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It has been known for decades that stress is one of the causes of indigestion but, recent studies has indicated that the process is a sword that cuts both directions. This means that poor digestion too can cause stress and depression. Researchers from Stanford University, who have been working on this, had realized that 15%-20% of people with recurrent pain and discomfort in their upper abdominal are more likely to be anxious and depressed and that their digestive problems started earlier than their stress and depression.


How does indigestion cause stress and depression?

Research has indicated that in many cases, stress and depression occur together with autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal problems. Cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes are also contributing factors. These facts made researchers conclude that depression may be a symptom of indigestion. Researchers have further argued that your guts are your second brain that is created with the same issues that created the brain during the gestation period.


The guts contain thousands of neurotransmitters, serotonin, that is associated with control of mood. The brain and the guts are very well interconnected by the vagus nerve, a nerve that runs from the brain to all internal body organs. Prof Pankaj Pasricha of Stanford University School of Medicine argues the guts have their own relatively independent nervous system making communication between the brain of an adult and his guts very elaborate and bidirectional. This causes the guts to signal any changes in the gut directly to the brain

It is further important to understand that there are gut bacteria in your body. These bacteria are very active and are integrated body parts. They are however dependent on diet and highly affected by one’s lifestyle. They are affected and severely compromised if one takes large quantities some foods such as processed foods and sweetened drinks as these processed foods destroy the body’s healthy microflora. All kinds of sugars, on the other hand, feed on bacteria and yeast and promote indigestion.


How to Boost Mood and Reduce Stress

To boost one’s moods and reduce stress, it is paramount to check on the food you eat. There are certain foods that help in maintaining healthy guts and subsequently reduce stress. Fermented foods offer the best solution for digestive problems. Some of the health ones you can choose from include lassi (an Indian yoghurt), fermented unpasteurized grass-fed milk, pickled fermentation of eggplant, cabbage onions, squash, etc. Animal-based omega 3 fats are also believed to help in the regulation of inflammatory response and process as well as reducing stress. Vitamin D and vitamin D 3 supplements can also be used.

Various digestive enzymes help in relieving indigestion hence improving mental health. These enzymes break down food so that it can be absorbed in the intestines. A correct diet such as reduced legume will help in restoring your enzymes for optimum digestion. These digestive enzymes are also available in the market and can be bought and taken if nothing else seems to work.



Indigestion is a serious issue in many people. It has over time denied them comfort and in many unknowingly made them develop stress and depression. It should be very easy to control if you know what causes it. The tips provided here on foods that help relieve will further help to give you a better digestive and psychological health.