WHAT IS VAGUS NERVE AND HACKS OF THIS DOMINANT NERVE
The VAGUS NERVE is the longest tenth cranial nerve and it is also called the 10th pair of cranial nerve (CNX). The word “Vagus” comes from the Latin word means “Wandering”. It carries 75% of cranial parasympathetic function.
It originates from the medulla of the brainstem to neck, thorax and abdomen. It moves around our body like “Vagabone” sending out tiny fibers to all organs such as heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and intestine. The Vagus nerve connects the brain to the various organs including the gut. When you have a gut feeling, it sends the message between your brain and the gut.
This nerve plays a role in a vast range of body’s function. It controls heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, inflammation, and immunity. It is even responsible for sweating and gag reflex.
The strength of your vagus response is called vagal tone. It can be a high vagal tone or low vagal tone.
Having a higher vagal tone is an excellent thing for your body that causes better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure and reduces migraines. It is also associated with better moods and less anxiety. It produces neurotransmitters that calm the body and activate parasympathetic nervous systems.
Those who suffer from the symptoms of stress, fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety, poor digestion, brain fog and poor sleep often suffer from Lower Vagal Tone. It means that they have a lower ability of the vagus nerve to be activated and perform its function.
POSITIVE AND DOMINANT EFFECTS:
In the brain, it helps in mood swings and relieves anxiety.
In the gut, it helps to reduce acid reflux
In the heart, it controls heart rate variability, heart rate and blood pressure.
In the pancreas, it controls blood sugar balance and digestive enzymes.
In the liver, it controls bile production.
In the gallbladder, it controls bile release to help break down fats.
In the kidneys, it promotes general function including water balance, glucose control and sodium excretion which helps control blood pressure.
In the bladder, it controls voiding of urine.
In the spleen, it helps to reduce inflammation.
In the mouth and tongue, it helps to control the ability to taste and saliva production through salivary gland control.
In the eyes, it activates tear production through the lacrimal glands.
DAMAGE TO VAGUS NERVE:
Damage to vagus nerve can have a wide range of symptoms because it is the longest nerve in the body so it may affect many areas e.g. unusual heart rate, pain in the ear, abnormal blood pressure, body exposure to extreme heat, epilepsy, abdominal pain, migration and inflammation etc.
STIMULATION OF VAGUS NERVE:
By stimulating this one nerve helps in so many ways to treat your diseases if you are known to this dominant and fantastic nerve. Following are the ways to stimulate it.
Drinking cold water
By breathing technique
Eating in a relaxed state
You don’t have to be controlled by your body and mind. you have the power to tell them what to do and you can implement some of the above steps in your daily life to overcome anxiety and depression.