We all know that what we eat has an impact on our health. However, do you know that the microbiome found in the gut can make an impact on the decisions that you make? Author, speaker, and entrepreneur Maria Aparis shares her wisdom about how gut is the key to wellness. She specializes in holistic and alternative modalities and leads workshops all over the country educating about the benefits of gut health, natural solutions, and The Essential Gut Technique which is a protocol that she developed to support optimum gut function. Her book, The Essential Gut Awakening – Mastering Hashimoto’s and other Autoimmune Diseases, is the courageous and inspiring account of her personal journey with Hashimoto’s disease and how she embarked on a quest to reclaim her life by questioning the traditional approach to treatment.

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How Gut Health Improves Brain Function with Maria Aparis

There are a lot of health podcasts out there that are giving people information and what we found we’re doing is we’re giving people inspiration. We’re giving people the tools not to have the resources and information that could help them with their health, but we’re trying to give them the inspiration to take action. Realize that if Sean can do it, if other people like Thai Starkovich who’s on our team and you’ve probably read in the show before, if these people can make these incredible comebacks, why can’t we?

Let’s talk about the microbiome because you’re a phenomenal chef, Taylor. Since I’ve been working with you, you get in the kitchen, you dice up a whole bunch of organic food and vegetables and wild caught fish and hormone-free beef. He makes them the best-tasting dishes I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve traveled the world. I’ve been a foodie and I’m getting healed through your cooking. Taylor, share with us what you cooked for a party of about eighteen people.

We had over all of our friends from the podcast. We had John Livesay who you’ve heard. Celine and a bunch of other friends, family and everyone in our community we’ve been fortunate to connect with. We were trying to bring people together for a meal. Since I have a culinary background, we said, “Why don’t I cook everyone a meal?” I got some wild caught salmon from our good friends over at Tribe to Table, a Native American boutique store. They’re sourcing all their foods from Native American tribes. Wild caught, cleanly sourced, then we went to the Calabasas Farmer’s Market out here in California and got a bunch of organic vegetables. What I did was I took some wild rice, some salmon. I made a sauce from a tea from one of the Native American tribes and I took some oranges. I took this tea, which has a bunch of different herbs and spices in it and mixed it with some sliced oranges.

Some balsamic glaze, you used a sherry vinegarette. It was to die for. I’m salivating. For lunch, we came home after we meditated with Celine at her company. I was starving because she took me on a ride and meditated for probably about a half hour. You cooked up some Tempeh and veggies. Every time he puts it down, he makes the best curries, the best sauces. It’s delightful. Taylor, we need to do a show on you on cooking. It could happen because if anyone’s out there, he is by far the best organic chef I’ve ever had. Your background is awesome. Let’s talk about the microbiome and what’s going on in my gut.

What we’re getting after here is the relation to the food we eat and our health. The research they’d done if you read about health and nutrition at all, they’d start talking about the microbiome and it’s a weird term. What it’s referring to is your gut and the trillions of little microorganisms that live inside your gut and when they are healthy and happy and in balance, you’re going to be healthy and happy and balanced. If you’re not feeding them the right food, they’re not going to be taking care of you in the way you might want to. They actually call the gut the second brain because of all the neuroreceptor sites. The statistic is 90% of the serotonin in the body is produced in the gut as the new research that’s been coming out. Serotonin is this feel-good neurotransmitter. If your gut isn’t healthy or happy, then you’re not getting this essential feel-good neurotransmitter to your body and you’re not going to be as happy as you could be.

What’s also great is after I eat a meal with you, I don’t feel bloated. I don’t feel lethargic and I don’t feel all gassy or swollen. What you’re doing with the food is brilliant. It flows through me like energy.

The food is one component. If someone is trying to heal and trying to heal the gut, the food is important, but also lots of people are suffering from leaky gut. The lining of your gut is damaged or destroyed. Part of getting back to health is avoiding the products or foods in your life that are destroying the lining of your gut, which typically is nonorganic foods that have pesticides in it that can destroy the gut lining. Once you get rid of the foods that are destroying your gut, you want to bring in either supplements or nutrition or something that’s going to help rebuild the gut lining. My work as a trainer and researching all of this, I came across one specific supplement I take.

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Honestly, if I could only have one single supplement in my life, it would be this one. It’s called humic and fulvic acid and what it’s doing is it’s recreating the nutritional profile we’re supposed to be getting from healthy soil in the food we eat and bringing that into the body. The reason this is important is that all these essential trace minerals are helping give you that foundational baseline of health. The humic acid in the supplement is helping you absorb nutrition better. The fulvic acid is helping to detox the body as well as create more cellular energy. There’s my favorite company that sells this, it’s called Mother Earth Labs. If you click through to their site and the product they sell is called The Gift.

I put it in my coffee. I put it with some MCT oil and I get enough of it in my body, which absorbs because what you’re saying is our soils are damaged. Our dirt is damaged and there are nutrients which need to get into our human bodies. Are there vitamins in this?

It’s 74 trace minerals plus humic and fulvic acid. Think about it this way, if you’re trying to build a skyscraper, what’s the first thing you do?

You build a strong foundation.

If you don’t have a strong foundation, the building’s never going to stay up. What this supplement is it’s creating this strong foundation that you can then build everything else on top of.

We’ve had strokes or brain injuries and we have some black spots in our brain, so this helps us to heal our brain through our gut.

This is one of those things that it is foundational that I tell everyone to take it. They have a whole bunch of research that you can read into if you want more information.

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It’s nothing expensive either. They last for three months.

You can get a four-month supply for $80. It’s helping your cells communicate.

