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Light Product Reviews

REVIEWS: Red & Infrared Light Products

Let’s explore practical, topflight sources of red & infrared light — without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Full-spectrum light is superior to narrow-wavelength red-only light. 

Red-only light products are only optimal in the evening to minimize the risk of interfering with sleep.  Even then, it’s always best to get supplemental light during the daytime. 

Incandescent light is preferable to LED products, because the full-spectrum light produces superior benefits for the circadian rhythm, hormonal balance, enzyme activity, and hypothyroidism. It’s also more affordable.


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125-Watt Clear Heat Lamp

Perfect for beginners

A 125-watt bulb is a great place to start — especially if starting slow is important to you.  These heat lamps are well made.

Ultimately, many folks respond best when they use multiple bulbs, totaling several hundred watts. Reaching 500 watts may be easier wil two 250-watt bulbs, rather than these 125-watt bulbs.

PROs:

  • Gentle, warm light
  • Simple & does the job
  • Affordable infrared light
  • Full-spectrum light
  • Less blue and no UV (compared to sunlight)

CONs:

  • Somewhat breakable (it’s a light bulb)
  • 125-watts is a fairly low amount for therapeutic purposes
  • Not suitable for use in areas with children or pets

I prefer 250-watts for the greater power, but the light produced by a few 150-watt bulbs is very restorative, energizing, and pleasant.

RATING: 9/10


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250-Watt Clear Heat Lamp

more watts, more light
I love this 250-watt lamp. It is quite powerful (and hot — be careful).

The 250-watt heat lamp is twice the intensity of the 125-watt, and it feels that way. 

Much, much more power is supplied.  It’s more simple to reach the 500-watt threshold, it only requires two of these bulbs.

Heat lamps are quite directional, so be sure to back up several feet to 1) expose more tissues to the restorative light, and 2) avoid overexposure of any single area.

PROs:

  • Powerful, strong, radiant infrared light
  • Simple & does the job
  • Affordable infrared light
  • Full-spectrum light (lots of visible wavelengths)
  • Less blue and no UV (compared to sunlight)

CONs:

  • Somewhat breakable (it’s a light bulb)
  • Gets incredibly hot
  • Not suitable for use in areas with children or pets

RATING: 9.5/10

I use several of these bulbs daily.


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175-Watt Clear Halogen Reflector Bulb

Pretty good bulbs. More visible, bright light. Less fragile than typical heat lamps.

Halogen light is similar to incandescent light (heat lamps are a type of incandescent) except halogen bulbs have a halogen gas (usually iodine or bromine gas) that allows the bulb to burn hotter without failing. 

The result is a similar output to incandescent, but with more bright visible light (like green and blue) and a little less infrared per watt. Nevertheless, halogens still produce less blue and more infrared/red, as a percentage of total output, than sunlight.

This bulb is slightly less hot than a 250-watt heat lamp, but with about the same visible light brightness.  Visible light (red, green, blue) is very good for health, as well, and this is a good way to get it.

PROs:

  • Powerful, strong, radiant light
  • Affordable
  • VERY natural full-spectrum light
  • Less blue than sunlight — more blue than heat lamps, which is good during daytime use
  • Sturdy — less breakable than heat lamps

CONs:

  • Gets quite hot
  • Not suitable for use in areas with children or pets
  • I like heat lamps and regular incandescent bulbs better

RATING: 8/10

I’ve used these for extended periods in the past. They’re quite good, but I think I feel best with incandescent bulbs.


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Red L.E.D.

ABi Plant “Grow Light”

Designed to make plants grow (and flower) by using the same wavelengths that are highly beneficial for human biology.

This is a powerful grow light, producing red light in *only* the 660nm wavelength.  For wattage, it has two options: 12 watts and 25 watts. 

The company claims that its wattage claims are more accurate than other companies’ — essentially stating that they list wattage based upon wattage used “at the outlet” (whereas other companies don’t), and that their products carry the power of products listed at 2 or 3 times that wattage.  My opinion:  They aren’t making that up.  These bulbs are really, really bright.

Five of these would recreate a full-body red LED that could rival some more expensive (though possibly more convenient) red LED products.  If any of those companies are exaggerating their LED output, you might achieve a similar result with just 3 of these grow lights.

This product does have the limitations that come with all LEDs:  short, narrow wavelengths and a subtle flicker that — though likely unnoticeable to the eye — could be suboptimal for some. 

Therapeutic red light — without the intense heat — is a perk of LEDs — but not a big enough perk to prefer red LEDs to heat lamps.  The warm infrared frequencies are incredibly beneficial.

I have tried both the 12-watt and 25-watt.  The 25-watt bulb is massive, heavy, and could overwhelm many clamp lamps with its weight.  It also has a noisy fan that I found too annoying to be around.  I sent it back and got a second 12-watt.

PROs:

  • Powerful output
  • Choose either 660nm and 630nm
  • Choose either 12w and 25w
  • No heat 

CONs:

  • LED — flicker and narrow wavelength
  • 25-watt’s fan is quite noisy

RATING: 7

It’s a pretty solid bulb. Fun to play with — and the red light is gorgeous at night. It’s top-shelf among red light LEDs and possibly preferable to expensive red light products.

After purchasing three of these, I still gravitate to real incandescent light from clear heat lamps. These LED bulbs hardly get used nowadays.


