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Probiotics and the Immune system – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

 

I am still amazed at the fact that in England, most doctors still are oblivious to recommend probiotics and multivitamins after they have prescribed antibiotics or after diarrhoea infection of any kind. Doctors in Italy suggested multivitamins to children and adult 30 years ago and at least for the past 10 to 15 years they suggest probiotics to all children and adults after a rotavirus or any other intestinal. It is always amazing at the huge difference of suggestions. I am sure that quite few doctors do know about the benefit of doing so, but I wander if they do not suggest that because they assume that people cannot afford to buy them. I am sure that any person that can or cannot afford to buy the probiotics would want the option of knowing what is best for them regardless of the cost. Here I summarized some of the benefit of taking probiotics with or without infections.

 

Microbacteria are part of our gut ecology and depend on what type of bacteria is more prevalent which can help the immune system or cause problems with it. The lumen of the intestinal tract (the small intestine) has got the most bacteria followed by the colon. The stomach does not have many friendly bacteria as they would be killed by the stomach acid. Most friendly bacteria that are found in the intestine are the Bifido species and the Lactobacillus species. The colonization of the intestinal tract starts from birth and it depends on the health of the baby and the milk given on how much will stay and protect the intestinal tract and therefore help the immune system (some formula now include probiotics and the milk of the mother especially the first few days of life will have colostrum which protect and repair the intestinal tract. Things that would destroy the friendly bacteria includes: antibiotics, diarrhoea, viral diarrhoea, allergies reactions, alcoholic drinks and some medication. Consuming a live yogurt or actimel type yogurt is not enough to repopulate the intestinal tract with the billions of good bacteria that it needs when the intestinal tract ecology is not well balanced.

Several studies have shown the benefit of the probiotics. Some of these benefits are protecting the intestinal tract in the children diarrhoea infection by the rotavirus, some protection after a vaccination in adult volunteers, protection against recurrent inflammatory intestinal disorders (there are still many studies on their way regarding the benefit for Chron’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis). Some reduction of allergies, the IgE count goes down in elderly subject with nasal allergies, reduction in milk hypersensitive infants and adults, reduction in tumour recurrence in adult bladder and many others. The most used strains of probiotics used in the research are the Lactobacillus acidophilus, the Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, and the Lactobacillus casei Shirota, La1 lactobacillus johnsonii and Lactobacillus brevi. The Bifido species are found in the colon section of the intestine in the most used are Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb12, Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 and Bifidobacterium brevisYIT4064.

The best way of getting the proper benefits of the friendly bacteria after antibiotics or for helping the elimination process is to buy one that has got all the different strains (for children there are appropriate ones either in powder of liquid). For adults the combination should be a total of billions of them to be most effective. If there are any intestinal settling when you first take the probiotics, the dosage should be reduced until the intestinal tract is settled. The good probiotics will cost a bit more than the common ones but they are worth it and YOU are worth it….

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One apple a day – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

One apple a day

Almost everyone know the expression ‘one apple a day keeps the doctor away’, even in Italy when I grew up! Being lucky enough to grow up in the countryside in Italy and near the seaside I did not realize then that not everyone had the same fortune of picking up their own fruits and vegetables from their front yard. I remember just going under the tree and picking up the fruits of the season wash eat or clean it and eat it. I don’t think I have ever tasted the same fruit ever again really. Or I still do when I go back to Italy and my parents still pick up pears from the tree for our breakfast. But all fruits have really a good amount of nutrients and vitamins, so why just apples are the ones that are so important or why the expression. I am not sure where it started or when but here are some apple history and qualities:

There are about 25 types of apples and they vary in colour and texture, from green to red. Some are sweet such Red Delicious, Royal Gala (my favourite) to Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Cox Apple, etc.. It seems that the original apple tree comes from Eastern Europe and Southwester Asia. Because of the cultivations and hybridization (is the process of combining different varieties or species of trees and make a new type) there are now many more varieties of apples from the first original apple tree. In the past the apple was thought to keep people forever young. Scientifically the consumption of apples in many studies have show to reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma, type 2 diabetes (as it releases the blood sugar slowly). Here are some of the nutritional benefits of apples. Apples contain high amounts of flavonoids especially quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxidant that protects the integrity of the cell membrane. Our body is formed of millions of cells and the outside of the cell can be under oxidation attack all the time. Quercetin and other antioxidant such as vitamin C, and many more flavonoids found in coloured fruits and vegetables, protect our cells from being destroyed. Quercetin also blocks the inflammatory cascade, which involves quite a lot of the inflammatory disorders such as asthma, arthritis, allergies, etc… Of course you could be allergic to the apple and so in that case you need to find the solutions for that (see my website for treatments). Pectin is another ingredient in apples; pectin can help lower cholesterol levels by improving the intestinal motility and reducing therefore the reuptake of fat and toxins (in few words good for elimination of food waste). One medium whole apple supplies 3 grams of fibres; eating about two apples a day will reduce the cholesterol up to 11 percent. Pectin is good not only to relieve constipation but also diarrhoea (Kaopectate is an over the counter medication for diarrhoea that contains pectin). Nutritionally raw apples contain vitamin C, pectin, fibres, potassium, phytochemicals such as ellagic acid (anti-oxidant) and quercetin. So really when they say that one apple a day keeps the doctor away is quite true but it is also true that many fruits also contain some sort of nutritional value, antioxidants, and fibres and therefore is worth to vary and combine our fruits to get the most of goodness from them. So hopefully the above has convinced you a bit to start eating keeping an apple or two in your lunch box or bag or any other fruits. Fruits salads are really good to have and enjoy!!!!

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Child Constipation – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

Help for a child bowl movements:

          Children can become constipated as a result of holding back stool. They might no want to stop playing to go to the loo. That means that the stool becomes drier and more painful to pass. That will lead to avoid going to the loo because is too painful and etc….

 

Important points:

  1. Make sure that your child drinks up to a litre of water of more per day, throughout the day. Have her/him drink water, herbal tea, very very diluted juices and soups readily available and encourage your child to drink them often.
  2. Increase the fiber in their diet: Simply add a piece of fruit such as banana, apple, orange, pear or prune. The whole fruit provide the most fiber. Give your child a fruit half an hour or an hour before the main meals or 1 hour after her meal.

A dry pitted prune soaked overnight in a glass of water contains extra moisture and is easier to digest. Make sure that is soaked in a 1 glass of water and they drink the juice from that as well as the prune. Vegetables and whole grains are also rich sources of fiber. Beans and lentils very good source of fiber, you can mash or blend them.  Zucchini and cooked spinach as well as cooked broccoli will help.  Green leafy vegetables are full of magnesium and other minerals that will help her constipation. Have them eat one or two of these everyday. Make sure that they eat what vegetables they like as well as the vegetables that are good for her, maybe with an incentive, such as you can have an homemade ice lolly (made from fresh seasonal fruits). Add some Udo’s oil, 1 teaspoon with each meal. That will help soothe their stools as well as providing essential oils for their growth.

  1. Serving warm liquids or hot oatmeal every morning acts gently to stimulate the intestinal tract, in addition to being a fiber provider.
  2. For an overnight relief of constipation, mix ½ cup of prune juice and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup of spring water. Have your child drink this before bedtime.
  3. Give them acidophilus, the recommended dose half an hour before going to bed.
  4. If your child’s stool has an exceptionally foul odor, consider giving them chlorophyll supplements. Chlorophyll is high in trace minerals, especially magnesium and has natural antibacterial properties.
  5. Simmer a half teaspoon of flax seed in two glasses of water for fifteen minutes. Use the liquid to make the oatmeal in the morning.
  6. Massage your child’s lower abdomen for comfort and to help to get things moving.
  7. Gently massage your child’s abdomen, following the natural movement of the intestine which is clockwise. Start in the lower right corner, move up towards the ribs, over to the left side and then down toward the pelvis.
  8. Make sure that your child runs around for 1 hour everyday, this stimulates the elimination system.

