Light Shapes Our Health

Every Spectrum of Light is Bioactive

Each day, light frequencies either harm or improve the health of your:

  • skin
  • gut
  • sleep
  • eyes
  • hormonal balance
  • brain chemistry
  • weight regulation
  • metabolism

Restorative Light

Healthy light frequencies improve each of those functions.

Each spectrum of light — both visible and invisible — causes a cascade of biological activity, even at very low intensity.

The body is designed to receive light and respond to it with metabolic and hormonal action.

Every minute of the day, photoreceptors in the eyes and skin receive light and send signals to the brain, informing it about the quality of light in the environment.

Therefore, light needs to be at the forefront of every health strategy.

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Where the light does not enter — so enters the doctor.

~ ancient proverb


Human Vision

The human eye sees a small slice of the total light spectrum.

The sun produces energy across an extremely broad spectrum. The tiny portion the human eye can see is referred to as visible light.

What about the rest of the spectrum that the human eye cannot detect — the frequencies that are invisible?

Those are still light. The invisible wavelengths are just too small or large to see.

Just smaller than the visible spectrum is the invisible UV spectrum. If UV light were any larger in frequency, it would be blue light, and it would be visible.

Just larger than red light is infrared light — which is also invisible. If infrared waves were any shorter, they’d be red, and we’d be able to see them.

All visible light is perceived as a color by the human brain.

The Visible Spectrum

In physics, every time a frequency doubles, it’s referred to as an octave.

In music, the major scale covers one octave.

Actually, all scales are based on one octave — because each octave simply repeats the notes again in a higher register.

A grand piano has 8 octaves.

By comparison, the electromagnetic spectrum has 81 octaves.

Visible light is only one of these 81 octaves — essentially one major scale on an incredibly large piano.


3 Parts of Light

Think of light as three main parts — each affecting health.

  • UV
  • Visible light
  • Infrared

For general thinking about healthy light, ignore the X-rays, gamma rays, microwaves, and radio waves.

Instead, focus on the most important spectrums of light — those which greatly impact health on a daily basis. They are:

  • UV
  • Visible
  • Infrared

Solar Radiation Peaks In The Visible Spectrum

Most life on earth is highly attuned to the visible spectrum.

It’s a narrow spectrum — only one octave — but it accounts for 42% of the sun’s power output.

A significant portion of sunlight’s power radiates in visible wavelengths — 42% is in the visible octave.

* Wireless technology uses long-wavelength spectrums like radio- and microwaves — which is also very important for health. However, concerns about wireless technology can be grouped into their own separate discussion.


Healing Infrared

A majority (54%) of sunlight is invisible infrared light.

Infrared is becoming increasingly researched and shown to possess numerous health benefits for the body.

Infrared + red light


When the sun’s red and infrared output are added together, they make up a whopping 68% of total sunshine.

This means that more than 2/3 of sunlight is restorative infrared and red light frequencies.

68% of sunlight is infrared & red.


Incredible Health Benefits

…of red and infrared light.

Research On InfraRED


Insulin Resistance & Weight Regulation

Cardiovascular Health

Joint Pain & Inflammation


Ocular Health

Bone Health



“Photobiomodulation (PBM), also known as low-level laser (or light) therapy (LLLT), has been known for almost 50 years.”

In recent years, much knowledge has been gained in this area.

Michael Hamblin, PhD — Harvard University
The term “photobiomodulation” was coined in the mid-90s and in 2015 it was added to the National Library of Medicine official terminology.

For decades, researchers thought therapeutic lasers — which produced significant results for pain, inflammation, healing, smoking cessation and even hair regrowth — were effective because they were using lasers.

However, it wasn’t the laser aspect that provided the healing effects. By the mid-90s, it was clear that the (red & infrared) wavelengths of light themselves — not the laser aspect — were responsible for the successful findings.

Thus, the study of “low-level laser therapy” became the study of “photobiomodulation” (the study of how light affects changes in the body).

LEDs became the technology of choice because they can deliver specific wavelengths to bodily tissues.

LEDs can provide very specific wavelengths. PICTURED: A cheap 660nm red LED from Amazon. Link:

Virtually Every Wavelength Has Been Studied

The most impressive results come from the frequencies found in visible red light (around 660nm) and “near infrared” frequencies (around 880nm).

ALL wavelengths of red & infrared light provide deep benefits.


Compare: Red vs Infrared

Red Light Is Visible

If an object appears red, red light is entering the eye.

Infrared Light Is Invisible

The human eye cannot see infrared light. The wavelengths are too long — just longer than red light.

Infrared Means “Beyond Red”

Infrared wavelengths are too long for our eyes to observe.

