Use Light as a Biohacking Treatment for Longevity

Whether it’s red, blue, or infrared light, this biohack is an effective pro-aging therapy

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Red Light

Red Means Go: Red Light Fights Aging as a Biohacking Longevity Treatment

Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy, is loved by biohackers for its impressive pro-aging benefits. It heals skin, reduces inflammation, improves sleep, and even helps enhance cognitive functions.

Woman with eyes closed standing in front of an infrared light therapy panel.

Red Light Therapy Reduces Oxidative Stress

Red light is a type of light that falls within the visible light spectrum detectable by the human eye. It has the longest wavelength (620 to 750 nm) and the lowest amount of energy of visible light. Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a non-invasive treatment using red light to promote skin healing and a wide range of other health and longevity benefits.1 It works in part by increasing energy (ATP) production in the mitochondria, which enhances the health of the cells and tissues.2 Mitochondrial function tends to decrease across all tissues over time, so it’s important to consider that as we age.3 Red light can also reduce oxidative stress which occurs with aging.1

Red Light Biohacks Skin Wrinkles and Aging

Red light can penetrate the skin and stimulate regenerative processes within skin cells.4 As we age, the collagen and elastin levels in our skin begin to decline, resulting in wrinkles and sagging. Red light therapy increases collagen and elastin production, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.4 Additionally, red light has been shown to reduce inflammation in the skin, which can also contribute to skin aging.5 It boosts blood flow which helps deliver important nutrients to support overall skin health and function. Red light therapy can even speed up the healing process of skin wounds.6

Other Longevity Benefits: Better Sleep and More

Red light is the gift that just keeps on giving. In addition to everything listed above, it also has the power to stimulate regeneration in brain tissue and possibly counteract the loss of cognitive function that occurs with age. Red light therapy (applied through the nostrils) was shown to improve sleep quality and cognitive performance in people with cognitive decline.7 It can also reduce musculoskeletal pain and facilitate healing from injury.8 

Other health and longevity benefits of red light therapy include:

  • Stimulation of new hair follicles for growth9
  • Improvement in age-related macular degeneration10
  • Improved athletic performance and muscle recovery11

Red light is a powerful biohacking tool offering multiple longevity benefits including improved mitochondrial health, skin rejuvenation, and reduced inflammation and oxidative stress.

“Light can actually change the genes that the cells of your bodies express, and that is true throughout the lifespan.”

Dr. Andrew Huberman

Neuroscientist & Professor

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Full Body LED Light Therapy

Bon Charge

Bon Charge Red Light Face Mask for younger looking skin.

Achieve youthful, radiant skin effortlessly with the Bon Charge Red Light Face Mask. This cordless and convenient mask is designed to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone in just 10 minutes. Regain your confidence and enjoy glowing skin while going about your daily activities.

BlockBlueLight

BlockBlueLight red light therapy target torch.

Experience the rejuvenating power of the Target Torch, a portable and versatile device that harnesses clinical-grade red and near-infrared wavelengths (630:660:850nm) for effective therapy. Its sleek stainless steel design ensures durability, and its portability allows you to enjoy treatments anytime, anywhere.

CERA

CERA red light therapy system with headband, stomach band, and smartphone with screen showing feedback app.

Meet CERA, the pioneering FDA-listed red light therapy system designed to enhance brain function, extend longevity, and optimize overall physical health by targeting the gut-brain axis. In today’s world, laser focus, mental clarity, and peak performance are considered superpowers, and CERA leverages advanced neurotechnology to bestow these abilities upon individuals of all ages. It’s a groundbreaking approach that empowers you to not only survive but thrive.

BioCharger

BioCharger full body LED light therapy device.

BioCharger enhances its experience with myCloud, providing exclusive access to a growing Recipe Library of 1200+ programs. A user-friendly onboarding process kickstarts its wellness journey, while regular software improvements keep BioCharger up to date. A dedicated team of specialists is available to assist with any queries, and remote diagnostic services ensure prompt support. Additionally, personalized training sessions empower BioCharger with expert tips for optimal setup and operation.

