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.
Next time your mind feels a little sluggish, hum your favorite tune. The vocal cords are connected to the vagus nerve, a key communication pathway linking the brain and other parts of the body (like the heart, lungs and stomach). Humming creates vibrations that stimulate the nerve, which spurs the release of acetylcholine, a compound that quickly clears away brain fog to sharpen thinking. For an even stronger vibration (and bigger mental boost), open and close your mouth while humming your favorite Motown song.