The Case for Activating Your Vagus Nerve During the Pandemic

As health writer Markham Heid reports for Elemental, there’s compelling data to suggest that social interaction could calm the immune system and turn down inflammation. He writes:

Everyone has a different threshold for social interaction. But nearly all of us tend to become distressed when cut off from others, and our immune system responds to this distress by ramping up its defenses. A new study in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews finds that social isolation is associated with a rise in inflammation-promoting molecules, including some that are implicated in severe Covid-19. And past research has linked loneliness to poor cellular immune health and increased viral loads during an infection.

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