Red Light Therapy Masks

QuasarMD

QuasarMD Plus LED red light therapy device for better skin.

Defy aging with the Quasar MD PLUS. Its LED red light tech reduces wrinkles and improves skin texture by stimulating skin cells for self-repair, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. With 3x stronger light output, 4 wavelengths, and a large treatment head, it’s both potent and efficient. Made from medical-grade aluminum, it ensures durability, and it’s FDA-cleared for all skin types.

LYMA

Lyma Laser red light therapy anti-aging skin device.

The LYMA Laser addresses both intrinsic and extrinsic skin aging. Intrinsically, it penetrates deep into the dermis, activating a genetic switch in skin cells to promote regeneration and repair, reversing cell damage. Extrinsically, it prompts existing cells to produce more proteins, combating free radicals and boosting collagen and elastin for healthier skin.

Intranasal Red Light Therapy

Vielight

The Vielight Neuro Duo is a cutting-edge transcranial brain photobiomodulation (tPBM) device with intranasal technology, stimulating the Default Mode Network effectively. Emitting pulsed near-infrared (NIR) energy through the skull, it activates photobiomodulation with high power output (~100 mW/cm2) from a NIR LED source. Operating at Gamma (40Hz) for focus and memory enhancement and Alpha (10Hz) for mindfulness, learning, relaxation, and improved sleep. Vielight is medically certified and covered by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Vielight Neuro Duo 3 transcranial-intranasal brain photobiomodulation headset, nose clip, and charger.

1. Graeme Ewan Glass, Photobiomodulation: The Clinical Applications of Low-Level Light Therapy, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, 2021;41(6):723–38, doi: 10.1093/asj/sjab025, PMID: 33471046: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33471046/

2. Cleber Ferraresi, et al., Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy Increases Mitochondrial Membrane Potential and ATP Synthesis in C2C12 Myotubes with a Peak Response at 3-6 h, Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2014;91(2):411–6, doi: 10.1111/php.12397, PMID: 25443662; PMCID: PMC4355185: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25443662/

3. Dimitry A. Chistiakov, et al., Mitochondrial Aging and Age-Related Dysfunction of Mitochondria, BioMed Research International, 2014;2014:1–7, doi: 10.1155/2014/238463, PMID: 24818134; PMCID: PMC4003832: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24818134/

4. Alexander Wunsch, Karsten Matuschka, A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 2014;32(2):93–100, doi: 10.1089/pho.2013.3616, PMID: 24286286; PMCID: PMC3926176: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926176/

5. Michael R Hamblin, Mechanisms and applications of the anti-inflammatory effects of photobiomodulation, AIMS Biophysics, 2017;4(3):337–61, doi: 10.3934/biophy.2017.3.337, PMID: 28748217; PMCID: PMC5523874: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5523874/

6. Anju Yadav, Gupta Asheesh, Noninvasive red and near-infrared wavelength-induced photobiomodulation: promoting impaired cutaneous wound healing, Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 2017;33(1):4–13, doi: 10.1111/phpp.12282, PMID: 27943458: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27943458/

7. Xing Zhao, et al., Brain Photobiomodulation Improves Sleep Quality in Subjective Cognitive Decline: A Randomized, Sham-Controlled Study, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2022;87(4):1581–9, doi: 10.3233/jad-215715, PMID: 35491787: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35491787/

8. Howard B Cotler, The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain, MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology, 2015;2(5), doi: 10.15406/mojor.2015.02.00068, PMID: 26858986; PMCID: PMC4743666: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4743666/

9. Raymond J. Lanzafame, et al., The growth of human scalp hair mediated by visible red light laser and LED sources in males, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2013;45(8):487–95, doi: 10.1002/lsm.22173, PMID: 24078483: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24078483/

10. Justin C Muste, Matthew W Russell, Rishi P Singh, Photobiomodulation Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy: A Review, Clinical Ophthalmology, 2021;15:3709–20, doi: 10.2147/opth.s272327, PMID: 34511875; PMCID: PMC8421781: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8421781/

11. Fernanda Colella Antonialli, et al., Phototherapy in skeletal muscle performance and recovery after exercise: effect of combination of super-pulsed laser and light-emitting diodes, Lasers in Medical Science, 2014;29(6):1967–76, doi: 10.1007/s10103-014-1611-7, PMID: 24942380: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24942380/.

Blue Light

Improve Sleep and Longevity With Well-Timed Blue Light Biohacks

Blue light, whether from the early morning sunshine or a manmade screen, is the most powerful environmental cue for your circadian rhythm. Getting enough in the morning and blocking it at night helps keep your energy levels consistent and healthy.

Illustration of two heads looking away from each other, one with daytime graphic inside, the other with nighttime.

Manage Blue Light Properly for Longevity

Blue light is a type of light that falls within the visible light spectrum detectable by the human eye. It has the shortest wavelength and highest energy of visible light. You’re exposed to blue light every day. The most abundant source of blue light is the sun, but your tablet, smartphone, laptop, and TV also emit significant levels of it. Blue light can help improve energy, mood, memory, and alertness.1,2,3 However, too much blue light or exposure to it at the wrong times can be harmful to your eyes, sleep, and overall health, wellness, and longevity.4

The Blue Light Connection to Our Circadian Rhythms

Blue light is important for longevity due to the role it plays in relation to the circadian rhythm, your internal clock responsible for regulating your sleep-wake cycle, body temperature, appetite, hormones, and other important functions.5 Your circadian rhythm is controlled by the amount and type of light you’re exposed to, with blue light having the most prominent influence.6 The importance of maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm is evidenced through night shift workers who are known to have increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and even death.7

Morning Blue Light Exposure

Getting blue light exposure in the morning, preferably from sunlight, is important for setting your circadian rhythm. This suppresses the release of melatonin, keeping you energized and alert throughout the day. Start with your morning dose and then make sure to keep getting plenty of blue light exposure during the day to keep your internal clock in sync.6

Block Blue Light at Night to Biohack Longevity

Blue light is a powerful suppressor of melatonin, which is needed for deep, restorative sleep.8 It’s therefore important to reduce your nighttime blue light exposure as much as you can. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. First off, you can wear blue light-blocking sunglasses for a couple of hours before you go to bed. You can also install programs on your computer and tablets that will reduce the amount of blue light being emitted from your monitor. Use the nighttime mode on your phone to reduce brightness and the blue light levels.

Blue light can be a key player in your health and longevity. By biohacking the timing and amount of blue light exposure, you can support your overall health and reduce your risk of developing various age-related diseases.

“When you get more sunlight exposure during the day, and less light exposure at night, you’re on your way to a magic sleep formula.”

Shawn Stevenson

Health & Fitness Podcaster

Illustrated row of blue light blocking glasses and devices: TV, Nintendo Switch, smartphone, smart watch, laptop, tablet.

Blue Light-Blocking Glasses

Lumos

Lumos light therapy smart glasses in front of smartphone with screen showing feedback app and black bubble background.

Introducing Glasses I, innovative lifestyle eyewear that enhances well-being. Syncing with the Lumos app, these glasses use light therapy to improve sleep, reduce stress, and boost performance. Sensors assess sleep hygiene, establish a personalized sleep-wake cycle, and offer intelligent light exposure reminders. Elevate your mood and well-being with Glasses I—where innovation meets wellness.

True Dark

True Dark Twilights Sunset Dark Tortoiseshell Pro nighttime junk light blocking glasses with red lenses.

