By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
These days, we’re starting to realize just how important light is for our health. Humans need water and sunlight… we are basically plants with more complicated emotions.
I’ve previously written about light: How blue light wrecks your sleep, and why sunlight is crucial for your health. Today we’re going to focus in on the red and near-infrared (NIR) light spectrum, and learn the answer to the question: What are the benefits of these healing wavelengths of light?
Light therapy, or photobiomodulation, is the therapeutic use of a medical grade LED light device to deliver specific frequencies of red and near-infrared light. This light can penetrate through your skin, providing benefits at a cellular level.
Light therapy works on a cellular level, stimulating the mitochondria and the increasing the release of ATP (the “energy currency of life”). Beneficial frequencies of red light can be found in the mid 600 nanometer range and makes its way 8-10 mm into the skin, while healing infrared frequencies are concentrated in the mid 800 nm range and penetrates even deeper!
There is also promising research that red light therapy can boost male fertility, increase circulation, and improve thyroid health.
There are many aspects to consider when looking to purchase a red light device for therapeutic and healing purposes, like size and light wavelengths.
I recommend the Joovv red light for many reasons. With the Joovv, you have the ability to treat an area as large as small as you want: they offer large light panels, and their red light panels also have the ability to connect together. If you decide down the line that you’d like a larger light panel, you have the ability to create it with your Joovv. It is also much quicker and more effective to treat a large portion of your body at once! On the other hand, the Joovv Go is small enough to travel with, without sacrificing quality.
Not all red light devices are equal: the red light wavelengths matter. If one company creates a red light that looks red, but it’s not within the healing range, it is essentially pointless! Joovv lights target red and near infrared wavelengths in the mid-600 & mid-800 nm range, which are not only healing, they’ve been proven to be the most powerful and efficient wavelengths for the benefits of red light therapy.
Joovv red light devices are both powerful and customizable, good for an at-home full body red light station, or portable on-the-go therapy for frequent travelers. I like to take my portable Joovv Go when I travel to help with circadian rhythm, for preventing jet lag, and boosting my immune system.
Red and NIR light therapy sessions are quick and easy, all you need is a red light device. You can concentrate the light on specific problem areas (like on a painful joint, or on your face for skin appearance), or use photobiomodulation to benefit your whole body. It only takes 10-20 minutes for a session to provide healing benefits!