While our modern world has brought us many conveniences, it has come at a cost of living mostly indoors in controlled environments full of toxic offgassing materials, stagnant air flow, artificial lighting, and computer screens. We have lost our primal connection to the outdoors — where the sun was the most critical medicinal nutrient taken in from sunrise to sunset, our bare feet grounded us to bare earth, and we swam naked in naturally cold bodies of water.
I’ve been interested in rewilding (a practice of rejecting total domestication by incorporating the best of our ancestors’ lifestyle practices and bringing them into the modern world) and quantum health (focusing on light, water and magnetism) for many years now. I’d love to share some of my findings with you to help you achieve optimal health.
Did you know that most of our body systems are regulated by sunlight? That our retinas and skin actually contain photo receptors, functioning much like the leaves of a plant or the solar panels on a roof — collecting the rays of the sun and metabolizing them into energy in our body? Our indoor lifestyles and increased exposure to blue light (in computer/T.V./phone screens) as well as artificial lighting (especially used after sundown) has caused disruption in our circadian and other bodily cycles. It’s no wonder so many of us suffer with insomnia, attention deficit, depression, and more.
Some of the best things we can do for our health, to regain some of the losses incurred through a modern lifestyle:
1. Get outside and expose your bare retinas and naked skin to full spectrum sunlight throughout the day.
• Look at the sunrise and sunset without glasses or contacts to help reset your circadian rhythm to the cycles of the sun and moon.
• Go outside first thing in the morning (as close to sunrise as possible) and look towards the sun for 5-15 minutes, preferably barefoot and grounded on bare earth. (Getting infrared (IR) + natural blue light in the naked eyes in the early morning lets the brain know that it is time to wake up.) Do the same at sunset to let your brain know the day is coming to a close.
• Take a “sun bath” between the hours of 8 – 11AM to get exposure to VIS (visible light), IR (infrared), and UV-A light (which enables your body to generate nitric oxide, crucial for health — especially cardiovascular health). You’ll want to sit out as naked as possible for at least 5 minutes, and work up to more without burning. Do not wear glasses, contacts or sunglasses – you want your bare retinas to receive the light. If possible, ground your bare feet on earth while sun bathing. The exact hours of UV-A light exposure will vary dependent on your location on the planet and the season. The goal is to get the full spectrum of sunlight each day — not just one wavelength — so make sure you also go outside midday and early morning and dusk, as well.
• Take a “sun bath” at solar noon to get UV-B light, which is necessary for your body to create the hormone vitamin D. UV-B is strongest between 10AM and 4PM, from April to October, but you can look up online or use the D Minder app to find out the optimal time to get UV-B light in your location, which will change seasonally and may not be available at all in winter. You’ll want to sit out as naked as possible for about 5-30 minutes. UV-B light is necessary but has health risks with overexposure so you do want to limit that time, especially during the hottest months of the year when the sun is directly overhead. If possible, ground your bare feet on earth while sun bathing. I try to sit out 5-10 minutes midday in addition to my 1/2-1 hour early morning sun bath. The goal is to get the full spectrum of sunlight each day, not UV-B sunlight alone — so make sure you also go outside in the morning, and sunrise and dusk to reset your circadian rhythm. In winter, solar noon will give you infrared (IR) light rather than UV-B, which is also critical for optimal health.
• Stop using sunblock and sunglasses. Ultraviolet light is absolutely necessary for human health both in the eyes and on the skin. To avoid getting burned you need to optimize your skin lipids by eating more healthy fats (avocado, butter, olive + coconut oils, bacon, and animal fat like pork and duck), getting plenty of DHA (from seafood) and micronutrients like magnesium, calcium, iodine, polyphenols, vitamin K, vitamin A (this is key for skin), probiotics (for butyrate), and vitamin E. A word of caution: Do protect your face from direct sunlight if you are not optimized, as you can get skin damage (like sun spots or skin cancer) with this much sun exposure. Use a hat, umbrella and/or non-toxic sunblock in this case.
2. Get barefoot as often as you can — ground yourself to the electromagnetic grid of the earth. Grounding not only helps release excess EMFs, but it helps you gain free electrons (giving you a negative charge) and power your mitochondria. That’s why I found myself completely energized after a 4 hour barefoot hike that I thought for sure would exhaust me! If you can’t go barefoot, wear grounding shoes from Pluggz and other brands.
3. Practice cold thermogenesis (face dunks, cold showers, ice baths, lake and river dips). Expose your body to cold temperatures either through a river, lake, ocean, shower or ice bath to increase the electric current of all of your semiconductors. You can start with simple face dunks in a bowl of ice water. The ideal water temperature for cold thermogenesis is between 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit. I purchased a Catalyst cryo-helmet brain cooling system that I wear when I get migraines and it always helps reduce the pain. It is especially good for those with mild traumatic brain injuries and neuro inflammation.
4. Reduce exposure to non-native EMFs (cell phones, Wi-Fi, smart meters, etc.) — use hardwired DSL for Internet connections and landlines for phone whenever possible.
5. Block blue light from computer/monitor/phone/TV screens from your eyes and skin (yes, your skin!) whenever possible using blue blocking glasses and wearing long sleeves and a balaclava or hoodie after dark (there are photo receptors on our skin, too). Use iris or other blue blocker apps on all screens. Wear blue blocking glasses after dark.
6. Avoid artificial lighting whenever possible — use red, orange or amber lightbulbs in lamps and light fixtures at night. Use salt lamps which give off an amber glow as well as negative ions. Buy amber nightlights, book lights, and flashlights.
7. Drink the best water you can find. Make sure it is halogen-free — halogens include fluorine, chlorine, and bromine which are all commonly added to public water systems. Fluoride is the most reactive of all and prevents DC electric current from flowing through your tissues.
The highest quality waters will be from deep underground or high altitude aquifers + springs, or glacier melt water from polar areas or high altitudes (see the Sacred Pantry for some glacier/iceberg/spring waters available for purchase online). It’s important that your water contains minerals. RO water removes all minerals so be sure to add a trace minerals solution back in if your water source is low or devoid of minerals. Untreated water from wells and springs can be contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxic chemicals. It’s wise to test your water so you know whether you need to filter it, and for what.
Ideally you want to consume deuterium-depleted water, also known as light water. Deuterium is one of 2 isotopes of hydrogen that is stable in nature, but when bound to oxygen forms deuterium oxide (D2O) (heavy water) which is very toxic to most living beings. Normal sources of water have ~150 ppm of D2O; anything ~125 ppm or below is considered deuterium-depleted. (See the Sacred Pantry for sources of deuterium-depleted water.)
Wild water is energized by the vortices formed as it flows in nature. When we take water from it’s wild source, filter it, bottle it in plastic, and ship it around the world it loses this energetic imprint and it’s natural negative charge. This changes its molecular structure and leaves it vulnerable to pathogens. Structuring your water will re-imbue it with the frequency of nature and will optimize your hydration. You can purchase structured water from most water stores or structure it yourself.
Dr. Masaru Emoto completed groundbreaking work on the effect of human consciousness on the molecular structure of water. He found that certain words + thoughts could create much more coherent molecules, “love + gratitude” producing the most beautifully structured ice crystals of all. Whether you place stickers with these words on your water containers or direct these thoughts to your water each day, it’s a beautiful practice to create a water altar in your home that honors the special broadcasting properties of this life sustaining liquid. Some helpful water resources: finewaters.com | findaspring.com
8. Check for leptin resistance (especially common with those recovering from mold related illness) and treat accordingly.
9. Eat a high DHA, healthy protein and fat meal in the AM (like pastured eggs with bacon or raw goat cheese, or wild salmon and avocado).
10. Eat local foods, in season, while the sun is out — not at midnight. Eating late (after dark) disrupts your circadian rhythm by telling the body that it’s still daytime.
11. Consume vitamin A in the retinal form, found in animal products — like raw milk, grassfed butter, grassfed butter oil, pastured eggs, and cod liver oil. Animal sources of retinol are bio-available, already in a usable form, whereas vitamin A from plant sources (carotenoids) must first be converted to retinol in order to be utilized in the body.
12. Consume the omega-3 fatty acid DHA daily in the form of high quality seafood so that you can convert the photons coming into the eyes from sunlight into a DC electric current (which power your brain!). DHA — along with copper, iodine and selenium — is required to be present in our cells in order to utilize the electrons from the sun and hold an electric charge.
13. Practice intermittent fasting — eat within a window of 8 hours, such as 9 am–5 pm, then fast for 16 hours in between.
14. Take supplements that support the mitochondria: CoQ10 (ubiquinol), PQQ, trans-resveratrol and curcumin.
15. Meditate in nature.
16. Get regular bodywork, which increases electron flow locally — myofascial release therapy (which lowers inflammation and helps take you out of fight or flight), craniosacral therapy, bowenwork, massage, osteopathy.
17. Exercise outside, barefoot, under full spectrum sunlight, not in a gym disconnected from the earth’s magnetism and under artificial blue light.
18. Exercise at the right time of the day. According to Dr. Jack Kruse, if you are leptin resistant, do not work out before or after breakfast — the optimal time is after 5PM. After you’ve done a leptin reset, the optimal time to exercise is from 1PM-5PM (outside, in sunlight). Don’t overdo exercise.
19. Practice whole body movement-based exercise rather than isolating specific muscles in a gym.
20. Sleep when it’s dark — go to sleep no later than 10 PM. Our melatonin cycle should start shortly after sunset and the cortisol cycle begins at 4 AM to wake us up.
21. Shut off wireless and WiFi at night. Turn off your cell phone. Shut off your breakers, at least to your bedroom. Unplug all items in your bedroom. Use a battery operated clock rather than digital.
22. Sleep without a blanket or pillow or heat: we are meant to have our lowest body temperature at night, while we sleep.
Biology Reboot – Logical Actionable Mitigation on Facebook – quantum health biohacking discussion forum
JackKruse.com – living an optimized life
Quantum Health: Light, Water and Magnetism – Facebook group to discuss quantum health practice
Grounded – grounding sheets, mats and other products
Low Blue Lights – amber lights (night lights, book lights, flashlights and more)
Pluggz – earthing footwear
U.S. Wellness Meats – grassfed beef, bison, lamb, chicken, duck, pork, rabbit and other farm raised foods
Vital Choice – high quality, purity-tested seafood and grassfed meats
*IMPORTANT: Some people who are sensitive to the sun or light should avoid some of the sun therapies mentioned above until their health is in a stronger place. Of course, if you have any issues with any of the suggested practices, you should avoid them until you are able to safely do them. Use discernment and trust your body wisdom.