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8 weeks Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction online

The 8 Weeks Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction online classes are now more than ever essential to start you on a journey towards yourself and your inner self.

“Step-by-Step back to yourself” is a gentle way to go back to yourself and who you are and what you really want to do with your life. This teaching you to make decision with the presence of mind, without the fear and worries of the unconscious mind, or other people worry and fears, that might freeze you in the same place, over and over again.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes can also be done with one to one, face to face or online, by themselves or in combination of other therapist (prices for 121 therapy apply)

8 weeks Online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction meditation classes next class starts on the 04.10.22 at 7pm for 1 hour and half  (Max 15 people) read the contraindications at the end of the page (it is your responsibility to make sure that you are ok at all time while doing the classes). If it becomes too hard to do the group classes you can book the one to one classes.

What Mindfulness will give you is tools to deal with life at any present moment. It brings you “step by step back to yourself”.

This can be combined with craniosacral therapy and NLP tools in private sessions to heal yourself at a deeper level with the support of a professional therapist. Click here to see other therapies available from this Therapist.

Mindfulness meditation can with continuous practice, with classes and at home, get you to being present, moment by moment, in what you do, with your work and your home life with yourself and others. Each person will experience mindfulness meditations in different ways, and they are all valid experiences. This depends on what you need to learn for yourself at any given time.

The 9 attitudes to embrace (By Jon Kabat-Zinn) while doing your mindfulness meditation classes or practices are:

 1. Beginner’s mind. 2. Patience. 3. Letting go 4. Non-judgemental 5. Generosity 6. Gratitude 7. Trust 8. Non-striving (non-doing) 9. Acceptance

Stillness within -Maria Esposito

There is published scientific evidence that mindfulness can assist with:

● Stress reduction

● Clarity and focus

● Greater resilience

● Enhanced creativity

● Improved relationships

● Improved concentration

● Rapport and communication

● Improved health and wellbeing

● Greater confidence and self-esteem

● Ability to have better quality sleep

● Reduced anxiety and depression

● Improved work-life balance

● Greater work satisfaction

● Memory enhancement

● Intuitive ability

● Pain reduction

Also: Resilience – productivity and creativity – emotional intelligence – stress reduction and wellbeing.

Click on the button below to sign up and pay for the classes, you will receive the links to the classes via email. There is no refund for the classes unless you find a substitute for the spot. If you miss one class, you will still receive the link to the meditation and you can share your experiences via email afterwards. You can also attend the missed class in another set of classes of the same topic run in the future (valid for 6 months only). Prices for the 8 classes of hour and 30 minutes is £ 296.00 for the entire course.

click on the button below to sign up for discounted payment if you book before the 1st of October 22 the discounted price is £ 250.00.

Paypal button of normal price, after the early bird discount £ 296.00. (16.4.22 full price applies).

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes online 1 and half hour for 8 weeks, with meditation links of the week and practice weekly.

Once you book your place you will be emailed the 8 weeks links.

Program for the 8 weeks click here to download it. The programme on the day might be different according to the group needs.

IMPORTANT NOTES TO READ FOR EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE GROUP SESSION AND ONE TO ONE

It is your responsibility to make sure that you look after your health and needs at any given time during the classes online and offline.
Contraindication and caution with mindfulness meditation that needs to be forwarded to everyone that wants to participates in the group classes:
Mindfulness is contraindicated for epilepsy sufferer, especially if not under control. Only if they give their written formal consent and take their responsibility with it or a letter from their doctor that they can participate at the classes.
People with Asthma, if as relaxation could trigger an attack, hence only with a letter of consent from their doctor or from themselves and if under control.
Serious psychosis or mental illness, unless referred by their GP. It is your responsibility to be safe and have support at home if you have any serious illness or the above conditions. This class is done online and there is no way of checking that you are ok in person. Thank
Confidentiality agreements. Everything that is shared in the groups needs to remain in the group and it is confidential. Only in cases of legal requirement and if confiding a serious criminal activity that the confidentiality is breached.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher-

