A little about our nervous system
We hear a lot about our Sympathetic Nervous system – which is our “flight & fight” response. Our heart rate goes up, we get narrow focus, blood supply moves into our arms and legs so we are ready to run from a predator! A worthy system, but in todays world, we have an epidemic of people stuck in “Sympathetic overdrive”. This means our daily multi-tasking and constant high stressors are keeping us in this heightened state of stress… Long term this means, poor quality of sleep (because our body wont let us go into deep sleep when we think we are under attack), poor digestion, but mostly poor HEALING. Our body simply cannot calibrate and rebalance when in this parasympathetic state.
So how can we counteract this stress response? With the parasympathetic nervous system! This is where natural healing occurs, the “rest & digest” nervous system. We get balance of our gut and brain interactions, inflammation modulation, good immune response and it is in this state our body can drop into deep rest! The Vagus nerve is (the Queen) an integral part of the Parasympathetic nervous system and makes our whole body work better!
Our brain and organs depend on the vagus nerve pathways to regulate:
So more importantly, how can we support & tone our Vagus nerve?
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