Nutritional benefits of bananas –

Nutritional Value of Bananas 

Bananas are the most eaten fruits in the world. They are sweet and simple fruit. Most people believe that they come from a tree however they come from a plant (see picture below). Banana skin can be yellow, purple, black and pink colour, it depends on their ripeness. The banana plant belongs to the same family of the lily and orchid. Hence, they need a tropical or subtropical climate to grow well. Bananas are a great source of nutrients and most people can have them, I have not seen anyone yet to be allergic to it. However, if you are yeast sensitive or have yeast or candida, it might be possible that bananas can feed the yeast, so you might need to avoid them, and also if you have a history of diabetes in your family or have yourself hyperglycaemia or being diagnosed with diabetes, then you need to be careful in eating too many of them or maybe just have them with yogurts or nuts to reduce the sugary burst that they give.

Nutritional value of the bananas

The most common knowledge of nutrient that bananas are an excellent source of is potassium (about 440 mg, 1 mg of sodium), and vitamin B6 as well as vitamin C. Bananas also are a good source of fiber, B2, magnesium, biotic and carbohydrates. Because of low water content, as I mentioned above they have higher sugar content as well as more calorie than any other fruit. Potassium is an essential mineral for the inside of every single cell in the body, and it is essential for the electrolytes in the body, which helps regulate heart function and fluid balance, which in turns regulate the blood pressure. Bananas are also soothing for the intestinal tract as they have a lot of pectin, which is a soluble fiber. Have you ever tried to eat just banana and porridge when you had a stomach flu or any kind of gastroenteritis. Quite often it is very soothing and healing, I would add a bit of honey in there as well which coats the intestinal tract. Again this only if you have no problem with yeast or yeast related conditions and or sugar balance.

Next  Workshops for all at Clear Break, Kentish Town: Limited spaces for all workshops

Do you know how you feel? How integrated are you? on 3 consecutive

  • Mondays from the 31st of July
  • Monday 7th of August
  • Monday 14th of August 2017 from 7pm till 9pm (to book for all three workshops see end of page).

On the 21st of August at 7pm-till 9pm Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A talk on the possible causes, tips on what to try for your individual issues and questions and answers to reduce and eliminate the symptoms. This workshop  will cover:

  • What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
  • What are the possible trigger for IBS?
  • What can you try to reduce or eliminate the IBS symptoms?
  • Questions and answers time for each individual. Click here to book for this workshop

The workshops have limited spaces, once they have been filled there is no chance of attending unless somebody cancel and you can take their place.

(c) copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – Craniosacral therapist

Craniosacral therapy another thought of the magical therapy

I love craniosacral therapy, not just because it brings the unconscious to the conscious mind, which it means you can deal with what stops you being yourself and go for what you are meant to do in life, but also because it is a deep clearing and cleansing of your body, mind and soul. Young people now days seems to have little knowledge on how to behave respectfully towards each other. And also it seems that they might not know the definition of love per se. I am kind of forced to watch love Island with my son, as that is kind of do something together, which I am enjoying. However watching the show I want to go there and start giving advice on how to behave to every one on the Island. Just looking at one of them, that is taking everything so serious, it reminds me of myself and with my experience now, I know that taking every single thing in life too seriously, it means two things, one you need to heal your heart, as there has some heart breaking in the past, either as a child or adult (it does not have not be a major one, it depends on your sensitivity), and two you have closed your heart because of past experiences, which it means joy, fun, love and all the good things cannot come in. Also it means that you are not enjoying life in full as you should be.
This can stem also from a birth trauma or misalignment of the back from birth, which it might not be noticeable at all or from a small fall as a child or adult.
The reason I like craniosacral, because it helps the alignment of the spine and the entire life, inside and outside, connecting yourself to your inner self and connected to other with the same frequency as you. Lifting your life in a more productive and positive way.

How do you feel?  and how integrated are we? The new exciting workshops for all, this might be a one off workshops so worth attending and booking well in advance. 

Workshops dates:
The first one will be Monday the 31st of July at 7.00-9.00pm
The second one is Monday the 7th  at  7.00-9.00pm & the 3rd  one is Monday the 14th at 7.00pm-9.00pm

Irritable Bowel Syndrome workshop for all 21st of August 2017 – 7pm-9pm

Venue London, Clear Break – Kentish Town.
click here to book for the above workshops

© copyright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

Feeling bloating & Irritable Bowel Syndrome & NAET

Many people with irritable bowel syndrome feels bloating all the time. Even if they do not eat they feel like they have eaten an entire melon. Quite often, the person looks like they are 3 months pregnant after a meal. They often have a lot of wind and their stool is either dry, or in pellets or have diarrhoea. It depends what they eat or drink. Many have tried to cut out food before, and not in the right way or not constant. Working with allergies, I have noticed that a lot of people have different food or drink allergens. The reasons why IBS has not a single cause, is because the allergens can be different for each person.

