The Vagus nerve. Did you know that stimulation of this nerve triggers off all your digestive processes, helping you digest and absorb nutrients better and avoid bloating, reflux and indigestion. You can trigger it using bitter foods such as rocket or by deep breathing. If you are having significant digestive issues, your Naturopath can prescribe herbs that trigger the Vagus nerve. Cool huh?
Some of the functions of the vagus nerve have been long established, while others were discovered only recently. No doubt, within the next few decades we will continue to learn more and more about it, since electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve for conditions including epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis and depression is becoming an alternative to drugs. Here are some fascinating things that the vagus nerve does (that we know so far).