Your vagus nerve is your secret Chill-Out-Machine!
It’s the longest cranial nerve, connecting the brain to every other organ in your body.
It carries information about pain, stress, touch, and temperature.
It even controls the muscles in your throat and vocal cords.
Your vagus nerve is the ultimate chill-out-machine because it signals the brain to release calming neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine when it notices your stress levels are too high.
These hormones put you in a more calm, relaxed mood.
Activating your vagus nerve is easy.
You can practice breathing deeply and slowly.
As we inhale, the vagus nerve allows more sympathetic (fight/flight) energy to increase heart rate, and when we exhale the vagus nerve reengages the heart to slow down the rate.
You can use breathing to ‘hack’ into your vagus nerve and prompt it to calm your heart and nervous system.
You can also use these practices to strengthen and tune up your chill-out-machine:
- Humming or chanting
- Gargling water
- Soaking up the morning sunshine
- Singing at the top of your voice
- Taking a cold shower
- Soaking in a warm bath
- Massaging your neck
- Massage your reflex points on your ears and feet
There is more!
Recent studies showed Beetroot is great nutritional support for your vagus nerve.
Now, it isn’t always convenient to have beetroot juice handy, let alone organic beetroot.
So, I recommend that you have one or two Beetflow with every meal.
Beetflow is also great for heart and brain health.
Heart rate variability (HRV) is a surrogate for vagus nerve tone.
The effects of a beetroot extract on heart rate variability (HRV) recovery, following strength-based exercises, were recently assessed in 12 healthy adult males via a randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled trial.
Participants received either placebo or 600 mg beetroot extract, followed by 2 hours of rest to allow for digestion/absorption.
Four sets of each strength-based exercise were then performed with measurements of blood pressure, heart rate, and various HRV indexes taken before and multiple times in the 1-hour post-exercise.
In this study, the men receiving beetroot had faster recovery of systolic blood pressure (SBP), heart rate, and HRV when compared to placebo.
For example, the geometric indices of HRV (SD1 and SD2) recovered by 30-35 minutes in the beetroot group, vs. 50-55 minutes in the placebo group.
Similar results were observed in a placebo-controlled trial that enrolled young healthy African American women, in which beetroot juice was shown to decrease SBP and increase HRV, both at rest and during aerobic exercise.
Thus, both of these studies suggest improved cardiovascular and autonomic recovery following exercise, potentially limiting exercise-induced cardiovascular complications.
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