Also it can be a bacteria overgrowth, which causes a lot more gas, or yeast overgrowth, which makes them sensitive to all the sugar and sugary foods, as well as addicted to it as well.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – A two hours workshop run in London on the 21st of August at 7pm-till 9pm

The workshop include:

  • What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
  • What are the possible trigger for IBS?
  • What can you try to reduce or eliminate the IBS symptoms?
  • Nutritional and more tips that you can try to see what works for you.
  • Questions and answers time for each individual

This workshop has limited spaces and you are signed up only if paid in advanced.

Venue:  Clear Break studios (Kentish Town nearest tube station)

2 Patshull Road, London NW5 2LB.

Please check on google map for directions from where ever you come from.

The workshops are a combination of my clinical experience, research and various workshops in varied fields, as well as the thousands of workshops that I have done in all the possible fields to heal and know who we are physically, mentally, chemically and spiritually, after my University degree in Health Science Nutritional Therapy 20 years ago.

To book for the Irritable bowel syndrome workshop please click on the button below £ 25.00

Please notice – There is no refund once you book, however, you can find a substitute for the workshop.

Here is a link to my e-book: Clinical experience of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Gut-Brain axis versus Brain-gut axis.



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For the paperback copy please click here

Illustration copyright (c) Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapist – Craniosacral therapist

Hay fever season and craniosacral therapy

Hay fever season has been there for quite a while and the more I use NAET and CST together, the more I understand that the two are meant to be together. Hay ever is a combination an over reaction to pollen, which it has been around us for millions of years and should be recognized by the body as a non enemy, and therefore not react to it. However many still do, and quite often by working on a possible stress cycle that is on all the time and working on some trapped emotions, that do not want to leave the body and mind, is the key to the successful outcome. The emotions might be trapped into the muscle tissues or cells memory and by working on a possible emotional or physical trauma, that might be reduces or gone completely. Now as a craniosacral therapist and a healer, I also know that we pick up things from our parents from when we are babies to quite later in life. So, some of the trauma, or emotions trapped in our body or mind might be not quite all ours. By working on these hidden emotions, we let go of many more emotions that we did not know we had.
I do not usually have or suffer of hay fever, and as a therapist I am always healing myself, deeply and deeply, so that I can offer more and more help to my client. At times when I know I need to let go of things, and I have not had the time to process them or even acknowledge them, I can sneeze and sneeze like I have suffered of hay fever all my life. Then as soon as I deal with whatever needs to be dealt with, my sneezing goes and I do not sneeze for the entire summer!

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

Events links:

Do you know how you feel? workshops click here

Irritable Bowel Syndrome for everyone workshops and book click here


Zinc and why it is so important in our diet, especially for boys or men

Zinc is one of the most essential minerals in our diet, you do not need a great amount, however, if you are low or deficient then you might need more than the normal quantity to get to the optimum level again. It has been connected to many disorders, including eating disorders and mental wellness, growth, fertility for men and women, and many more that we do not know yet.

The highest source is oysters with 17 to 91 mg per 100g, Crabmeat, down to about 3.8 mg per 100g, liver is up to 3.9 mg, beef and veal similar to liver, eggs is about 1.1 mg per 100g, cheese up to 3.2 mg, legumes cooked very little about 0.6 mg per 100mg, pumpkin seeds is one of the highest after the oysters, is about 7.6mg in 100mg

Zinc in the meat and fish is more bioavailable than from cereals or legumes, it means that it is absorbed better. In pumpkins seeds, if chewed well, it seems to be absorbed well as well.

Zinc functions in the body:

Zinc is an essential mineral for the functions of many enzymes in the body, from 70 to 200 enzymes require zinc functions, including sugar metabolism, lactic acid metabolism and fat metabolism. One of the enzyme that uses zinc is the blood cells and the renal tubule (kidney), one enzyme in the liver uses 4 zinc ions to work at the optimum level, and the enzyme that breaks down alcohol and makes serotonin also uses zinc ions to work at optimum level, as well as the visual cycle and night vision. An enzyme secreted by the pancreas for digestion of protein uses zinc, and zinc deficiency reduces this activity.

One of the other major part of zinc is being essential for the cell antioxidant enzyme that reduces the free radicals. Also, our DNA and RNA uses zinc for their transcript and work,

The above are only few of zinc essential work, there are about 200 and more. Especially if you are vegetarian or pregnant is essential that you either take extra zinc or eat the available sources of zinc in your diet as mentioned above.

