How to support your vagus nerve

May 15, 2024

You’ve been seeing a lot online about the Vagus Nerve lately and you’re wondering where you can turn for further information, assessment and treatments. 

Naturopathic doctors can help you support the function of your vagus nerve through which of the following?

A) Supporting gut health
B) Addressing hormonal imbalance
C) Acupuncture
D) Optimizing nutrition though anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory diets
E) All of the above

Answer: E) All of the above!

The Vagus Nerve is one of the largest nerves in the body, directly exiting the brain and innervating the heart, lungs, digestive tract, etc. This direct connection is one of the reasons we have such a strong bidirectional communication system between the gut and the brain.

The vagus nerve also regulates our autonomic nervous system, AKA, the “fight or flight”, “rest and digest” and “freeze” responses.

By addressing nutritional deficiencies, gut healing, hormones and stress, we can begin to optimize the function of the vagus nerve to reduce inflammation and disease.

Submitted by Dr. Stephanie Millett, ND