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Stimulate the Vagus Nerve to Calm Your Nerves. And More.

Stimulate the Vagus Nerve to Calm Your Nerves.  And More.

Suffering from anxiety and mood swings?  Do you deal with gut issues on a daily basis?  What about heart palpitations?

The vagus nerve acts like a light-switch for your parasympathetic nervous system.  At any given time your sympathetic nervous system, flight or fight, or the parasympathetic nervous system, rest and digest, is in control.

The vagus nerve is the communication pathway from your brain to your gut, heart, liver, and many more organs.  When activated, these organs go about their business.  When not activated, these organs slow down in order to allow more energy to flow toward survival functions.

To support your body’s natural ability to repair and heal itself, you want to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system more often.

Here are 8 ways you can stimulate the vagus nerve into action, right now:

1. Singing or chanting

SingSinging, humming, mantra chanting, hymn singing and upbeat energetic singing all increase heart rate variability (HRV) in slightly different ways. Singing at the top of your lungs (like you mean it) makes you work the muscles at the back of your throat, which helps activate the vagus nerve. The next time someone catches you singing along to the radio while driving your car, tell them you are just exercising and activating your Vagus nerve.

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