Mindfulness Classes online for groups and 121

Step by Step back to yourself

Maria Esposito Copyright

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes can also be done with one to one, face to face or online, by themselves or in combination of other therapist (prices for 121 therapy apply)

Six weeks Online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction meditation classes from 10.1.22 at 7pm 1 hour Max 15 people

  • 8 Weeks Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction meditation starting 11.1.22 online 1 hour and half – click here to read more and book click here to read more and book
  • Mindfulness Meditation day for Therapist only on the 13.3.22 face to face 6.5 hour CPD – £ 90 pounds – Payment via bank transfer: Maria Esposito TSB code 308472 account 24603860 – Places limited to 6 people, COVID rules apply and lateral flow testing prior in the morning or the night before needs to be taken. click here to read more

What Mindfulness will give you is tools to deal with life at any present moment. It brings you “step by step back to yourself”. This can be combined with craniosacral therapy and NLP tools in private sessions to heal yourself at a deeper level with the support of a professional therapist. Click here to see other therapies available from this Therapist. Mindfulness meditation is for being at the present moment and being aware of where you are at with yourself and others. Each person will experience mindfulness meditations in different ways, and they are all valid experiences.

The 9 attitudes to embrace (By Jon Kabat-Zinn) while doing your mindfulness meditation classes or practices are: 1. Beginner’s mind. 2. Patience. 3. Letting go 4. Non-judgemental 5. Generosity 6. Gratitude 7. Trust 8. Non-striving (non-doing) 9. Acceptance

Definition of mindfulness meditation by JKZ is “awareness that arises when we pay attention, on purpose, non-judgmentally’ and the idea of ‘waking up from automatic pilot’.

Without awareness of our body, feelings and emotions, will be more difficult to understand where we are at, at any given moment. Embodiment has a different meaning for everybody.

I would say that embodiment is being and feeling at home in our body. Every little sensation, feeling, of any kind is part of the embodiment state. Everything that we feel, hear, see, notice and know, is because of our body, and when we are at home that is an embodiment of ourselves.

We can also be an embodiment of kindness, or compassion, or an embodiment of love, as described by somebody else. Our embodiment can be our personal journey in life, of what we would value most. Whatever we would like to be and become can be our most authentic embodiment. As I mention before, we can be an embodiment of love, compassion, gentleness, creativity, etc. and that is also being authentic to ourselves.

According to Jon Kabat Zinn description is living our life authentically, realistically, like it matters. Living your truth for now, as the truth can change in time at any moment. Being embody of who we are at this moment, being authentic with our way of thinking, and being at each particular time and moment. Being present as you are, and authentic to being yourself.

Stillness within -Maria Esposito

There is published scientific evidence that mindfulness can assist with:

● Stress reduction

● Clarity and focus

● Greater resilience

● Enhanced creativity

● Improved relationships

● Improved concentration

● Rapport and communication

● Improved health and wellbeing

● Greater confidence and self-esteem

● Ability to have better quality sleep

● Reduced anxiety and depression

● Improved work-life balance

● Greater work satisfaction

● Memory enhancement

● Intuitive ability

● Pain reduction

Also: Resilience – productivity and creativity – emotional intelligence – stress reduction and wellbeing.

Click on the button below to sign up and pay for the classes, you will receive the links to the classes via email.

There is no refund for the classes unless you find a substitute for the spot. If you miss one class, you will still receive the link to the meditation and you can share your experiences via email afterwards. You can also attend the missed class in another set of classes of the same class run in the future (valid for 6 months only). Prices for the six classes is 90 pounds. You need to sign up for all six to participate to the classes

Six weeks mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation program for beginners

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes online 1 hour for 6 weeks for beginners onwards, lead by Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Max for classes 15 people (online)

From Monday 10.1.22 at 7pm for 6 consecutive Mondays

Once you book your place you will be emailed the 6 weeks links.