Adults needs about 15 mg a day of zinc, if you are pregnant a bit more and children up to 12 needs between 6 to 12 mg, above 12 is the adult size.

I say that boys and men needs it a bit more, because sperm needs more zinc to be made.

Groff J. L., & Gropper S. S. (3rd ed, 1999). Advanced nutrition and human metabolism. Wadsworth. Australia

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

Events links:

Do you know how you feel? workshops click here

Irritable Bowel Syndrome for everyone workshops and book click here

Lowering your cholesterol with Globe artichokes

Superfood: Globe Artichoke, benefit for the liver and elimination of fat soluble toxins

I would consider Globe artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke as a superfood. I am going to talk about the Globe artichoke as I am a bit biased with this vegetable, as I love it and I am Italian, which makes me a bit biased towards it as in Italy we use this vegetable a lot. Artichoke was considered a vegetable for the Emperor and the wealthy at the Roman times, as it was one of the most expensive vegetable (Murray). The benefit of this vegetable is a long list, the most of them are all connected to the liver and detox of fat soluble toxins through the stools.

It is a good non-soluble fibre to have, as the friendly bacteria will use what you do not eat and make fuel for the intestinal cells to repair its lining. The bitter taste of the vegetable is a stimulant for the liver.

In Italy, it has been converted to a liquor, so it has two benefits there, you can use it as a acholic drink, if you like that, and you can help the digestion of your heavy fatty meal. Many Italians use this liquor almost every day.

Now as usual when something is good and there are lots of studies proving that is good, the science and the pharmaceutical companies takes it and decide that it is their property. There are many scientific papers showing the benefit of the artichoke vegetables and supplements in regenerating the liver cells as well. As you know it is important for the liver cells to be healthy and have fuel to regenerate as well.

The liver is one of the most important organ in our body, after the heart. Without the liver detoxing everything from inside and from outside of your body (through the intestine), you would be a body full of rubbish and oxidation. Your body would be in a mess in a nutshell!

Now the scientific bits and why is artichoke so good for you:

The Latin name of the vegetable is Cynara scolymus (Murray).

Nutritional Benefits:

Globe artichoke is full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre. A great combination for a whole around healthy food. The nutrients that it contains are:

  • Minerals such as: Magnesium, chromium, potassium and manganese.
  • Good source of vitamin C, flavonoids and other antioxidants.
  • Good source of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin’s, thiamine, folic acid, biotin.
  • Vitamin A
  • A medium size Globe artichoke provides about 4.2 g of protein, 11.2 g of carbohydrate and about 5.4 g of fibres!

The beneficial amount of fibre that is recommended to eat is about 100 to 170g of fibre per day. This can be achieved with eating few artichokes, plus about 3 to 5 fruits, and some other green leafy vegetables, this can include beetroots as well.

The benefit of dietary fibre are (Murray):

  • They decrease intestinal transit time (This is the time that the food goes from the mouth to the anus, is greatly reduces, which it means that toxins are eliminated quickly and not reabsorbed into the blood stream due to a longer transit time or constipation).
  • Fermentation of dietary fibre by the intestinal friendly bacteria produces 3 types of short chain fatty acids: Proprionic, butyric and acetic acid. The butyric acid is used by the colon cells to repair. Propionate and Acetate are transported directly to the liver and used for energy production.
  • Increase satiety (which it means you do not get angry straight after your meals)
  • Increase pancreatic secretion (digestive juice and enzymes to digest your food properly)
  • Increase stool weight (cellulose find in the leaf of artichoke, are water-insoluble fibres, which increase water in stools, or hold more water, hence easily eliminated, as well as getting rid of fat soluble toxins, including old hormones, faster).
  • Decrease serum lipid (lower the excess cholesterol and other lipids that needs to be excreted)
  • More soluble bile (so prevention of gall bladder stones)

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Craniosacral therapy for stabilizing your life

CST is an amazing tool to stabilize your life in general. People say that they do not know how it works but it does, even though during the session some can feel their body adjusting and moving, while changes and blockages are addressed. I know how it works, and how much our own body is well capable of healing itself if given the chance. 

My theory is that our spine is middle point of our energetic field or our physical body, I include the middle of the head and the middle of the legs (or between our legs) with an imaginary flexible but strong rod. When that rod sway from one side to another or back and forward because of life circumstances, such as strong emotions, old or new physical and mental trauma, then the grounding and the stability of that rod is challenged and we can see it through our surrounding life or feel it through pain in our body. Sometimes, if you have learned how to stabilize yourself, that rod gets back to the middle line very quickly, and sometimes the rod gets stuck in one position or another, and unable to move, which it means, you get stuck in your lives and not able to move or change anything. When it manifests itself in physical pain, you might try the physical therapist to get rid of it, and it comes back over and over again, even though there is nothing seriously wrong with it. That is because there is a blockage there, emotional/mental or otherwise that needs to be acknowledged and let go. 

