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Why having and healthy gut microbe from birth is important for the rest of the child life.

Why having and healthy gut microbe from birth is important for the rest of the child life and in adults too.

You have a narrow window where the good microbe needs to colonize the intestinal tract, if that goes then the fate of the health of the child might be set. This is according to studies; however, I think you can change the entire colony, with the dietary healthy choices, a set of positive healthy mind affirmation and attitude to life and healing the old patterns!

According to the latest research, the intestinal bacteria and the ecosystem of each of them can drive the behaviour of the babies and children in their adulthood.  Our intestinal tract ecosystem is essential for health. I know that any disruption to the intestinal barrier and protection can lead to major diseases and disorders. This can be combined with slow detox from the liver that is genetically compromised. Many also do not know how well or badly their liver detoxifies which it means when they consume a lot of toxins they might get rid of it quickly or very slowly. This includes their own internal hormones.

In many latest studies the intestinal microbes shape the human behaviour. According to the Cochrane collective research of Dinan (1) there is a bidirectional communication between the gut microbes and the brain which happens via one of the cranial nerves that is essential for the digestive system to work well and also for relaxing the entire body and mind. This is called the vagus nerve. According to his research, he found that this nerve acts also as anti-inflammatory. So, if you are under a lot of stress and your stress mode from the sympathetic division is on, you will have a lot of inflammation caused by higher histamine level and also by the stress process. This stress mode can be activated in children and babies too, depends on what shock and trauma they had from birth, which might be minimal for an adult but big for a baby.

In order for the inflammation to go down, for the immune system to do his job and get rid of any viral infection that are on your way, the parasympathetic division the vagus nerve needs to be on. In a nutshell you need to have more relaxed mind and healthy gut microbe if you want to be healthy for a long time.

The reason why there is this big connection with the brain and the gut microbe is that many of the good gut microbes rely on the activity of the vagal nerve to be functioning well and stay alive, or to communicate with each other for their activity. It seems also that the immune system is also influenced directly by the good friendly bacteria. This connection of the brain, immune system and gut is very much influenced by the so called “Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal axis (HPA)”, which communicate with each other during the stress response by releasing hormones that can shut down part of the immune system.  The reason that the probiotics, including the Bifidobacterium infantis from birth, helps with the brain activity, is because bacteria release certain metabolites that in turn are used by either the intestinal tract for its cellular repair or for the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain which includes dopamine, serotonin precursors such as 5HTP and many more.

How that is circulated back to the brain it is not quite clear yet, but it seems that certain nutrients go through the blood brain barrier and therefore into the needed neurons and brain cells.

In babies, as far as we know the infant intestinal [read more…]

Women power today and Mother’s Day on Sunday

Today is women day and on Sunday in London is mother’s day. My thought on today theme is to thank every single woman from the past and present who have made a difference for themselves and other women. All the women that have empowered themselves with kindness, compassion, care for themselves and others, becomes strong and not tough towards themselves and others and made and still make our present world kinder to live in. For the women that are still struggling to get to this point because they have given the power to their fears and the fears of others, I would say stay positive because there is Light at the end of the tunnel and it is beautiful and Bright.

For the mothers on Sunday, I would say thank you to our mothers and their mothers and the mothers before that, because they paved the way for our generation to be free of the fears and for the mothers that are still struggling with that, again just remember that there is power inside you, you are worth your own healing, you are doing well and your child and children are doing well if you are reading this, as that puts you a step ahead of anybody else. Be kind to yourself, be strong with kindness, compassion, gentleness and love for yourself and your children and pave the way for them to be the same!

Blessing to everyone mothers, fathers and children, women, men and everybody else.

Give the gift of a lifetime to yourself as a mother or somebody else through craniosacral Therapy!

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

Potassium – What is the importance of this mineral

I have talked about salt in my previous blog and now I would like to talk about potassium as it is an essential mineral that works very close to sodium in the body as well as other minerals. Around 270 mg of potassium that we ingest is found inside the cell. This is an intracellular mineral, while sodium is extracellular mineral mainly. Potassium affects the contractility of the smooth, skeletal and cardiac muscles and deeply influences the excitability of nerve tissues. Potassium also deals with the maintains of electrolytes and pH balance.

The balance between sodium (NA) and potassium (K+) occurs though the kidneys. Usually a hormone called aldosterone is released from the adrenals to reabsorb sodium and eliminate potassium.