These glasses are ideal for evening indoor use, featuring anti-reflective coated lenses and a lightweight frame. With polarized red lenses, they block 98% of blue and green light, making them perfect for reading paper books in bed while protecting against junk light. Pair them with TrueDark® Daylights™ glasses for 24-hour protection and improved sleep quality.

Bon Charge

Bon Charge Miki Blue Light Blocking Glasses with orange lenses and octagonal gold frames.

Bon Charge’s Blue Light Blocking Glasses eliminate 100% of disruptive blue and green light in the 400-550nm range, promoting melatonin production and circadian rhythm regulation. Wearing them for 2-3 hours before bedtime enhances sleep quality. Stylish and versatile, Boncharge offers options for everyone, and these glasses are also beneficial for air travel and managing jet lag.

Doc of Detox

Doc of Detox Tesla LightWear glasses with tinted yellow lenses and black frame.

Hyper LightWear is revolutionary eyewear that transforms harmful UV and blue light into beneficial spectrums, enhancing vision clarity and potentially improving decision-making. It also guards against harmful blue-violet light from screens. With advanced coatings for scratch resistance, easy cleaning, and superior vision, Hyper LightWear offers a holistic approach to well-being by optimizing the light we encounter daily.

Blue Light Therapy Devices

Luminette

Luminette Le Drive light therapy device for your car.

Le Drive® offers the convenience of light therapy during your daily car commute. Just 20 minutes a day is enough to reap the benefits. It helps you stay alert during night drives, serving as an effective alternative to caffeine.

Dr. Dennis Gross

Front and back views of DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro light therapy device by Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.

Meet the DRx SpectraLite™ BodyWare Pro, an FDA-cleared light therapy device. Featuring 148 red and 68 blue LED lights, it effectively addresses wrinkles, acne, dark spots, and provides relief for mild body pain.

QuasarMD

QuasarMD Blue LED blue light therapy device for acne.

Introducing QUASAR MD BLUE, dermatologist-recommended LED Light Therapy for acne. Drug-free, side-effect-free, and FDA-cleared for all skin types. Clear existing breakouts and prevent future blemishes with this convenient and durable solution.

Full-Spectrum Light Bulbs

BlockBlueLight

BioLight™ is a groundbreaking biological-friendly full-spectrum light bulb technology, a first of its kind globally. Developed by BlockBlueLight, it’s the most advanced lighting technology, offering a Day to Night Full Spectrum experience indoors. The BioLight™ features three modes designed to provide optimal lighting throughout the day and night, mimicking natural sunlight from sunrise to sunset. Mode changes are effortlessly initiated with a simple on-off switch, eliminating the need for remotes or Wi-Fi controls.

BlockBlueLight BioLight full spectrum light BR30 bulb.

Bon Charge

Enhance your well-being and productivity with their Full Spectrum Light Bulb. This cutting-edge lighting solution replicates the natural phases of sunlight, promoting a circadian-friendly environment in your home or office. Say goodbye to flickering lights and high EMF levels, and experience optimal lighting that helps you feel your best.

Bon Charge Full Spectrum Light Bulb with a white exterior.

Blackout Shades

Bon Charge

Bon Charge Cotton Blackout Sleep Mask.

Elevate your sleep quality with the Cotton Blackout Sleep Mask. This sleep mask offers a superior sleeping experience by combining complete blackout features with fully adjustable eye cups and a customizable strap. Made from soft cotton material, it ensures comfort while you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with this specially crafted sleep mask.

BlockBlueLight

BlockBlueLight Sweet Dreams Black Out Sleep Mask.

Experience restful sleep with the Sweet Dreams Black Out Sleep Mask. This mask offers 100% light-blocking capabilities and features a low-profile, lightweight design, making it ideal for side sleepers. Crafted from breathable and cool ice silk material, it ensures comfort throughout the night. The eye cavity design prevents any eye pressure-related issues, allowing you to enjoy uninterrupted sleep.

