Resveratrol in grapes and wine Plus – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral therapy news

I was researching resveratrol and it is amazing how many benefits it has been connected too. It is not only a powerful antioxidant but much more. Resveratrol (RSV) is a phytochemical found in the skin of grapes and particularly the red grapes. A phytochemical is a chemical that may affect the health but it is not considered an essential nutrient. RSV has been shown to positive effect on inflammation, platelet and as it has also been shown to have a phytoestrogen effect, it might help to prevent breast cancer caused by the oestrogen. Phytoestrogens have shown to inhibit cancer formation and growth, reduce cholesterol levels and have some benefits in preventing osteoporosis, especially after menopause. RSV is mainly known as powerful antioxidant which has been shown to help prevent the destruction of the vascular endothelium. RSV is high in red wine and this has been indicated to be the reason for the so called French paradox, where in certain region of France, people drink more red wine and the mortality from coronary heart disease is lower than any other region. RSV has also been shown (in animals studies) to increase aerobic capacity (energy created in the mitrochondria, which is part of our cells that make our energy). RSV induces the genes for oxidative phosphorylation and mitochondrial biogenesis and it has been shown to protect the animal against a diet-induces obesity and insulin resistance. So do we now start drinking a lot more of red wine or should we eat other healthy food which contains this nutrient. Well a glass of red wine a day might help, but more than that it starts to counteract the good effect of the RSV nutrients, so not worth drinking much more because of that. Eating red grapes might be good but too much of eat would give you a running for the toilet and feeling of bloating, therefore moderation on this too. RSV is made synthetically from the Japanese plant knotweed for the supplements production. Well I think drinking a glass of really good red wine few times a week, or everyday with your food, some grapes and maybe adding some supplements if there is a history of heart problems might have a good effect on preventing some of the disorders mentioned above.

Hearburn – Nutrition and cranio-sacral thearapy News

Triggers factors

  • Heavy meals
  • Lying down or bending after a meal
  • Eating immediately prior to exercise
  • Prior esophageal surgery
  • Esophageal stricture (narrowing of the esophagus)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Alcohol intake

Sign and symptoms

Heartburn — a burning sensation under the sternum in the chest — is the primary symptom of GERD. Heartburn often occurs after a meal and worsens at night, when you are lying flat. It is more likely to occur following a heavy meal, or if you bend, lift, or lie down just after eating.

Other symptoms of GERD include:

  • Regurgitation of food
  • Belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chronic cough, wheezing
  • Sore throat, hoarseness or change in voice, difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain

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The Importance of Your Liver – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral therapy news

The importance of liver

The liver is quite often forgotten by people or not thought about at all. Even though the liver is the only organs that can regenerate, when it cannot cope with too much work, you can start feeling it by having spots on your face or forehead, feeling sluggish, having headaches and feeling tired and having the feeling of being spaced out. Even if you are eating healthy but loosing weight for any reason the liver is the one that will have to do a lot of the work by eliminating all the toxins freed by the fat cells or any cell. The liver also is the one that makes protein that you need for repair of cells as well as transforming excess sugar into fat for storage. It is the major detox organ for drugs, hormones, as well as being the organ where vitamin D is activated. The liver is also a storage place for some of the vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K, and B12.  Now it is Christmas time again and time for Christmas parties and overindulgence of alcohol based drinks and overeating time. It is good to have fun but think of your liver as well. So even though you do not want to miss out on a Christmas party, take few steps to help your liver to cope with the extra work. Take some extra vitamin B, vitamin C, as well as milk thistle, dandelion root tea or tincture. Drink water between alcoholic drinks, fruits such as mandarins, and other seasonal fruits, as well as vegetables such as chicory salad, fennel, beetroots, artichokes, rockets, watercress, cabbage family and radicchio. If you drink water between the alcohol you will not drink as much and you will still have plenty of fun. Eat some food with your alcohol, which helps with reducing the effect of the alcohol. By taking the few steps above you can still have fun without the feeling that you need a month to feel good again after your parties. And most of all enjoy yourself…

