The vagus nerve connects your brain to many organs throughout the body, including the heart, lungs and stomach. Stimulating this all-important nerve has been shown to help treat a wide variety of health conditions, including depression, anxiety and GI distress. The nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat, so it’s easy to give it a little loving care – and settle an anxious stomach – by singing, humming, chanting or gargling for 45 seconds.
An easy way to ward off fatigue that tends to set in during the fall and winter: Season your favorite savory dishes with seaweed flakes instead of table salt. This low-sodium pick provides salty flavor and plenty of thyroid-nourishing iodine, which helps increase energy within 30 minutes. Another plus: It boasts appetite-suppressing soluble fiber to thwart cravings, and it’s terrific on poultry, vegetables, salad or even popcorn. Tip: To preserve its beneficial enzymes, add the flakes after cooking. One to try: Maine Coast Dulse Granules (SeaVeg.com).