1. Anna Alkozei, et al., Acute exposure to blue wavelength light during memory consolidation improves verbal memory performance, PLOS ONE, 2017;12(9):e0184884, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184884, PMID: 28922397; PMCID: PMC5602660: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5602660/

2. Beatriz Rodríguez-Morilla, et al., Blue-Enriched Light Enhances Alertness but Impairs Accurate Performance in Evening Chronotypes Driving in the Morning, Frontiers in Psychology, 2018;9, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00688, PMID: 29867659; PMCID: PMC5962740: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5962740/

3. Phillip D. Campbell, Ann M. Miller, Mary E, Woesner. Bright Light Therapy: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Beyond, Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine, 2017;32: E13–E25, PMCID: PMC6746555; PMID: 31528147: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6746555/

4. Marcia Ines Silvani, Werder Robert, Perret Claudio, The influence of blue light on sleep, performance and wellbeing in young adults: A systematic review, Frontiers in Physiology, 2022;13, doi: 10.3389/fphys.2022.943108, PMID: 36051910; PMCID: PMC9424753: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36051910

5. Sujan Reddy, Vamsi Reddy, Sandeep Sharma, Physiology, Circadian Rhythm, StatPerals[Internet], 2022: https://nigms.nih.gov/education/fact-sheets/Pages/circadian-rhythms.aspx

6. Siegfried Wahl, et al., The inner clock—Blue light sets the human rhythm, Journal of Biophotonics, 2019;12(12), doi: 10.1002/jbio.201900102, PMCID: PMC7065627; PMID: 31433569: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7065627/

7. Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Jurgita Narusyte, Pia Svedberg, Night work, mortality, and the link to occupational group and sex, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 2020;46(5):508–15, doi: 10.5271/sjweh.3892, PMCID: PMC7737802; PMID: 32270204: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7737802/

8. Leena Tähkämö, Timo Partonen, Anu-Katriina Pesonen, Systematic review of light exposure impact on human circadian rhythm, Chronobiology International, 2018;36(2):151–70, doi: 10.1080/07420528.2018.1527773, PMID: 30311830: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30311830/.

Infrared Light

Infrared Light Is a Powerful Biohack for Increased Energy and Longevity

Infrared light, while invisible to the human eye, provides a wide range of visible pro-aging benefits. Biohackers use near infrared or mid- to far-infrared treatments to improve skin health, detoxify, and enhance mitochondrial efficiency. Embrace the light!

Illustration of beams of infrared light penetrating the skin.

Research Supports Infrared Light as a Biohack

Infrared light is a form of light that has a longer wavelength than red light and is invisible to the human eye. There are three types of infrared light, near, mid, and far, and research has revealed multiple health and longevity benefits related to each.

Near Infrared (800 Nanometers to 1,000 nm)

Near-infrared (NIR) light is the shortest infrared wavelength. It helps rejuvenate the skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, accelerates wound healing, and improves certain skin disorders such as acne and alopecia.1 It works by increasing energy production in mitochondria which reduces oxidative stress and increases the production of growth factors that help regenerate new skin.2 NIR light therapy can be administered via laser (a concentrated beam of light) or LEDs directly pointed at the skin to help rejuvenate it.3 Some devices also deliver NIR to the brain through the nostrils, which may aid with cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.4

Mid and Far Infrared (1,000 to 100,000 nm)

Mid-infrared (MIR) and far infrared (FIR) are longer wavelengths capable of penetrating the body on a much deeper level than NIR, leading to the rejuvenation of the tissue underneath the skin.3 This helps improve muscle recovery and reduce pain.5 MIR and FIR lights are often used in infrared saunas, where they provide benefits way beyond heat exposure. Infrared saunas have been shown to help people with heart disease by stimulating the release of nitric oxide, a compound that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow.6 Infrared saunas may also be able to improve many other chronic diseases and conditions including diabetes, inflammation, and chronic pain,7

Infrared light is a powerful tool that can be used by biohackers to improve mitochondrial function, regenerate tissues, and increase blood flow, thus supporting cellular energy production, overall health, and longevity.