 In my clinic also check with the NAET method what the child might be sensitive to that would cause the constipation and work with the Cranio-Sacral therapy as well as nutrition to balance the child system. 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Threapy news

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a gastro-intestinal disorder suffered by an increasing number of people. However, due to its multifactoral aetiology, IBS doesn’t have a single cause or treatment. (3,7). Many people diagnosed with IBS by their GPs are prescribed drugs that treat the symptoms, but unfortunately not the causes. There is, however, a range of non-pharmaceutical solutions that can successfully treat the disorder itself.

The following are typical, defining symptoms of IBS (3):

  • Abdominal pain or rumbling
  • Meteorism  (a bloating sensation often combined with visible distension of the abdomen)
  • Nausea, indigestion and loss of appetite (4)
  • Flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Abnormal stool characteristics (6)
  • Mucus or slime in the stool (4)
  • The sensation of not empting the bowel properly (4)

 

Often, the intensity of the symptoms is most pronounced in the afternoon or evening. Incomplete or faulty digestion may aggravate the symptoms while defecation or passing flatus may provide some relief. The symptoms may come and go over a period of months (3) to buy the paper to read more about irritable bowel syndrome click here or to make an appointment with me.

Copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – NAET – RCraniosacral therapist

Autism, ADD and ADHD – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

meAutism, ADD and ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

I have been reading and interested in kids with Autism, ADD and ADHD since I started my nutritional course, I got a lot of information about the possible cause and mostly the cause is scientific or similar. I always thought that there was a missing link with that and for some reason or another I never wanted to really work too much with them. I never knew why. Many teachers and therapist kept saying that what I do would help them immensely. And I think it would. I had experience with children with allergies and intolerances which I helped getting better. Not since I have done Cranio-Sacral Therapy and after 2 years from the course that I am now understanding what was a possible missing link. Yes the autistic children are very very sensitive, physically with a possible problem with detoxification as well as the intestinal tract being very sensitive to impure food and drink, as well as their environment. Possibly because of that the vaccines are worse for them than any other child. But also they are very sensitive to the energy around them, from the people around them.  In Thai Chi, somebody said please when you describe what is happening in your body; do not describe it just as energy as energy can be different things for different people. So what do I mean for energy around them? Well we all know or mostly of us know that we are made of energy. Our body function because of millions of negative and positive energy (minus and plus) interact with each other in building and destroying cells and cells from what we eat, drink and breath. All the living things around us function because the same energy works with each other. Plants, Animals, trees, flowers, insect etc. With all that, there are emotions energy from people and animals, such as anger feels like hot and nasty and when somebody is angry, somebody else quite often responds either in anger or fear. When somebody is down, upset and depressed, usually the space feels low, down, with very low frequency and quite often everybody else feels that way, unless there is a person with a lot of joy, happiness and bright light energy around them that the entire room feels great again. I am learning about energy around us through my own healing as well. Going back to children with Autism, ADD and ADHD, most of them are very sensitive to the environment and the energy around them. Some are very special and very clever more than we will ever know. Recognizing their sensitivity early in Life before the big vaccination which I think is the last straw before the break it is very important. But even afterwards it is still possible to detoxifying the vaccines and the food/environmental reactions that they have with various methods. Such as using NAET, Cranio-Sacral Therapy (especially if they had a traumatic birth), and nutritional support, which I am qualified to do, but also if all this is not possible, use homeopathic remedy to detoxifying the vaccines, eliminate the most food that are known to affect them such as wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, soy and have them eat as much as they can pure food, freshly cooked. Listen to their needs and what they say it is another important thing. I am reading a brilliant book by Meg Blackburn Losey about the Children of Now, as well as Doreen Virtue, the Indigo Children. They are very good read and a good understanding of our world around us and how it work, which it is not just the physical and material world but more of the interaction with all things and planets around us. I really would love to meet with Brian Cox and measure the energy around us when I am working with a particular client. She has an amazing gift, which is making me understand my own gift. I was trying to go on the Autistic Society in Uk to see if I can help, but I cannot find any centre that does help with Autistic Children in particular that is a charity. And most of help it is just resigning of what the children have, medicate them and close them down. According to Meg Blackburn most Autistic children and ADD, ADHD children are very gifted children, who are very sensitive to the environment but also are not listened to or find it hard to communicate with any other person around them that does not understand them. My very gifted client said that an autistic child at the school where she works talked to her. I believe that the child talked to her because she listens and because the child knows that she is very special and can understand him/her. Not all the autistic children are the gifted ones, some have gone also beyond repair and the physical and emotional damage that was done it is too great to repair, but if taken on time that could have changed or could still change. I am not sure yet if for some will change. But as a mother I would try anything scientifically and not scientifically to understand and help the condition of my child… I know that I am very grateful that I found Cranio-Sacral Therapy when my child was 1 year and half as he had a very traumatic birth and I persisted with the therapy till he got better and he stopped having colds and coughs every few months. I used a lot of homeopathic remedy to help him and not get antibiotics in him all the time. I did not give any more vaccination after the first few as that triggered a lot of problems in his heath. I did not understand much about vaccines and the trigger of that but I was very adamant about the MMR (that was only my choice, as till now I still have disagreement with my ex-husband about giving the MMR to my son). Any choice needs to be done by the parents, and whatever choice is made there can be repair and healing afterwards.

