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What is the vagus nerve's role in lung health?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
One of the key players in lung health is the vagus nerve. When the lung expands during normal shallow breathing, that stimulates the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve then sends a message to the brain to constrict the bronchi, making breathing more difficult. That's really one of the reasons why deep breathing helps, uh, deep breathing. Meditation functionally serves to physiologically cut the vagus, so it disrupts the feedback loop of bronchial constriction, allowing you to breathe easier.
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