BE AN ENERGY POWERHOUSE
You might remember from science class – we learned that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. It plays a crucial role in producing energy for the cell in the form of adenosine triphosphate, or more commonly known as ATP.
Simply put, ATP is the energy compound that cells throughout the body rely on to power specific cellular functions. Our bodies can really take a hit when low ATP is at play and can result in decreased muscle strength and endurance, brain fog, compromised immunity, fatigue, and even increased vulnerability to oxidative stress. Ouch.
What does this have to do with Red Light Therapy? Let’s nerd out and dive in.
→ Enhance ATP Production: We are all about a supercharge. Red light therapy stimulates the mitochondria to produce more ATP! The photons from the red or near-infrared light are absorbed by the mitochondria and enhance the activity of the electron transport chain, leading to increased ATP production. This can help improve cellular energy metabolism and overall mitochondrial function.
→ Increase Mitochondrial Biogenesis: Let’s make more mitochondria! Red light therapy has been shown to stimulate the production of new mitochondria, a process called mitochondrial biogenesis. By activating certain signaling pathways, red light therapy promotes the growth of existing mitochondria and the replication of new ones, keeping a constant flow of ATP energy production in the works.
→ Improved Cellular Respiration: Red light therapy can enhance cellular respiration, which is the process by which cells use oxygen to produce energy. It improves the efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation, an essential process for meeting the energy demands of cellular activities and maintaining overall cellular function. This is the crucial final step of cellular respiration and is responsible for the majority of ATP production.
→ Reduce Oxidative Stress: Stress kills! Mitochondria are susceptible to oxidative stress, which occurs when there is an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the body's antioxidant defenses. Excessive oxidative stress can damage mitochondrial DNA and proteins, impairing their function and manifesting throughout the rest of the body. Red light therapy has been shown to reduce oxidative stress by boosting the activity of antioxidant enzymes and reducing the production of ROS. By reducing oxidative stress, red light therapy helps protect and maintain mitochondrial health.
By leveraging the power of red light therapy, you can tap into a wide variety of benefits for your mind, body, and beauty rituals. Biohack your way through this summer with potentially improved energy levels, enhanced muscle recovery, glowing skin, and a mood that’s ready for anything.