Program for the 6 weeks click here to download it.

You can re-do the same course of go for the next course of Mindfulness attitudes course of 8 weeks – which is the next one, or the next beginner’s course for mindfulness

Click here for the 8 weeks Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 1 hour and half, online. Price is £ 296.00 – If paid before the 31st of January 2021 is £ 250.00. This course starts on Tuesday 11th of January 2022 for 8 consecutive weeks. If you miss one week for any reasons, you will still be send the practice meditations of the day, and you can email me your experience afterwards, with any feedback from your practice, within the next week.

There is no refund for the classes unless you find a substitute for the spot.

IMPORTANT NOTES TO READ FOR EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE GROUP SESSION AND ONE TO ONE

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are ok at all time when you do the online courses, as is impossible for us to help on online groups.
Contraindication and caution with mindfulness meditation that needs to be forwarded to everyone that wants to participates in the group classes:
Mindfulness is contraindicated for epilepsy sufferer, especially if not under control. Only if they give their written formal consent and take their responsibility with it or a letter from their doctor that they can participate at the classes.
People with Asthma, if as relaxation could trigger an attack, hence only with a letter of consent from their doctor or from themselves and if under control.
Serious psychosis or mental illness, unless referred by their GP.
Confidentiality agreements. Everything that is shared in the groups needs to remain in the group and it is confidential. Only in cases of legal requirement and if confiding a serious criminal activity that is against yourself or others, that the confidentiality is breached.

For one to one therapies and meditations face-to-face COVID19 rules and regulations apply.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher-

This winter we are fighting more colds and flu viruses! what can you do?

This winter we are fighting way more colds and flus. There reason for that, is last winter we were all self-isolating and not mixing up at all. So all the colds and viruses that were not related to COVID 19, this winter are back!

As your immune system did not have any challenges last year, well, guess what, this year has been challenged a lot, so you get one cold after another, as your immune system is now fighting things that is meant to fight!

Children when they start nursery, as you know if you have children, will start getting ill every week, as their immune system start to build up a resistance of soldiers to fight the same colds and viruses over and over again. This is called inner immunity, when you fight something twice, usually the immune system will keep a record of that virus in its memory, so that next time it encounters it, it will know what to do.

Did you know that some inland indigenous tribe can die of the simple cold? That is because their immune system has never encountered it. Now for the elderly and vulnerable people and children, that immunity does not work well, so they need as much help as they can, they are like the indigenous people who have never encountered the cold virus. That is because their immune system does not work as well. Hence all the precaution for the always new variant of the COVID 19, till at least there is a better solution that we have now.

For any other person to strengthen your immunity, or help your immune system to fight well, the solutions is a healthy lifestyle, with extra supplement when needed and nutritious food to get the vitamins and minerals, proteins and fats, as well as carbohydrates, to support your immune system in their fight. It is like feeding your soldier and nourishing them with food and warmth.

In times of illness, also the soul and mind needs that support, before, during and after. Craniosacral therapy resets the body system into balance, by centering your body and mind back to health and allow the breath of life and the energy to run through your body after the illness.

Here is the link for strengthening your immune system click here

COVID19 support during and after to avoid long COVID fatigue and get back to your center click here and more COVID 19 help click here

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness Meditation teacher-

How to reduce your cholesterol with natural products and foods

  • Fibers – increase your green leafy vegetables, such as Cos Lettuce, heart of Romaine, grated carrots, spinach, slightly cooked broccoli and kale, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes; grated raw beetroot, artichokes, porridge. Soaked linseed oils, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, avocadoes. Raw vegetables in general. Garlic and onions, reduce sugar, reduce or eliminate red meat in general, reduce cheese. Reduce alcohol as that will put pressure on your liver and the liver is the one that needs to eliminate the cholesterol from the blood, or make proteins to take out the cholesterol from the blood stream.
  • Supplements: Ginger, turmeric, fish oil or algae oil, linseed oil, red rice yeast extract, liver support such as milk thistle, dandelion, glutathione complex, methylated supplements in general. Artichoke supplements, dandelion supplements, phytosterol in supplements, garlic.