Hyperkalemia, which is abnormally high serum potassium is toxic to the body, it can result I sever cardiac arrhythmias and even cardiac arrest. It is very hard to produce hyperkalemia by dietary means in an individual with normal circulation and renal function. This is because the body control system keeps it in a very narrow concentration range. Hypokalemia causes muscular weakness, nervous irritability, mental disorientation, which can result from profound alimentary fluid loss such as sweating or severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

Contrary to sodium, potassium keeps the calcium in the body instead of eliminate it from the body, which is a good thing. Too much sodium in your diet means that you might get osteoporosis eventually, as well as all the other problems that comes with high salt and sugar diet.

Low potassium is very rarely seen as potassium is found in many foods. It is found high in fruits, especially bananas, blueberry, and any other berry, many vegetables such as potatoes, spinach, dark leafy vegetables, and fresh meats. Many salt substitutes contain high potassium.

It is best to ingest potassium through fresh food choices such as fruits and vegetables which also might help with people with hypertension (high blood pressure). Usually potassium is checked to make sure that the individual renal function is fine and to monitor also the electrolytes.

Reference:

Groff J. L. & Gropper S. S. (3rd ed) 1999. “Advanced Nutrition and human Metabolism”. Wadsmorth UK.

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

Vaccinate or not vaccinate a baby, what to do? What solution do you have available whatever you decide?

Most new parents are frightened to decide one way or another what is the best thing to do for their children. They need to live with the consequences of their choices either way. What also if one parent wants to vaccinate and the other does not?

I do not want to get into a debate or suggest that vaccines are always bad for children and babies, as I read articles of doctors fighting to save lives in the 3rd world country with polio vaccines and in certain condition it is essential that the babies are vaccinated against it.

Some babies also being bottle fed might have less of their mother immunity to fight off big virulent viruses so quite often the doctors are worried about the mass number of children rather than just the few that could end up with problems.

Now, I always say to my son that there is a solution for everything. I mean it, there is always a solution for everything. If you feel that your child is too sensitive to everything and you are breastfeeding, choose either to delay the vaccines till they older and their immune system is much stronger, if you are still breastfeeding when you vaccinate them that is even better. The reason for that is that babies’ liver genetically sometimes and sometimes because they are quite small, are not equipped to detoxifying much of the toxins put in the vaccines. Also, because the vaccines go directly into the blood stream they might bypass the normal immune defence that the body has got.

If you have a baby that is bottle fed for any reason or another, and you feel that you want to vaccinate at the time that the doctors suggest, that is ok too, you can either use homeopathy before and after the vaccines to reduce the ill effect of the vaccines but strengthen the good effect of it. Or you can have a NAET treatment and a craniosacral treatment before and after to reduce again the toxins effect of the vaccines. If the parents baby or the baby him/herself suffer from various allergies, then it is worth to do the homeopathic remedy and the NAET and the craniosacral treatment as it will reduce the damage that any possible histamine reaction to the vaccines might occur. Now none of the above as been scientifically proven to work, this is my opinion and my experience with the more sensitive babies and children and with my own son.

With my own son, I have done it all, delay the vaccines while breastfeeding, used homeopathic remedy, did the NAET on him and craniosacral therapy. He still did react to the 2nd injection of Polio, diphtheria and ended up in hospital with a possible intussusception (the inversion of one portion of the intestine within another, which can occur from 3 months till 6 years of age). His intestinal tract immune system reacted so strongly to the polio vaccines that the intestine got a bit stuck. [read more…]

Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Treatment and craniosacral therapy to heal your body and mind

I have been using NAET for testing and desensitize food and environmental over-reaction for the past 7 years. For the once that do not know, here what it is and how the person who used it first developed it:

The theoretical basis of the method is a combination of knowledge derived from allopathic medicine, oriental medicine and acupuncture or acupressure (as I use) chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Dr Devi Nambudripad’s simple definition of an allergy is as follows: An allergy is an adverse physical, physiological, and/or psychological response of an individual towards one or more substances also known as allergens. My interpretation is more of over-reaction from the Immune System.  These substances are usually harmless, well tolerated or even useful for most people. Dr Nambudripad’s approach is the same for full-blown allergies involving the release of immunoglobulin type E (IgE-mediated reactions) in the body, and for intolerance, sensitivities and hypersensitivities (non-IgE mediated reactions). I work mainly with the other antibodies reaction that causes delayed reaction up to 72 hours after contact with them and or masked reaction. I use her technique for diagnoses and treatments of the over reactions to balance the immune system to its normal self. If we apply the fundamental thoughts of oriental medical theory, which asserts that everything on earth is surrounded by an electromagnetic field, this “adverse response” can be defined as “an energy imbalance (in the body) caused by the clash between two or more incompatible energies”. This conflict creates energy blockages in the meridians (energy pathways), and accumulated blockages can cause various complaints and pathological conditions. These incompatible energies or energy imbalances are considered synonymous with “allergies” in the context of the NAET method. Read more about the method on NAET website on the link on my website right hand side.

