Sometimes I'm the last to find out about stuff, and for the most part Im OK with that but when I learned that "light therapy" is the new thing....well, I needed to find out more.

Apparently, bulbs in different colors deliver a rainbow of health benefits that make you feel strong, rested, and focused. Here's the breakdown according to an article in Shape Magazine:

Blue Light is for "Energy"
Exposure to blue light during the day can make you feel more alert and improve reaction time, focus, and even productivity. Photo receptors in the eye, which link to the areas of the brain that control alertness, are most sensitive to blue light. Therefore, when blue light hits them, the receptors set off activity in those brain regions, making you more energized.

Red Light is for "Recovery"
Now if you are looking to wind down before bed use red light. Apparently the color signals that it's night, which encourages our bodies to produce melatonin. Guess that should same me some cash from picking up the tablet form at Walmart. Red light can also improve your workout. Just one to five minutes of exposure to red light right before exercise is said to boost strength and prevented soreness. I'll test this and let you know.

Green Light is for "Pain Relief"
If you spend a little time gazing at green light it can reduce chronic pain cause by fibromyalgia or migraines. According to the article, simply looking at green light seems to lead to an increase in the body's production of enkephalins, a pain-killing opioid-like chemical. And it is said to reduces inflammation.

Who knew!? Now the experts do suggest that you spend a minimum of 30 minutes aglow in the color of your choice. I'm wondering if I can plug in the Christmas lights again and get the benefits of all three at the same time?

I'll get back to you on that one.

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