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Solving the Puzzle with Dr. Datis Kharrazian

Episode 19: The vagus nerve and gut health

Season 1, Ep. 19

In this video, Dr. Kharrazian explains how the vagus nerve affects digestion and other aspects of gut health, factors that can compromise vagus function, and the best ways to strengthen your vagus nerve . Not all vagal exercises are alike and you want to use the most effective ones. Dr. Kharrazian has worked with many patients over the years whose gut health was significantly compromised from poor vagal tone, particularly those impacted by brain injury.

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