EP 27: The Vagus Nerve and Your Body's Natural Ability to Heal with Dr. Navaz Habib


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Lots of people are talking about the vagus nerve, but do you know just how many of your body’s organs and functions it interacts with?

In this episode, I'm talking with Dr. Navaz Habib, author of Activate Your Vagus Nerve: Unleash Your Body’s Natural Ability to Heal.

Dr. Habib explains beautifully what the vagus nerve is and why it's so important for optimum health.

He gives us an overview of the anatomy and primary functions of the vagus nerve, including its major role in afferent communication–sending information from many of your major organs back to the brain–and the role of that communication in mental health and beyond.

Dr. Habib also breaks down four primary types of stressors that impact vagal function, and what you can do to support this essential component of your health.

Dr. Navaz Habib is the founder of Health Upgraded, an online functional medicine and health optimization clinic.

He works with high-performance professionals, athletes, and entrepreneurs who want to experience optimal health, feel the way their bodies were meant to feel, allowing them to have a greater impact and serve more people.

Having gone through his own personal experiences with poor health and weight struggles, Dr. Habib is well-equipped to identify root causes of health imbalances and to implement personalized recommendations to address them naturally.

By activating the vagus nerve, we can optimize our productivity, focus our energy levels, and experience the effects of upgraded health.

Listen to the full episode to hear:

  • Why Dr. Habib calls your vagus nerve a “thriving nerve,” not a surviving nerve
  • The vagus nerve’s central role in your mental health
  • The four types of stressors that impact vagus nerve function and your health
  • Simple, do-it-yourself steps you can take today to improve your vagal tone

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