How you can prevent Dementia and Alzheimer with nutrition and craniosacral therapy

What can you do to prevent Alzheimer and dementia with healthy lifestyle and dietary intervention from a young age?

 Dementia is caused by a progressive and irreversible degeneration and cell death of the cerebral cortex and results in mental deterioration. Dementia lead to a gradual memory impairment and loss, especially in short term, intellect and reasoning, emotional ups and downs and personality change in some cases. There are few times of dementia, one is Alzheimer.

 Alzheimer is a pre-senile dementia and it is a very common condition in the elderly. There is no known reason for it, but there is a possible genetic predisposition, female seems to be affected more than man, and usually occurs over 60 years of age. In this condition there is a progressive atrophy of the cerebral cortex followed by deteriorating mental function.

Secondary Dementia is associated with a cumulative several small cerebral infarcts, which leads to a gradual increase impairment of mental function.

Also, brain infections and HIV can lead secondary dementia.

All the above can be also caused by a trauma to the head or a strong emotional trauma.

What can you do to prevent the above conditions, within your own power and limit?

In some studies, the following vitamins and nutrients have shown a reduction of the progression of dementia:

  • All the vitamin Bs. If you know that you have dementia in your family, or yourself start suffering from short memory loss. Maybe you can start taking some really good multi-nutrients as well as the supplement below.
  • Taking antioxidants such as vitamin C, E helps with reduction of inflammation and damage of the oxidation. This is especially if you have a lot of stress in your life or you never stop to rest and breathe well, including not sleeping well.
  • Omega 3 oils with high DHA. I would also add coenzymeQ10 for the health of the cell and vitamin A as an antioxidant and co factor for the enzyme that deals with the good and bad fats.

As a prevention if you had a head trauma at any age or accident is good to sort it out with a craniosacral therapy so that it frees any blockage to the accidental part and the flow of fluids around the head and body.

Doing sudoku or any other brain activity from the age of 55 and over also keeps your brain active and moving.

However, I would start from a very young age for a full prevention of dementia. Starting right now where ever you are and if you are a parent feeding oily fish or good essential oils vegetarian or not is also essential for the prevention of inflammation and possibly dementia in the older age. There was a big connection in the early studies of Alzheimer and dementia with using aluminium pans and foil due to the aluminium entering the brain barrier and causing some damage there.

As I mention above there is a connection with genetic as well, however, even if you have the gene that could lead to dementia of any kind, you can always prevent triggering that gene by leading a healthy lifestyle and eating nutritionally well.

Reduction of alcohol, which depletes all the vitamins B, or any substance abuse, that includes reduction of caffeine, sugar and fizzy drinks. Eating lots of green vegetables and colourful fruits and vegetables every day also helps the brain to stay healthy. Reduction of stress in your life, sleeping well, drinking plenty of water and have a break in the countryside, seaside or even the beautiful parks in London, might help get more oxygen and relax you from the everyday life.

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


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Opening and closing chakras meditation – Free to download

You can download to your pc or phone or music device the following opening up and closing down the chakras meditation free of charge. Just remember to always close down your chakras when you open them up before going to a public place or to sleep.

maria esposito opening up meditation

maria esposito closing down meditation

You can give me your feedback by email me and let me know how you find it!

Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

Craniosacral therapy: Parents and children communication

The more I work with craniosacral therapy the more I feel that I want to know what it can possible do. I am always surprised what comes out from the sessions, from babies to adults. Things that I would not expect in a particular person or child.

Sometimes I feel the anger in a child, which feels too big for a little person. My thought on that is that it is probably too big for the little person and therefore they might act out or rebel against it by having a tantrum or wanted to run all the time till they are tired.

Children are a sponge not only for things that they need to learn, but also for energetic feelings that adults and other children, who they come into contact with, have. If a parent has a long day and he is very angry with the boss or people around him and does not let it go before going home, some very sensitive children might pick up that anger and act out upon it to show their parents that they are still angry! Which makes the parent even more frustrated or angry as they just want to relax and have fun with their child. The parent then punishes the child for being naughty and to get some peace and quiet.

