How to Strengthen Your Vagus Nerve to Upgrade Your Whole Body

  • The vagus nerve is a two-way network of communication between the brain and most major organs in your body. It regulates things like hunger, the immune response, feeling calm or anxious, and more.
  • A properly functioning vagus nerve will improve brain-body communication, and in turn make your whole body work better.
  • You can tone your vagal pathways with breathing exercises, cold blasts, maintaining a strong gut, and other easy practices. If you need extra help, you and your doctor can opt for a surgically-implanted vagus nerve stimulator.

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Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, because its implications were too inconvenient, and too explosive. American psychiatrists had produced a book that would lay out, in detail, all the symptoms of different mental illnesses, so they could be identified and treated in the same way across the United States. It was called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. In the latest edition, they laid out nine symptoms that a patient has to show to be diagnosed with depression – like, for example, decreased interest in pleasure or persistent low mood. For a doctor to conclude you were depressed, you had to show five of these symptoms over several weeks.

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Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows

Controlled breathing practices show promise in patients who don’t fully respond to antidepressants –

A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). The study bolsters the science behind the use of controlled yogic breathing to help battle depression.

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