The Vagus Nerve is the electrical pathway connecting the Gut/Brain axis together. All responses whether good or bad, happy or sad travel this Highway. Our everyday reactions become habits, influencing our Health for a lifetime. Its amazing how this connection sends messages that can either stimulate us or relax us. These messages play an important role in the health of our mind, body, and spirit.
When you live in a state of reaction, science calls this a “Fight or Flight” response. Surging of adrenaline drives the Vagus Nerve, affecting digestion, elimination, hormones, acid/alkaline balance, and the ability to rest and heal. Your metabolism is either Sympathetic dominant or Parasympathetic dominant; this pattern drives the brain in all responses.
It is when the Vagus nerve becomes disconnected or weakened, we end up unable to maintain our systems ability to detox, methylate and maintain mineral balance. This Gut/Brain axis then begins a tug or war in an attempt to keep up as the inflammation mounts. The immune system then responds sending out the Army of T Helper Cells, B cells, and Lymphocytes to ward off this enemy called Inflammation. This is also known as a “Cytokine Response” which ultimately develops into an Autoimmune Disease.
Science is now developing an electrical stimulus that implants under your skin stimulating the Vagus Nerve upon command. This electrical impulse stimulates the nerve to treat Epilepsy, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and cluster Headaches. People use a hand-held magnet to control the device on their own. I often wonder though if a synthetic electrical impulse would eventually contribute to more weakening of the Vagus Nerve by creating a “Fight or Flight” response to the brain. The creation of this device alone tells me how deep our bodies are under constant stimulus leading to “Burn Out.” The tranquility of peace, rest, and the “Leave it to Beaver” lifestyle has now become far removed.
See if you can identify some patterns that have become habits which could eventually lead you to a Vagus Nerve Disconnect:
I not only saw many of the above patterns in myself that had become habits, but lived out these negative results while I faced my health decline. Today, I practice positive ways to tone my Vagus Nerve giving me the Gut/Brain message of hope, strength, and connection. Below are some of the ways I stimulate my Vagus Nerve on a daily basis:
Blessing in Health
Wim Hof (the ice man)