The poor child gets the punishment in some way or another for something that he does not understand and he/she is only trying to help the parent see how they themselves feel. If you are child is acting out just sit back on it and see how you feel, do you feel like your child? Do you want to scream and stump your feet? But you cannot because you are an adult? Do you feel like crying because of the hard day that you had or any other problem in your life right now? If so, why don’t try to copy what your child does to see if you feel better and then let it go.

What can you do to avoid this cycle, well, if your child is angry, you can try with your child to let go of that anger by both of you punching a pillow, with the intention of that anger to go and transmute into positive things.

As a parent you can also have a 10 minute of quiet time for yourself to let go of everything that you picked up from work that you do not need it anymore, as you are at your family home.

If your child is having a tantrum, maybe you or your child just need a hug, so just do that and then play together. Give your child some attention before you answer a call from any of your friends or family. Spend some quality time with them. Sometimes when we play with our children or we give attention to them, we heal our own inner child and we start feeling better and want to play with our children more.

Your children are little part of you, so treat them with respect that you would want for yourself!

Low blood pressure what causes it?

High blood pressure is usually the most talked about as it is the most dangerous one for brain damage and other physical body damage.

But not many people talk about low blood pressure, which can be as damaging or dangerous as the high blood pressure.

In the past week there has been one of the most famous people fainting and hitting his head because of low blood pressure and it made me think about my own story 30 years ago about my low blood pressure, which led me to cut my finger while cutting bread and faint. [read more…]

Fearless craniosacral therapist workshop 19.11.2017

Fearless Craniosacral Therapists!

©) poster copywright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

©) poster copywright Maria Esposito BSc (Hons)

Next one is  on the 19th of November 2017 in North London N15 6HA (full address given to attendee only)  (Lead by Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) – RCST) This workshop has got a limited space of 4 people (2 places left) 10am till 5pm. 

Fear is our enemy if we let it scare us or freeze us. It is our friend if we acknowledge it, deal with it, however we do not let it stop us from moving forward towards our positive goals, individually and globally. Remember that in one of my past posts, I said that we create our own fear. Some will be imposed and pressed on us as well. Do not give in to fear, as that would freeze us and stop us from living our lives!

Get to know yourself, so that you can heal yourself as well as heal others!

We all have fears, conscious or unconscious ones. Fears that might be ours or passed on from our parents or people around us.

The conscious fears are very easy to spot, however, if the fear is unconscious, you cannot know what is stopping you, and how to get rid of it, as if you are not aware of it and recognize it, you cannot let it go. This workshop is a combination of scientific and non scientific approaches to recognize that unconscious fear, so that you can let it go and move on to what you are capable of; professionally and personally. For this workshop you need to be ready to go deep enough and feel uncomfortable enough to let it shake your way of thinking and change old patterns that do not serve you anymore.

The workshop is a 4D practical and theoretical workshop with unique approaches on dealing with your own fears.  This can be passed on to your client as well. 

  • Practical  and theoretical workshop .
  • In this workshop we will look at the physical, emotional and mental impact of fears, stress and how they reflect your personal and professional life.
  • How your fears can lead you to getting stuck and stopping you from moving forward.
  • Connection between physical, chemical body, mind, emotional and auric fields.
  • How can we empower ourselves and others to let go of our fears and reduce stress.
  • In the practical, you work on one of your unconscious fear that has stopped you for reaching one of your goals. This is an approach that can be used with any goals.
  • Plus practical on feeling your fears and dealing with them in a unique 4D approach to make you a “FEARLESS” therapist to reach your goals and to help your client reach their goals!
  • Practical on knowing what goal is best for you, understanding a way of achieving it.

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Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO) and allergies!

What is SIBO?

SIBO is considered as bacterial overgrowth that are normally found in the colon, to be growing in the upper part of the small intestine. There are two ways of confirming this, one is by aspiration of small bowel fluids, followed by a culture and bacterial count, which is very invasive as a test, or in a simple and cheaper way, via hydrogen breath test, which measure the methane gas produced by bacteria overgrowth, and gives some indication of possible carbohydrate and protein maldigestion (Razaie).

