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Taste buds – Why does our taste change over time and why do we reject certain foods, even babies?

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Sensory taste buds on the tongue

Our sense of taste is a chemical sense. Our few primary taste buds are: sour, sweet, bitter, salty, fat and umami (meat or savoury foods. Umami is believed to arise from the taste receptors of mono-sodium glutamate, which is usually naturally present in many foods, itis higher in fermented foods, and is added to other foods as well as some crisps, and Chinese food). Any other flavours that we taste is from the combination of our primary food taste.

Olfactory sense (from your nose)
is much stronger than the taste buds, so smelling some of the foods can
stimulates more receptors and hunger than the taste itself. Olfactory does have
an impact on your taste buds more than the tasting itself. When you have hay-fever
allergies or a cold, your taste buds are still ok, but the olfactory ones are
not and therefore you cannot taste much because of the that.

On our tongue more than 10.000
taste buds are at a young age. Some taste buds are found also on the back of
the tongue, the throat and epiglottis. The number of our taste buds does go
down with age, that is probably why in elderly age, people can eat bland food
and be ok with it.

Each taste buds contains about 50
gustatory receptor cells. Each gustatory receptor cell changes completely after
10 days. So, if you change your diet and reduce salt or sugar in your diet,
your taste will change completely after about 10 days and if you carry on with the
no sugar, no salt, you might feel that any salty or sugary food that was ok
before, it is no longer tasty or want to eat it. I think that is amazing and
empowering for anyone that wants to change their diet.

It is the same for fat taste and
the umami taste which include eating lots of the food with high natural glutamate
or mono-sodium Glutamate, such as crisps, fermented foods, etc.

Glutamate high food without the sodium is found naturally in seaweed,
shitake mushroom, peas, tomatoes, corn and red grapes. In some people the
mono-sodium glutamate in high consumption can have a negative effect on their
concentration and energy, with other it I am theorizing that if they eat a lot
of the food containing glutamate because they are vegetarian and they add a lot
of salt on them, it could increase their mono-sodium glutamate and still cause
a negative reaction, like they are eating a Chinese meal with high added MSG.
Something to notice if that happens and you know that you cannot eat Chinese
food because of the MSG that is added, it can be in your food as well!

How do the taste buds work?

When food enters our mouth, various
chemical pathway will be activated according to what you are eating. Once
particular receptors and pathway is activated and stimulated, the taste
sensation goes to a part of the brain called Cerebral cortex which is the
primary gustatory area.

All this via certain nerves calledcranial nerve, which include the facial nerve, the glossopharyngeal nerve andthe vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the nerve also that is essential for yourdigestions, your relaxation and sleeping as well. If you are under stress orthe stress hormones and pathway is stimulated then the vagus nerve for thedigestion and relaxation is not working as the two cannot be on together (readon the fight and flight blog for more explanation about this by clicking here).In a way the brain says if you are fighting or running you cannot stop andtaste food! That for me makes perfect sense!). The cranial nerves take thetaste of the food that you are eating to the part of the brain calledhypothalamus, thalamus and limbic system.

People who have an aversion towards a particular taste or food,
might have a negative conscious connection to that food. For example, sweet
foods can evoke reaction to pleasure or disgust, same as bitter food even in
new born babies.

This mechanism is primitive
mechanism due to the brain learning which food is good for the body and which
one upset the digestive system. This mechanism has been in our human body since
our creation, for survival. This is what kept humans alive for so long, and animal
too, so that they can pass the genetic memory of food that can be eaten and
food that cannot. Usually if you let your child decide what they want to eat
and what they want to avoid, they will choose food that is good for them and
avoid others that they feel upsets their digestive system, since an early age.

So in a nutshell, next time you
taste something and you cannot stand it, start thinking if it is a negative
memory from your childhood that has been created from your memory cell or you it
is good for you to avoid that particular food because your body is telling you
that is not good for your digestive system!

Most of all work with your body
to make sure that you eat what is good for you in particular!

Reference:

  1. Hartley I.E. et al (2019). Umami
    as an “Alimentary” Taste. A new Perspective on taste classification.

    Nutrients; Jan 16;11(1).
  2. Tortora G. J. & B. H. Derrickson
    (2009). Principle of Anatomy and
    Physiology
    (12th ed. Volume 1). John Wiley & Sons, Pte Ltd;
    Asia.

What is good for the flu and throat infection?

Well obviously, if you have a bacteria infection natural
things might be a bit too slow and the infection can get too fast into the
lungs you need to see your doctor. For a prevention of getting too much out of
hand or to heal it without medical intervention or getting to a medical
intervention, then the following advice is worth following:

  • Sprays that I usually use for myself and that worked in many occasions, are:

1) The natural medical herbs that I used as
a spray is echinacea and sage throat spray from Vogel, which soothe the throat
and clears the nose as well.

