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March 5, 2024

Vagus Nerve, Not Vegas Nerve

The vagus nerve is a critical component of the parasympathetic nervous system, connecting the brain to various vital organs, including the gut, heart, and lungs.

It plays a key role in regulating essential bodily functions such as digestion, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The vagus nerve also influences hunger and satiety by interacting with hormones in the gut.

Furthermore, it is an integral part of the gut-brain axis, which connects the emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with gut functions and is involved in stress response and inflammation regulation.

Maintaining a healthy vagal tone is important for stress management and overall well-being, and can be improved through practices such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation.

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