Symptoms caused by SIBO are bloating, excess gas and abdominal distention, diarrhoea and or constipation. These symptoms are also caused by irritable bowel syndrome and food allergies. Also from my clinical experience yeast overgrowth in the lower part of the intestinal tract can cause pain as well as gas, diarrhoea when you eat sugar or drink sugary foods or fermented food. In some studies, children and adults with low stomach acid, have been find to have high SIBO conditions. Especially if they were malnourished or not eating enough food and vice-versa (Sarker). Some people also have fructose maldigestion problems, where they do not fully digest fructose either from fruits or juice. In this case the undigested fructose is fermented by the colonic bacteria and cause also IBS and SIBO like symptoms.


What is the connection between SIBO and allergies?

Now with SIBO and IBS symtpoms I found that either the person/child is intolerant to a certain food group, which it means they do not digest their food well, or/and are allergic to certain foods, which leads them to have a constant small intestinal tract inflammation, which eventually leads to the so called leaky gut syndrome, where undigested big molecule enters the blood stream causing the immune system to attack it as it is not considered part of the nutrients in the body.

What can you do about it?

The conventional way of treating SIBO is with a course of antibiotics that kills the aerobic and anaerobic bacteria (Gatta). The drawback of this is that it also kills the good bacteria, which it takes ages to build up, which it means that after the person takes the antibiotics there is a possibility of [read more…]

Free opening and closing down meditation audio to download. If you feel that you are not listened to try the meditations!

My husband/wife/child does not listen to a word I say, it feels like I am not even here!

Have you said that many times or somebody that you know has said that many times! Well probably if you said it, you are ungrounded or they are. Try the exercises that I suggested for grounded, or go swimming, walk and think of roots growing from your feet going down to the Earth and grounding you, or just say it that every step you take you are grounded to Earth. If you run, run a little bit, stretch then walk for a while till your pace is slower. If you use a gym, go to the gym and do a pilate class or a yoga class the hatha gentle one. Then have the same conversation with the person you want to get your message across again and see if they hear you!

If you feel like you do not exist or you are not even there when you are talking, the chance is that you are not fully grounded in your body and therefore your true presence is not there. Whatever you say to yourself or others cannot be heard as you/yourself and/or the other person are ungrounded and at different level of frequency. It is like being on the radio, one is on capital FM and the other is on a Classical Jazz!

You can download to your pc or phone or music device the following opening up and closing down the chakras meditation free of charge. Just remember to always close down your chakras when you open them up before going to a public place or to sleep:


maria esposito opening up meditation

maria esposito closing down meditation



You can give me your feedback by email me and let me know how you find it!


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

Resveratrol and other antioxidant for your optimum health

Chestnuts and leaves

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.

Heartburn, sign and symptoms and what to do.

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

Life style

  • Avoid behavior that does not allow food to easily move down into and through the stomach. This includes bending, lying down, or participating in jarring exercises soon after a meal.
  • Don’t eat heavy meals
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks. These include caffeinated beverages, decaffeinated coffee, and orange juice
  • Avoid alcohol, chocolate, spearmint, and peppermint. These can relax the low esophageal sphincter.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages
  • Avoid eating fatty foods, including full-fat milk, which also may relax the lower esophageal sphincter tone. Avoid fried foods.
  • Citrus foods
  • Take medication with plenty of water
  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid cranberry juice
  • Avoid Italian heavy food,
  • Avoid Mexican foods
  • Avoid Tomatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Sugar
  • Drink a big glass of water when the reflux starts, – Chew well – Eat plenty of raw vegetables – Eat slowly – Do not eat 3 hours before going to bed

Ketogenic diet, what is it? and when you should try it out?

I have been hearing so much about the ketogenic diet. Lately I heard that a colleague of mine is doing that to reduce her breast cancer. She has been on the diet for 2 years and it is working for her. From all the research that I have seen, it is great for epilepsy, cancer, weight loss and cancer.

