Vagus Nerve Most Important for Your Health
Feb. 13th 2017
The Vagus Nerve, so called out of the Latin root for Wanderer, like the words vagrant and vagabond, runs from our brain down our throats and connects with every major organ. From heart, liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys and more, the Vagus nerve describes back to the brain the momentary condition of each organ.
In like manner the brain sometimes describes conditions inside or outside the body and the Vagus nerve picks up the information.
Here’s the kicker: the Vagus nerve has a soft spot for connecting with the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the system that can down regulate any excessive, anxious, uptight moment we have. The Parasympathetic Nervous System called into action creates something referred to as the “Rest and Digest” response.
Knowing how to stimulate the Vagus Nerve means pulling the cord of this lovely, “let’s rest and relax” Parasympathetic Nervous System, until it turns on, a helpful trick in our overly anxious, over stimulated world.
Here are some useful, and easy to do, ways to stimulate the Vagus Nerve, and uptick the “Rest and Digest” part of your nervous system.
1/ Cold: everything from a cold shower to dipping your face in cold water serves to stimulate the Vagus Nerve.
2/ Singing or Chanting, both will increase flow in the Vagus Nerve. If you prefer the more serene chanting method, by all means, but don’t hold back if your inner rock’n’roll star wants to belt out a few. Loud singing, using the back of your throat especially, gets the Vagus Nerve’s attention. Don’t strain though. Too much push on the throat may leave your voice raw next day.
3/Yoga! (we are not surprised)
4/ Meditation (again, no shocker here)
5/Gargling! This is a bit of a surprise. Before you swallow a glass of water, try gargling.
Here's a partial list of some of the trouble stimulating the Vagus Nerve helps: Anxiety Disorders, Heart Disease, OCD, Alzheimer's, Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Obesity, Tinnitus, Bulimia, Memory Disorders, Mood Disorders, Cancer, Leaky Gut.
Your Vagus Nerve promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation, that fine sensibility that all is well with the world. Try these methods to get an immediate boost into the calm serenity of Vagus Nerve response.