The downside to building muscle is the soreness thanks to lactic acid build up in the cells.

Good news is you can train your cells to detox lactic acid more effectively with…

  • targeted amino acids – branched chain amino acids
  • breath work
  • circulation enhancement

Red light therapy is my favorite tool for enhancing circulation and recovering from workouts.

There is not one day that goes by that I don’t recommend it to someone.

Wavelengths of red light can penetrate your skin by a few centimeters and boost circulation to help cells take out the lactic acid “cell trash” from workouts.

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Maximizing how your body takes out cell trash is crucial for quick workout recovery. 

Red light therapy when placed 10-20 minutes a day to different locations on the body enhances your post workout recovery.

You can get back to working out faster, build more muscle and mitochondria at the same time.

Daily or multiple times a week “dosing” of red light therapy is what gives optimal results. 

It’s not magic, it’s a tool when used consistently yields the best turnover time after workouts as well as stressful events like marathons and sporting events. 

I currently rotate between 3 types of red light therapy tools. 

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  3. Joov – red light therapy panel for total body red light

Each of them has their benefit. 

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I use the Novaa pad for my abdomen and low back for cramps plus general aches and pains.

The Flex Beam is my go to for targeting spine and hamstrings pain and tension.

 Joov covers the rest. 

You don’t need to have 3 red light therapy devices to get the job done. 

If you’re looking for help with a targeted spot that seems to be the most sore post workouts I recommend the Flex Beam as it has the deepest penetration of all of the red light therapies and it’s portable. 

Being able to walk around with the Flex Beam is quite helpful in keeping me moving an area that needs to be flushed post workout vs sedentary.

The Novaa Pad is great for general muscle soreness that’s more superficial vs targeted. 

I often sleep with the Novaa pad on!

Joov, is more total body general detox and wellness support. 

The best way to use red light therapy for workout recovery is right after a workout for 10-20 minutes. 

If that’s not’s possible then nightly will work as well to reduce post workout soreness.

Because red light therapy is great for the mitochondria it means it has the potential to help with metabolism as well.

Keep in mind, more mitochondria = faster metabolism. 

Healthy mitochondria = better body composition.

If you’re looking to enhance your body’s ability to heal after a weekend hike, bike or adventure I often pair the red light therapy with castor oil.

Red light therapy helps castor oil do it’s job of a deeper “clean” of the cells and the space between the cells. 

I pair the Novaa pad with castor oil…

…and I use it to increase circulation before castor oil is applied.

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I like to pair the two together after a long hike or mountain bike where I know I’m going to feel it but want to be able to get up and down off the toilet effectively the next day!

If you’ve been noticing it’s harder for you to recover from workouts or athletic events I highly recommend grabbing  a red light therapy device and a little castor oil. 

They are a powerhouse combination to help you gain muscle faster while firing up your metabolism!

If you have any red light therapy questions, don’t hesitate to hit reply!


Here’s to your health,

Dr. J

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