Okay . . . so yesterday we spoke about all the functions that the "vagus" nerve is responsible for . . .
And today . . . we'll discover why it can become damaged and how to stimulate it to work correctly again.
Okay . . . so if the "vagus" nerve is "NOT" functioning correctly . . . this is now called "Lower Vagus Tone"
And if this malfunction occurs . . . it not only affects all the organs we spoke of yesterday . . . it also messes up the response to our "hormones".
And with this . . . our body is now . . . in turmoil
Okay . . . so let's better understand about "lower vagus tone"
What's it all about???
Well . . . "lower vagus tone" has been associated with "chronic inflammation" and if it persists . . . regulation of "inflammation" can become less effective.
You see . . . one of the many jobs of the "vagus" nerve is to "RESET" the immune system and "switch off" the production of protein that fuels "inflammation".
And if this function isn't working . . . "inflammation" doesn't get "turned off" and we are left with "chronic pain", disease and weight issues.
So how do we know if this is an issue with our health???
Well . . . the National Institutes of Health says some symptoms would be . . . difficulty speaking, hoarseness, wheezing, loss or change of voice, difficulty swallowing, loss of the gag reflex, low blood pressure, slow heart rate, acid reflux, changes in the digestive process, nausea or vomiting, abdominal bloating, dizziness or fainting, chronic pain or depression and anxiety.
Okay . . . so next question . . . how can the "vagus" nerve become "damaged???
Well . . . that would be due to . . . diabetes, smoking, drinking alcohol, "VIRAL INFECTION" or by surgery to the neck, stomach or small intestine . . .
And guess what can also be an issue???
Lack of "mindful" thinking.
And how do we fix it???
Well . . . if the damage is small enough . . . this nerve can "regenerate" itself . . . through "stimulation".
If the damage is a little more serious . . . there are several ways to stimulate this nerve to heal . . .
But if the damage is "severe" enough . . . there is no cure, but some relief.
And some of the main ways to "stimulate" this nerve to a healthy function . . . would be . . .
"Deep, slow belly" breathing, alternating nostril breathing and exhaling longer than you inhale.
Which all has to do with . . . the "mindful" awareness we spoke of last week . . .
Now . . . some other ways to stimulate the "vagus" nerve would be . . .
Cold exposure (put a cold cloth on your face and neck), singing, humming, chanting, gargling, light exercise, massage or cleaning up your diet by eating "whole-foods", taking ample "compliant" probiotics and adding omega 3 fatty acids.
And the foods we would need to concentrate on would be . . .
Foods rich in "tryptophan".
Why you ask???
Well . . . dietary "tryptophan" is metabolized in the "gut" . . . and can help the brain and spinal cord "control" inflammation which can improve communication from the gut to the brain via the "vagal messenger pathway".
And foods that are rich in "tryptophan" would be . . . spinach, some seeds, some nuts, bananas and poultry
So tomorrow, we'll talk about a few more ways to "reset" the "vagus nerve"
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