Lifestyle change: walk everyday for at least 30 minutes a day, cycle, swim, run, do any classes that will increase the heart rate a little and uses the muscles. Hiking is also good, as it is in the open and is a slow exercise that can use the fat in the body if is a long distance, eg. 11 miles or so, if you can.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness –

Gilbert’s Syndrome what is it and what you can do about it?

Gilbert’s syndrome (GS)

GS is another possible reason for IBS. If you have this genetic predisposition, it means an enzyme in your liver is genetically lacking or impaired. Bilirubin is formed in the liver by the breakdown of hemoglobin cells, and is an orange-yellow color (commonly known as red blood cell breakdown)

Bilirubin needs to be conjugated with another component in the liver in order to be eliminated wither via urine or feces. If you have this genetic predisposition and you are on a diet that is not appropriate for you, as well as under stress and/or taking any extra medication, then you might get a build-up of bilirubin in the blood stream. If you have GS, then you may notice a yellowing of the white part of your eyes, or in some cases yellowing of the skin. This condition can be worsened by stress, drinking alcohol, eating too much sugar, too much caffeine, chocolate, too many nuts, fried food, junk food, fizzy drinks, having a menstrual cycle, or taking drugs or medications, paracetamol or the contraceptive pill, or any other form of hormones, can all increase your bilirubin level leading to a possible increase of allergies. This condition is usually non-harmful, if is controlled well with the diet and your diet is adjusted appropriately i.e. low in toxins.

It can, however, become a problem if there is an overload of toxins, with an increase jaundice and possibly brain fog. I have this condition in my family and it can become dangerous if not enough attention to the diet and lifestyle is paid. The mild hyperbilirubinemia can have an antioxidant effect, as it is a scavenger of reactive oxygen species. This reduces the oxidative stress in your cells and blood stream, hence reducing damaging of your cell, and vascular cell membrane, hence reducing arteriosclerosis, which is a problem in ischemic heart disease and diabetic vascular complications.  

GS can be diagnosed by a doctor who will test the total unconjugated bilirubin, and if it is high for no other medical reasons, then you know that you have it and if is higher than 25 might be causing your IBS symptoms.

My dietary suggestions with GS are to drink plenty of water (up to 2 liters a day or till your urine is clear in color instead of yellow), eat meals with lipid in that, as that will reduce bilirubin level, as it needs fats or lipid to be excreted. Do not fast for long. Eat something or another every 3 to 4 hours (fish is really good, eggs as well), with plenty of vegetables, olive oil, avocadoes, and glutathione supporting vitamins for the support of the liver detox, as well as take dietary supplements such as probiotics and glutamine to repair your intestinal tract. Sunlight breaks down excess bilirubin from your skin naturally so it is worth getting some sunshine as well.

In people with normal liver detox of bilirubin, sometimes that is achieved by given statins, which will inhibit the glucuronidation liver pathway and hence increase the anti-oxidant effect of mild hyperbilirubinemia

The above has been taken from my book “Clinical experience of Irritable Bowel Syndrome” by Maria Esposito – sold on amazon click here to buy

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET for allergies – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP – Angel Guide Certified – Mindfulness –

Prepare for the winter season in 2021 to support your immune system

Prepare for the winter season and starts your dietary changes and lifestyle now that is appropriate for you.

Start adding different fruits into your diet and change them every week or every day to get what you need into your diet.