However as for any diet, this one needs to be done properly and under the supervision of a nutritionist or a doctor and with the approval of both the doctors and nutritionist if it is for any of the serious diseases. I normally, do not advocate any very strict regimental diet as a principle, however for people who know what they are getting into and have the support of an experience ketogenic nutritionist and doctor it is a good diet to do to get drastic results.

So what is the ketogenic diet and how does it work?

Normally, our body gets the fuel for the food that we eat, such as carbohydrates, fat or protein (the latter it is the last resort for the body to use, and it is used in hunger or a state of anorexia). The first fuel that the body cell will use is carbohydrate. In a balanced diet the fuel from carbohydrate can be between 50 to 60% of our food intake, followed by 15 to 20 % of fat and the rest protein. This includes all the food with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients as well as antioxidants.

In the ketogenic diet, the percentage that you need to eat in order for the body to use fat, goes from 30% to 90% of fat in your diet. Most studies though have shown that 70% of fat is plenty and enough to cause a change, higher percentage does not make a huge difference.

What happens in a ketogenic diet is that the body goes into Nutritional Ketosis with high fat and Natural ketosis when you do not eat enough. Ketones build up, which signals your brain to start using fat faster as fuel in order to survive and to function well. Fat accumulation also stops and fat is used as the primary fuel for making energy.

In order for the body to form ketones, it needs to be short of carbohydrates. Now with this in mind, it does need to be a good fat not any fry up fat. The good fats that are recommended are: coconut oil, ghee, and their products, fish oil and some good fat from the meat as well, etc. There is no much fruits in the diet, however there are plenty of green non starchy green vegetables and good oil, such as raw olive oil and flax seed oil.

As you can see, this is a tough diet, and you need to do it properly as there will be also lots of oxidation from using the fat, which is called perioxidation (free radicals). So it is important that you also take a mixture of antioxidant to support this process. This diet needs to have fat soluble anti-oxidants such as E, vitamin C, lipoic acid, zinc, selenium, and many others. Even though in young fit and sporty people, a couple of studies have found that the oxidation rate went down and the anti-oxidant metabolites of their body was more efficient in getting rid of the free radicals. However in both studies, electrolytes and good protein was supplied, as well as herbal teas allowed and plenty of water (2,3)

In a long term the ketogenic diet is very difficult, especially because we live in a world that excess carbohydrate is all over the place. Travelling would be difficult, as you need to take your own high fat food and supplements, and if you get stuck somewhere, well that would be a worry! However, fat also supply for more fuel then carbohydrate, so you would feel less hungry and therefore eat less.

At the beginning of the diet, you need to weigh everything in order for you to do the percentage right. Now it is very important that you know what you are doing with this diet otherwise you end up with kidney problems and constipation or very smelly stools. The latter is also as a consequence of the diet. Also other side effects of the diet is headache, and diarrhoea as well as constipation. So in order to be able to go without any problem, lots of greens, magnesium in a powder form or vitamin C in powder form and lots of probiotics to keep the smell down a bit.

My colleague did the diet to help reduce her breast cancer. Her results was that that the intervention on her breast was reduced. However, because she is a nutritionist she could do it. Myself, if I wanted to do it I could do it, however I would find it very hard and I would probably found another way. As we know that too much carbohydrate or sugars, good or bad in our diet, is causing the most common diseases of our times, and that includes diabetes, heart problems, cancer and overweight, it is best to prevent them by at least reducing our intake of sugars and carbohydrates as much as possible anyway.


Like everything else I believe that in any disorders and disease there is genetic component, which it needs to be triggered in order to develop. Then there is the lifestyle, stress, emotions, trauma as well as nutrition and how well we look after ourselves. If you do or you would like to try the ketogenic diet, make sure that you do not do it by yourself unless you are a nutritionist and that you have the support of a nutritionist who is experienced in ketogenic diet (they have done it themselves for at least a year or so), and the support of your doctor if you are doing it for a specific reasons, even the weight loss. Good luck for what ever reason you do it or want to try it!

Warning: if you have a genetic family history of kidney failure or problems do not attempt this diet at all. If you do attempt it do it with a practitioner as stated above and or your doctor approval for any diseases.


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