I use the combination of NAET and Cranio-Sacral Therapy now, which it gives the extra balance between the body, the mind and the emotional cells. There are lots of research and studies regarding the connection between the body and mind and specifically the mind and the intestinal tract. The mind can affect the intestinal tract and the intestinal tract can affect the mind. Serotonin receptors, which are the receptors that make us happy or unhappy, are found in the intestinal tract as well. Using the combination of NAET Nutrition and Cranio-sacral therapy, I had a higher success rate from before, for the reduction of Irritable bowel Syndrome and reduction in the severity of the food and environmental reactions. Read some of the testimonial on my website.

I have summarized my clinical experience in the following book: Clinical experience of Irritable Bowel Syndrome click here to buy it on amazon.

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

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) versus Salt. What is the difference?

Monosodium glutamate why some people might be having negative symtpoms to it?

Glutamic Acid and monosodium glutamate. Is an active neurotransmitter. It is an active neuroexcitatory substance present in the central nervous system of vertebrates. Among the other having the same neurotransmitter activity are aspartic acid and y-amino butyric acid (GABA). In the brain glutamate is the precursor of GABA, a very important inhibitor transmitter. Monosodium glutamate is made from this amino acid and used in many Asian cooking and some Western foods, such as vegetables stock. Some old research on monosodium glutamate injected in animals and humans caused some anatomical lesions in the hypothalamus (the gland that deals with most of our involuntary response). Now there are not many proof on the same effect through dietary consumption alone, apart from the possible allergic reaction to it leading to the so called “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. The symptoms are headache, lightheaded and tightening felling in the face. I have of dietary. I have had these symtpoms once when I went with some friends to a Chinese restaurant few years ago. They had [read more…]

Grounding and Healing Tools for Craniosacral Therapists and Reiki therapists

Grounding and Healing Tools for Craniosacral Therapists (6 Hours Primary CPD)  run by  Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R- Nutritional Therapist – R- Craniosacral Therapist

(Sunday 28th of April 2019  10am to 5.30pm) (payments, see at the end of the page)

Practical and theoretical workshop.

After a successful workshop, we are pleased to announced the new date for our next one (see above).

The workshop aim is to make the Therapists more grounded as well as teaching simple tools for our own clients, understand why we and others  might be ungrounded and work towards healing ourselves and others. This in our experience leads to a successful practice as well as safeguarding your own health and well-being.
The aim of the workshop is to give more knowledge to the therapists about grounding, healing and protecting themselves and their client.

  • Introduction to different grounding techniques, including how to deepen your own grounding, and tools to pass on to our clients.
  • Overview of chakras including their relevance in CST; how to use healing techniques to clear, cleanse, protect and balance themselves.  Again can be helpful tool to give clients to work with between sessions.
  • Using the chakras to close down, desensitize and protect the human energy field, and their environment, therapy room and couch etc.
  • Group discussion of unusual experiences, such as sensing or picking up information about the client empathically.
  • Clients who are having unusual experiences and how to work with them.
  • About 4 hours practical on tables and off table.

Here some of the comments from therapists who attended our workshops:

“It was a very helpful and though my energies are quite low at the moment it gave me tools to help myself. Invaluable!”

“It was a fantastic workshop ran by fantastic and amazing teachers! Thank you for such a wonderful day!”

“Very enjoyable and informative course. The grounding tips and actual tips for it. Hearing other people’s experiences”

“Beautifully paced and presented course, with very useful applicable information. A wonderful blend of practical and esoteric! You make great teachers team. Thank you”

“Thank you so much for opening up and exploring this discourse. I feel like I have some good tools (more like an arsenal) to protect myself and continue my work as a CST.”

“I had been doing those things but no where near enough times. I learnt that I would quickly become un-grounded where I presumed it would last all day! Thank you, great course, I would recommend it to others.”

“A wide ranging of practical day and I found the whole experience spiritual uplifting. I really enjoyed both of you calling on your experiences. Thank you!

Maria Esposito attending many healing workshops with trusted and experienced healers who have themselves between 10 and 40 years experiences on the subjects. The experiences have been an essential part of why this workshop was developed. This workshop is only the first step towards your journey as an individual therapist and as in a group.

Each workshop will be different according to the therapists attending the workshops.

Post-graduate workshop, however students are welcome if at the last stage of their course.

Lead Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R- Nutritional Therapist and  R-CST

Price £ 85.00 paid in advanced. Deadline for booking this workshop is 10th of March 2018.

