Show highlights include:
- The weird way a rainbow and color therapy helps you relax, recover, reenergize, and repair after backbreaking workouts ([2:24])
- How color therapy can make you lift more weight during workouts ([5:36])
- Do you have agonizing menstrual cramps? Here’s why looking at color therapy, and the color orange can alleviate your pain ([8:15])
- Why always believing the scientific community and trusting peer-reviewed studies robs you of genuine ways to heal your body ([11:09])
- 10 wellness-enhancement techniques labeled as pseudoscience that actually work (including color therapy) ([12:57])
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(00:52): Hey, Hey athletes, what is up here? We are episode number 68. And before we dive right in, because I got some real fun stuff to share with you today, I want to let you know that I'm always willing to hear from you regarding topics that you'd like me to cover. One of the skills that I think that I have, and that I like to bring to you is the ability to take complex ideas and break them down into easy, manageable, and digestible pieces. So you can understand them and then act on them quickly. If it would make sense for you and your goals. One of the most frustrating parts about the fitness industry. I mean, I've been doing this for 19 years now, and there's just, there's just so much information out there and it can be really hard to synthesize and make sense of.
(01:31): So I am here to help you make sense of it, synthesize it, and then use it if it's appropriate for you. So if there's a topic that you want me to cover, all you got to do. Send me an email. Katie@Coachkatiedanger.Com and who knows, maybe I've already covered it before, but if I haven't, please let me know. And I'll see if it's something that we can do in the future for you. You may have heard of the American heart association guidelines for fruits and veggies before what they recommend the intake is it States something like you should eat the rainbow. And what that means is simply you should seek out a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to get vitamins minerals, fiber, and Phaedra nutrients, to help you stay fit and promote a healthy body composition. Now, whether you're doing this in your diet or not, this is not the point of the podcast today.
(02:17): We are going to be talking about a rainbow, however, but we're not going to be talking about the food rainbow. What we're gonna be talking about today is how rainbows and how the visible light spectrum of colors can actually help us relax, recover, energize, and repair after exercise. Now, while back I did a podcast with the owners of perspire sauna studio, and they were very generous with their time to discuss the details and the benefits of infrared therapy and heat with heat. We know it's easy to grasp this concept when it comes to health, like our body has a reaction to heat. We feel it. And if there isn't heat, we also feel that too, right. We either sweat or we shiver or somewhere in between, but when it comes to temperature, we understand what that is because we can feel it. And then we about infrared light.
(03:00): And although infrared light cannot be seen because it's not a visible light on the spectrum. It is science and science does recognize the benefits of this kind of therapy. Now the sun perspire sun has also feature chromotherapy or color therapy. And when I first started at perspired, this was my first introduction experience with color therapy. So I'm going to use these two terms. Interchangeably are more than likely going to say color therapy, but chromo is therapy is specifically what I'm talking about, color therapy. And if you haven't heard of the term before, it is an alternative medicine that claims to be able to use light in the form of colors, to balance energy in a person's body. It was energy, but can be fixed, physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual. And it was pioneered, but Edwin Dwight Babbitt in 1876. So this concept has been around for quite a while.
(03:49): And I wanted to, I wanted to kind of go back to grade school years and talk about this acronym that you may have learned. Roy G big R O Y G B, the Roy G bib, and a stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, Indigo, violet. And it is the colors of the rainbow. And it's actually very important for your fitness goals. Now, before we go any further, I want to put a disclaimer on this podcast episode. Generally, I don't do this, but I do this for this episode. For one reason, if the discussion of alternative and holistic energy healing and existential abstract concepts are not something that you're comfortable with, but they don't I'm with you and your goals. You don't want to spend time talking about them. You should turn this podcast, but if you're interested in learning more about things that you can't necessarily touch, taste, feel see, or here, then this podcast is going to be right up.
(04:37): Your alley is exactly what you're looking for. Now. Usually when we talk about colors, at least before I got into color therapy, when, when I talked about colors, I was talking about my wardrobe, like, what am I wearing? This is elephant. Look good on my skin color. Does it make my eyes pop? How is this color gonna look on me? Does this color make me look fat? If you're a female, you've probably heard that black is slimming. And I don't know if this is true or not. It's just something I heard when I was younger. And I remember for it. And when we're talking about colors, we are talking, at least in that context, we're talking about how colors can alter our physical perception of herself. No color. He is considered an alternative medicine because it works in ways that we can't necessarily touch, smell, see here or tastes like we see colors, but we don't necessarily see what goes on behind the surface with our wellness.
