The Mind, Body & Vagus Nerve Connection Summit will no doubt teach you something you didn't know. The vagus nerve isn't commonly known. Most of us, when we hear “vagus nerve” want to say something like, “What happens in vagus stays in vagus.”
I wrote about the vagus nerve in this post about brain-gut connection. In that post, I shared,
“About 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve, the vagus nerve, carry information from the gut to the brain. This has huge implications.”
The vagus nerve is the longest nerve of the autonomic nervous system. It's one of the most important nerves in the body. The name “vagus” comes from the Latin term for “wandering.” This is because the vagus nerve wanders from the brain into organs in the neck, chest, and abdomen.
This nerve helps to regulate many critical aspects of human physiology.
You can't properly address health issues such as those related to gut, immune system or brain disorders, without optimizing vagus nerve function.
Many people in this modern world overstimulate their nervous systems and become desensitized to chronic stress. Over time, this can lead to low vagal tone, which has been linked to a variety of mental and physical health issues, including chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, poor gut function, autoimmunity and cancer.