Did you know that you can sing your way to better health?
Singing nurtures the right side of the brain, which governs intuition, imagination, and creativity. Belting out a tune not only improves overall brain and gut health; it simply makes us feel better.
Singing, especially if you do it loudly, can strengthen the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve, A.K.A. the “information highway” is a large nerve that runs between the brain and the digestive organs. If brain health is poor or the brain has suffered damage, the vagus nerve can under-function, which can compromise communication between the gut and the brain. Exercises to strengthen the vagus nerve can be greatly effective in improving this connection and overall function of both the brain and the gut.
Studies also show singing can:
- Release serotonin, the brain chemical that keeps depression at bay
- Lower cortisol
- Release oxytocin, the love and bonding hormone
- Synchronize people’s heartbeats when done communally.
- Release endorphins.
Singing is believed to have evolved in humans to enhance survival by fostering cooperation, building trust and loyalty, transmitting information, and warding off enemies!
You do not have to be good at singing to sing. Everyone’s voice has meaning and purpose, including yours.