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Loss of taste and smell, with or without COVID-19

Olfactory sensory and gustatory both to function well depends on the nerve receptors, the G protein that are found in our mouth and nose and they are both connected to the brain function through neurological connections.

A healthy person has got more than 10.000 taste buds and about 100 million of receptors for the sense of smell.

  • Both the sense of smell and taste are connected to the nerve brain function and in particular to certain cranial nerves. And both need certain nutrients such as sodium and energy production to make up either the smell or the taste that we need.
  • So, lots of vitamins and minerals from our diet, including some sodium or salt.
  • The main sensory tastes are five: sour, sweet, salt, bitter and umami taste, which taste of meat. Any other taste is usually made of the combination of these five primary ones.
  • If we eat a lot of salty foods though, our taste of salty food will be more developed than any other taste and if we eat more of the sweet food than our sweet taste is more. The good news is that if you avoid too much of the salty foods or sweet food, the taste changes within two weeks, and hence you might be craving less of too much salt or too much sweet, this goes for meat or any of the primary tastes.
  • In a healthy person, any food that does not taste good will be avoided, this is part of our survival mechanism. I wonder if with allergies, many people avoid certain foods after they reacted once with them as part of the survival mechanism. This mechanism is the connection with the neurological part of our brain.
  • Usually with NAET method, that brain connection to a certain allergen is rebooted and hence a healthy food or food group can be reintroduced without the brain giving the signal to attack it through the immune system.
  • New olfactory receptors (neuron receptors) are replaced every month, and they are the only mature neurons receptors that would do this in our body. The smell receptors and neurological pathway are connected also to the tear glands, hence when there is a strong odor usually will lead to crying.
  • Did you know that women often have a higher sense of smell than men, especially during ovulation?
  • Did you know that smoking reduces the sense of smell strongly, and in long term smoking will damage the olfactory receptors permanently?
  • Age also reduces the sense of smell, from 65 years old onwards.
  • Did you know that zinc deficiency can lead also to loss of sense of smell and taste?
  • Head injury can reduce or destroy your sense of smell and taste and certain drugs, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer and anti-histamine, steroids, will all reduce the sense of smell.
  • Did you know that emotions are also connected to the sense of taste? Hence it is possible that when we crave certain foods, might be due to the state we are in. Recognizing that state of emotion can also stop craving and eating certain unhealthy foods.
  • Eating sweet foods evoke emotions of pleasure and bitter ones can cause expression of disgust even in newborn babies. It is because of this link that humans and animal learn to avoid certain foods to avoid having an upset digestive system.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R-Nutritional Therapy – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapy – NLP practitioner – Certified Angel Guide

Folic acid summarized facts

Folic acid intake is often connected to pregnancy and women, very few people know about the importance of folic acid for the health of the physical body, which include male and female health. I have summarized some of the key points below, including what you need to eat in order to get an adequate intake and absorption of folate.

Key points of folate and why is so essential to have it in our diet:

Folic acid intake is often connected to pregnancy and women, very few people know about the importance of folic acid for the health of the physical body, which include male and female health. I have summarized some of the key points below, including what you need to eat in order to get an adequate intake and absorption of folate.

Key point of folate and why is so essential to have it in our diet:

  • Mushrooms, green vegetables such as spinach, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, turnip greens, swiss chard, kale and beet green. Brewer’s yeast contains the highest source in food, followed by black-eyed peas, rice germ, soy flour, wheat germ, beef liver, soy beans, and other beans. Fruits contain the least of them all.
  • Raw food is higher in folate, and cooking the food will reduce the folate content by 50 to 95%. There are now many cereal and foods that are fortified with folate or folic acid.
  • Absorption of folate also depends on other nutrients, such as zinc. Zinc deficiency could reduce the absorption of folate into the blood stream. One more essential key fact to be able to absorb folate properly is the health of the intestinal tract, where the folate binding protein is made so that folate can be transported into the body. Folate needs to be converted into the body to become folic acid and other compound for its multi-function use.  Among some of its functions, there is amino acid metabolism (making proteins from amino acid), and red blood cell formation.
  • Folic acid is essential for cells division, hence essential nutrient to have if you are planning for a baby.
  • It is part of reducing homocysteine level, together with B12 and B6, hence connection with prevention of heart disease,
  • Prevention of megaloblastic macrocytic anaemia. Folic acid is essential for the formation of the red blood cells.
  • Folic acid has been also connected to the health of the brain at any age, for men and women. Hence recommended intake at any age and gender!

It is recommended an intake of 400 to 550 microgram of folic acid per day to prevent any of the disorders that a deficiency would cause, as well as if you are planning to have a baby and during pregnancy. Vitamin C intake protect the loss and damage of folate.

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

Cellular health for a strong immune system

Cellular health

Did you know that we are made of millions of cells stuck together, and these cells health are essential for our own body health?

Inside one cells is like a house, food needs to be eaten, waste needs to be taken out and the house needs to be cleared. Only certain nutrients are allowed in, and other are repelled. If any of the toxins from the food and drink that you eat gets in by mistake, the cells might die, and a new cell is made.

Also, every single cell in our body changes completely within a year. So, in a year time, you are a completely different person. Now nutritionally if you change the way you eat that is healthy for your and your cell, that is great, you might be younger and healthier than you are now if your diet is not the greatest.

But also you need to consider the emotional health, if you deal with life in exactly the same way that you have been dealt till now, then the emotional and mental health will be the same in a year time, and if you change the way you deal with emotion and life now, in a year time, you will have that memory cell change. The change in the way you see, feel and deal with life, can be very quick, as you get more grounded, anchor positive feeling to your body and keep reinforcing these positive ways of thinking, you will see the result in your life.

It is like a mirror reflecting back at you, when you change internally how you deal, see and cope with the world. Even in time of chaos around you, uncertainty, fears and worries, you can connect to that inner strength and inner peace that is within your heart, deep within you, and you will see the future clearly, things will come to you without much effort, and you will see the future brighter than ever.

I know that it seems difficult at this time and age, but it our inner world that needs to change, and we are the only one that can do it, with help, it can be done. We can only change ourselves remember.

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Nutritional food and nutrients essential for our internal cells:

As you can see from the list below, you need to have a varied diet, in order to get all the nutrients that the cells need to function well.

  • For the cell to make fuel for the body it needs to have fat, carbohydrates and protein to make it first of all. You can get that from the good fat such as fish oil, avocadoes, olive oil, coconut oil, seeds and nuts.
  • Carbohydrates from good ones such as brown rice, brown pasta, wholemeal bread, potatoes with skin on, any vegetables also have some form of carbohydrates.
  • Proteins from meat, fish, beans and lentils and eggs.
  • Nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and biotin (found in grains, fish, meat, beans and lentils);
  • Zinc (found in pumpkin seeds, oysters, meat, shellfish);
  • Iron (found in meat, eggs, in a form that the body absorbs it easily, in vegetable form is found in lentils, beans and spinach, you need to have some vitamin C to be easily absorbed and used in the body);
  • Lipoic acid (found in spinach, organ meats and red meat, broccoli, avocadoes, meat, Brussel sprouts, rice, carrots);
  • CoQ10 (found in organ meats, oily fish, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges and strawberries, beans and lentils, soy beans, sesame seeds and unsalted) pistachio
  • Water and you know where to find it.
  • Manganese and magnesium found in green leafy vegetables, mineral water, beans, lentils, oysters, mussels, grains.

© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) RNT- NAET – RCST – NLP practitioner – Certified Angel Guide