The article is called “Hacking the Nervous System” and the author describes the experience of a woman who suffered from severe, debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and her eventual treatment with a device which minimized inflammation by simply stimulating the vagus nerve. By activating the vagus nerve we can greatly influence inflammation and the immune system. If you suffer from digestive complaints, high blood pressure, depression or any inflammatory condition, please read on.
What is the vagus nerve?
The vagus nerve is the longest nerve who travels from the brain, trough neck ,than passes around liver, lungs, heart pancreas ,digestive system .It plays major rule in the parasympathetic nervous system,
Vagal tone is measured by tracking your heart-rate alongside your breathing rate.When your breathe in, your heart-rate speeds up ,when you breathe out slows down .Your vagal tone is higher when the difference between your inhalation heart-rate and your exhalation heart-rate,is bigger.Which means your body can relax faster after stress.
What is high vagal tone associated with?
High vagal tone improves the function of many body systems, reduced risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease,causing better blood sugar regulation, improved digestion via better production of stomach basic and digestive enzymes, lower blood pressure,, and reduced migraines. Also helps for less anxiety,better mood, and more stress resilience. The vagus nerve reads the gut microbiome and initiates a response to modulate inflammation based on pathogenic versus non-pathogenic organisms.
What is low vagal tone associated with?
Low vagal tone is associated with depression,chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular conditions and strokes,, diabetes, , cognitive impairment, and much higher rates of inflammatory conditions which include all autoimmune diseases
How do we increase vagal tone?
Vagal tone was increased through a device that stimulated the vagus nerve.Here are some ways to tone the vagus nerve:
The vagus nerve is stimulate and toned by breathing from your diaphragm, rather than shallowly from the top of the lungs.
Humming mechanically stimulates the vagus nerve connected to the vocal cords, You can hum a song.
Connection to the vocal cords -speaking is helpful for vagal tone,
Cold water on your face stimulates the vagus nerve.
Meditation, especially loving kindness meditation which promotes feelings of goodwill towards yourself and others.
Vagus nerve, increases its tone with the presence of healthy bacteria in the gut
If you suffer from high blood pressure or depression, an inflammatory condition, digestive upset, a closer look at vagal tone is highly recommended. The implications of such simple and basic practices on your overall health, and in particular on inflammation are far-reaching. Breathing exercises and meditation are helpful for our health, but it is so fascinating to learn the mechanism by which they work.