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The Vagus Nerve

The nerve with the most impact on our mind & body wellness.

*This information is taken from The.holistic.psychologist

The vagus nerve:


1) A bundle of nerves that begins at the brain stem and connects to all of our major organs (including the heart, lungs, stomach and kidney)


2) The brain & the body are always communicating back and forth through the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the reason we have a mind-body connection.


3) The vagus nerve impacts the parasympathetic (rest & digest) nervous system & the sympathetic (fight or flight nervous system).


4) The vagus nerve also plays a primary role in our immune system function, digestion, recovery from stress, & the way we respond (+ recover from stress).


5) When we have unresolved trauma + within the body, our vagal tone becomes weak. A weak vagal tone is linked to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic illness, & digestive issues (IBS etc.)


6) A weak vagal tone keeps us stuck in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) or dorsal vagal (freeze) which means the body is in chronic threat. This leaves us unable to feel safe in our bodies or to connect with others.


Signs of Low Vagal Tone

Inability to regulate your emotions

Anxiety

Issues with concentration or focus

Depression

Increased Inflammation

Digestion Issues

Chronic Fatigue


Signs of High Vagal Tone

Ability to regulate emotions

Improved bodily function

Proper digestion

Stable mood

A feeling of overall wellbeing

Reduced inflammation

Quick recovery from stress

Deeper relationship connections


How to strengthen Vagal Tone:


Cold showers

Movement

Breathwork

Addressing Gut Health

Consuming omega-3 fatty acids

Gargling

Singing


* The above information was taken from The.holistic.psychologist.



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