Pomegranate by Maria Esposito

Pomegranate benefit

Pomegranate is a tree that originate from several Asian country and now is everywhere in Europe. The ancient Egyptian considered this fruit as a symbol of ambition and prosperity, while now this fruit is considered one of the super fruits. It has been shown in some studies that has antioxidants properties, anti-cancer property. The entire fruit, including the inside bitter peel have therapeutic effect, as well as the flowers, the bark and roots of the tree. It has been shown to be great for postmenopausal symptoms, and has been used for prevention and treatment of various cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, arthritis, especially due to its anti-inflammatory property. The juice also contains minerals such as sodium, potassium calcium, phosphorus, nitrogen and magnesium. The pomegranate leaves contain minerals, anti-oxidant and iron. If you are lucky enough to have the actual tree, you can make a great smoothie that includes the leaves as well.

You can either eat the seeds and inside peel in your breakfast, add the seeds into your salads, juice with a lemon squeeze to get the juice or use it in an all-fruits smoothie (non-dairy, using orange juice freshly squeezed). The latter would be a great way to boost your immune system and prepare for the winter months ahead.

click here to read how else you can support your immune system

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral therapist – NLP practitioner – Certified Angel Guide. MBANT – MCHNC – MNTC – MCSTA

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME and food hypersensitivities, body and mind connection. Over-reaction of the immune system

There is no doubt about it, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a huge problem in our modern life. As much as 10 to 25 per cent of the general population have IBS. 

IBS is found to be:

  • more frequently diagnosed in women than in men,
  • more frequently diagnosed in young people compared to older people
  • more frequently diagnosed in western countries compared with the developing world
  • often associated with emotional stress and is frequently triggered by life changes

IBS is known to be also referred to as spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach and irritable colon.

What is it?

It is a functional gastrointestinal disorder (FGID) which means that the bowel does not work properly without there being an identifiable structural or biochemical cause.

The key point is that the gut becomes abnormally sensitive to its content (visceral hypersensitivity), causing changes in contractions and changes in bowel function. Fortunately enough, you can do things to live with IBS a lot easier and, in some cases eliminate it completely depending on the cause.

IBS does not 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.

What are the typical defining symptoms of IBS? (3):

  • abdominal pain or rumbling
  • meteorism is caused by trapped intestinal gas, (this painful condition is not quite understood) (3). Bacterial decomposition of lactose can increase the amounts of gas, leading to meteorism, intestinal rumbling, flatulence, bloating, diarrhoea or bowel movement immediately after consuming dairy products.
  • nausea, indigestion and loss of appetite (4)
  • flatulence, constipation and diarrhoea [Constipation, diarrhoea  (3).]
  • 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, but it can happen any time depending on the trigger. 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).

IBS diagnosis


In theory IBS diagnosis should be done by the GP after a lot of tests to eliminate any other diseases.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be diagnosed based on at least 12 weeks, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months of abdominal discomfort or pain that has two out of three features:

1. Pain, bloating or discomfort is relieved with defecation; and/or
2. Onset associated with a change in frequency of stool; and/or
3. Onset associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.

Symptoms that (describes the diagnosis of IBS) cumulatively support the diagnosis of IBS are:

  • abnormal stool frequency (may be defined as greater than 3 bowel movements per day and less than 3 bowel movements per week);
  •  abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool);
  • abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation); Passage of mucus;
  • bloating or feeling of abdominal distension

(Courtesy of Rome II Criteria, Degnon Assoc. 2000 © All rights reserved.)

You need specific tests (gastroscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, barium studies or other) when there is unexplained weight loss, blood in stools, fever or an abrupt and continuing change in bowel habit. These are red flags for other bowel conditions.

Possible triggers of IBS

The following are some of the possible triggers that have been connected with the symptoms of IBS:

  • food hypersensitivity or intolerances (1,7)

Food allergy and food sensitivity

The immune system is complex, and there are lots of responses to a specific food, drink or environmental agents. A person can have a response to the allergen from the IgE antibodies which is the common allergic reaction (testing by the doctors), the reaction is very strong such as the peanut reaction, eggs etc.

Most of the IBS triggers is probably due to sensitivity and to other immune antibodies responses then there is the IgG reaction which is a delayed reaction to food or drinks and can affect the gut, skin and brain as well. Still strong it can cause eczema skin itching, low energy, tiredness and fatigue.