(05:25): And we're going to dive into that with this podcast. So let's go back to Roy G Biv, that acronym, R O Y G B I V will be possibly learned in gray school, red, orange, yellow, blue, green, Indigo, violet. These are missing pieces of the recovery puzzle in some studies of kinesiology and muscle testing. There's evidence that certain colors illicit certain moods feelings and even promote recovery at muscular and cellular level colors can alter our brainwaves and allow us to reach higher levels of thought and cognition. And certain colors can even allow us to lift more weights and make us more powerful. Every color each has its own frequency and is a form of vibrational energy. Okay? So is that energy you can necessarily see, but it's still is energy. All organs cells and atoms existed energy, and each has its own frequency as well.
(06:13): Each of our organs and energy centers, it vibrates and harmonizes with the frequency of these colors. So what that scene is there are certain organ systems of our body that react and respond depending on the color that we were exposed to. And what the assumption here is with color therapy is that if we have an imbalance with one of our organ systems, we can expose ourselves to a certain color and rebalance that vibrational energy colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that activate these biochemical and hormonal processes in our bodies. Light is responsible for training on the brain and the body when light enters through our eyes or through our skin, even a single tiny photon of light, it lights up our whole entire brain and the application and concepts of color therapy are based in ancient medicine and generally discuss within the seven chakras.
(07:07): The theory is that the body has a spiritual center and our body operates as a system and certain colors signify the operation of an organ or bodily system. So when it is imbalanced, we use the colors to balance when it comes to color and what they are effect here is a quick breakdown. Here's a quick rundown of the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and then purple. So we're doing Indigo and violet together here. Now red red is great for energy. The color works wonders in the body to increase energy levels. It can loosen and relax constrictions of the blood vessels. It can activate metabolism, promote cellular growth, stimulates a circulatory system in the liver. It's also really, really good for any sluggish or other sicknesses that you haven't necessarily been able to fight off quickly. Like you hope then there's orange. Orange is really great for sparking the mind for creativity and joy.
(07:56): It is a warm, cheerful color. It's an emotional stimulant. It removes any inhibitions. And it also AIDS in repairing inflammation of the kidneys, gallstones and sinus. So now we're starting to talk about specific organ systems and repairing balance within those organ systems. And that's what orange can do for your kidneys, your gallstones and your sinus. And ladies orange has also been said to help with menstrual cramps. So next time you get some cramping or it's that time of the month, maybe seek out some environment that promotes orange, yellow, yellow helps with skin health, and it helps with clarity, repairing scar tissue and potentially helping with eczema. It's a good color for the nervous system, any nerve related ailments. It also AIDS in repairing imbalances in the stomach, the liver and the intestines.
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(09:42): Green green is universal and it's application for healing. So if you're just looking for a general color to get started, green would be a really good entry point for color therapy. It helps relax the muscles, the nerves, relaxes thoughts, racing, thoughts, anxious thoughts provides feelings of peace and harmony. It is really great for the heart lowering blood pressure, ulcers, headaches, nervous disorders, and any flu symptoms you might be experiencing. It said to be renewing it moderates and its sues. So a great universal healer, blue blue can help suit anxious minds. It's got a pacifying effect on the nervous system, so it can't be turned down great for nighttime. If you happen to have a racing, thoughts, anxious, thoughts, tossing, and turning, it provides peace to the mind that is worried, excited, or nervous state, and it can be used to help with speech communication and for impairments.
(10:34): And then purple purple is actually the last color we see before light passes onto UV light and ultraviolet light. We do not see so purple is a last part of the visible light spectrum that we see is great for diseases of the scalp skin, sciatica tumors headaches, concussions, cramps, and even epilepsy. It helps detoxify our blood. And when I use purple, I like it because I feel that it provides a different vibrational level for my cognition. I really feel like I can get into some deep creative thoughts, deep meditation with purple. Here's the deal with all of this. If you do a Google search on color therapy or chromotherapy, you're going to get a lot of information that this is considered a quack science with very few scientific studies to back it up. It has been ridiculed pretty greatly by large organizations like the American cancer society as they state, there is not enough available scientific evidence to support the claims that the alternative use of color therapy or light therapy is effective in treating any sort of cancer or any sort of illness.
(11:35): It tends to fall in the same scope of other fringe medicine techniques like acupuncture, aroma therapy, copying ear wax candling oil, pulling Reiki, float spas, and then other unproven non-scientific more holistic methods of therapy, healing, and wellness. So then you might be asking what the heck is even talking about this for then if it is generally ridiculed by the scientific powers that be. And the reason that I like this is because I think that knowledge is power. And although the scientific powers of be in America have not recognized color therapy as a form of therapy. It doesn't mean that you shouldn't be aware of its existence. It doesn't mean you can't use it information for your own personal gain in your wellness journey. And I like to try everything. If you've listened to an episode or two, you know, I'm willing to try anything thing and then report the results to you to let you know, you know, at least how I reported it to work for me, even if something was a placebo, which you've never know for certain is a result is a positive result, even if it's all in your head.