Payment via bank transfer: Maria Esposito TSB  code 308472 account 24603860 or cheque (email Maria Esposito on the above emails if making payments in this way). 

Payments via paypal click on the button below (any problem contact Maria Esposito)


Place is only confirmed if paid in full. *Refund policy apply.
In case of an emergency the money can be used for attending future workshops. (only for this year)

*Refund policy: There is no refund unless there is a waiting list or you supply a substitute for the workshop you booked.

Venue: Diorama Arts Studios, 201 Drummond Street, Regent’s Place, London, NW1 3FE

Workshop copyrights © Maria Esposito BSc RCST 

Understanding your unconscious mind

I have been doing some Neuro Linguistic programming (NLP), just to get a bit more on the understanding of how our mind works. I came lately to the conclusion that NAET and Craniosacral works a bit like NLP. All of them reset the brain to recognize whatever food or allergen you have on your hand, as self, and not a big enemy such as the allergy is.

In NLP when you deal with a phobia or a fear it makes you see it as an old thing that does not have any value anymore. Craniosacral therapy works with the unconscious mind as well, making you see that a shock or a trauma, even as a baby, that might be keeping you stuck in a loop, might not be as bad as you thought at that time, as you see it in another way, and therefore, what felt like a big deal, it is seen it as something that can be accepted as it was and let it go. With every small or big trauma there is always some emotions attached to it, once that emotion comes to the awareness of the person, then the past can be forgiven and let go. Most of these fears and concerns are probably all unconscious.  These emotions or thoughts have been stored in your mind or body and most of the time have been forgotten. They only reappear when something similar comes about, and your reaction can be the same as in the past, without you knowing the real reason. This can be an exaggerating reaction to whatever you are dealing with, making you feel anxious or even have a panic attack. For example, if in the past you felt very stressed out and you decide on that day to take the underground and have a work meeting, which turned out to be disaster, then the next time you have the same experience your mind trigger the same response. [read more…]

Integration of the self. Strengthening your intuition as Craniosacral Therapist. Expanding your mind.

Clinical practice workshops. Strengthening your own intuition as CST. Integrating the whole system and connecting to your higher self, while connecting to Higher Sources of the Universe.

Minimum of two therapists and a max of 4. week day 9.30 am till 4.30pm. Venue N15 6HA. Day can be agreed between the first two therapists booked and paid. (6 hours of primary CPD). £ 85.00. 

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

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, or the therapists to grow in their intuition and healing skills that is appropriate for CST work.

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.

Week day, 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 day is 85.00 each.

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).

Beyond Science book: This is a true story about craniosacral treatments sessions which went beyond the scientific method of the physical, mental and emotional work, while having a powerful healing outcome. Worth reading to see what potential you have as a craniosacral therapist or any other type of therapist.

Click here to get it from Zeus Publications (including e-book)

Click here for paper copy of the book on amazon.com (you can order it even if out of stock, it will be printed and shipped as soon as you order it).

 

Coffee withdraw and over eating detox- What can you do?

LET GO OF THE OLD AND LET THE NEW POSITIVE YOU COME IN!
Have you had too much food or drink during the holidays? or any party time? What can you do to detoxifying yourself from all that. Well the next suggestion are very good for most every toxin and over eating that you had during the holidays, including too much salt. Reduce or avoid salt completely with your food, add spicy or herbs to your food instead.
Well now is the time to detox with healthy eating and drinking.

What do you need to do to achieve that?

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables up to 10 a day of the combination, raw or cooked.
  • Eat healthy proteins, such as fish, beans and lentils and meat. If you are vegetarian or vegan just have the healthy option such as lentils, beans and tofu for the protein portions.
  • Eat healthy essential oils such as oily fish (mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines) and vegan source such as hemp, linseed oil, nuts and seeds, avocado, etc.
  • Drink up to 2 liters of pure still water as that will clear your toxins away throughout the day.
  • Make sure that you eliminate solid waste every day. if not eat more vegetables such as artichokes, green leafy vegetables and fruits.
  • If yo get a headache from the detox, such as I do when I detox coffee, then have the following supplements, such as magnesium powder, milk thistle and or reduced glutathione to eliminate the toxins quicker. Make sure that you are not taking any life saving medication before taking the above supplements as the medication might have less effect.
  • Start walking every day for at least 30 minutes a day, possibly through parks or places with nature around, or use the gym a bit more, swimming, Pilates, and other classes to get you back to health.

Most of all enjoy being healthy, let go of negative thoughts about life and your present and future time and go with the flow. Start healing from the inside out and you will be amazed at the changes that you will experience in your own surrounding life!

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

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