Why do I need to learn about the vagus nerve?
The “wandering nerve” as it is affectionately called plays one of the main roles in influencing the relaxation response, digestion and metabolism. It has multiple branches that originate from two thick stems rooted in the cerebellum and brainstem. This nerve meanders all the way down into the belly, spreading fibers to the tongue, pharynx, vocal chords, lungs, heart, stomach, intestines, and glands that produce anti-stress enzymes and hormones (like Acetylcholine, Prolactin, Vasopressin, Oxytocin). Digestion, metabolism and the relaxation response are all influenced by the vagus nerve.
32 Ways to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve
Stimulating your vagus nerve will help you stay in the relaxation (also known as rest and digest state) response state more often.
Here is a link to read more about the vagus nerve and 32 ways to stimulate your vagus nerve. There is much to be gained by learning about the impact the vagus nerve has on our health and well-being.
You are probably already doing some of these suggestions. Now you may do them with more frequency and purpose.