In Defense of Sunlight: How the transition to indoor living created the epidemic of modern chronic disease.
About Matt Maruca
Matt Maruca founded Ra Optics to make the world's finest blue light blocking glasses, and created The Light Diet, a diet that directly addresses the root of the modern chronic disease epidemic, mitochondrial dysfunction, after having suffered from poor health and chronic fatigue at a young age due to technology overuse and an indoor lifestyle. He is now 20 years old and travels the world, studying and teaching about the relevance of light in human health.
In This Episode We Discuss
How he became the youngest biohacker in the world.
Matt as the prodigy of Dr. Jack Kruse.
The Light Diet: Matts Prescription for Health
Going beyond just food and nutrition.
Prioritising the engines of our cells (mitochondria) over the fuel (food) we are putting into them.
Focusing on the effects of light on our mitochondria determines how we process our food.
Herodot: The First Man to Get an Idea about Vitamin D
Herodot was travelling the Mediterranean area in the 6th Century BC and came across the graveyards of the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BC.
He noticed Egyptian skull bones were much thicker and robust compared to those of the Persians, which you could easily break with a small stone.
Reason is the different use of sunlight. Egyptians shaved their hair in addition to praying to the sun and having hot native tans. The Persians wore big hats to protect themselves from the sun.
There was a connection between sunlight and the strength of bones. Later we came to know this as vitamin D.
Why humans are a bare (hairless skin) animals
Why did we loose our hair after evolving from apes? Perhaps so our skin could be a solar panel to assimilate sunlight.
DHA – The Most Important Fat
Docosahexaenoic acid is a type of omega-3 fat that supports brain function, eye health, reduces inflammation and risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease.
How do vegans and vegetarians get DHA?
Consider the Bazan effect discovered by Nicholas Bazan.
Two loops in our eye – one dissociates DHA and recycles it our eye. We conserve it.
The long loop connects the eye to the liver. If that gets broken liver can replenish that.
Those in artificial light + EMF loose innate DHA so will have to replenish with high DHA food sources like seafood.
There is smaller amounts of DHA in meat and dairy and the amount in plants are negligible.
Mercury in Seafood
Avoid seafood high in mercury:
- Those high up in the food chain
- Raw fish
- Farmed fish.
Detox by spending time in the sun and implementing certain herbs.
Circadian Medicine & The Light Diet
1. Going to Sleep With the Sun or Not Long After Sunset
If you are staying up after sunset:
- Avoid exposure to artificial light at night by shielding with blue light blocking glasses. - Discount code: VITALVEDA
- Download Iris to reduce the flicker and light temperate on your computer screen.
- iPhone hack - How to make your iPhone screen red.
- Twilight or Iris for androids.
- Revolutionise the lighting in your house and implement incandescent light bulbs and candles to lower the light temperature in your house after sunset.
Eat With the Sun
Our digestive fire (agni) is regulated by the sun.
Main meal should be at lunch time.
2. Waking Up at Sunrise
Bathing your skin in AM sunlight on your skin and getting the light on your eye.
Brahmin Muhurta – "The time of totality."
Before sunrise. Approximately 3.30am – 5.30am.
When the air and space element (vata) dominates the environment, thus allows creativity and clarity to flourish.
3. Drinking Good Quality Water
Free of fluoride so our cells can hold the photon power from light better.
4. Eat More DHA
5. Be Outside During the Day
Even if the sun is not out, get the natural light on your skin and eyes.
The misinformation of the O-Zone layer situation in Australia.
The Role of Sunlight on Mental Health
Photo-endocrinology – Sunlights critical effects on our hormones.
UV light on the eye allows us to synthesise serotonin, melatonin.
Going Beyond the Physical: Matt Maruca Gets Spiritual
Giving the opportunity for Matt's scientific mind to consider his spiritual relationship with nature.
Matt's definition of “God” - the forces that governs the universe.
Bio-electricity, bio-electromagnetism and bio-photons.
- RA Optics – Blue Light Blocking glasses made by Matt. Discount Code: VITALVEDA
- Iris – Shield your computer screens.
- Dr. Alexander Wunsch, Expert in light science.
- Be Here Now by Ram Dass – the book that got Matt on his spiritual journey.
- The Body Electric, book by Dr. Robert Becker. – Addresses energy medicine and “our bioelectric selves.”
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