Introducing Kanchan Koya, a Guiding Light with a Ph.D.
In a world where our choices deeply impact our health and well-being, Kanchan Koya stands as a guiding light, empowering individuals to take control of their own vitality. A former molecular biologist turned chef, author, and wellness expert, Kanchan has embarked on a mission to transform lives and reshape our relationship with food, light, nourishment, and self-care.
Armed with a Ph.D. from Harvard University and training from the prestigious Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Kanchan has become a renowned authority in the field of nutrition and wellness. Her multifaceted expertise and relentless pursuit of knowledge have allowed her to seamlessly bridge the gap between scientific research and practical wisdom, offering transformative insights to individuals seeking a holistic approach to their health.
Kanchan's remarkable journey has earned her recognition from major media outlets, such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post, where her insightful perspectives on health and well-being captivate audiences worldwide. Her unique ability to translate complex scientific concepts into practical, actionable advice has made her a trusted source of inspiration for countless individuals on their wellness journeys.
Beyond her professional achievements, Kanchan is also a proud wearer of Ra Optics.
“I want to normalize things that are positive for our health.”
Recognizing the profound impact of light on our sleep and overall well-being, Kanchan passionately explains why sleep is perhaps one of the most underestimated yet vital aspects of optimizing our long-term health. Through her advocacy, Kanchan highlights the transformative potential of blocking artificial blue light, particularly in the evening, to support a restorative sleep experience.
Kanchan: “Research is telling us that poor sleep is associated with an elevated risk for pretty much every modern-day disease. From neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic dysfunction. So prioritizing sleep by paying attention to light exposure is a simple yet powerful tool for us to really optimize our long-term health. This is why every evening around 7 PM I throw on my Ra Optics blue-light blockers.”
Family loves you regardless of the color of your glasses.. right?
“If you would come to my house after 7 PM, you would see me with these blue-blocking glasses on. My husband thinks it’s hysterical and my kids think it’s funny, but I see it as a teaching opportunity to talk to them about doing things that are positive for our health in a simple way. It’s worth it because I prevent blue light exposure from suppressing my melatonin, which I need for optimal sleep. Hopefully, this also inspires my family to pay attention to light and sleep, and the importance of robust sleep hygiene for health.”
Despite occasional playful banter from her kids and husband, Kanchan remains steadfast in her commitment to prioritize her health and well-being. While they may chuckle at the sight of her putting on her (red-tinted) Ra Optics sunset lenses in the evening, Kanchan is unbending in her understanding of the potential health consequences of not blocking blue light at night. She knows that dedication to optimal sleep by means of light hygiene is a profound act of self-care. We admire Kanchan for prioritizing her well-being over societal norms or gentle jesting from loved ones — inspiring our society to become healthier over time.
Sleep has a domino effect on every other aspect of health
“Blue light actually sends a signal to our brain, telling us that it’s time to stay awake; suppressing melatonin. We need melatonin to fall asleep, to stay asleep, and to enjoy restful sleep. And sleep, as we know, might be one of the most overlooked, yet most important aspects of health.”
Blue light (short, high-intensity wavelengths) are stimulating our brains and bodies. This activates the sympathetic nervous system (this system's activity increases when you're stressed, in danger, or physically active) preventing us from naturally winding down and allowing our cells to repair themselves. Ra Optics glasses were designed with the help of experts in the fields of photobiology (how light affects living organisms), medicine, and optics to optimize your sleep by effectively blocking artificial blue light. This allows our bodies and minds to naturally wind down and prepare for sleep and rejuvenation.
Unwavering commitment to human vitality
Today, we celebrate Kanchan Koya, a beacon of wisdom and empowerment in the world of health and well-being. Her journey from molecular biologist to culinary expert showcases her unwavering commitment to unraveling the intricacies of human vitality. With her profound insights, engaging presence, and the transformative potential lifestyle medicine, Kanchan guides us toward a new understanding of self-care, showing us that by embracing the power of nutrition, sleep, and light hygiene, we can unlock a state of optimal well-being and embark on a transformative journey towards a vibrant and fulfilling life. So let us embrace Kanchan's guidance, savor the nourishment of her culinary wisdom, and embark on a holistic voyage towards empowered health and well-being.
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