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Increasing the absorption of solar energy accelerates the burning up of fats, sugars and toxins. Experimental animals receiving full-spectrum light from the sun will weight less, than animals fed an identical diet, but were not exposed to full spectrum sunlight. A lack of a balanced spectrum of light can cause loss of muscle tone and strength. Windows, windshields, eye-glasses, smog, and suntan lotions all filter out parts of the light spectrum. 

When light enters our eyes, millions of cells convert the light into electrical impulses, which travel along the optic nerve to our brain. These impulses then trigger our hypothalamus gland and the endocrine system. Most automatic bodily functions such as breathing, digestion, blood pressure and body temperature are governed by the endocrine system. It also influences our immune system, moods, sexual function, and even how we age. 

Albert Szent-Gyorgi, the Nobel Prize winner and the discoverer of vitamin C, believed the sun's energy has profound effects on us. His research revealed that light can literally alter our basic biological functions. Several other studies have also provided significant evidence that sunlight produces a metabolic effect in the body that is akin to the benefits derived from physical exercise. 

One of the earliest Far Infrared health products developed was a sauna which used radiant energy instead of hot air. In 1965, Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa received the patent on the zirconia ceramic infra-red heaters used in these saunas. These thermal systems were used exclusively by medical practitioners in Japan until 1979 when they were released for public use. Infra-red panels that produce lower heat levels were also developed for use in hospitals to warm newborn babies. 


Understanding FIR - Far Infrared Rays

What is it?

Sunlight consists of different wave lengths of light. The complete electromagnetic spectrum consists of visible and invisible rays. 

The visible rays are red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, blue, and violet in color, known as rainbow colors.  When combined they produce the "white light" that we experience every day.  The invisible rays are Ultra Violet, X-rays, Gamma, Cosmic, Microwave, Long Wave, Electrical Wave, and Infrared. Infrared waves are between visible light  and the microwave rays.

Infrared light is in this spectrum's lower range, and although its rays aren't visible to the naked eye, it generates the warmth we feel on bright sunny days.  

The wavelength of infrared waves vary  from 0.76 micron to 1,000 microns.   Near infrared (0.76 to 1.5microns),  mid infrared (1.5 to 4 microns), and far infrared (4 to 1,000 microns).

While these rays share the attributes listed below, they are most noticeable in far infrared waves. 

Radiation: Infrared rays radiate or spread from a localized source. 

Penetration: Unlike visible light, infrared rays can deeply penetrate skin and the underlying tissues up to 3.75 - 7 cm (approx. 1.5 to 2.8 inches) 

Resonance: Infrared rays naturally generate heat by causing the body's molecules to rapidly vibrate against each other. 


Infrared & health: The relationship  

When far infrared rays (FIR) penetrate the skin, they come into contact with proteins, collagen, fats and water molecules. By stimulating micro-vibrations far infrared cause a thermal reaction which elevates tissue temperatures. The human body then reacts by dilating all the blood vessels regardless of size. Tissues are revitalized because of the improved (micro & macro) circulation. 

FIR can actually increase the regenerative ability of the body tissue. It also reduces abnormalities in nervous system and helps the autonomous system function at optimum level.   Scientists continue to study infrared wavelengths of light improve their understanding of its therapeutic effects on our bodies.  FIR is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition and acclaim as a complimentary medical and alternative therapy treatment.


Circulation promotes good health

 An important principle of traditional Chinese medicine is that good blood circulation promotes good health. Conversely, an obstructed blood flow will increase the likelihood of disease and pain. Other ancient Asian therapies such as the Japanese "Palm Therapy" and China's "Qi GongTherapy" are also based on the premise that the human body itself, is capable of radiating Far Infrared rays. 

Infrared therapy has proven to be effective because its "hot rays" exhibit analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic capabilities. Therefore,  Far Infrared  products are useful in the treatment of sub-acute or chronic inflammations, and for trauma, scar adhesions and nerve pain. 


Fabrics that radiate Far Infrared Rays:

By impregnating natural and man-made fibers with ceramic-insulating powder, new fabrics have been developed. These materials are now being used in chairs, mattresses, and blankets. Research shows these unique materials are very effective in relieving soreness and swelling, 

Specially-designed products help accelerate the body's own natural healing process and may actually minimize scarring. Such Far Infrared wraps worn during exercise help increase sweating, removal of lactic acid, and breakdown of fats and toxins. 

Athletes previously used wraps made of myelin or rubber to achieve similar benefits. However since such materials fail to breathe well, skin inflammations often resulted. In contrast, Far Infrared wraps maximize body sweat, while simultaneously preventing muscles from feeling over-worked. In time these wraps will noticeably improve muscle tone. By using an assortment of body Far-Infrared wraps during competitions or training, athletes have been able to eliminate soreness and muscle spasms while reducing the likelihood of future injuries. Far Infrared wraps help mend injured or over-used muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

For decades, doctors and physical therapists have recommended Far Infrared lamps and thermal systems to relieve a variety of problems. With the development of soft fabrics emitting FIR  there are now a wide range of products available for your specific need at a much lower cost.

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Does poor lighting risk health? 

Yes, according to renowned photo biologist John Ott, who is a pioneer in the study of the biological effects of light. He has discovered that light containing the full wavelength spectrum found in natural sunlight is necessary for our optimum well-being. In fact, he contends that inadequate light poses a serious health threat. 

Most artificial lighting, such as incandescent or fluorescent, doesn't have the complete balanced spectrum of natural sunlight, Dr. Ott believes poor light causes a condition which he calls, "mal-illumination." He suggests insufficient light, could be as devastating to the body as malnutrition. 

Whenever vital wavelengths are missing in the light we receive, our bodies are unable to completely absorb certain nutrients. Consequently, our body is malnourished, even though we are eating properly. Dr. Ott thinks "mal illumination" can cause depression, fatigue and impaired immune function. Other symptoms may be skin damage and loss of hair. 

Dr. John Downing, of the Preventative Medical Center in San Rafael, California has been conducting clinical studies on the effects of light for 20 years. He states, "We cause or worsen a wide range of health problems by spending 90% of our lives indoors under inadequate lighting conditions." 

The author, Dr. Jacob Liberman, of LIGHT MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE, describes the body as a living photocell, stimulated and regulated by light. "Our lives, our health and well-being are truly dependent on the sun. The human body is nourished directly by the stimulation of sunlight or indirectly nourished by eating foods, drinking fluids, or breathing air that's been vitalized by the sun's light energy." 

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Dependant on Light:
For centuries, scientists have known that plants are dependent upon sunlight for photosynthesis. However, only recently have they recognized similarities between humans and plants in their dependence upon light. 
The sun's rays affect vital processes in both people and plants. In humans, photons are the catalyst for the production of sugars, fats, and proteins.
Photons stimulate our endocrine system, our metabolic processes and enzyme reactions as well as activities in the brain. When this connection is disturbed, disorders follow. Enzymes in the body's cells, which should normally be activated, fail to receive the proper wave lengths of light. Instead, the cells remain dormant, and are unable to begin normal, cellular metabolic reactions. This results in lower cellular energy, glandular insufficiencies and a lessened ability to burn fats and eliminate toxins. 



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