The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It carries information from your brain down to all of your organs and (I forgot to say in the video) also carries information from your organs back to your brain. It’s a central aspect of our “mind body connection.”
When we’re chronically ill, the vagus nerve can lose its tone. This is partly by design. The vagus nerve is anti-inflammatory and when we’re acutely sick, it down-regulates so that we can mount an immune response to combat infection.
The trouble arises when we’re in this state chronically for years.
Increasingly, people are becoming aware of the importance of the vagus and are doing exercises to strengthen it. But now as you know from working with the four stages, doing this in the beginning can have limited effect whereas doing this after going through the process of taking care of chronic infections and biofilms can be profound.
There’s an excellent, simple vagus reset exercise where you lie on your back with your hands behind your head and then move your eyes to one side and hold for at least 30 seconds. And then repeat on the other side.
Here’s a demonstration: