The vagus nerve is the longest of you 12 cranial nerves and your diet controls its health.
Eating a high fat, high carb, high junk food diet lowers the sensitivity of your vagus nerve and can interfere with your emotions.
because your gut instincts are real, they are signals that guide you in your daily activities.
Keeping your gut and vagus nerve healthy also influences mental health, it is proven in studies that our mood drops when we take antibiotics, all because they upset your gut health, the microbiome balance (bacteria). There are certain gut microbes that can control some mental health symptoms, supporting the nutrition view of introducing probiotics to your diet.
Your vagus nerve can be toned and strengthen similar to your muscles, though repair takes time.
Vagus nerve health can influence mental health and wellbeing
Here are some methods to promote healthy vagus nerve activity and improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Mindful Meditation –
when you mindfully meditate you are calming your entire body including your vagus nerve, allowing time for healing. This actively reduces Interleukin-6 which can lower inflammation levels.
stimulates the GABA a neurotransmitter that relaxes you, by dampening the excitable neurons.
Fermented foods –
contain lactobacillus which is a good bacteria, boosts your microbiome and improves gut health and vagus nerve.
I have listed below some resources you might find help you to improve your gut health and wellbeing.