There is also the IgA (gut and membrane reaction, localized sometimes to the gut only). IgM reactions, which can be felt up to three days later, can be just a raise in the heartbeat, to gut problems. Most blood tests done on IgE (NHS), IgG, IgM and cellular testing are from private laboratories.

Some people have blood tests and are very disappointed because they receive negative results to the problem. That is why I started using muscle testing, which I found with the elimination test to work pretty good in finding and eliminating the problem. Muscle testing works with the energy pattern of the body and the energy pattern of the food allergen. The allergen is put near the body and if the body energy does not agree with it the muscle becomes weak. The muscle will stay strong when any other non allergic food will be put on the body.

Food intolerances are thought to play a major role in the pathology of IBS. For example, people who are intolerant to lactose have been found to lack the enzyme needed to digest the sugar in dairy products (lactase). This can result in a bacterial fermentation of the sugar, creating an increase in hydrogen gas that may trigger certain IBS symptoms (1,3,5). Many Asians, Africans and Indian races are genetically lacking in the enzyme, so many will have a big problem digesting the lactose. But also as adults our lactase enzyme is enormously reduced, and in some people eliminated completely, which would trigger the IBS symptoms if any dairy would be consumed (yogurt is ok because the sugar in it is digested by the good bacteria).

Dysbiosis

  • Lack of good friendly bacteria or an imbalance in them would trigger IBS symptoms, but also parasite, bacteria and yeast or candida overgrowth would trigger the symptoms.
  • Low acidity in the stomach due to H. Pylory.
  • Low enzyme activity to digest the food (might be due to low or deficiency in enzymes co-factors such as minerals and vitamins).

Emotional problems and stress (2,3 & 7)

  • Psychologically, patients with IBS seem to experience more emotional disorders than non IBS sufferers (2,3).
  • Anxiety neurosis, depression and other psychiatric disorders are most common, although it has yet to be indisputably established whether IBS leads to these disorders, or vice-versa. (3).

Stress

The gut is an important route by which emotion is expressed in the body. If ever you have felt your stomach knot up before a speech, you too know that the brain and digestive tract are holding hands. This constant dialogue is known as the brain-gut axis. Even perfectly healthy people can worry their way to stomach pain, nausea or diarrhoea. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves work together to help cope with stress or reduce stress. The sympathetic nerves are the ones that reduce function in the gut when stressed out (it makes you go to the loo first emptying the content of the gut and then run). The parasympathetic nerves will calm down the gut and make you digest the food better, as well as relax.

A physician won’t find anything wrong but the misery is real enough. It is suggested that patients with IBS have more emotional upset than healthy people or patients with other gastrointestinal diseases and have experienced more traumatic life events and difficult life situations both in adulthood and childhood.

About the brain-gut axis:

The digestive tract is supplied by extrinsic and intrinsic sensory neurons which, together with endocrine and immune cells, form a surveillance network that is essential to gut function. The three players for this are gastrointestinal tract (GIT), central nervous system (CNS) and enteric nervous system (ENS) and they communicate with one another via parasympathetic and sympathetic pathways, each comprising efferent fibres such as cholinergic and noradrenergic, respectively, and afferent sensory fibres required for gut-brain signalling. In a nutshell the brain communicates with the intestinal tract and vice versa, any stress to the gut, the brain feels it and any stress to the brain the gut feels it.

  • The brain-gut axis is relevant not only to normal digestive function but also to abdominal pain and heightened sensitivity to pain.
  • The neural network of the brain, which generates the stress response, is called the Central Stress Circuitry (CSC). It receives input from tissue and organs (somatic and visceral) feedback pathways and also from the organ (visceral) motor cortex. The output of this CSC is called the emotional motor system and includes automatic efferents, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and pain modulatory systems.
  • Severe or long-term stress can induce long-term changes in the stress response (plasticity). Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF = the fight or flight hormone) is a key mediator of the central stress response.

