Red Light Therapy & Fat Loss
Near-infrared and Red Light Therapy are credited with having removed as much as 3.5 to 5.17 inches off waist and hip circumference by reducing the fat mass layer in just four weeks of use. Further, in a study of 86 individuals using Red Light Therapy at 635nm for 20 minutes every-other-day for two weeks, participants lost 2.99 inches across all body parts in 14 days of Red Light Therapy. Red/NIR light therapy is reputed to be even more effective when combined with exercise.
Additional research shows near-infrared light therapy can dramatically enhance — nearly double — fat loss from exercise, as compared to people doing just the exercise routine without the NIR light therapy.
The Correct Therapeutic Wavelengths to Achieve Fat Loss Results
When choosing the right near-infrared and red-light therapy light device, you want to select a device that’s reliable over time, is well-manufactured, well-warrantied and offers the correct wavelengths at the right power density over a large area.
Wavelength and Power Density
The two wavelengths within the optimal healing spectrum are 630-680nm ((red light) and 800 to 880nm (near-infrared.) All light wavelengths above 1000nm will produce heat.
Red Light Therapy Devices Do Not Emit Harmful Heat
Bulbs that use wavelengths above 1000nm cannot be applied close to the body for extended periods. For this reason, red light therapy devices use LED lights, so that only the most therapeutic wavelengths that do not emit any heat can be used.
The fact that red light therapy devices do not emit any heat is advantageous, as a lot more red light can be applied to the body for longer periods of time, without overheating the body in the process.
The Power Density Factor
Power density is an essential factor for red light to achieve the intended effect.
Calculating proper power density requires consideration of the wattage of the light and properties of the treatment area at close range.
High-powered devices, such as the Body Balance System Ultimate Zero Gravity Bed, deliver 95mW/cm2, resulting in a very beneficial treatment scenario.
Having a high-power light that is also large enough in size allows you to treat large areas of your body at once in just a few minutes. You can treat an area like the face, the whole torso or legs, or even do multiple parts of the body and effectively, the entire body, in just a few minutes!
Light Emitting Diodes
During the last four decades, technical progress in the field of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been remarkable. State-of-the-art LEDs are small, rugged, reliable, bright, and efficient.
LEDs were discovered by accident in 1907. They became forgotten only to be rediscovered in the 1920s and again in the 1950s. In the 1960s, three research groups, one working at General Electric Corporation, one at MIT Lincoln Laboratories, and one at IBM Corporation, pursued the demonstration of the semiconductor laser. The first viable LEDs were by-products in this pursuit. LEDs have become amazing devices in their own right and today possibly are the most versatile light sources available to the world.
Differences between LED and Laser
LED is a non-coherent light
LED has a narrow band of monochromatic color
LED has a specific wavelength (635 nm red and 880 nm IR)
The Laser is coherent light
The Laser is pure monochromatic
The Laser has a single specific wavelength
Light Bulb is diffused light, multi-directional
Light Bulb is polychromatic white light with multiple wavelengths
Wavelength is measured in nanometers. These settings in the LED probes cannot be changed. Our Red Light LED probes to have a wavelength of 635 nm. Our Infra-Red Light LED probes have a wavelength of 880 nm.
These wavelengths are readily absorbed by the mitochondria and therefore are potentially stimulatory.
They are an excellent source of stimulation for a range of growth factors.
Most importantly, these wavelengths target the cell membrane and allow the release of fat from the cells.
Where’s the Fat?
Adipose or fatty tissue is the body’s means of storing metabolic energy over extended periods.
Depending on the current physiological condition, adipocytes store fat derived from the diet and liver metabolism or degrades stored fat to supply fatty acids and glycerol to the circulation.
These metabolic activities are regulated by several hormones (i.e., insulin, glucagon, and epinephrine.)
The location of the adipose tissue determines its metabolic profile: “Visceral Fat” is located within the abdominal wall
(i.e., beneath the wall of the abdominal muscle) whereas “Subcutaneous Fat” is located beneath the skin and includes fat that is located in the abdominal area beneath the skin but above the abdominal muscle wall.
Where Does The Fat Go?
Where does the Glycerol Go?
The liberated Glycerol is not utilized again for triglyceride synthesis, it can diffuse rapidly into the blood and once passed into the blood and once passed into circulation undergoes a dilution process. Glycerol will diffuse widely and rapidly throughout the total body water, disappears from the bloodstream, and appears in the urine. The rate of turnover (and the metabolic disappearance of Glycerol from the plasma) is estimated to be about thirty minutes. Glycerol is rapidly excreted in the urine.
Additionally, after being released from the adipose tissue, Glycerol is passed through the bloodstream for a return to the liver for conversion into the useful energy source of Glucose.