“There is some evidence that by mixing red and near infrared, it’s greater than the sum of its parts.”

Dr. Michael Hamblin

Photomedicine Leader

Infrared LED Lights

TrueLight

Introducing the TrueLight® Energy Trism, an innovative full-body LED light therapy device designed for ultimate convenience and effectiveness. With its portable and sturdy design, you can take it anywhere and experience the benefits of Yellow, Red, and Near-Infrared light wavelengths simultaneously, making it ideal for muscle recovery and skin regeneration. This device enhances collagen production, reduces scars, wrinkles, and skin irritations, and promotes muscle recovery. You can use it on both your face and body while standing, sitting, or lying down, with sessions as short as 20 minutes, recommended 2-3 times a week. Achieve radiant skin and enhanced well-being with TrueLight® Energy Trism.

Three-paneled TrueLight Energy Trism LED therapy device.

Infrared Saunas

Clearlight

Clearlight Sanctuary 2 full spectrum 2-person infrared sauna with mahogany wood.

Explore the innovative Clearlight Sanctuary 2, a 2-person infrared sauna featuring a modern design and advanced technology. It’s a true Full Spectrum infrared sauna, delivering near, mid, and far infrared wavelengths consistently through the state-of-the-art True Wave™ heating system. Control your sauna effortlessly with the digital control system and a user-friendly app, even from a distance.

Sunlighten

Sunlighten mPulse Discover 4-person infrared sauna in eucalyptus wood design.

Experience the ultimate sauna with the mPulse Smart Sauna. It’s a customizable light therapy system that offers a range of health benefits. Choose from various clinically-researched programs to meet your evolving needs. The mPulse Aspire, a one-person sauna sanctuary, delivers gentle red/near, mid, and far infrared therapies to relax, heal, and energize your body, enabling you to enjoy life to the fullest.

HigherDOSE

HigherDose infrared sauna blanket laid flat.

HigherDOSE presents an Infrared Sauna Blanket that boosts body heat, induces relaxation, enhances skin radiance, and boosts circulation. Experience the benefits of a spa-quality infrared sauna session in the comfort of your home with Higher Dose’s Infrared Sauna Blanket.

Sauna Space

SaunaSpace Luminati Infrared Sauna tent in natural beige color with wooden stool inside.

Achieve relaxation and rejuvenation at home with the Luminati sauna, featuring ThermaLight® technology for efficient sweating at lower temperatures. This compact, portable, and hypoallergenic sauna panel is easily assembled without tools, wheelchair accessible, and designed for minimalistic elegance while providing a tailored session with adjustable settings. Plus, it’s EMF-free for added peace of mind.

Intranasal Red Light Therapy

Vielight

The Vielight Neuro Duo is a cutting-edge transcranial brain photobiomodulation (tPBM) device with intranasal technology, stimulating the Default Mode Network effectively. Emitting pulsed near-infrared (NIR) energy through the skull, it activates photobiomodulation with high power output (~100 mW/cm2) from a NIR LED source. Operating at Gamma (40Hz) for focus and memory enhancement and Alpha (10Hz) for mindfulness, learning, relaxation, and improved sleep. Vielight is medically certified and covered by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Vielight Neuro Duo 3 transcranial-intranasal brain photobiomodulation headset, nose clip, and charger.

