IS YOUR BRAIN CAUSING GI ISSUES?? OR THE OPPOSITE...COULD YOUR GI ISSUES BE THE RESULT OF YOUR BRAIN?? LET'S EXPLORE!!
Anxiety, stress and other overlooked behavioral activities can wreak havok on the brain, and gut simultaneously.. You might be wondering...what does the brain and the gut have in common?? READ ON.
THE VAGUS NERVE
The vagus nerve is the 10th of the 12 cranial nerves and the longest nerve in the body. The vagus nerve is referred to as the “wandering Nerve” because It has multiple branches, from the brain stem that travel down a wandering pathway to the intestines. It influences just about every major organ along its pathway. The vagus nerve connects your gut and brain, sending signals in both directions. It controls your mood, heart rate, digestion and immune system.The vagus nerve initiates many important digestive functions such as stomach acid secretion, enzyme production, gallbladder function and more.
This communication line between the brain and the Gut is called the brain-gut axis. When the brain is in poor health, there is poor communication to the vagus nerve, and there can also be a reverse roll when the gut is in poor health, the brain is affected.
Damage to the vagus nerve
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, stress and anxiety, poor diet, toxic overload, just to name a few, can damage the brain and the vagus nerve. Some of the symptoms of a damaged vagus nerve are: neuropathy, nausea, abdominal bloating, insomnia, GI problems such as, IBS or leaky gut.
If you are suffering from unresolved GI issues, brain fog or memory issues, you have tried everything but nothing works, why not check the Vagus Nerve!!
SAVE MONEY BY APPLYING THESE SIMPLE TIPS
These are some simple things we can do to stimulate the vagus nerve, bringing it back to its normal state and restoring our health.
- Downward dog yoga pose
- Deep & slow breathing
- Washing the face with icy cold water
- Singing, humming & chanting
- Gargling to the point of tears & more
Stimulating the vagus nerve can also play a key role in the management of one's mental health.