So what does stress actually do to you?

Well the brain, adrenal, pituitary and thymus glands produce more adrenaline and noradreanaline, plus more corticosteroids, which initially are released as part of the coping mechanism and eventually the nutritional supplies are outstripped. In the gut stress increases the intestinal permeability to large antigenic molecules i.e. molecules venture where they should not and thus may evoke an allergic response.

The responses can:

  • lead to mast cell activation and degranulation (i.e. histamine reactions) and colonic mucin depletion (loss of protective barrier)
  • cause a reversal of small bowel water and, electrolyte absorption occurs in response to stress and is mediated cholinergically
  • lead to increased susceptibility to colonic inflammation by lowering the immune system and therefore being more susceptible to parasites and bacteria overgrowth  (Bhatia) 

Inflammation

A small proportion of people develop IBS for the first time after a bout of gastroenteritis, raising speculation that, although the infection clears up, this experience might make the gut more sensitive. In support of this, recent research has shown that the small proportion of people with post-infectious IBS also tends to have a mild, ongoing inflammation of the gut which begs the question, why do some people have persistent bowel symptoms after an attack of gastroenteritis while most others get better?

Research has shown that post-infectious IBS is much more likely if the person was anxious, depressed and was experiencing difficult life situations at the time of the original illness. Psycho-neuro-immunology established that such scenarios lower ones immune response.

 Perhaps ongoing emotional upset creates the nervous tension that maintains a low-grade bowel inflammation. Alternatively, the memory of the bowel upset was recruited by brain-gut connections to express an unresolved life situation. Similar observations have been made for IBS occurring for the first time after hysterectomy. An attack of gastroenteritis or the antibiotics given to treat it can alter the balance of bacteria in the colon, reducing populations of beneficial anaerobic bacteria and encouraging the overgrowth of pathogenic species.

Intestinal infections and inflammation caused by parasites or unfriendly bacteria. These can cause an increase in intestinal mucosal permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome), which allows food and chemicals to enter the blood stream before they are properly digested. This can overload the immune system and cause an increase in the body’s inflammatory response, triggering mucosal sensitivity, abnormal motility and secretory response (8). Dysbiosis (the imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract). Altered bowel flora can be the result of antibiotics, laxatives, diarrhoea or low dietary fibre.

Diet and Lifestyle

Diet can have a strong modifying influence on the symptoms of IBS. Eliminating food intolerances and repair the gut. The most reacting food from big to small are: eggs, wheat, all type of dairy, soya, gluten (rye, barley and oats if not gluten free). Also some people react to animal or food contaminated with the above food. In my experience you can be overreacting to any food, so need to investigate it yourself if you cannot afford a therapist by having a simple diet with few but nutritious food (protein, carbohydrate, vegetables and fruits, fat from animal or vegan). Also eliminating bad bacteria, parasite, can help. This should be tested in order to be eliminated (candida, yeast overgrowth, other bacteria, dysbiosis, etc).

An increase in the intake of water and dietary fibre, mainly from fruit and vegetables, can be quite beneficial, as can a reduction in the consumption of diuretic beverages – tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks (3).

Warning: IBS should be clinically diagnosed by your GP after he or she has conducted a series of tests to eliminate other possible causes of the symptoms. These may include taking a medical history, a physical examination, proctoscopy, a routine blood tests (haemoglobin, sedimentation rate, white cell count, creatinine, aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase) and urinary tests (glucose and protein). A barium enema is obligatory, except in young patients. A gynaecological examination and a lactose tolerance test should also be considered (3).

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) Nutritional therapist NAET practitioner – R-Craniosacral therapist-  NAET practitioner – Certified Angel Guide – Meditation teacher

I deal with over-reaction to food and environmental allergens through the NAET method. I have used this method for more than 14 years and it works for adults, babies and children with eczema and more.

