Vagus Nerve System Stimulation 101
Vagus Nerve System
What is the Vagus Nerve System and why is it so important? What is Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) and what does it do? How do we active our Vagus Nerve?
These are questions appearing more often in the collective conversation…
The Vagus Nerve System is the longest nerve in our body. It is the part of the central nervous system responsible for connecting all of our organs together. Similar to a tree trunk, the Vagus Nerve System wraps around organs and builds a complex root structure that connects the entire body together physiologically. Our emotions and visceral feelings are processed by the Vagus Nerve and these connective structures feed our brains with information.
The Vagus Nerve system is important to understand for people on the autism spectrum.
As an individual on the spectrum, I began learning all about the vagus nerve system roughly two years ago. At the time, I was suffering from almost daily panic attacks. When I understand how the autism spectrum works, I began to realize how I was allowing my self to enter into a “fight or flight” mode that kept me in a constant state of overwhelm. Instead of staying in that place, I dedicated myself to understanding the autism spectrum. At the time, this meant wrapping my head around the vagus nerve system and how it was affecting my body.
Here’s what I learned in my own life:
The Vagus Nerve system is what connects all of the pathways in our body together in order to process our emotions.
Emotions are processed in different parts of the body, depending on the particular emotion.
For example, anxiety is usually felt inside a person’s stomach. Normally, if a person’s Vagus Nerve is healthy, the anxiety will be interpreted and felt by the brain. Why does this happen? Because the Vagus Nerve connected the neurotransmitters in the stomach up to the neurotransmitters inside of your brain. Through this connective pathway, the human mind is able to experience and interpret our complex emotions.
For a person like me on the autism spectrum, our Vagus Nerve can be damaged.
What does a damaged Vagus Nerve do to a person? What are the symptoms?
All of this and more on this show with Sterling Cooper! In addition to the vagus nerve, we also get into discussing the law of attraction, the evolution of human consciousness, and the importance of frequency. It is an essential part of the human experience to have an optimized vagal nerve system…
Damaged Vagus Nerve System
Could your Vagus Nerve be damaged?
If you are someone diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, there is a likelihood your may have an underdeveloped Vagus Nerve. How can you tell? If you are experiencing a state of overwhelm as caused by your immediate environments or internal state, then it is possible you may have an underdeveloped or damaged Vagus Nerve.
Vagus Nerve damage can result in emotional overwhelm. In a sense, your entire body becomes overwhelmed and unable to process physiological functions. Instead of processing emotions in a way thats healthy and natural, the body is unable to process what is happening. This can result in inflammation, extreme anxiety, panic attacks, and a variety of other terrible physiological outcomes that happen as a result of our bodies shutting down.
How Do We Active The Vagus Nerve?
To maintain a healthy Vagus Nerve, we need to stimulate the system!
Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is how we keep everything moving smoothly.
To ensure a healthy system, there’s a few things we can do to make sure everything is activated:
Taking control of our health and ensuring an optimized nervous system is an important component of human optimization. As our species continues to evolve and advance into the future, we step into greater awareness about the interconnectivity of our bodies with our environments. When the nervous system is out of whack with the rest of our bodies, we are not able to process the emotions and sounds of our environments. Being in this situation puts us into a state of shock and overwhelm that can leave a human crippled by their world.