Could vagus nerve stimulation be the key to unlocking the best version of yourself in 2021 and beyond?
Raise your hand if you are ready to wave goodbye to 2020 in your rear-view mirror and welcome the possibilities of a new year! A new year can bring new experiences, new relationships, new jobs, new homes...and just about everything in between! For some, it can also mean an entirely new YOU!
New year, new you with vagus nerve stimulation
Well, maybe not an entirely new you. But at least a "you" that feels better than you ever remember.
More clarity, less stress, improved well-being, better sleep, and an overall brighter mood. That sounds pretty good right now, doesn't it?
Why not help these positive changes along by harnessing the power of vagus nerve stimulation?
What is the vagus nerve?
Are you new to the concept of vagus nerve stimulation? Then you're in the right place! We love talking about the power of neuroscience and using it to your advantage, particularly by stimulating the vagus nerve.
The vagus is the 10th cranial nerve and it's also the longest nerve in the autonomic nervous system. That's the system that regulates a variety of body processes that take place without conscious effort...things like heartbeat, breathing, and digestion.
Now picture your vagus nerve like a highway. It helps important information travel from the brain to the heart, airways, lungs, esophagus, stomach, pancreas and small intestines. It extends to almost every system in the body!
In addition to this sensory information, it's also involved in managing and processing emotions. Think about the last time you had a strong "gut reaction" to something. This happened because the vagus nerve connects the heart, gut, and brain.
The vagus nerve also plays a big part in balancing the nervous system. When you're in "fight or flight" mode, it can calm you and ground you by promoting a relaxation response.
For that reason, the vagus nerve is associated with things like mood, calmness, digestion, and sexual arousal. When you're in a high-alert state, the vagus nerve "highway" sends back instructions to release enzymes and proteins to calm you.
Vagus nerve stimulation
But here's the thing: to experience the maximum benefits and power of the vagus nerve, it needs to be stimulated! Luckily, you don't need to rely on luck or happenstance for vagus nerve stimulation.
There are actually ways to tone the vagal nerve and strengthen the vagal nerve from the comfort of your home. (We’ll get to that soon)
By the way, if the nervous system, and particularly the vagus nerve fascinates you, we encourage you to read about Stephen Porges’ polyvagal theory. It identifies a third part of the nervous system that was once considered two-part: the social engagement system.
The history of vagus nerve stimulation
In fact, the science behind vagus nerve stimulation actually dates back hundreds of years. In the 19th century, VNS was first studied for its effect on seizure control in animals.
Fast forward to the 1990s, and VNS was FDA approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy, and then for refractory depression. This is typically done with a process known as direct VNS, which involves implanting a surgical device that sends electrical signals to an electrode wrapped around the vagus nerve inside the neck.
Aside from its scientific uses, vagus nerve stimulation dates back even further. Perhaps unknowingly, human beings have been practicing different methods of vagus nerve stimulation for centuries. Practices like yoga, chanting, and mindfulness can all provide indirect stimulation to the vagus nerve, primarily through deep breathing.
Non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation
Now, we know what you might be thinking: I don't have epilepsy and I don't want surgery, so how will VNS benefit me?
In addition to the medically-approved uses for VNS, there is also growing scientific research about vagus nerve stimulation and its ability to improve your overall well-being. And it doesn't take surgery to experience these benefits!
We talked about Direct VNS, but there's another method you should know about: tVNS (transcutaneous VNS). This minimally invasive method involves the use of electrical stimulation through the surface of the skin, generally via the left ear or sometimes on the neck.
As you can imagine, tVNS is a lot more appealing and accessible to most people.
tVNS may be utilized easily to promote and maintain general health and wellness, including improving your mood, sleep, focus and cognition, and even athletic performance recovery.
Sounds pretty incredible, right? As for the easiest way to enjoy tVNS from wherever you are, it's time to meet Xen by Neuvana headphones.
Xen by Neuvana Headphones
At Neuvana, we're committed to making neuroscience safe, accessible, and easy for everyone. That's why we're so proud to offer our Xen by Neuvana headphones for vagus nerve stimulation!
Developed by a top surgeon and accomplished inventor, Xen by Neuvana headphones are worn like regular headphones connected to a small handheld device. This device then connects with your smartphone via Bluetooth (yes—wireless!). Then, you can operate your Xen headphones via an app on your phone.
You can choose to listen to your favorite music, a vast selection of ambient sounds, and different sensations and waveforms to experience. As you experience these sounds and sensations, your vagus nerve is also stimulated through your left ear!
Ready for a new year and a new you?
You probably wear headphones regularly, so why not try out headphones that can actually promote your well-being and wellness at the same time? If you're ready for a new, calmer, happier, less stressed version of yourself in 2021, Xen by Neuvana could be the key to unlocking that version of yourself.
Whether you're walking to work, doing the dishes, or just relaxing, you can wear and use your Xen by Neuvana headphones, listen to your favorite music, and reap the rewards of vagus nerve stimulation.
Before you decide it sounds too good to be true, we encourage you to try this science-backed solution for yourself! Click here to shop Xen by Neuvana.
(Xen has helped many people but not everyone benefits, and like most products, individual results will vary. That’s why we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied.)
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