ATP – the fuel driving our body
Have you ever thought about what the very beginning is, for example, of being able to go for a run? Various forms of energy circulate in our bodies. The most basic is ATP, or adenosine triphosphate. ATP is the energy source for lots of processes in our bodies, from protein synthesis to muscle engagement. Over the course of several hours, the carbohydrates, fats and proteins we receive from food for the purpose of energy intake are gradually converted into life-giving energy.
This process of converting nutrients into the form of ATP is thought out to a T. After all, the store of this energy isn’t infinite. In our bodies, we have roughly 3.5 grams of adenosine triphosphate per 1 kilogram of muscle mass. To give you an idea, a 70 kg athlete, whose body is made up of 28% muscle mass, has approximately 70 grams of ATP. This amount of energy will be sufficient for the athlete to perform for 5 seconds. Other energy won’t move the muscles. This shows that the process of producing this energy in our bodies must be efficient.
Stimulate ATP production by photobiomodulation
From this information, it follows that without a sufficient amount of ATP, muscle activity slows down. And not only that! The body also doesn’t regenerate as well, and muscle growth is slow. Your body can take in energy from food, but it can also receive it from red and near-infrared light.
These forms of light are absorbed by specific cellular chromophores, which are located in the cell’s mitochondria. During the photobiomodulation process, ATP production increases. Together with it, a reactive form of oxygen (ROS), which can break down free radicals in the body, and nitric oxide, which is beneficial for our skin, are also produced.