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Urgent! Is Bad Digestion Crushing Your Mood? 9 Tummy Tips

Bubble Yum: I’m bubble Gum! Friends Forever!
Turkey leg: Gross! he’s stuck to me… Get it off!
Carrots: Why are you still here?
Caption: The lingering effects of Bad Digestion

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It’s been seven days since many Tom the turkeys came out the ovens.  All the turkey you could eat and with all the fixings and pie… And well, you know what you ate (or didn’t).  And what you have been picking on all week long.  Some foods take up to 5 days to “clear our system” – yes, I’m talking about evacuating the exit area; you know stage left–out the old drainage pipe!  Yet, during these weeks I am sure many of you, like myself, might of had friends in from out of town or spent time with family.

This can lead to stressful and emotional eating!  Especially if it’s family…UGG!  But since I was doing most of the cooking, I got to make semi-healthy meals. Eggplant roll-ups (it’s like eggplant parmigiana, but you slice eggplant long then roll the eggplant. Filling it with ricotta cheese, spinach.)  The results can be the same:::STRESS:::!!! Well, I have news for you.

Tis the seasons for stress.  Oh, while we are talking about stress: did you know? The better we digest food – even food not necessarily good for us – BUT the better our digestion system is working…the better we can handle stress, anxiety and even Depression, Bipolar and other mental labels.

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While our diet is very important to our physical health, it also has a grip on our our mental health…as you can see from the following Psych Central Bloggers:


9 Tummy Tips for Better Digestion

Try the following 9 digestive tips recommended by ¹Dr. Steven Lamm:

Don’t feel alone if you experience tummy troubles. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, over 95 million Americans suffer from poor digestion.† GERD and constipation are the top two most common outpatient care diagnoses among adults, and children under age 15  experience digestive issues as frequently as adults ages 65 years and older.‡

Proof of this is seen in the multi-billion dollar digestive aid industry and on the shelves of your local pharmacy—stacked high with antacids, laxatives, fiber products, and more. The problem is endemic. Why?

The major culprit is our modern cooked diet which destroys the natural enzymes found in raw foods that aid in digestion.

      1. Urgent! Is Bad Digestion Crushing Your Mood? 9 Tummy Tipproduct containing a full spectrum blend of the four key enzymes, including protease to digest protein, amylase to digest carbohydrates, lipase to digest fats, and cellulase to digest fiber.

One of the symptoms of bipolar is not a “Bad Digestion” per se, no it not, but dealing with guilt and shame that is, and that can lead to tummy issues.


  • †Common GI Problems: Volume 1.”The American College of Gastroenterology. The American College of Gastroenterology, n.d. Web. 30 Jul. 2010 <>.
  • ‡National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) (3-year average, 2003–2005), and Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample (HCUP NIS)
    • Steven Lamm, M.D. is a faculty member at New York University School of Medicine, and the Director of Men’s Health for NYU Medical Center.  He is known to millions from his appearances on ABC-TV’s The View. His book, No Guts, No Glory: The Gut Solution—The core of Your Total Wellness, describes why “the absence of illness doesn’t mean you’re well.”  Dr. Lamm’s simple step-by-step program will help you live a healthier, more vibrant life.


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Urgent! Is Bad Digestion Crushing Your Mood? 9 Tummy Tips

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2016). Urgent! Is Bad Digestion Crushing Your Mood? 9 Tummy Tips. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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