7 Ways to Support the Vagus Nerve and Improve Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

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The vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that activates the parasympathetic nervous system and increases levels of oxytocin and the calming neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Supporting the vagus nerve and thereby improving parasympathetic tone promotes relaxation, sleep, digestion, and healing.

Activating the parasympathetic nervous system dials down the sympathetic nervous system or fight-or-flight response. In that way, the vagus nerve acts as a built-in “stress-reset button.”

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The Pros and Cons of the Hormonal IUD (Mirena, Kyleena, and Skyla)

Mirena hormonal IUDThe hormonal IUD is different from all types of hormonal birth control in that it does not suppress ovulation and therefore can permit natural cycling.

Other benefits of the hormonal IUD are that it dramatically decreases menstrual flow and can relieve symptoms of endometriosis.

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