best UV product available.

The FIJI is the best model Sperti makes because it contains a better balance of UVA to UVB — but it’s still much less UVA than sunlight.

The Sperti FIJI home UV lamp has a 3:1 UVA-UVB ratio, and is a top recommendation among home UV lamps, but it lacks UVA frequencies.

Extra UVA needs to be supplemented when using this lamp.

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The Outdoors

The optimal environment to improve the microbiome, circadian rhythm, metabolism, digestion, & mood.

Fresh Air, Real Light

Nature is a respite from the plague of sick buildings.  

Fresh air, natural light, grounding, and negative ions in the air all cleanse and energize the mind and body — facilitating better sleep later that night, and better digestion during the day.

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An hour per day in natural spaces can do wonders for healing.  Two to four hours/day outdoors is even better.

Grounding Is Real

Grounding on the earth is not essential, and likely is not a foundational aspect of recovery for most.

However, it can certainly augment your recovery. Wherever your health is now, it will be better the more you ground.

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Typically, grounding is performed outside.

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.

If this all 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.

However, grounding on “land” is not the best way to receive electrons — as we’ll see.

The more skin that touches the “ground,” the better.

  • Rocks and dirt are *sort of* conductive.  
  • Grass is a little better.
  • But water is — by far — the best.
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The best way to ground?  In water.

Getting all of your skin in a body of water means you’re maximizing the electrical supply to your body.  

Your skin will take the electrons if they’re available. Getting in water (with its high dielectric constant) with lots of surface area (skin) exposed is by far the best way to ground.

In my experience, twenty minutes of grounding 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 certainly ideal. (Try it — you’ll notice how good you feel!).

That said, standing on 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.

Take A “Both-And” Approach

A “both–and” mindset is essential to recover lost health.

Looking for “that one fix” is almost never the right approach.

Therefore, ground as much as you can — on land and especially in water. The best benefits, though, will come from grounding wisely and in conjunction with other techniques.

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Circadian Rhythm

Light Cycles — Meal Timing — Movement — Your Bedroom

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The Importance of Sleep

Your circadian rhythm supercharges — or limits — your recovery.

Possibly the Most Crucial Step for Recovery From Any Illness

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
Affects Your:

Immune System

Energy Metabolism

Hormone Balance

Attractiveness

Digestive System

Brain Health

Mood

Inflammation


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Not Sleeping? Your Recovery is Being Delayed

Don’t Wait to Follow Proper Sleep Hygiene

When the circadian rhythm is out of balance, the entire body is out of balance.

Digestion will suffer. Caloric needs will rise. Inflammation will rise. Pathogenic load will rise. Hormonal balance will deteriorate. 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.”

Sleep is a performance-enhancing drug — if you’re not getting it.

You can take advantage of fixing your circadian rhythm — at any point on your health journey — by fixing your sleep habits. Don’t delay.


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For Great Sleep, Control Your Light
Environment

The light that hits the eyes — and a lesser extent, the skin — directly regulates the melatonin levels in your brain.

Melatonin is necessary, and must rise at night to induce sleep — and fall in the morning to allow alertness.

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  • Avoid bright light before bed, especially blue-rich light from screens and devices, LEDs and fluorescents.  
  • Blue light directly lowers melatonin for hours — and it doesn’t take very much.
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  • Get bright sunlight in your eyes (indirectly) in the morning before 10am to set your circadian rhythm in stone.
  • The earlier — and more– morning light you get, the better. Looking to optimize your recovery? Go all-in on morning light.


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Eating for Sleep

Low Calories? Bad for Sleep.

Most folks with chronic illness don’t eat enough calories to lower stress hormones and enable the body to sleep.

This is often due to poor digestion (big meals are poorly tolerated) and restrictive diets (diverse foods are poorly tolerated). This is made worse by doctors and health gurus advocating extreme diets that cause people to become afraid of various foods.

Restrictive Diets? Bad for 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.

Carbohydrates? Good for Sleep.

Hormones and brain function depend on glucose — which is derived from carbohydrates.

In poor gut health, carbohydrates are often poorly tolerated. Ultimately gut health needs to 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 (c:p) ratio is more optimal for most.


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Meal Timing

When you eat is just as important than what you eat — for weight loss, for gut health, for immunity, for blood sugar control and for 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.

No matter the food you eat, when you eat will determine how well it nourishes you.

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Personal Note

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.


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Other Considerations

Pick a Healing Bedtime

An optimal bedtime is around 9:30 for adults (or sooner!).

