“Gudrun Jonsson has told me to eat only chicken, fish, veal, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, courgettes, leaks, papaya, pineapple, blueberries, pears and apples. The diet has helped control my irritable bowel syndrome.” –  Choreographer Gillian Lynne

“We all know that stress affects our digestion. For some, it’s butterflies in the tummy (and a quick dash to the nearest loo) but for many others, being on ‘high alert’ causes a sluggish digestion and constipation. Gudrun Jonsson, a qualified biopath who uses the principles of nutrition and homeopathy to treat the whole person, explains that ‘an efficient gut is vital to feeling well.  When we are in stress mode, our bodies prioritise other systems such as the heart and brain, and that can disrupt the smooth passage of food through our bodies.’

One of her patients, Rose, says she has benefited greatly from regular sessions with Gudrun, a leading figure in the nutrition field. ‘I learned that what comes out is just as important as what goes in. Going to the loo regularly makes us feel lighter and healthier – mentally and physically – as it eliminates toxins from the system. So the key is not only to manage stress – Gudrun advised me to lie down and breathe slowly in and out of my stomach, do yoga and meditate – but also to manage my gut.’

Gudrun offers reflexology foot massage as well, focusing on the areas corresponding to the gut. ‘It’s incredibly relaxing, and the next morning, I definitely know my tummy has responded,’ says Rose.” – SARAH STACEY FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY