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Nov 15, 2017

A promising way to manage mental health

Stimulating the vagus nerve, raising vagal tone, and increasing heart rate variability can improve mental health.runner

The vagus nerve connects vital organs like your heart, intestines, lungs and stomach to your brain. In doing so, it affects your heart rate, your digestion, and your breathing. When all these bodily systems are working as intended, you are apt to be more relaxed and more optimistic than if one or more of these functions goes awry. Toning your vagus nerve—increasing your vagal tone—provides the following benefits
• Assists digestion
• Alters the way portions of the brain function
• Improves physical health
• Increases positive emotions
• Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
• Reduces stress
• Stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system so your body relaxes more quickly and quells your fight-or-flight response

Vagal tone can be measured by accessing your breathing, your heart rate, and your heart rate variability (HRV), which is the variation in the time span between your heartbeats. A high HRV indicates high vagal tone.

You can increase your vagal tone and your HRV—and manage your mental health more effectively—with one or more of the following methods
• Chant, hum, or sing
• Exercise daily
• Laugh out loud
• Make dietary changes
- add omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and zinc
- limit calories or fast for more than just the hours you are asleep
• Meditate
• Perform cold treatments (read about Cold Shower Therapy in this post about the Wim Hof Method)
• Practice Pilates, tai chi, yoga
• See what a massage or reflexology does for you
• Spend time with positive people
• Take slow, deep breaths
• Try acupuncture

Toning your vagal nerve may help the following conditions
• Addiction
• Anxiety
• Autism
• Chronic fatigue
• Depression
• Eating disorders
• Fibromyalgia
• Memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease
• Migraines
• Multiple sclerosis
• Obsessive compulsive behavior
• Personality disorders
• Post-traumatic stress disorder

Take charge of your mental health. Contact my office and make an appointment to start implementing practices that will increase your HRV and your vagal tone.

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