Healing Light: Harnessing the Power of Near Infrared

  |   EP101   |   52 mins.

Brian Richards

Light is one of the core factors constantly influencing human health. Just beyond the visible light spectrum, near-infrared is a rejuvenating and health-promoting photonutrients. Most of us don’t get enough. Near-infrared saunas provide many of the benefits of sunlight and saunas all in one.  Without the discomfort of burning.

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Episode Highlights

Sun is 40% near infrared spectrally, but in terms of photons per second it is 70% (not much UV)

“We have a built-in healing, repair, regeneration, rejuvenation anti-aging system that’s in every cell of the body. It’s activated by NIR and red light”

“MB is the only drug I recommend that works really well to amplify near infrared sauna usage”

Any sauna session and heat therapy practice is profoundly beneficial

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About Brian Richards

Brian Richards is a nationally known expert in sauna therapy, light science, EMF science. In 2008 Brian transformed his health by creating his own incandescent electric light bath. In 2013, he founded SaunaSpace®, a company that combines cutting-edge incandescent infrared technology with the age-old practice of sauna.

In 2023, he brings a refreshing approach to natural living, biohacking, and natural health transformation.

Top things you’ll learn from Brian Richards

  • Brian’s non-negotiables for his health, performance, and bioharmony
  • Brian’s backstory and decision to create SaunaSpace
  • Key sauna outcomes
  • Dinorphins and exercise exhaustion
  • Farmers have known about incandescent light
  • SPOKE: The light “absorption window”
  • NIR vs FIR vs Finnish saunas
  • Are there additional benefits from heating the human body radiantly?
  • NIR penetrates deeply and benefits mitochondria and more
  • Couple thousand sauna studies and 7000+ light therapy studies
  • Sunlight is 70% near-infrared when measured by photons humans experience
  • The primary things you get from NIR: mitochondrial stimulation, immune modulation, melatonin
  • NIR and melatonin production
  • Dr. John Lieurance’s book The Melatonin Miracle
  • Methylene Blue & light
  • Methylene blue strongly activates 3/4 of mitochondrial proteins
  • History & science of heliotherapy
  • The “Light Eaters”
  • Sunlight, UV, blue light, sunscreen
  • Agni hotra Ayurvedic practice
  • Why Brian likes the ancestral medicines
  • Energetic nature of trauma and ill health
  • Epigenetics & trauma & ways to release it
  • Sauna is a simple gateway practice & can be meditative
  • Is self-care selfish?
  • Detoxing through exercise vs sauna usage
  • How non-native EMF is a stressor to the nervous system and human body (and mind)
  • Any sauna session and heat therapy practice is profoundly beneficial
  • How sauna protects against EMF exposure (BH4 and sheer stress)
  • Why avoiding sunlight is a major mistake made by most biohackers
  • Brian Richard’s key health practices
  • Brian’s most influential teachers

Resources mentioned

  • Gear: Sauna Space
  • Book: Dr. Mercola Books

Connect with Sauna Space

This Podcast Is Brought to You By

Nick Urban is a Biohacker, Data Scientist, Athlete, Founder of Outliyr, and the Host of the Mind Body Peak Performance Podcast. He is a Certified CHEK Practitioner, a Personal Trainer, and a Performance Health Coach. Nick is driven by curiosity which has led him to study ancient medical systems (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hermetic Principles, German New Medicine, etc), and modern science.

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Music by Luke Hall

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