Ideally, we rise with the sun, seeking bright morning light, eat, and move early to restore the circadian rhythm.

We then go to sleep when the sun goes down — ready to rise again when the sun comes up.

Aligning the circadian rhythm with the sun is remarkably restorative for the entire body — as well as the mind.

Following this schedule offers the best opportunity for the body to recover and improve its health.

Movement

Movement is a strong signal to the brain that “It is daytime!” Therefore, movement synchronizes the circadian rhythm.

You’ve got to move daily — at least a little bit — if you want to ensure a deeper sleep.

Move in a way that suits you, and that you enjoy, without putting too much stress on the body.

Modify Your Bedroom


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Your sleeping quarters need to be cool and extremely dark for best sleep.

Do not underestimate how important it is that your room be very dark. The more you want to improve your health, the more important it is to ensure that light is not affecting your melatonin levels at night.

Do not sleep with technology nearby: EMF seems to be very disruptive to sleep, especially when the body is trying to heal.

If you’ve got mold exposure in your home, it can destroy sleep all by itself. Mold problems mustn’t be ignored.

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Nutrition

Gut Health — Nutrient Balance

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Food Fails to Provide Adequate Nutrition

Unfortunately, modern food does not provide enough nutrition to stay optimally healthy — or to recover optimal health when we’ve long been ill.

The chronically sick will need nutrients even more desperately than healthy people, because they are already depleted.

In this situation, all nutrients are typically depleted, making folks incredibly sensitive to nutritional balance.

Thus, depleted nutrients must rise slowly — together. Supplementing individual nutrients can be risky, and if needed, must be done carefully and wisely. It helps to take most individual nutrients only once. or twice per week, and in conjunction with a solid, balanced nutritional foundation.

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/

The kicker here? 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.

Finally, many “pure” or “clean” diets avoid certain foods that are necessary for health.

Examples of moving away from “pure” diets:
  • Getting moderate carbohydrate intake is often necessary to improve thyroid health.
  • Some animal products may be necessary to restore hormonal and nutritional balance, as well as for long-term detoxification.
  • Moderate dietary fat intake — including some saturated fat — may be necessary for longevity and metabolic health.

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How Do I Begin Balancing Nutrients?

A Basic Foundation

First, we need to establish a basic nutrient supplement routine that will provide:

  • low doses of nutrients
  • in balanced quantities
  • using quality ingredients.

Read more to develop your basic nutrient regimen.

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Foundational Nutrients

Then, we need to have an awareness of the main, important nutrients.

Which Nutrients Matter Most?

Here are important nutrients to think about:

Sodium — Potassium Balance

Sodium and potassium balance each other.

Calcium — Magnesium Balance

Calcium and magnesium oppose and balance each other (just like sodium/potassium).

Vitamin D

If you don’t sunbathe or supplement Vitamin D, your levels are likely low.

B-Vitamins

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 high-quality, methylated 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).

Vitamin C

It’s important to take a good Vitamin C supplement.

Megadosing vitamins is always risky — each nutrient interacts with many others.

Micronutrient deficiency has been shown to cause an 80.8% increase in the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese and is scientifically linked to a higher risk of other dangerous and debilitating diseases, including resistance to infection, birth defects, cancer, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2905334/

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 sleep, digest food, build immunity, and have more mental clarity as you recover.

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Gut Health

Your body’s nutritional status depends, first, on your ability to absorb food.

Many folks fail to realize that their poor gut health is sabotaging each diet and supplement they try.

Is Your Gut Holding You Back?

Your effort to balance nutrients will be wasted — if you aren’t absorbing them well.

Therefore, improve your gut so you can:

  • Begin to absorb nutrients effectively
  • Remove toxins from the body

To heal the gut, create a protocol for yourself incorporating multiple “killing supplements” taken daily, with repopulating supplements — prebiotics safely feed probiotics.

Some prebiotics also behave as “binders” — binding toxins inside the gut so they can be safely transported out of the body (pectins do this).

The safest prebiotics are apple pectin, modified citrus pectin, and FOS.

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? Read the Gut Section

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Under-Eating

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.

Liver Health

Improving your gut health is also the first step toward improving liver health.

The liver and digestive system go hand-in-hand.

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.

The Bottom Line

When you are struggling with your health, focus on energizing the body.

When your food isn’t digesting well, improve your body’s metabolism via:

  • the light environment
  • nature
  • the circadian rhythm
  • nutrition

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 — via metabolism, sleep, great gut health, nutrition, and a clean environment — it knows what to do to heal.

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