Weight loss and food sensitivies – Nutrition and cranio-sacral therapy news

Being overweight nowdays is a major issue, as there is an abundance of food around (in the more rich country) and less exercise or work of the adults and children. We sit at our desk most of the time, and the children after a school day they other play with the Nintendo ds or Xbox or whatever computer gadget they have. Most parents complain about their children being a bit overweight and the majority of the children that are overweight, have the same diets as the parents which is junk food, salty foods, no vegetables or fruits and lots of sweets and fizzy drink. Now for the majority of the overweight adults and children, as sedentary work and choice of food is the main problem. For some the hormonal glands are the problems (very rare though). For a lot of adults, emotions play a major part of their problems. For others is the choice of certain foods that they are allergic or intolerant too that they keep eating that leads to put on more weight that they would otherwise, even though they exercise 3 times or more a week. Let’s have a look at the more scientific problem with being overweight and/or obesity. Obesity is the modern lifestyle disease. The body mass index (BMI), is the measurements that the science use to see if a person or child is overweight or obese and at risk of physical problems due to the weight, such as heart disease, high cholesterol and or diabetes. A BMI of more than 25 is considered overweight and above 30 obese. Obesity seems to affect more women than men; there is a genetic susceptibility for obesity as well as lifestyle, dietary intake and lack of exercise (11, 13, 17). Many studies, therapist and doctors have been trying to find one solution for being overweight or obese. For example leptin has been identified as the obesity gene (ob). Leptin is expressed in the fat cells and codes for the protein leptin. It acts as a hormone in the hypothalamus, and it has shown to promote a negative energy balance by suppressing appetite and increase energy expenditure. Therefore a lack of ‘ob’ has been suggested to cause obesity in susceptible people (17). But unfortunately this is only for very few obese people, not many obese people have a deficiency of this gene, therefore all the other factors have to be accounted for before blaming the individual gene. Quite often obese people and children are malnourished, even though they consume a high amount of food, which is usually highly processed fats, refined carbohydrates and fizzy drinks that are empty calories food. Abdominal obesity (the so called apple shape) has been associated with elevated markers that are connected to heart diseases and strokes (11, 18). In this case the waist-hip ratio, as in the apple shape individual, has been shown to be more relevant in predicting the syndrome X disorder than the BMI factor (18). High oestrogen has been also connected to increase appetite and therefore increase in weight (11). Eating breakfast reduces total calorie intake and late night eating increases it, therefore breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and an emphasis on not skipping it is important even if the person does not feel hungry. Usually once a person gets used to eating breakfast the evening meal might be lighter and therefore their appetite in the morning increases (11).  In summary obesity should be addressed from every angle that include testing and assessing any body glandular disorders, good planned dietary intervention, addressing any nutritional deficiency, testing and eliminating allergies or intolerances, physical exercise that is suitable for the individual as well as emotional support (11, 13, 17). NAET is a method of testing and treating allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. I have treated children and adults with NAET and eliminated allergies and intolerances as well as some of the disorders that allergies and intolerances can cause, reduce asthma attacks, eczema, hayfever, headaches, fertility problems, candida and weight problems.

Water the real gold of the World – Nutrition and Cranio-Sacral therapy news

WATER: the source of life

Water is the most important treasure on earth, without drinking water you could die in about three days. If you are one of the many people that do not drink enough water, either you are a sedentary person or a sport person, here are some reasons for you to start drinking more of this precious liquid.

Why should we drink 8 glasses of water per day?

Normally, approximately 2.5 litre of water is required each day for a fairly sedentary adult in a normal environment to replace the total loss of water that occurs though urine, faeces, skin and lungs (Naghii).

To replace the water loss about 1 to 1.2 litre needs to be in drinks, (manly water or cold herbal teas), 0.9 ml is taken through food and 0.3ml will be made my the body (oxidative metabolism) (William A. et al).

Effect of water restriction-

What happens if you don’t drink enough?


The following are a series of changes in a case of water restriction:

1-      Increase in pulse rate and in rectal temperature.

2-      Increase in respiration.

3-      Tingling and numbness of fingers and feet.

4-      Increase in concentration of blood

5-      Diminution of blood volume and more difficult circulation.

The difficulty and inadequacy of the circulation of blood under these conditions leads to difficult breathing, to gastro-intestinal upsets accompanied by nausea and appetite failure and eventually to difficulty in muscular movements and emotional instability. (Lloyd).

In an animal study, where water was restricted the animal were highly irritable and in some cases bad tempered (Lloyd).


It has been shown that under intense activity a man will voluntarily drink only about half as much water as what is needed to replace his losses from sweating and urine. Only after food and rest does a person crave the water needed to replace the deficit. (Llyod)

 Herbal teas

Ingestion of hot drinks may cause internal body temperature to rise, which will result in sweating in order to cool the body down. Hot drinks are sometimes used in medical practice when it is desired either to temporarily increase body temperature or induce sweating (Llyod). Therefore cold or cool drinks are preferred to hot drinks to replace fluid during the day, especially if the hot drinks are the only fluid daily intake.


In a sport or activity with duration of at least 30 minutes of continuous exercise, there is a risk of impaired performance and even health damage due to hypo hydration (low of water). Sweating is usually the form accounting for most water loss during exercise or high environmental temperatures. The major danger of low fluid intake during a high performance is dehydration. This fluid deficit can rapidly reach level that impede heat dissipation, reduce heat tolerance and severely compromise cardiovascular function and exercise capacity. Prolonged dehydration will lead to cell death and multiple cell losses can lead to the person’s death (Naghii).

The need for replacement of water will depend on the extent of the losses incurred during exercise. Ingestion of plain water for a short duration (less than 90 minutes) is enough to replace the water lost.

In high intensity activity and competition in ingestion of plain water in the post-exercise period results in a rapid fall in the plasma sodium concentration and in plasma osmolality (Maughan). The changes have the effect of reducing the stimulus to drink (thirst) and of increasing urine output, both of which will delay rehydration. Rehydration after the high activity can only be achieved if the sodium lost in seat is replaced a swell as the water (Maughan). There is no need to take any extra sodium tablets, unless dehydration is so severe, for most individuals the normal dietary intake of minerals is adequate to maintain sodium and electrolyte balance during repeated days of training (Wiliam A).it is sufficient to eat a salty food or food high in natural salt.

Sports drinks typically provide quantities of sodium, chloride and potassium (electrolytes), which can be drunk if in high activity or in competing in a hot environment. 


During physical activities lasting less than 90 minutes, water is generally the beverage of choice, however, the inclusion of small concentrations of carbohydrate (6%-8% carbohydrate) have been shown to better sustain power output over water alone during physical activities that produce fatigue in 60 minutes or longer (William A.).

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….

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!!!!

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.

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.




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.