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What is the vagus nerve? 5 natural ways to motivate, including yoga

What is the vagus nerve? 5 natural ways to motivate, including yoga

.. What is the vagus nerve? 5 natural ways to motivate him, including yoga exercises, and now to the details:

The vagus nerve plays an important role in maintaining your health, it is the longest cranial nerve in your body, extending from your brain to the large intestine, and cranial nerves are the ones that extend

 directly from the brain, and the vagus nerve carries signals to your brain, heart, lungs and digestive system, according to the American “Cleveland Clinic” website. .

The vagus nerve helps control involuntary sensory and motor functions such as heart rate, speech, mood and urine output, and helps your body and sympathetic position, where you are most relaxed.

Dysfunction of the vagus nerve can put you at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety.

How to stimulate the vagus nerve

For those with epilepsy, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) has been used to treat seizures. This medical procedure places a device inside your body to help stimulate the vagus nerve with electrical impulses.

 It can also be used for people who suffer from depression who haven't had success with other treatments. This device has the effect of: Modifying some physiological responses induced by the vagus nerve.

And if you're looking to improve your stress levels and overall health, you can also naturally strengthen the vagus nerve in other ways.

Meditation and yoga exercises

Meditation exercises help calm your mind and focus on deep breathing while you meditate. Try making your exhale longer, and making it longer than your inhale. This will help slow your heart rate.

Meditation can regulate your autonomic nervous system as it has a good effect on lowering your respiratory rate, rapid heart rate and cortisol levels.” Yoga can also be beneficial for the same reasons. Just make sure you pay attention to your breathing.

Playing sports

Research has shown that exercise and moving your body can affect the vagus nerve. Interval training and endurance exercises can increase vagus nerve activity and improve heart rate variability.

Exercise reduces your sympathetic nervous activity and controls your parasympathetic response, so you have a good balance when it comes to your cardiovascular and respiratory function.


Massage can reduce some of the increased activity in the vagus nerve. Try massaging your foot by rotating your ankle, rubbing your sole, and gently stretching your toes back and forth.


Music can help motivate us, bring us joy, and tap into our emotions. When it comes to the vagus nerve, research is mixed on how music affects it.

The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and muscles at the back of your throat and passes through your inner ear.

Try humming, singing, or just listening to calming, soothing music. These sounds and vibrations may stimulate the vagus nerve.

take a cold bath

Submerge your head in a bowl of cold water to help relieve stress.

Many professional athletes use cold water immersion to improve short-term relaxation.

Research shows that immersion in cold water may help relieve stress by slowing your heart rate and directing blood flow to your brain. Try placing an ice pack on your face or neck, or taking a cold shower.

Benefits of stimulating the vagus nerve

The vagus nerve affects your mental and physical health in many ways.

Reducing seizures in people with epilepsy.

Depression treatment.

Regulate your emotions.

Lowering blood pressure.

Lower your heart rate.

reduce inflammation.

Treats migraines and cluster headaches.

The vagus nerve plays a powerful role in your body. Keeping your vagus nerve strong and balanced can help you respond more effectively to a variety of emotional and physiological symptoms. 


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