Autoimmune, Technology, and Our Mitochondria. Or...Why I Turn Lights Off At Night
Why hello there! What a shock seeing you here again! I honestly thought I’d run you off last time with all that talk about the sun!
I’m not sure why, but some people have told me all my talk about science turns people off. I was shocked; I just can’t imagine that everyone isn’t into mitochondria, ATP, cellular membranes and all that jazz! ;)
Just kidding. Honestly, I was never into it myself until my autoimmune turned me into a zombie. The day I sat and stared at the floor for 9 hours I knew something had to change. When I realized I was crying in the shower so my husband wouldn’t hear my fears, I knew I had to do things differently.
So I joined the organic, clean food camp...but that only helped a very little bit. So I then joined the toxic-free house camp...but that only helped a little bit.
Nothing was making a big difference, and I couldn’t figure out why. I’m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier!
You right, I shouldn’t make fun. I was in a state of constant brain fog so I shouldn’t have expected to possess Einstein brain functionality! :)
But still, science wasn’t my strong suit in school, and honestly, it wasn’t on my radar when it came to my health. We tend to stick to diet, exercise and the like.
You know...if we just take the latest superfood then all will be fine, except it wasn’t. It didn’t matter how many cleanses or detoxes I did. It didn’t matter how much kale I ate. Nothing changed.
I see you’re nodding your head; you must be in the same boat I was...
That’s when God answered my prayers, connecting dots I would never put together myself. That is when this simple girl became a mitochondriac.
Of course, I’m not saying eat junk food and get sunlight and all is fine. Food is a part of the picture, but it is just a much smaller piece than we’ve understood up until now.
I think it’s humorous that the two categories I harp on, your redox molecules and your circadian clock, have won a Nobel prize in science since 2012.
So the things I try to educate people about are in fact part of the cool crowd. This stuff is emerging, and now it’s just a matter of time before it becomes mainstream.
And you, my friend, are part of that tidal wave. I think most of us, when eating our kale chips, have felt that something isn’t quite right. We feel like we are still missing a critical piece of the puzzle. I did too until I became a mitochondriac. Now I see the whole picture, and after putting into place the last of the puzzle pieces, I now live a normal life again. And that is why I love to have these chats, especially with someone like you, who is also hungry for the truth.
When others make fun, it breaks my heart because I know it will take getting really sick before they will listen, instead of listening now and avoiding that path. But I stand strong because science backs up everything I say.
Ok, enough mushy feeling stuff. Let’s dive into some science and get you participating in life again!
What did you want to talk about today?
Yes, we have talked a lot about the sun lately, that’s true. So you want to talk about how non-native electromagnetic fields (nnEMFs) affect our mitochondria?
Well, put simply when our cells are exposed to nnEMFs, like cell phones, computers, artificial lighting, etc., it makes our mitochondria swell, break and become disorganized. Basically, the mitochondria become structurally damaged. And in as little as two hours after exposure, our cells will start to degenerate.
Yep, just two hours. Crazy isn’t it?
So, you’ve heard me talk about the respiratory chain before?
That’s right, it is where electrons transfer to make water and ATP. Well, in that chain are enzymes that are impaired by nnEMFs. And yes, those enzymes are a vital part of the process. So when they can’t do their job effectively... well you get the picture!
I’m sure you’ve heard how destructive oxidative stress is, especially for us autoimmuners?
Well, oxidative stress damages our mitochondria. Guess what is a factor in causing oxidative stress?
You’re right! nnEMFs!
Now this causes a vicious cycle because more defective cells mean more defective mitochondria and more defective mitochondria means more defective cells.
You really want me to go deeper into exactly how nnEMFs affect our cells? Really!? Ok, but you have to promise me that I won’t see your eyes drop to the back of your head! ;) Actually, it’s ok if they do, I’m used to that by now. :D
Ok, you see in that respiratory chain we have proteins, yes they have names but who really cares or will remember what they are called! Amiright?