Reference:

Websites:

http://www.autistica.org.uk/

http://www.autism.org.uk/

Books:

Meg Blackburn Losey (2007). The Children of now. New Pages Books. New Jersey.

Damien Downing (2010) . The vitamin cure. Basic Health Publishing Inc. California

Lee Carrol and Jan Tober (1999). The Indigo Children. Hay House. Australia

Lee Carrol and Jan Tober (2009). The Indigo Children 10 years later. Hay House. Australia.

Cranio-sacral/NAET and over-reactions to food and environmental chemicals

meI have read many articles and books on the autistic children. What causes it and what it has helped many families. So far the most that I gather from families and studies is that some babies and children have traumatic births, with a combination of atopic allergic parents as well as digestive problems, and a combination of vaccines. For many babies and children the vaccines are fine and they cope with them quite well. What I noticed with my own experience in clinic and with reading other experiences that the ones with most sensitivity to the emotional, physical and chemical environment, as well as underdeveloped detoxyfing organs and an intestinal tract that is not yet tight enough to filtrer only nutrients needed in the body have developed a form of autism or an overeaction in some way or another. What I found in my clinic is that by supporting the intestinal tract, as well as using NAET and cranio-sacral method now, will support all the systems which in turn improves the condition in some way or another or at least the quality of life. The main foods that adults and children are overreacting are mainly wheat and dairy, but also eggs, and other fruits can be quite severe for some individuals and children. I had a child that was over-reacting to pear juice, which caused the child to have very read lips and mouth, as well as being over irritated with every body else around her. With a Cranio-sacral treatment and the withdraw of the pear juice, the child irritation went down 90% in a week. Juice pear is one example but any food or chemical trigger symptoms in adults or a child.

How to improve your immune system to fight colds – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

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January till March most people get a cold for one reason or another. Food that can help the immune system include garlic, onions, leeks, pumpkins and any of the vegetables will gives help with fighting infections and get your immune system strong. Supplement wise, vitamin C (up to 2000 mg a day or bowel tolerance), zinc, echinecea if taking as soon as you get the cold, aconites same as echinecea, wild oregano is very good for fighting viruses, fungi and bacterial infections, colloidal silver, as well. One extra vitamin that is needed during the winter months, especially in England is vitamin D, as the ray from the sun are stron enought to promote the making of vitamin D through the skin. Vitamin D as well as being involved in the calcium and magensium uptake is also involved in the immune system. Have a good supply of the supplements, support your liver always and intestinal tract with probiotics to avoid getting any bug through the intestine and you should get either much healthier or fight the bugs quicker and faster.