2) Sometimes I use the saline sprays in the nose and mouth;

3) Colloidal silver spray is another good
antiseptic that works.

Vitamins that I used:

  • The usual vitamin C powder or good quality vitamin
    C up to 3000 mg or more (make sure that you drink plenty of water with this
    during the day)
  • Zinc up to 3o mg a day till I feel better
  • Ginger root, making teas with freshly squeezed
    lemon and honey.
  • Chicken soups if you are not vegetarian or vegetable
    soups with lots of onions, garlic and ginger and a bit of chilly as well to
    warm you up with either a water bottle or cuddle up in bed warm if you do not
    have a fever.

There is a possibility that if you have it big, or a proper
flu, what you need is sleep, drink with the vitamin C and the sprays above or a
combination of them. And plenty of hot teas and water, as the appetite might be
down due to the immune system dealing with what is the priority and the blood
rushing everywhere to get the immune system there and dealing with the
infection.

If you have a very high fever, please do deal with it in the
appropriate manner, sometimes cold pure alcohol compresses on the elbow and
behind the neck will bring the fever down, but might go up during the night so
keep something to keep the fever down well. If you start having joint inflammation
at least for the first 24 hours get it down in whatever way you can. Then carry
on with the more natural way possible.

I think energetically the body might be in need of rest from
work, if you have a busy work, or from social events if you are very social.

Sometimes there is an overload of energy that you do not
need and therefore the body needs to get it out of its system in some way or
another. Your mind might be wondering all over with a lot of the things that
you need to do or want to do and never done it and feels clutter with rubbish.

So, a flu might be your body way of communicating with yourself
and letting you know that you need to de-clutter and create space for new
things to come or even new people to come into your life.

Even though it is not spring, think of your flu and cold as
a spring cleaning and for the preparation for new and exciting things to come
about! I know it is hard to think of a cold as a positive thing, and you can
only try it and see what happens if you do!

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET –
R-Craniosacral Therapist

Detox for the New Year 2019

Happy New Year everyone!

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Now that the holidays are gone and the over drinking and eating is done, you wish you did less drinking and eating by looking at the scale or when the clothes do not fit anymore. So what can you do. 

As everybody else I had the lovely Italian food and cakes over Christmas and New Year and especially the wonderful “tirami su” that my relatives made, and of course the usual “panettone”. How could I have resisted when it was hand made with a lot of dark chocolate covering the outside and the inside with some hazelnuts! Who could resist if they loved chocolate! So yes, haime’ the needle of the scale did go up a bit, and my digestive system and my liver did feel it, even without the drinking as I do not drink. It un-balance me too much to drink, like probably everybody else.

Now, when I was back, the only thing that I had to do to detox and get back to normal is stop eating sugary food, adding any salt to any of my food as usual, eat much, much less, drink about 2 liters of water a day and walk my dog as usual for about 1 hour a day. And the detox is done. I feel much better already! Now being a nutritionist of course I added the friendly bacteria to reset by intestinal tract ecosystem, took some liver detox such as L-glutathione, which is more specific for me, but mostly it is for everybody, you can add some artichoke either in food or capsules to help with the fatty food digestion and breaking down, and reduce the possible higher cholesterol, milk thistles, bitter greens such as chicory, radicchio, rocket salad and eat more fish or vegetarian food such as beans and lentils (of course I reduce completely the pasta and pasta dishes which are everyday dish in Italy). Eat plenty of raw salad, and more vegetables as well and about 2 kilos are already gone in almost a week. Mostly is excess water retention from the salt, but it is ok. I am back to my healthy eating and my healthy self. Of course I also reduce the coffee from 2 to 1 a day as my usual cup and drinking more herbal teas such as ginger and lemon or detox tea then usual. You will lose weight without effort. Of course if you drink you do need to give up alcohol for at least a month to detox completely. No options there. 

Enjoy Life! Remember you are what you eat and drink!

Copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ileocecal, Houston valve, pyloric valve and more. What craniosacral therapy do to re-balance them

Copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome might be also casued by the pyloric valve, ileocecal valve or Houston valve being over active. What craniosacral Therapy – NAET and Nutrition can do to re-balance your intestinal tract into health. 