So, these proteins are supposed to be close together, like peanut butter and chocolate. However, when our bodies build up a toxicity to our artificial environment (this includes nnEMFs, lighting, etc.), this causes the proteins to move further apart. This is called heteroplasmy.
Why is that important?
The closer together these proteins are the easier it is for energy to transfer, when they become further apart it means they are losing energy in the system. When that happens, you get sick.
You see, God created the sun to be what feeds our cells. But we have separated ourselves from it. Not only are we almost never out in it, when we are we put free radical inducing, highly toxic sunscreen on so we aren’t deriving ANY benefits from that exposure.
And if we happen to get some sun exposure we go home and take a shower, using soap, so we wash off most of the benefits (read about that here).
The sun was created to give us a balance of red light frequencies and blue light frequencies in the morning. Basically, infrared, which is 42% of sunlight, run our regeneration program in our bodies.
In God’s creation when there is red light, there is blue light. You never find blue without red. We are supposed to get red during the day, so we can regenerate at night. When we withhold red from our lives, we can not regenerate.
We need to get more sun, plain and simple!
We can start with the type of lighting we use. Fire is the best, but I know that is the least convenient. But I’m here to tell you the facts, what you do with them is up to you. Because seriously, we can’t continue down the same path and expect a different outcome, some changes are necessary. What you change is up to you.
I found that as I made some changes, others that once seemed unreachable/ridiculous became easier and necessary. So just start down a path with the first change, and it will all become easier for you to make others.
The second type of lighting that, thou not great, is the best of the options we have right now, and that is incandescent bulbs, then halogen. But fluorescent and LED should be avoided at all costs.
Yes, winter is approaching, and that means it will get dark much earlier. So how is an autoimmuner to see at night?
Here are a few suggestions: light candles, use a headlamp with a red bulb, use a Himalayan salt lamp as nightlight throughout the house, and when you have to use artificial lighting make sure you wear blue blocker glasses.
I will guarantee you will get to know your loved ones much better when you turn off all your screens and just sit and talk...like everyone used to.
Now that we’ve covered some of the challenges of lighting how can we, autoimmuners, repair our compromised mitochondria?
Get daily sun exposure at least three times a day: early morning (before the sun reaches 20 degrees) afternoon, so we are producing vitamin D and melatonin, and evening sun so we get more infrared rays to help with the regeneration that takes place at night.
Another suggestion is to sleep at night.
Hahaha, you laugh, but it is amazing how many people stay up all night and sleep the morning away. This is not the cycle we were designed to keep and therefore breaking that cycle will result in cellular dysfunction.
I can’t state this enough, but you MUST normalize your circadian clock. It seems like a throwaway idea, but is, in fact, one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can take years for the effects (read disease) from a dysfunctional circadian clock to show it’s ugly head.
Eat nutrient dense foods, during daylight hours. Things like oysters, and organ meats from grass-fed livestock. I don’t have time to get into this further today, but it is also important to eat seasonally and locally! We’ll save the “whys” on that for another conversation.
I think I gave you plenty to chew on today and I do hope a light bulb went off…pun intended!
When we get back to the way God designed us to live, utilizing all he provided for optimal health we can’t help but improve.
You’re right, most people don’t know how beneficial the sun truly is, but this is why I love having these conversations. The more we know, the better we can do, and the healthier we become!
We all are going through quite a health journey because of our autoimmunes, and we won’t always “get it right”. But we will get it, and I want you to know I’m here for you! I’ve been through it and I’ve reached the other side. I am now living a revitalized life. I encourage you to join the Facebook group Autoimmune Survival to stay in the conversation. I am there for support and questions. I hope to see you there!
It’s important to understand that implementing small changes, like this, into your life can bring significant improvements in your health, as every little step brings you that much closer to your health goals. I suffered from an autoimmune for years, but by implementing habits like this, I am able to participate in life again.
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