Are your eyes sore at the end of the day?
Do you notice your vision becoming blurry more often than not?
Do you have trouble falling asleep?
Does it feel like your alarm clock goes off sooner than you want it to?
Does it take you a while to find your energy in the morning?
Do you experience mood swings?
All of the above are symptoms of what is called consumption of processed light. Yes, it is not a typo. I did not mean to write processed food, even though processed light is the result of a similar pattern — only the source of the processed light is the sun, as opposed to the plant and animal kingdom, the source of our processed food.
So what is processed light?
Processed light is the isolated blue frequency of light that is emitted by our energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights, our electronic devices and television sets.
The blue light frequency is not bad for us. It is our chronic exposure to the isolated blue light frequency that is the problem. The blue light frequency throws off our mitochondria, our body’s time keepers, so that they cannot tell if it is day or if it is night.
One of the many negative results of this is that the production of melatonin, our sleep hormone gets compromised. When the production of melatonin gets compromised, we miss out on all healing benefits of sleep. In fact the National Institute of Health has done significant amount of research on the role of melatonin disruption to various cancers.
All of the above may sound really dark! 🙁 However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂
There are several things we can do to avoid the chronic exposure to blue light frequency:
Getting outside for at least 20 minutes a day, during daylight, without sunglasses and absorbing the full spectrum of sun rays, including the red and infrared frequencies.
Wearing blue light blocking sunglasses indoors and at night. We believe they look stylish. 🙂 You can find them on Amazon at this link.
Lighting up candles at night, instead of the regular lights. Regular fire does not disrupt the production of melatonin. Candle gazing is a form of the old Ayurvedic therapeutic technique called trāṭaka. You can find soy based unscented candles here.
Keeping himalayan salt lamps around the house, so you don’t have to turn the regular light on should you need to get up in the middle of the night. They can be found here.
Install blue light blocking apps on your electronic devices, or better yet, avoid using them a couple of hours before bed time.
And last but not least, go camping and stare at the campfire! Your mitochondria will thank you!
Processed light is just like processed food, not the way Mother Nature did intend it for us.
However, there is an even worse enemy to our health out there. And that is processed information.
So, please, please, please, do your own research, always considering the source, before giving in to any processed foods or processed light. Thank you for sticking with us and reading all the way. – Tim and Vie
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