Grow & Eat Organic For Your Vagus Nerve

Uncovering the surprising benefits of veggies for your vagus nerve...

Did you know that there's a surprising link between the vagus nerve and the cultivation and consumption of organic vegetables? It might seem far-fetched at first, but recent research sheds light on a valid connection, primarily revolving around inflammation.

Over the past decade, a wealth of new studies has emerged, providing insight into these connections that were once relegated to anecdotal wisdom. Fortunately, the field of Integrative Medicine is gaining traction, although more practitioners are needed to fully explore its potential.

Linda Galvad, a student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, USA, is passionate about sharing her knowledge on the benefits of growing and consuming organically grown vegetables through her work at Sought After Seedlings.

The term ‘vagus’ originates from Latin, meaning ‘wandering’, aptly describing the vagus nerve as it meanders throughout the body, linking various organs to the brain. All sensations of discomfort, pressure, temperature changes or pain - essentially, inflammation - are conveyed through this nerve, transmitting crucial information to the brain, which then regulates responses via the vagus nerve. This intricate network extends to vital organs like the heart, lungs, spleen, liver, diaphragm, intestines and the gastrointestinal tract, highlighting the interconnectedness of our bodily systems. 

This underscores the relevance of organic vegetables, as the vagus nerve serves as the conduit to the parasympathetic nervous system. Thus, mitigating inflammation becomes paramount to supporting vagus nerve function.

Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates proclaimed, "All disease begins in the gut," a statement now corroborated by modern science. It's well-established that excessive sugar intake, unhealthy fats, artificial additives, alcohol, meat and processed foods disrupt gut bacteria, leading to dysbiosis and subsequent inflammation.

Gut bacteria communicate with the brain via neurotransmitters, influencing mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. To maintain holistic health, transitioning to a predominantly plant-based diet can be helpful. This doesn't necessarily entail strict vegetarianism or veganism, but prioritising plant-derived foods in one's diet. Opting for fresh, unprocessed and unadulterated fare is key.

While organic produce is increasingly available commercially, ensuring its certification is essential to reap its benefits fully. Homegrown produce, of course, boasts unparalleled nutrient quality, freshness and flavour.

Here's a quick and easy guide to growing your own produce:

  • Choose a sunny growing space, whether it's a garden, patio pots or sunny window sills.
  • Use organic soil, incorporating vermiculite and potting soil for container gardening, ensuring proper drainage.
  • Plant seeds or seedlings according to seasonal suitability.
  • Water diligently, preferably in the morning post-frost.
  • Employ frost fleece in frost-prone areas to protect plants.
  • Implement companion planting to deter pests naturally.



Gilda Galvad is an organic food and sustainability advocate at South After Seedlings. For more information or to get in touch, visit

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