Well not many people know that we have valves all over our intestinal tract to keep the food or waste going back into the mouth, and going ahead towards breaking it down, absorbing and let it go of the waste. There are about 3 or 4 main valve that are essential for the work and all of them are supplied and controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system, the system that is usually on when you are relaxed and off when you are stressed out. When you are stressed out or your body is in a stress mode system, then all the valve shuts down as, your body is prepared to run or fight mode, so you cannot digest your food if you are fighting or running. The valves are open when you are in the parasympathetic mode, which is when your food is broken down, absorbed and eliminated.

Now with all the modern work, which most of the time is very stressful and many people either eat at the desk, do not chew enough, or rush eating so that they can go back to work, the digestive system and might include also some of the valve, might be either closed when you eat or open while you are rushing your food as there is a back up of food because you did not give yourself enough time to sit down, chew your food and do your job in a more relaxed and chilled way. Yes I know you are thinking, that is impossible to do, but you can still rush around, do your job and finish it well by telling your body that you are not in danger, that nobody is going to kill you (really) if something is not finished on time or if you do your job with a different attitude and the world really is not going to end!

So, you can still work without the stress and the fears that you are telling yourself, or your boss is telling you. If everyone around you is shouting than imagine an imaginary ball of protection around you, where all the anger, frustration and annoyance from other people bounce out and transmute into love and only love and loving thoughts and words can enter your little ball of protection. Just try it for a while and see what happens.

More of the physical things that you can do before eating your food and after is breathing from your diaphragm by raising your belly when you breathe in and pushing the belly in when you breathe out. Do that about 3 or 4 times before you eat and you put your mind in a completely different mood and system, so that you can digest and absorb your food.

Now going back to what the valves are in your digestive tract:

  • The first one is the pyloric valve. This valve is between the stomach and the small intestine, and what it does is allow the food and a bit of acid from the stomach to enter the first part of the small intestine, which is a more neutral and lower in acid part of the intestine. One a certain amount as entered then the valve usually should shut down, and the food start being digested and being pushed into the further part of the small intestine, where the digestive enzymes are going to meet up with the bile salt and start breaking down the food further and get pushed down and up and down and transverse towards the colon. When this valve does not shut properly, because either the valve is getting a bit less elastic or because you have eaten a lot of food and the stomach is so full that is pushing the valve open, then the acid from the stomach goes into the small intestine and start burning and or goes up where another valve, the oesophageal valve is situated, and starts burning your throat (that is what happens to babies sometimes when their system is on stress and danger mode).
  • The second valve that is essential for the digestion and your entire health is the ileocecal valve which is the valve that is between the small intestine and the large intestine, so that the waste and bacteria from the large intestine does not go into the small intestine. If the valve is shut, then you get problems with constipation, dry poo, or bloating and pain on the right side of your lower abdomen, near where the appendix is. Now if the valve is open because either you have had constipation for a long time and the colon is full of poo, then the valve cannot shut and the waste and bacteria go back to the small intestine causing problems and inflammation.
  • The last valve but not least is the Houston valve. This valve is essential for you to control when you go to the loo or if you are busy or there is no loo around then you can control it, shut it and then when you are ready you can go. Now if you had constipation for a long time, or if there is less elasticity or control then this valve can cause mucus into the stool or worse, leak poo. Also, this is not a proper valve but 3 folds of rectal muscle that is elastic and keeps you as I mentioned to hold your stools or let them go when you are ready.

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Free 1 hour craniosacral therapy for babies on the 12th of May 2019

Healing Baby Trauma:

Craniosacral Therapy

for Babies free 1-hour treatment for your baby!

SUNDAY 12th of May 2019

2.30pm- 3.30pm

If you or anyone that you know have a baby from 2 weeks to 7 months old you can receive a free 1-hour treatment for your baby on this workshop.

Or you know somebody that is pregnant now and will have a baby of the above age on the 12th of May 2019.

Your baby will be seen by qualified craniosacral therapists. If you are interested please contact me on the email below or the phone number as soon as possible.

Only people who contact me can attend this workshop. I would need some information before your baby can have the treatment.

If you would like to know more about craniosacral therapy (CST) treatments for babies please have a look at my website.

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist – www.nutritionhealth.net email: esposito_m@yahoo.co.uk – Tel. 07956662954 –

Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle but powerful therapy. Babies love the treatment and connect to it very well (there is no manipulation of any kind). Any type of trauma from minor to bigger can be relieved with one or two treatments. Things that CST can work on:

  • Colic’s which are very frequent in babies
  • Traumatic birth (C-section- Forceps – Ventouse, very fast birth, et)
  • Frequency of throwing up the milk
  • Sleeping better and more peacefully
  • You gain a stronger connection with mother and babies (the mother needs to be treated as well as the baby for both reflux and connection with the baby)
  • Other problems that have been helped with treatment with CST are:
  • Teething
  • Coughing
  • Frequent colds for the babies, Toddlers and children

Early booking for this workshop is advised as numbers are limited.

