Light is an Essential Nutrient!

About Fjor Light

Fjor Light is a division of Fjor, a London-based preventative healthcare company promoting technologies thatseek to optimise health and wellbeing.

Fjor Light is a distributor of health-promoting indoor lighting solutions as well as lighting products used therapeutically to optimize performance, aid recovery and have an overall positive effect on health and wellbeing.

Indoor Lighting Solutions

There is a mounting pool of scientific evidence indicating that exposure to bright light rich in blue hues during the day, and to softer, amber hues at night, helps maintain the body’s natural circadian rhythm, which experts argue, has been disrupted to by our constant exposure to standard indoor lighting sources and worse still, our more recent incessant obsession with the blue light emitting screens of our computers, tablets and smart phones.

This has given birth to a whole new genre of lighting - circadian lighting or human-centric lighting - which is starting to gain ground in offices, classrooms, hospitals, care homes and private homes.

The timing is right, with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine being given to the three physicists who mapped out the mechanisms that control our internal body clock and how light plays a pivotal role in this process. Their work confirms that when we are exposed to natural light, our internal body clocks are in symphony with nature, telling us when to feel alert, hungry and sleepy throughout the day.

Too little light from the blue end of the visible spectrum during the day, or conversely too much of it at night, may cause the body’s circadian clock to get out of synch, potentially resulting in some serious health consequences, starting with poor sleep, lack of concentration and moods swings, but long-term resulting in chronic disease, ranging from type 2 diabetes, to obesity, heart disease and ultimately cancer.

Fjor Light has partnered with Light Cognitive bringing their lighting products to a broader, international, audience. In the absence of natural light, an electric light should imitate it and this is what Big Sky products do. Like a window, these units allow people to enjoy long clear days even when the real days are short or cloudy, creating healthier environments in offices, places of hospitality or homes.

Light Cognitive benefits from the expertise of Dr. Steven Lockley, PhD., Harvard Medical School.

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Light used Therapeutically

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the preferred term used to describe red and near infrared (NIR) light therapy, increasingly replacing the term Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). It involves exposing cells or tissue to red and near NIR light, and is referred to as “low level” or “cold laser” because the energy density levels of the light used are low compared to surgical lasers and do not involve the heating of tissue.

The therapy was discovered over fifty years ago, when an increased rate of hair growth and improved wound healing was observed in lab rats.

PBM is now being used therapeutically to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, promote healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves and to treat neurological conditions. PBM can also be used to increase muscle performance and reduce post-exercise muscle damage.

Wavelengths in the range 600–700 nm (red light) are used to:

  • treat superficial tissue, increasing blood flow and enhancing the appearance of the skin, speeding up the regeneration process, reducing fine lines, wrinkles and scarring and addressing skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis;

Longer wavelengths in the range 780–950 nm (NIR), which penetrate further, are used to:

  • treat deeper-seated tissues, reducing inflammation and addressing joint problems like arthritis, rheumatism and musculoskeletal issues.

Photobiomodulation is now finally making significant progress in obtaining the recognition it deserves from the medical establishment, scientific literature and the media.

How does PBM work? It has been discovered that cytochrome c oxidase, a protein within the mitochondria (the power plants of our cells), are receptors of light. The light helps generate the energy that the mitochondria, and our cells, need to repair. The effects is photochemical, similar to photosynthesis in plants.

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