 

Hypoglycaemia – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

meHypoglycaemia is a condition where the blood sugar level goes very low. The condition can cause dizziness, moodiness, irritation, tiredness, foggy heads and among others heart palpitation day and or night. I always knew that I could not go without eating for more than 3 hours, if by chance I do, or I have to wait for dinner, lunch or even breakfast, I become a hungry and angry lion!!. Travelling is the worse time when I am not prepared and the only things that you find is fast releasing sugary foods, which makes things better at first and than I get another dip in my sugar level and I start the lion behaviour again!! Now usually to avoid all that, during the day I keep that under control by eating snacks such as seeds and nuts, as well as apples and pears or mandarins. I had a blood test lately as I was having a raised heart beat at night and not sleeping well. I thought I was under stress and that was the cause of it, but to be in the safe side I thought to have it checked with my doctor anyway. Heart is good, which is a relief. The day I did my blood test, I had breakfast which is oat muesli, with nuts and fruits and yogurt, and two hours later I had my blood test. I had a call in the afternoon from the doctor asking if I was ok. I said yes, of course I was. The reason he called was that he was worried as the blood test showed that I was hypoglycaemic and he thought that I was walking around feeling faint or dizzy. I said I was quite well, as I kept my blood sugar level in control by eating my snacks etc. So I had to repeat the blood test, but as I wanted to think why would I be hypoglycaemic after having a slow releasing breakfast, I said to him that I would repeat the test the week after as I wanted to do something before hand. Well thinking of my habit of eating, during the day I was fine, but I eat quite early at 6pm with my son and than I do not eat anything till the next day at 8am. Now for me, but also for many people suffering from hypoglycaemia, that is a long gap. What I did to see if it worked, I ate nuts with yogurt or some slow sugar releasing fruits such as apple, pear and or mandarins around 9pm and see if that will make a change. As vitamin D in England is not made through the skin as the sun rays are not strong enough, from November till March, I decided to take extra dosage. Vitamin D as well as chromium has a very important role in the insulin metabolism. Well on Monday I repeated the blood test, without the breakfast in the morning as suggested and well, no hypoglycaemia, I was fine. This in a way warned me about the long gap without eating, even from the evening to the mornings. Now, my theory on this episode is that it takes two meals for the blood sugar level to stabilize and therefore is an interesting fact. For me and my colleagues at least is a very important point. Many people do not eat breakfast and sometimes skip even the lunch, which it means that the body stays in red alert for many hours after the first meal. This means that if somebody does not eat breakfast it takes two meals for the blood sugar level to stabilize, that might be a reason why many people feel much more energetic after their evening meals, while they feel tired after lunch. Obviously what you eat for breakfast and lunch is as important as skipping the meals to stabilize the blood sugar level. This is especially important in people with a family history of late diabetes (type II) or even type I diabetes. So having breakfast and not leaving a long gap between one meal and the other is as important as eating the right food!!!

 
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Being tired can put you down – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral therapy news

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Many people are tired nowadays, either they run around too much or try to fit too much in a short period. Also many people wake up already tired. If you are one of the ones that wake up tired, it means that something is not quite right. There are various reasons for that. What I am concentrating on is food that we eat and water that we drink, as well as a possible cause is the liver being sluggish to detoxifying. What I have found that certain foods, and especially sugary foods, wheat, cheese and dairy products can cause water retentions, and also the body to work at a slower rate. Quite often eliminating wheat or reducing it, makes people have more energy during the day and in the morning when they wake. Drinking enough water, which can be between a litre and half to two litres or more, depends if you are working somewhere with air conditioning or heating system, or if you exercise or cycle to work. Dairy and especially cheese, is another food that makes the body sluggish. Try to eliminate some of the food above to see which one gives you more energy and either stay off it for a long time or reduce the amount that you have a day.

Cholesterol not the bad guy – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral Therapy news

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Cholesterol not the bad guy! finally the doctors admitted that after years that nutritional therapist and other therapist have been saying that for ages. Click on the link to have a look:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwkBB2Z6914>