1. Fernanda Colella Antonialli, et al., Phototherapy in skeletal muscle performance and recovery after exercise: effect of combination of super-pulsed laser and light-emitting diodes, Lasers in Medical Science, 2014;29(6):1967–76, doi: 10.1007/s10103-014-1611-7, PMID: 24942380: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33471046/

2. Qin Zhu, et al. Near Infrared (NIR) Light Therapy of Eye Diseases: A Review, International Journal of Medical Sciences, 2021;18(1):109–19, doi: 10.7150/ijms.52980, PMID: 33390779; PMCID: PMC7738953: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7738953/

3. Alexander Wunsch, Karsten Matuschka, A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 2014;32(2):93–100, doi: 10.1089/pho.2013.3616, PMID: 24286286; PMCID: PMC3926176: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926176/

4. Farzad Salehpour, et al., Therapeutic potential of intranasal photobiomodulation therapy for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders: a narrative review, Reviews in the Neurosciences, 2019;31(3):269–86, doi: 10.1515/revneuro-2019-0063, PMID: 31812948; PMCID: PMC7138738: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7138738/

5. Christos Tsagkaris, et al., Infrared Radiation in the Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions and Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review, European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education, 2022;12(3):334–43, doi: 10.3390/ejihpe12030024, PMID: 35323210; PMCID: PMC8946909: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8946909/

6. Kaemmer N. Henderson, et al., The Cardiometabolic Health Benefits of Sauna Exposure in Individuals with High-Stress Occupations, A Mechanistic Review, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2021;18(3):1105, doi: 10.3390/ijerph18031105, PMID: 33513711; PMCID: PMC7908414: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7908414/.

7. Fatma Vatansever, Michael R. Hamblin, Far infrared radiation (FIR): Its biological effects and medical applications, Photonics & Lasers in Medicine, 2012;1(4), doi: 10.1515/plm-2012-0034, PMID: 23833705; PMCID: PMC3699878: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3699878/.

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Longevity Experts

Broaden your understanding of longevity science by tracking the latest findings from these accomplished specialists.

Dr. Mindy Pelz

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Dr. Mindy Pelz is well-known for her expertise in fasting, nutrition, and women’s health. As one of the pioneers of the fasting movement, she claims that fasting isn’t just for weight loss, but can also be used to biohack our bodies. She teaches that, when done right, fasting can boost metabolism, balance hormones, decrease inflammation, and prevent chronic illness.

Her company, Dr. Mindy Pelz Co., provides coaching, health programs, and online courses for individuals looking to improve their health through fasting. Aside from being a best selling author and keynote speaker, she shares her thoughts and expertise in her “The Resetter” podcast as well as via Instagram, and YouTube.

Dr. Pelz has been featured in numerous media outlets, including EXTRA TV, The Doctors, DailyMail TV, Well+Good, Real Simple, Healthline, and ABC 33/40. Her clients include high-profile actors, athletes, and CEOs who seek her guidance for achieving their health and wellness goals.  

Dave Asprey

Black and white photo of biohacker Dave Asprey on a red background.

Dave Asprey, the father of biohacking, is a renowned entrepreneur and author who has revolutionized the field of health and wellness. He is most famous for establishing Bulletproof, a health and wellness company that provides a range of products and services aimed at optimizing individuals’ performance and well-being. He also hosts a podcast called The Human Upgrade.

Asprey’s biohacking journey began when he set out to improve his cognitive function and overall health, leading him to explore various techniques and technologies, such as nootropics, intermittent fasting, and neurofeedback. He shared his experiences and discoveries on his widely read blog, which ultimately evolved into the Bulletproof brand.

As a result of his innovative approach, Asprey has appeared on major media outlets like CNN, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Joe Rogan Experience. He has also been featured in prestigious publications, including The New York Times and Forbes, owing to his thought leadership in the biohacking space.

Biohacking Longevity FAQs

Biohacking Longevity with Light

Harnessing the power of light for biohacking longevity, sleep, and well-being.

  • How does red light therapy contribute to biohacking longevity?

    Red light therapy stimulates cellular energy production, promotes collagen synthesis, and reduces inflammation. By exposing the body to red or near-infrared light, this therapy enhances mitochondrial function, supports tissue repair, and potentially improves skin health, contributing to overall longevity.

  • How do biohackers view using infrared light for biohacking longevity?