Venue: Hornsey Vale Community Centre. 90 Mayfield Road, London N8 9LP Non-restricted parking outside the Centre and surrounding streets on Week-ends.

Circle of life, pregnancy, babies, adults – Craniosacral treatments for all to have a successful life and life journey

Craniosacral therapy, why is so amazing and why try it, if you have not tried it yet, or have your baby have the experience of it?

Craniosacral Therapy is one of the only treatments that can be done on babies as it is very gentle, the baby recognizes it as such and has a major powerful positive effect, physically and emotionally on the baby. This goes from the emotions that are not recognized by the standard medical professional or anyone yet, to the physical movements that are so small in a child but so obstructive to the body that is growing fast. In a very easy way to describe is when the baby either cries too much or is very passive almost dormant, the treatment will re-balance their state of mind and body. They might have a reflux problem or constant colic due to either a minor restriction of the skull or the stress/danger response on all the time. These issues might not be acknowledged by the normal conventional treatments but they can be detrimental for the baby and the mother. As a constant crying baby can have a toll on the mother as well, as they might feel that they have done something wrong as their friends’ baby is absolutely fine, they sleep, eat, and smile when they are feeding or are very content, while their own child is screaming all the time, might even scream when they are hungry or try to feed. As I mentioned before the cycle of life, the baby cries and the mother cries with them. The father might also be getting upset because they feel they cannot help enough and therefore either they try to avoid the situation all together or feel inadequate for the task. This can also put a strain on the relationship. Now remember that the baby is doing what is meant to be doing, is screaming and crying to let you know that something is not quite right with them. So, bear that in mind. Also, they might get anti-acid because the doctor sees that acid is coming up and therefore cause pain to the child, that would decrease their acidity and might also cause more problems to digest their milk protein, so there is more colic or wind and the cry continues. Sometimes the child just needs some lactase to digest the milk sugar as they have not developed their digestive system well enough. The mother might not drink enough water, if they are breastfeeding and the child might get denser milk but also gets constipated.

Now the doctor says that for a child not pooing for 10 days might be normal! Can you believe that! How would you feel if you are constipated for 10 days (hopefully as an adult you do not)? Well I know I would feel like I do not want to eat as I feel bloated, probably full of gas and not good at all!

Now for the adult who never had craniosacral therapy as a baby, and they had a traumatic birth (C-section, long birth, forceps, ventouse, etc), or traumatic childhood, or even just a very controlled childhood, where they could not express themselves as per parenting strict rules, which was pretty much the way parents were years ago, as they were coming out of the war and they were on a survival mode. For all the above adults, it is almost essential to have a CST, to work with the unconscious mind and body to get things out in the open and deal with them. Also if you feel that you had a physical trauma, either you fell from a cycle, or a motorcycle, or had a car accident, it is worth to adjust your own body system so that can be back to their center and you can get to your own original path in life. Things that you always wanted to do, but cannot seem to do them for one reason or another. Whatever the issue is, physical or emotional, craniosacral therapy could be your treatments to move forward in your life, personally and professionally.

 

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergens reduction or elimination – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Selenium deficiency due to a mild or severe fatty live

Selenium is a micronutrient that has few function in our body.

  • One is to support the Thyroid conversion so that we make tyroxine for our metabolism to function well.
  • It is part of the biggest detox protein compound which is called Glutathione Pyroxidase. This anti-oxidant, it is a powerful detoxifier of drugs, hormones and other toxins in our body. It is essential for our body to be healthy and our cells to be functioning well.
  • The liver also makes protein which are called selenoprotein, which the above anti-oxidant is part of, they need selenium to be made.

Now the liver converts one form of selenium called selenomethionine to another form called selenide so that it can be used for the function in the body that is supposed to be used.

In somebody with a non-alcoholic or alcoholic fatty liver, this step of transformation does not happen as it gets blocked or it is limited.

Even with a big intake of selenomethionine or selenium in our food, this transformation still does not happen.

One research showed that taking the already transformed selenium such as selenate, there is an increase in Glutathione Peroxidase, which indicates that the body has a blocked selenium transformation pathway. This study (1) had people taking the normal form of selenium and the selenate form and by testing the people with fatty liver before and after, it was shown that with the selenate, people had a higher amount of Glutathione Peroxidase in their plasma that their placebo group.

