Red Light Therapy Improves Mood, Anxiety, and Fatigue
Two years of being cooped up with COVID, the onset of winter, getting older, and feeling like life is leaving you defeated. It’s no wonder so many people are unhappy, anxious, and depressed.
You can’t enjoy life fully if you’re experiencing depression, mood disorders, and excessive anxiety.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.”
Some find that therapy, medication, and alternative treatment options, such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture, brighten their day. But thankfully science is always searching for promising treatments to help. In various studies, they have discovered red light therapy provides excellent results.
We all know that light plays so many important roles in the human body and is vital to our well-being. Light is as essential to the human body as food and water, yet humans are now indoors more often than ever. Lack of sunlight has been known to cause anxiety and depression. Exposure to sunlight increases the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. This is where red light therapy comes in. RLT uses the wavelength of the sun to increase the efficacy and integrity of mitochondria – the ‘powerhouse’ of the human cell. This energy is then distributed where it is needed the most.
Red light therapy can specifically:
- Increase sluggish energy levels
- Support a balanced mood
- Improve mental clarity and confidence
- Improve general positivity, calm, and reduce anxiety
- Reduce seasonal depression (SAD)
Studies have shown that one of the ways RLT supports mental health is by stimulating areas of the brain that are linked to certain types of depression and anxiety. Namely, dlPFC and vmPFC play critical roles in the pathophysiology of depression.
With proper exposure to red light therapy, researchers say they can improve depression and anxiety symptoms.
According to scientists red light therapy has been shown to:
- Increase energy
- Harmonize circadian rhythms
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce oxidative stress
Red light therapy is safe and easy for people of all ages. Remember, you will not sweat or feel the heat, and all you have to do is bask under the light and let the therapeutic red and near-
infrared light do all the work for you. We must point out that in its initial phases, clinical research shows that red light can become a widely used, safe treatment for clinical forms of depression. Even though there is evidence that RLT can have benefits, it should never replace working with a mental health professional or other treatments for anxiety, depression, or the like.
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