With CST, what we do, is free that blockage and stabilize the rod in the centre of the body again, so that your life is back to normal, with possible few changes. Life does throw challenges at us all the time, and it is a normal way of living, it is the you deal with them and how fast you get back to the centre, that is important. So, what CST teaches you is to get back to normality quicker and stronger. 

If feels like we are doing magic when you have the treatments and afterwards your life gets a much easier and more stable, however, it is not magic and it does not go away for ever, unless you change the way you see life in general and keep stabilizing yourself with the suggestions that come up during the sessions.

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

Craniosacral therapy – Nutrition for babies and children integration – reducing trauma & allergies

We see trauma, emotional and physical trauma all the time, as adults we get scared and brave and scared again. We usually have an up and down emotions all the time, especially at a time that you know you might not be able to protect your children or yourself sometimes. However what we can do is heal ourselves from fear, pain, sorrow or physical and emotional misunderstanding or beliefs that do not longer help us. With babies and children being very sensitive to their surrounding world, being able to deal with life and life circumstances in a more relaxed way, helps your babies and children deal with life much better. When a baby is born through a traumatic way such as C section or outside forces, then the fear is there for a while, also because the parents got more scared than the baby, and they keep that fear inside them, even though it does not show from the outside.

For children is the same, when they get older, then the parents fear of not protecting them enough, or teaching them enough or knowing enough to protect their children, might lead the relationship with your child to the other way. Instead of installing confidence and less fear, they get a bit more fearful.

We just have to remind ourselves as parents that before the modern life, we lived in caves with wild animal around us, and we learned to survive and live and build a bigger society.

My point is, certain things before were not considered too stressful, while now, even the smaller things are considered stress for the brain and mind. So lets start your baby and child life with the best nutrition and the best relaxed way possible to the world, by giving a CST treatment to your baby and children and yourself you will start the process of giving them confidence that you are able to do what you need to protect them withing your own control.

You are already a brilliant parent, if you think that you are not, as your concern will lead you to your own growth as a parent, giving the best you can to your children!

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

Clinical practice workshop for Craniosacral therapist – Integration of the Whole System

New Clinical practice workshop.

CST clinical practice for integration of the body mind and soul. Working with your higher self and connection to the Angels and their colours.

This is a workshop practical for a minimum of two therapist and a max of three.

3 and half hours primary CPD as it is all practical.

You can book separately or together.

This is for post graduate only and for therapists who wants to explore the deeper connection with their higher self and soul and working with Higher Being.

The choice of work depends on the therapists and their own Higher selves and ready gift. This can be used with clients who also are very gifted, to support their journey and helping them to reach their full potential.

Each therapist will have a full session of dealing with their own issues and healing them of any restriction that they have.

We work on integrating the soul, which can reveal your full potential as a craniosacral therapist and therapist in general.

The workshop will be lead my me and during the sessions I will put my input and my experience in working at the highest level, with the physical, mind and soul all involved.

This is run only with a minimum of two or 3 therapist and the workshops needs to be booked at least 3 weeks in advanced and paid in full when booked.

The time is  10.30am to and only on available days. Excluded are weekends and bank holidays and Wednesdays.

This is an invaluable opportunity for any CST therapist who would like to discover more of what they are able to do if asking for the right help.

It will run from my home N15 6HA London full address will be given at the booking.

Booking in advance only via bank transfer, check paid 3 weeks in advance. The cost for the 3 and half hours for each therapist is £ 70.00.

Payment via bank transfer: Maria Esposito TSB  code 308472 account 24603860 or cheque (email Maria Esposito if want to make the payment in this way).

Craniosacral therapy for chronic fatigue, anxiety and panic attack

Chronic fatigue has got a lot of triggers, the main one is the continuous stress put on the body, either emotionally or physically. This happens when the stress response is not never switched off, either from exams fear and anxiety from childhood or from University, and then going into a busy work, with a lot of busy lives, where there is no time to rest or even to think about what is happening around you. Including enjoying your life as it is.

The stress response is on, even if you do not know it is. It keeps going on and on, till the adrenals, which are the glands who support the stress cascade, gives up and runs out of resources. This can be due to emotional stress response for little things in life to big problems, leading to anxiety and eventually panic attack.

CST works to resettle the body in a normal state of balance, in a more relaxed mode, most of the time, so that the body can deal with healing, fighting viruses and bacteria, and repairing the body so that it works in perfect order for your busy life. CST makes you see life from a different angle so that you can enjoy it more. It makes you slow down so that you can see the scenery and allow yourself to rest while you are still in full mode.