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3 Keys to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve and increase your health and well-being

The Fundamental Role of the Vagus Nerve in Health and Stress Management

The care and optimization of the vagus nerve is essential to strengthen our natural defenses and our ability to manage stress.

In this article you will find information about the functions of this nerve, how it affects your health, the symptoms of its dysfunction and how to stimulate it so that you can maintain good health and well-being. Let's get started!

What is the Vagus Nerve?

Named for its wandering nature, the vagus nerve is the longest nerve in our body. It connects the brain to crucial organs such as the intestines, stomach, heart and lungs.

This nerve extends through the neck and descends to the most distant organs, orchestrating almost instantaneous communication between the brain and the rest of the body. As a mediator between the brain and vital organs, it regulates essential functions and maintains the internal balance necessary for a healthy life.

Symptoms of Vagus Nerve Dysfunction

The proper functioning of the vagus nerve is reflected in what is known as high vagal tone. If your vagus nerve is balanced, your body recovers quickly from stress, which is closely linked to both better physical health and a positive mental state.

Studies suggest that there is a feedback relationship between robust vagal tone, positive emotions, and overall health. That is, high vagal tone is a good indicator and promoter of physical and emotional well-being, and improving one generally improves the other.

However, low vagal tone may be a sign that the vagus nerve is not performing its function optimally. This can be noticed in people who get stressed easily and find it difficult to calm down after tense situations.

The vagus nerve also helps regulate inflammation in the body. Therefore, low vagal tone can lead to chronic inflammation, which is highly linked to a variety of health conditions, both physical and mental.

Some problems associated with low vagal tone:

  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Difficulty to swallow
  • Digestive problems
  • Hoarseness
  • Migraines
  • Obesity
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Blood pressure spikes
  • Heart disease

3 Simple Solutions to Balance the Vagus Nerve

Let's get to work"! Just as exercise strengthens muscles, you must know how to strengthen the vagus nerve and thus have a better response to stress and be able to recover more effectively.

Balance the vagus nerve
  1. Deep breathing.

Breathing is innate, but breathing well is not so much… Slow, deep diaphragmatic breathing is a means of relaxation that activates the vagus nerve. This simple act can silence the noise of the world and return us to a state of serenity .

2. Identify and relieve Physical Tensions.

The body keeps memory of everything we do and think! Learn to take breaks, to identify where in your body you keep your tensions. With each exhalation, try to loosen them, which will be essential to recover your vital energy.

Vital energy

 3. Stretching and moderate exercise.

Numerous studies support that Yoga, Pilates or simple stretching increases parasympathetic activity of the nervous system, which in turn balances vagal tone.

Yoga and Pilates

Life is a series of moments and taking the time to really live and savor each one of them is an offering to our vagus nerve, which flourishes with gratitude and tranquility. Let's dare to be happy and live in balance!

With this knowledge and these practices, you are well equipped to start taking care of your vagus nerve and, therefore, your overall well-being.

Remember, every conscious step is a step towards greater harmony and health.

Are you ready to direct your body's orchestra towards tranquility and vitality?

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