    Biohackers recognize the benefits of infrared light for biohacking longevity. Infrared light penetrates deeper into tissues, promoting circulation, reducing pain, and potentially supporting cellular repair. Incorporating infrared saunas or using infrared devices can enhance well-being and contribute to longevity.

  • How does blue light exposure impact biohacking longevity?

    Blue light exposure, especially in the evening, can disrupt circadian rhythm, suppress melatonin production, and negatively impact sleep quality. By minimizing blue light exposure from electronic devices or using blue light-blocking glasses, individuals can improve sleep, support hormone balance, and enhance overall longevity.

  • Can biohacking longevity with light include sunlight exposure?

    Yes, sunlight exposure is essential for optimal health and longevity. Sunlight provides natural vitamin D, regulates circadian rhythm, and promotes mood balance. By getting adequate sunlight exposure while practicing sun safety, individuals can support overall well-being and potentially reduce the risk of certain diseases.

  • What role does optimizing indoor lighting play in biohacking longevity?

    Optimizing indoor lighting involves choosing light bulbs with appropriate color temperature and minimizing artificial blue light exposure. Using warm, low-blue lighting in the evening and bright, cool lighting during the day can help regulate circadian rhythm, support sleep, and promote overall well-being.

  • Can biohacking longevity with light include using light therapy devices at home?

    Absolutely. Light therapy devices, such as portable red or near-infrared lights, can be used at home to provide targeted light therapy for various purposes. These devices can support skin health, reduce inflammation, and potentially contribute to longevity when used correctly and according to manufacturer guidelines.

  • How does biohacking light exposure tie into optimizing vitamin D levels for longevity?

    Light exposure, particularly sunlight, plays a vital role in vitamin D synthesis in the body. Adequate vitamin D levels are crucial for bone health, immune function, and overall well-being. By biohacking light exposure to optimize vitamin D production, individuals can support longevity and reduce the risk of vitamin D-related deficiencies.

  • What are some biohacking strategies to minimize excessive blue light exposure?

    Biohacking strategies to minimize excessive blue light exposure include using blue light-blocking glasses or screen filters, utilizing apps or software that reduce blue light emission on electronic devices, and establishing an evening routine that avoids bright screens before bedtime. These strategies help maintain healthy circadian rhythm and promote better sleep for longevity.

  • How can light exposure support mood balance and mental well-being for longevity?

    Light exposure, particularly natural sunlight, influences the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation. By optimizing light exposure, individuals can support mood balance, reduce the risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and enhance mental well-being, contributing to overall longevity.

  • Can light exposure include incorporating circadian rhythm-based lighting systems?

    Yes, biohacking light exposure can involve using circadian rhythm-based lighting systems that mimic natural light patterns. These systems adjust the color temperature and intensity of indoor lighting throughout the day, aligning with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. This optimization promotes better sleep, energy levels, and overall longevity.

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FoundMyFitness

The FoundMyFitness podcast, hosted by Dr. Rhonda Patrick, explores a wide range of topics related to health, nutrition, and longevity.

Dr. Patrick, a renowned biomedical scientist, delves into cutting-edge research and interviews experts in the field to provide evidence-based insights and practical advice. The podcast covers subjects such as nutrition, exercise, genetics, sleep, and stress management, with a focus on optimizing health and well-being.

Listeners gain access to valuable information on various health-related topics, empowering them to make informed decisions and take proactive steps towards biohacking their overall health and longevity.

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Joovv

Joovv is a leading provider of red light therapy devices for both personal and professional use. Their products utilize light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to deliver specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light, which have been shown to have therapeutic benefits.

Joovv offers a range of devices designed for different applications, including skincare, muscle recovery, and overall wellness. They provide informative content through their YouTube channel, featuring user testimonials, expert interviews, and product information.

Joovv is recognized for its commitment to quality, innovation, and helping individuals harness the power of light therapy for various health and wellness purposes.

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