(12:36): So I see that with supplements too. There's plenty of people who talk about supplementation as being a placebo work. It's all in your head. But at the end of the day today, if I'm seeing results from the modality that I'm using to get from point a to point, need it to, to be 1% better, I'm going to continue to use it because it works. It works. And there's also a lot of things regarded as pseudoscience. That actually seemed to have a lot of vacuum in terms of a general support, general population support things that I've used in my recovery and wellness that I think worked for me. I mentioned acupuncture. I have used acupuncture before. I think that it works to relieve stress. I think that it works to relieve tightness. I've used cupping before I've used helping to promote blood flow, to tighten muscles in injury sites on my body.
(13:20): And also on this list, dry needling, adrenal fatigue, aroma therapy, shock Rose, and chiropractic. Yes. HIRA practic is on the list of pseudoscience. According to the list that I Googled and looked up shocked by that because I go to a chiropractor almost every single week. I think chiropractic is great for the nervous system, but there's even more, there's even more on this list of pseudoscience. So not only is color therapy on their chiropractic, on their cupping fasting, functional medicine, leaky gut syndrome is considered pseudoscience, natural pathy oil polling, and then traditional Chinese medicine and the use of herbal remedies, all pseudoscience. All of a sudden they have no scientific backing. And even though currently falls in the category of not generally accepted by science, the therapy applications of light and color are still being researched and used in major hospitals and research centers nationwide. So although it's said to have been dismissed, oddly enough, they're still experimenting with it and using it on cases in which maybe traditional therapy is not working.
(14:19): Traditional medications are not working. Surgery is not working. Current results indicate that full spectrum, ultraviolet colored and laser light can have a therapeutic value for a range of conditions all the way from chronic pain to depression, to immune disorders. So it's a pseudoscience. There's not technically enough science back in, but there's enough science where it looks like major research. Hospitals are still dabbling with it to see if they can get it off. That list of studies science. So athletes, what do you do with this information? Let me share with you what I do with it. I love using color therapy because it's a built in function at perspire sauna studio. I'm able to implement this kind of therapy easily into my routine. I go into the sauna, they've got the heat, they've got the infrared. We've also got color therapy, so I can choose red, orange, yellow, blue, and violet.
(15:09): I can choose these colors depending on what results I want to attain from my sauna session that day. And I really enjoy this different stimuli, different that different colors I told you before. I tend to use purple the most because I like to meditate and go into some thought when I'm in the sauna, but I've used the color red very extensively. And I have felt like I have my heart rate tracker. I watch my heart rate when I'm in there, because as the heat increases in the time increases, I do find that my heart rate increases as well. You do burn calories while you're in there. You're obviously sweating. So your heart is having to move blood from point a to point B throughout your body. A little bit more. But what I found is when I use red, I get a higher heart rate.
(15:46): I get a higher heart rate. I do not think that as a placebo that is actually occurring in my body. So just because there aren't scientific studies out there, I've got my own personal experience. I want it. We call this anecdotal evidence, things that I've experienced. I feel better. And because I feel better, I'm going to continue to use color therapy in my fitness routine. And I'm going to continue to get feel-good results because it feels good to feel good with this information athletes. If this sounds like another layer to add to your training recovery, do it. I said it once. I'll say it again, knowledge is power, but it's only powerful if you use it, take action. See if there is a perspire sauna studio near you. If you're all Maha, there is absolutely one here. I use it almost daily, but take action.
(16:31): See of color therapy is right for you. See if certain colors can elicit certain responses from you based on what we talked about and go back in the podcast and check out what all the colors mean to get a specific result. You might be looking for use this information. Knowledge is power. All right, I am about ready to wrap up this episode, but time is always prime for a pep talk. And before I let you go, I just want you to know that at any moment. I know that there's an athlete out there. That's probably struggling with something myself included. Maybe your goal is to fallen off track. Maybe you're not feeling well and maybe having some heavy personal struggles right now, whatever it might be is pulling you down and preventing you from being your best. I want you to know that I care about you and you matter, you matter. And I don't want you to ever forget that you matter. And I want to remind you that this too shall pass. So believe in yourself, trust the process, enjoy the journey and don't ever, ever, ever quit. And until the next episode athletes, this is coach Katie D over and out.