DOES THE VAGUS NERVE AFFECT MY HEALTH?
If you are experiencing health issues such as fatigue, allergies, anxiety, gut issues, brain fog, or depression, then it may be the vagus nerve affecting this.
When the vagus nerve is performing at a lowered function, we can experience a myriad of health issues.
In conjunction with other aspects of your biology, increasing and stimulating the vagus nerve is important for healing.
The vagus nerve is the main nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system and often referred to as the “wandering nerve’”
The nerve reaches the brain, gut, heart, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney, ureter, spleen, lungs, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, ears and tongue.
This communication pathway plays a big role in the regulation of these organs and when not working properly we can experience negative health outcomes.
The vagus nerve can be interrupted and experience miscommunication from an organ to the brain, communication from within the brain, or communication from the brain to other areas of the body like the heart, liver, and gut.
Recent studies have found the stimulation of the vagus nerve could restore consciousness in individuals in a vegetative state.
This is promising for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, digestive disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Other research has found the vagus nerve plays a large role in the regulation of our metabolism.
It has a fine-tuned regulation aiming to preserve energy and prevent weight fluctuations.
Along with the Leptin hormone, supporting the vagus nerve could be key to long-term successful weight loss.
Healing your gut and stimulating your vagus nerve ultimately supports long term health.
Simple ways to stimulate the vagus nerve is to gargle, massage, breathing exercises, prayer, singing, meditation and address thyroid hormones.