To read more about NAET method and testimonial click here

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Breathing meditation classes

Breathing meditation class on the 11th of October 2021 at 6.30pm

This is a one hour class, with more to come in the future. This particular class will allow you to start getting used to meditation or breathing and being present in the moment. After the class you will feel more relaxed, less anxious, less full of the day work and worries and ready for a full night sleep. The breathing meditation exercise can be done at any time of the day and night if needed. It will teach you to pay attention to your breathing and hence being in the present moment. If you fall asleep during the class is ok too.

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I recommend that the meditation should be done sitting down, rather than lying down as to get used to the breathing exercises. There will be a visualization clearing exercise at the end with the intention of grounding and being present at the moment in time.

Anyone can do this class.

The 1 hour class is on zoom and once you pay via paypal or bank transfer you will receive the link for the zoom. The meditation will run with two or more people that booked.

More meditation classes on the way, including mindfulness classes and 8 weeks mindfulness based meditation for November 2021

There is no refund once you book, but you can attend another meditation of the same kind later. Unless I will cancel the meditation due to only one person booked.

Price is £ 11.00 click on the link below to book your place

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET and Neurolinguistic practitioner – Craniosacral therapist (from pregnancy to babies/children and adults) – Certified Angel Guide – Meditation teacher –

Weight loss and healthy eating with nutritional therapy, and/or craniosacral therapy and NLP

Weight loss and healthy eating with nutritional therapy, and/or craniosacral therapy and NLP to change your taste from sweet tooth and unhealthy eating to healthy eating and healthy lifestyle.

The past two years we have seen a surge of awareness in understanding our health. “We are what we eat” is often used as a reminder that what we put in our bodies, is what the body will use for its fuel. If you eat and drink things that our body cannot use, for any reason, then our body might get ill or sick or dis-eased. Often that leads to :

  • hyperglycemia and then diabetes II, due to food, or
  • obesity, overweight,
  • liver problems, unable to move well and the so-called syndrome X, which is diabetes, overweight, and heart problem.
  • Stress is one of the factors for unhealthy eating.
  • Emotions and feelings are also the most factors for unhealthy eating and drinking. The most emotions that are negative stem from our childhood or beliefs and habits that stem from our childhood, or we picked them up on the way to adulthood through peer pressure and society pressure.

In the tailored session, we look at your diet, your lifestyle and the emotions that drive you to eat unhealthily.

With the combination of dietary changes, exercise that you would like to do or just simple walking exercise, and NLP with craniosacral therapy sessions to remove old patterns and install new positive patterns on how to deal with emotions, when that happens, so that the choices that you make for your own health and life, are positive and rewarding.

For the past 30 years, clients have changed positively the way they saw life and themselves, changing old beliefs and old ways of being. Moving forward to what they really wanted to do in life and being able to succeed.

Click here to read more about my sessions. Invest in your health and your health will be rewarding you with being happier within yourself, being happier as a person with others, your family, your children and friends and life itself!

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET and Neurolinguistic practitioner – Craniosacral therapist (from pregnancy to babies/children and adults) – Certified Angel Guide – Meditation teacher –

Low grade allergies are worse that the allergies you know you have

Low grade allergies are the allergies and sensitivities that you do not know you have. They cause very low inflammation in the body, but still will end up with the possible feelings:

  • Bloating stomach;
  • sneezing at times that the stress level is high;
  • Dry skin areas;
  • Constipation;
  • Tiredness, even when you had a really good sleep;
  • Asthma;
  • Breathing difficulties;
  • Emotional and mental irritation;
  • ADHD (Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder) symptoms like, for children and adults such as low energy, low attention span, on the move all the time, etc. and many more

Testing and treating with NAET method, has been a life changing for many children and adults and it is worth trying it, especially if you have already tried everything else, read the testimonial about the treatments with NAET and craniosacral combined under the testimonial button.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapist – NAET practitioner – R-Craniosacral therapist – Neuro-linguistic programming practitioner – Certified Angel Guide – Meditation teacher