This study (1) showed that in some people with fatty liver there might be a chance that they end up with a deficiency in selenium depended protein and therefore detox of harmful toxins in the body and cells, which could result in more problems in the body. As the toxins if not eliminated can stay within the body cells and cause more damage to the tissues, leading to possible painful joints and muscles. Selenium is also essential for the normal functioning of the Thyroid.

There are many nutrients that are needed in our diet to work well in our body and sometimes if something is not working well it is good to think of what else is blocking the health of the body.

It might be as simple as taking an available form of a nutrient and maybe addressing the health of the liver with supporting liver food or nutrients and changing the diet to a more appropriate one for you.

Brazil nuts are rich in selenium and 1 nut or two a day is enough for a normal liver.

 

Reference:

  1. Burk F. R. et al. (2015). Selenium deficiency occurs in some patients with moderate-to-severe cirrhosis and can be corrected by administration of selenate but not selenomethionine: a randomized controlled trial1–3. Am J Clin Nutr. 02:1126–33.

 

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Do you know your baby’s cry? New Mothers and craniosacral therapy

For the new mothers out there, just a gentle reminder to understand that their baby cry for a reason. It is good they they cry to communicate what they need to tell you. If they never cry, one you might not know his way of communicating that something is not quite right. So do remember to learn your baby way of communication. If they had a traumatic birth they might be crying a bit more than the usual simple communication. In that case have at least two to 3 sessions of craniosacral therapy. CST is probably the only one that can be used on babies and it is safe, gentle and powerful all at once.

Meanwhile, learn what kind of cry your baby has with each different time. Do you know their hunger cry? or I want a cuddle cry? or I am wet and dirty cry? or I am in pain and I do not like cry? By the time they are 6 months old, you as a mother will know your baby pretty well and you will know when something is not quite right and when things are just simple and easy such as a need for food, or for a sleep. Remember also that you might need a rest and to be gentle to yourself as well. As a mother you have the inner instinct that will go up during pregnancy and afterwards as well, and in order for you to be vigilant you do need to take care of yourself as well as the baby!

 

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Brain and Heart connection with a more confident and happy baby through craniosacral therapy

Babies are connecting very much to their mothers, what the mother feels, the babies will feel.

If the mother is stressed out during pregnancy the baby will be too, even after they are born.

If the mother listens to relaxing music during the day or any other time in the evening, then those relaxing hormones will be around more often, which it means that the baby is more relaxed than ever when they come out.

Also, babies do feel their parents love through touch on the belly, through words, singing, talking. As voices and words are made of frequency and tonality, the baby will recognize that once they are born. I mentioned in my past blogs that if you read the same book to the baby during pregnancy, the baby will recognise that book once they are born.

Once the baby is born, the brain or neurons have not yet developed, they will be developing up to 2 years of age and then completely up to 5 years of age.

It seems that the most important factor in a healthy brain, is love and connection with love. Or mainly a good positive connection with the mother or father or any other loving family member.

Did you know that the physical heart is also considered the compassionate brain?

The reason why is that the heart is made of 60 % neurons and they are all connecting to the brain, specifically to the pre-frontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is the brain that connects to the world around us and the one that is connecting to more feeling good.

So if the baby up to 5 years old is well connecting with the mother and anybody else around them with love and compassion and positive interactions, then their lives will be connecting very much to positive life patterns filled with confidence and love for themselves and others.

My point is, if you and the baby had a traumatic pregnancy or birth/labour then is good to rebalance that with a sense of security and peace through craniosacral therapy for the baby and the mother!

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – R-Craniosacral Therapist

Craniosacral therapy and NLP similarity

Recently I have been to an NLP training course again, just because I like it and because there are few tools that I would like to use from them. Every time I do a workshop in NLP I can see clearly how similar is to craniosacral therapy. Neuro linguistic programming, for who ever is unfamiliar with NLP, is a method that can change the way you perceive the world or it gets rid of some phobias. Again, very similar to NAET method that I use and CST. The common things that these therapies have with each other is working with the unconscious mind very much so that the conscious mind can be aware of any feelings, negative or positive, trauma, and patterns that the body and mind have, so that the person can deal with them in a logical way and get on with their lives. CST involves the body system and not only the unconscious mind but they are both very powerful therapies. I know and I think my clients know by now that our mind is a very powerful tool, it can either heal us or kill us! A part from physical trauma, quite often our mind can cause our own illness, and it is our own mind that can heal that illness if we give it a chance. Some disorders or diseases are genetic and not part of our minds of course, and my opinion is what trigger that negative gene? Again, this is not for every disease or disorders and it is not for everything that we have or catch. I think, maybe 20 to 50% of the illness comes from our mind, the rest is from other causes.

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral therapist

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