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Other Equipment

Clamp Lamp

Just screw in a bulb, clamp to a shelf or table.

After buying all of my clamp lamps at Home Depot for many years, I have found a superior version.  These clamp lamps from Amazon are more sturdy — and that’s a big deal. 

PROs:

  • Solid, sturdy construction
  • Affordable

CONs:

  • The reflector is made of aluminum

RATING: 9/10

I’m not sure the aluminum reflectors are a big problem. I do take them off, but I don’t really recommend it to others. I don’t think plastic reflectors are any better than aluminum for exposure to harmful compounds.

Power Strip

And you might need a power strip, so here are some.

Be cautious and wise with lamps that get hot.  I use these all the time, but I’m very careful and safe.  Please don’t hurt yourself or someone you care about.

Let’s Feel Better.

Discussion. Community. Thoughtful ideas. 6/mo.

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Categories
Gut Product Reviews

REVIEWS: Colostrum Supplements

Colostrum is, potentially, the optimal foundation of any gut health protocol.

All mammal mothers produce colostrum in the days after giving birth. This “first milk” is designed to kick start an infant’s development of their gut microbiome.

Derived from the milk produced after the arrival of a baby calf, colostrum is one of the most gentle, yet impactful, supplements available.

It works to affect the gut from multiple angles at once — without risk of causing harm. Colostrum boosts immunity, fights pathogens, feeds beneficial flora, and regulates the speed of motility in the gut — all at the same time.

The nutrients and biologically-active compounds in colostrum include:

Colostrum is safe for nearly all people, with the only exception being those with sensitivity to dairy, although I’ve known many lactose-intolerant folks who can tolerate colostrum. Some with very bad gut infections may need to work up doses, starting with a single pill with meals.


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Symbiotics Colostrum

I keep coming back to this one.

I never expected Symbiotics Colostrum to become such a staple of my regimen, but here we are, seven years later — and this is my stand-by.  I’ve tried other brands, yet I always return “home” to this one.

In my comparisons of other products, I’ve never noticed any stronger benefits than what Symbiotics boasts. In theory, the SurThrival brand is superior, but the benefits I noticed from SurThrival were so similar to the Symbiotics that I just saved the money and returned to Symbiotics.

Colostrum is already expensive, so unless you’re willing to pay top dollar for a super-premium product (SurThrival), Symbiotics is the clear winner.

Countless ailments have been reversed — quickly — by taking a “booster” dose of colostrum. GI regularity always improves with regular “maintenance” dosages. Bloating has always been improved when I take colostrum.

When I was at my worst, colostrum allowed me to consistently improve my gut health, every single day.

PROs:

  • Effective
  • Consistent
  • More affordable

CONs:

  • Some may prefer “full-fat” or “cold-processed” colostrum

RATING: 9.5/10

This is my hands-down favorite product. There are other good options on the market, but for long-term use, I haven’t found one better than this.


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Sovereign Laboratories Colostrum-LD

Liposomal manufacturing has taken the supplement world (and even the medical field, for enhanced delivery of pharmaceutical drugs) by storm in the last few years and — after weathering much turbulence from skeptics — have fairly burst through the doubt by sheer force of results. 

This, however, does NOT mean that all liposomal products are equal, or that they are all good.

When done right, liposomes generally improve the absorption of compounds into the bloodstream (through the gut barrier) and into cells.  Does “liposomal” improve results — or even matter, at all — with colostrum?

My experiments tell me: Not that much.

The big positive I observed with this brand of colostrum is the fact that it mixes SO well in water. It has a slight vanilla taste and fragrance, so noticeable that I wondered if I received a mislabeled package (the package said “unflavored” but that slightly sweet, vanilla aroma and flavor was hard to miss).

PROs:

  • Better stability through stomach — potentially arrives at intestines more intact
  • CLAIM: Better stability can result in lower dosages to achieve the desired effect
  • Mixes extremely well in water

CONs:

  • Liposomal may not be clearly superior.

RATING: 8.5/10

I feel like the liposomal element of the colostrum isn’t necessary, if normal colostrum is taken on an empty stomach. There may even be some benefit to the stomach lining to be exposed to potent colostrum powder.

However, I still like Sovereign Laboratories Colostrum LD, and it has provided good results for me and my clients. My fiance prefers this brand to all others due to its powdered, easily mixable delivery.


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SurThrival Colostrum

A super high-end product.

The cadillac of colostrum products, SurThrival’s offering is among the highest quality available.

SurThrival boasts several unique characteristics in their product:  low-temperature (raw) processing, “true 6-hour” harvesting (post-birth) for higher nutrient content, and organic, grass-fed sourcing.

PROs:

  • No corners cut in the production process: organic, grass-fed, fresh, & raw
  • Full fat (the jury is out on whether this is superior)
  • Higher nutrient/active compound density

CONs:

  • Very expensive
  • Powder does not mix well, although it is available in pill form

RATING: 9.3/10

I really do like SurThrival Colostrum. They also have large sizes and EXTREMELY large sizes — to help you save money on this expensive product. Is the quality worth the money? If I had lots of extra cash, I’d say yes. Otherwise, save your money and go with Symbiotics, it’s very, very high quality, as well.

Let’s put all the pieces together — and improve.