Sometimes your gut can reflect how you are feeling emotionally. If you're stressed or anxious this can make your gut slow down or speed up. For healthy digestion, you need to have plenty of fibre, and fluid and exercise regularly.
Healthy gut foods include fruits, vegetables and whole grains, beans, pulses, live yoghurt and other probiotics.
It might take your gut time to get used to a new eating pattern, so make changes slowly to give yourself time to adjust.
If you're feeling stressed and you think it is affecting your gut, try some
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it will give you a quick burst of energy, but then may make you feel anxious and depressed, disturb your sleep (especially if you have it before bed), or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.
Caffeine is in: tea, coffee, chocolate, cola and other manufactured energy drinks.
If you drink tea, coffee or cola, try switching to decaffeinated versions.
You might feel noticeably better quite quickly if you drink less caffeine or avoid it altogether.
Eating the right fats
Your brain needs fatty acids (such as omega-3 and -6) to keep it working well. So rather than avoiding all fats, it's important to eat the right ones.
Healthy fats are found in oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive and sunflower oils, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin), avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs.
Try to avoid anything which lists 'trans fats' or 'partially hydrogenated oils in the list of ingredients (such as some shop-bought cakes and biscuits). They can be tempting when you're feeling low, but this kind of fat isn't good for your mood or your physical health in the long run.