Dec 9, 2021
Red light therapy is the energy hack we need to support our
mitochondria and re-energize our bodies. Ari Whitten goes into the
science of the Energy Blueprint system and breaks down the myths
around adrenal fatigue. Learn how we can repair our cells, increase
our energy, and reduce inflammation with light therapy and by
working with our body’s natural hormonal and circadian rhythms.
- [0:50] Ari Whitten has done his PhD work on energy, is the host
of the Energy Blueprint Podcast, and the author of the Energy
Blueprint System. He’s on the cutting edge of science when it comes
- [2:40] Health science has been Ari’s passion since the age of
12 when he was into fitness and exercise, but he differed from
traditional bodybuilders in their pursuit of muscle mass at any
- [6:15] Ari was always fit and healthy until his early 20’s when
he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus and was floored for over a
year with chronic fatigue. That experience became the seed of his
fascination with the body’s energy systems, how they work, and how
to optimize them.
- [8:50] He got so deep into natural and alternative medicine in
his effort to treat his adrenal fatigue, that he became very
frustrated with traditional medicine’s treatment of the condition.
He started his research into the condition and found that there
were almost no studies on adrenal fatigue in existence.
- [10:20] Chronic fatigue syndrome is the wastebasket diagnosis
of the conventional medical world. The condition of adrenal fatigue
is relatively unknown and unexplored and a catchall term for when
the root issue is unknown.
- [11:25] Ari spent a year researching the topic and found a
number of adjacent conditions. He was hoping to find a connection
between cortisol and fatigue, but the evidence was pointing in the
opposite direction. This put Ari on a quest to understand what is
really going on within the energy systems of the body and the
proper way to optimize them.
- [13:55] It turns out that most people’s fatigue has nothing to
do with their adrenal glands. Other factors play a much bigger
part. Simply being a night owl can result in dramatically different
cortisol rhythms throughout the day.
- [18:15] Medications can cause HPA axis dysfunction, as well
mood states like depression and anxiety, being overweight and
sedentary, and more. When it comes to the adrenal glands, it’s an
issue of light.
- [19:30] Most people believe they are night owls, but a study
done in the journal Nature revealed that simply being in a more
natural environment will reset a person’s biological clock. Light
and our hormonal rhythms have much more to do with fatigue than
most people realize.
- [22:20] Ari’s paradigm on energy levels involves the
mitochondria and the brain. We’re taught that mitochondria are the
powerhouses of the cell, but we’re finding that they are the most
sensitive organs in our body when something isn’t right.
- [25:15] The research of Dr. Robert Naviaux has shown that the
mitochondria have two modes depending on the cell danger response.
The modes are mutually exclusive, and when the cell shifts into a
more defensive mode it shuts down energy production.
- [26:50] Mitochondria can detect a number of physical and
biological signals that are risks to the cell. They will react to
elevated stressors in the body and issue orders to the nucleus of
the cell to reduce energy production and shift to other more
- [29:30] Any source of stress in the environment can shift
mitochondria out of energy production mode, and light deficiency or
toxicity can have the same effect. Most people are suffering from
- [33:20] Light isn’t just one thing. Like nutrition, we need
many different parts of the spectrum of light for our bodies to
function optimally. Your circadian clock is directly impacted by
light photons hitting your eyes and different kinds of light can
have both positive and negative effects.
- [36:40] There is both light deficiency and toxicity. Most
people are deficient in blue light during the day when they need
it, and overexposed to blue light at night. The differential and
timing has a direct impact on your circadian clock, and most people
are suffering from both too much and too little blue light.
- [39:15] UV light from the sun is responsible for the creation
of Vitamin D in the body which is related to many different
hormonal processes. If we are insufficient in Vitamin D, it
prevents a number of other processes from functioning
- [41:20] Sun exposure increases nitric oxide. Sun exposure has
been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease in rats even in the
absence of vitamin D.
- [43:10] You can’t replace the benefits of sunlight exposure
with a Vitamin D supplement.
- [44:00] Red and near-infrared light play important roles that
differ from other light nutrients. Red and near-infrared light
penetrate the skin and interact with cells at the cellular level.
When this happens, it stimulates the mitochondria to produce more
- [47:40] Red and near-infrared light is a critical nutrient for
the mitochondria. When a cell is under too much stress, nitric
oxide can end up in the wrong place and red light can correct the
- [48:35] Hormesis is the concept that transient metabolic stress
leads to beneficial adaptations at the cellular level. Exercise is
a good example of cellular metabolic stress that results in
temporary stresses that result in long-term positive benefits.
- [52:05] Your body interacts with your environment. Things like
exercise create a cytokine cascade that builds resilience in your
body and makes your immune system stronger. The human body needs
those kinds of stressors to express normal health. Without them,
your cells become weak and prone to damage.
- [54:40] Red and near-infrared light switch genes on and off,
particularly genes responsible for expression of inflammation and
genes responsible for tissue growth and regeneration. Red and
near-infrared light are fundamentally stimulating the cells to
produce more energy, reduce inflammation, building more resilience,
and increasing growth factors to support better healing and
- [56:40] Pairing infrared light with exercise can amplify the
effects. It can be used in a preconditioning capacity, or after
exercise to decrease soreness and enhance the adaptations.
- [1:00:00] Another study showed a close relationship between red
light therapy and fat loss as well as insulin resistance. Red light
positively impacted both measurements with as little as 15 minutes
of red light exposure.
- [1:02:30] There is evidence of a systemic impact, but in the
case of exercise the optimal use of red light is to expose the
muscles being exercised. The optimal distance is between 8 to 16
inches from the skin.
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