Special Technology Can See Infrared Light

Night-Vision Goggles

These $1,000 night-vision goggles detect “invisible” infrared light to “see” in the dark.

Security Cameras

Night-vision surveillance cameras “see” infrared light. This camera even has infrared LED’s to shine on potential criminals.

“Heat Signature” = Infrared Light

Image result for heat signature night vision

The “night-vision” camera can see this dog at night.

(More infrared wavelengths are coming out of the dog’s eyes and mouth — fur absorbs infrared light.)

Infrared light is invisible, but we can actually FEEL it.

Infrared light is felt as heat.


Heat is infrared light.

Humans can see light — and also feel light.

What cooks the food? Infrared light.


Light Penetrates Into The Body

All frequencies of light penetrate into the body, to a specific depth.

Some frequencies penetrate deeper than others.

Tissue Penetration Depends On The Wavelength

The longer the wavelength, the deeper light penetrates into tissues.

Blue light barely penetrates at all, just 2-4 millimeters.

Red light penetrates several inches into the flesh.

Infrared can penetrate deeply into the body, nourishing even the inner organs.

Penetration Depth In Human Tissue

Blue Light  


Red Light


Infrared Light


Infrared Rays Penetrate Deepest

Infrared light travels in a straight line, just as all light does.

This deep penetration into the body allows infrared therapy to affect all tissues and organs in the body.


The Incandescent Light Bulb

rich in red & infrared.

90% of incandescent bulbs’ output is infrared light.

Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, but it mostly produced invisible infrared.


“An incandescent bulb is a better heater than light bulb.”

–Industry scientists circa 2010

Throughout the 2010s, countries began banning the sale of incandescents to save energy costs and burn fewer fossil fuels.


Modern Lighting

Modern lighting provides almost no red & infrared.

Fluorescent Bulbs
LED Bulbs

Fluorescent & LED bulbs do save on energy costs.

——-> By removing the red & infrared light.


Modern People, Indoors

The average American spends 93% of their life indoors, with another 6% in automobiles.

— Environmental Protection Agency, 2001

99% Indoors

Fifteen minutes. That’s how long the average American spends outside each day.

What are the health implications of spending nearly all time indoors? There’s a serious air quality threat (on average, indoor pollutants are 5 times worse than outdoor air, but are often 100 times worse), for sure. But there’s a lack of healthy spectrums of light.

What are the missing frequencies in modern life? Red and infrared.

For most, artificial lighting is the only lighting.

Most folks get very little sunshine.

As a result…

Infrared & red light are absent in modern life.

93% of time spent indoors + 6% in automobiles = 99% of life spent indoors, (on average).

Stats for the Average American

93% indoors
+ 6% in automobiles 
= 99% of life spent indoors.

On average, 99% of modern life is spent indoors.

Humans Throughout History

Throughout history, humans spent waking hours in direct or indirect sunlight.

Humans Always Depended on Fire to Survive

Fire is incredibly rich in red & infrared light.

Modern people tend to receive very little red & infrared light from their environment.


Improving Your Light Exposure

“Penetrating red light is possibly the fundamental anti-stress factor for all organisms.

The chronic deficiency of such light is, I think, the best explanation for the deterioration which occurs with aging.”

— Ray Peat, PhD

It’s Up To Us

The modern world does not facilitate a healthy, restorative, or optimal light environment.

Therefore, it’s up to each of us to pursue the benefits of these restorative wavelengths, ourselves.

Know the best ways to harness the power of these wavelengths.

What Light Can Do

Red and infrared light has already been a major player in the improved health of thousands of people worldwide.

The trend is certainly rising. Professional athletes are using red light to improve recovery after both exercise and injuries. Hair is being (expensively) regrown at hair clinics with simple red light technology available on Amazon.

Light therapy is resulting in better sleep, energy levels, pain perception, workouts, post-exercise and post-surgery recovery, mood, digestion, gut health, and better skin.

I personally utilized red & infrared (infraRED!) light as a foundation of my recovery from hypothyroidism and mold illness. It spurred my digestion and metabolism, while improving my circadian rhythm and sleep. My brain, long sluggish, became a little more active in the presence of these healing wavelengths of light.

I’ve also seen this light improve thyroid labs, and increase energy levels and brain function in the elderly. Joint and muscle pain has been relieved in folks of all ages.

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to get proper, restorative therapeutic time. It just takes awareness of the best methods, and time during the week to implement.

Fortunately, you can also save money and achieve superior results without spending hundreds on expensive, inferior LED products.

Virtually everyone can benefit from proper frequencies of light. In chronic illness and aging, these restorative frequencies will be even more important.

I restored my health, in part, by understanding the profound biological effects of light.

…and you can, too!

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