Laser Therapy (LLLT) and Detoxing Oxidative Stress
In a culture where the term “detox” is used to describe a million and one food products, supplements, activities, and treatment techniques, it becomes difficult to not only know how to detoxify your body, but what the word detox actually means. “Toxins” in the body, is typically referring to oxidative stress, and detoxing refers to the process of decreasing the amounts of oxidative stress and resulting free radicals within the body’s cellular environment.
Oxidative stress, or cellular inflammation, occurs naturally in a healthy person but can become harmful when your body can’t keep up with the amount of free radicals (highly charged atoms that contribute to disease) created. Your body preemptively deters the negative effects of oxidative stress by producing antioxidants, which stabilize free radicals and preventing them from damaging cells. However in many people this isn’t always enough, and high levels of free radicals in the body can deplete cellular energy, damage DNA production, and impair its ability to repair and regenerate.
Oxidative stress is thought to be involved in the development of a host of medical conditions such as ADHD, cancer, Parkinson’s, infections, Alzheimer’s, chronic fatigue syndrome, heart failure, atherosclerosis, and more. We can reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radical damage in the body by consuming more antioxidants, exercise, a healthy diet, managing emotions such as stress and anxiety, and now, low level laser therapy (LLLT).
Low level laser therapy, also called photobiomodulation, displaces nitric oxide (the biomarker of oxidative stress that blocks oxygen from being absorbed by cells) which allows more oxygen to saturate cells. Laser therapy also allows more ATP (cellular energy) to be produced by the mitochondria of the cells. Sick, injured, and old cells (as a result of oxidative stress and inflammation) naturally produce fewer amounts of ATP which prevents cells from having enough energy to heal themselves.
Photobiomodulation (LLLT) directly targets the toxic byproducts of oxidative stress and actively promotes cellular healing. When your cells have enough energy, oxygen, and nutrients to thrive, they can actively combat inflammation, decrease pain, and promote cellular healing.
Your body’s intracellular environment is crucial for treating, controlling, and preventing disease. Feel free to give us a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how low level laser therapy (LLLT) can help you.