Colored Light is a nutrient just like the vitamins and minerals we absorb from food. So, "eat the rainbow"!
The Science Behind Colored Light
Monochromatic (single color) light enters the eye, which stimulates photoreceptors in the retina. These photoreceptors transform light into electrical impulses along nerve pathways from the retina to the brain, which produce color. Here the hypothalamus, pituitary and pineal glands are stimulated and regulated by light. The pituitary and pineal glands are the body’s major health keepers, i.e. the nervous system and endocrine system.
Colored light has been shown to increase blood circulation, increase metabolism, and promote detoxification. Using colored light to stimulate the endocrine system and regulate our body’s processes can help to promote sleep, correct hormonal imbalances, combat depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Colored Light has been shown to:
- Synthesize vitamin D, which benefits calcium absorption
- Benefit melatonin production, the hormone responsible for the sleep and wake cycle (melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant)
- Stimulate the thyroid gland which increase metabolism
- Enhance liver function to promote detoxification
- Lower blood pressure
- Strengthen the immune system
- Reduce inflammation
- Influence hormonal balance due to the quality of monochromatic light
- Alters state of consciousness to deep relaxation or meditative state
- Stimulate the body’s natural healing process
The Psychological Effects of Color
We can influence the mood we want to create in any room using the emotional powers evoked by color.
Wisdom, inspiration, transformation. Good for migraines, provides a peaceful environment, and suppresses appetite.
Calming, loyalty, expressive. Decreases respiration, and lowers blood pressure. Blue is cooling, electric, and astringent.
Balance, compassion, harmony. Assists in reducing anxiety, helps those suffering with depression, nervousness, relaxing mentally, as well as physically, and soothing.
Positive, confidence, strength. Energizes, improves memory, relieves depression, and stimulates appetite.
Active, creative, warming. Energizes, stimulates appetite and digestive system.
Dynamic, energizing, stimulating. Excites sexual glands, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure, and stimulates brain wave activity as well as your appetite.
An appetite suppressant used for dieting, relaxes muscles, relieves tension, and soothing, often used in hospitals.
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