It helps my inflammation and helps my endurance. It’s helped me to get through the whole day. You don’t think about it, but back in my time, I was maybe able to stay awake for half the day. When you first met me, I was gone by 3:00 and we’re still going. We have dinner parties that go to midnight and it’s a large part of what you’re cooking, which we’re pairing with the minerals. With everything I’m doing, I’m feeling better.

On this whole note of health, we’re going to transition into our special guest, who’s Maria Aparis. The reason we went on such an epic gut health adventure is that our guest is talking about that. Let’s go hang out with Maria and we’ll learn about gut health with her. If you have any questions about gut health, message me on Facebook or message the group Adventures in Health on Facebook. If you haven’t had the chance, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, drop a five-star review and let’s go hang out with Maria. Welcome to the show, Maria. How are you doing?

I’m great.

You’ve been laughing and smiling and I love your energy and enthusiasm. Sean, how are you doing?

I’m excited.

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What are you excited about?

This girl’s awesome. She’s like a white divine light here.

Maria, give us a little bit of background for our audience who you are and anything you want to go into.

I am a health and wellness mentor. I help those with Hashimoto’s and other immune diseases find their wellness. I teach Kundalini Yoga. I’m a Reiki Healer, Massage Therapist, all around energy and wellness enthusiast. I use natural plant-based medicine for my wellness and I share that information and use that information for myself and for others and explain it all in my book, The Essential Gut Awakening: Mastering Hashimoto’s and Other Autoimmune Diseases.

How did you first get into this type of work?

It started when I myself got sick. I became the patient. Interestingly enough, I was in about a few years running my company and I was jet setting all over the world. I was doing all these red carpet events and working out with a trainer and I crashed hard. The doctors were trying to give me different things that were not working and I spent a fortune trying to keep myself well. I decided I needed to listen to my gut, my own intuition to go back to the basics and go back to nature and to stop doing what everyone else was telling me to do. Go back to the ancient wisdom of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, chanting, plant wisdom and getting back into my body in a tune and alignment of what I wanted to achieve with my wellness. To stick with that no matter what anyone else is trying to do.

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The Essential Gut Awakening: Mastering Hashimoto’s and Other
Autoimmune Diseases

What was the initial health crisis that you were going through as you first got into this?

The first symptom was extreme fatigue. I was hiking. There’s Temescal Canyon, which is this gorgeous hike and it overlooks all of PCH and the ocean. It’s super gorgeous. I would time myself to see if I could do it in an hour or do it in 58 minutes. I kept trying to get faster and better at it. When I would get home, I would crash and burn. Nothing I would do would help. This was before I was in national plant wisdom. I would take an Excedrin Migraine or a couple of shots of espresso, anything I could do to boost my energy. Since none of that was working, I went to my general practitioner and I asked him, “Something’s off in my body, I feel it. I can tell there’s something wrong.” He dismissed me with the most patronizing tone. He was like, “You’re getting older. You have to exercise more.” I went and hike to Temescal Canyon five to six days a week. I pushed myself up that mountain and it was like, “I’m getting older. I have to exercise more. Let’s do this. We can do this.” Every single time I did that, it got worse.

Finally, what we discovered with a naturopath was that I had anemia so bad that my blood level was down to 0.3 and that’s beyond blood transfusion. The doctors aren’t always giving the best advice. They may have good intention, but it may not be what’s best for you. Always get a second opinion or even a third and always listen to your gut. My gut was telling me something was off and I looked to other people to give me the wisdom and advice and it wasn’t right. Had I listened and stuck with my gut, I would have been able to keep searching instead of giving up and pushing myself up that mountain.

You’re touching on an aspect of health I’ve seen a lot, working as a personal trainer and doing countless consultations with people. I see people who are pushing. “I’m going to the gym five times, six times a week. I’m doing this, I’m doing that.” A lot of times all I want to do is tell them, “Relax for a moment, slow down. It’s not always a situation where more is more.” I love this story you’re telling because at the core, you knew in your gut that something wasn’t quite right and you were one of the wonderful people in the world who said, “I’m going to figure this out.” You didn’t accept that initial like, “You’re just getting old.” You’re like, “No, something isn’t right here. I’m going to keep investigating and diving into it to figure it out.”

It didn’t start out that way. It took some time and several years to figure it out. I owned a spa in Santa Monica and a lady came into demo for a new massage therapist position. She asked if she could use an essential oil on my back. I was like, “You could use WD-40. It doesn’t matter. Can you do this job? Can I go back and try to work on my health?” She gave me this essential oil and it was a combination of grounding oils and it went right into my limbic system. As soon as I smelled this, inhaled this, it calms down my adrenals. It made me feel I was experiencing homeostasis for the first time in several years. My whole neurological system, everything calmed down.

I remember taking my head out of the face cradle and turn around. I was like, “What is that?” As soon as she showed me the bottle and I read the ingredients, I researched everything there that had to do with essential oils. If there was something in them that could help with Hashimoto’s and the symptoms I was having and there was a protocol. I started using these essential oils, lemongrass on my throat. Lemongrass is a natural anti-inflammatory. Clove essential oil is a natural antioxidant. Frankincense and the supplements have essential oils in them. I was like, “I’m not taking another supplement. I’m not spending any more money on anything else because they don’t work.” They said, “The essential oils are in them.”

I have to say I struggled with that for a little while because I did not want to spend money on something else that’s not going to work. I listened to my intuition and said, “Take them.” I got them. I started taking them and about a few months later, a tumor about the size of a golf ball formed on my throat. I never felt that it was a negative thing. I always felt that it was as if toxins we’re getting pulled out from where they have manifested. I held that tumor in my throat and I gave it nothing but love and gratitude and kept telling it, “Thank you for showing up. I know there’s a lesson here. I know there’s swelling and I let it go.”

I did what we’re supposed to do. I went to the doctor and got a biopsy and all of that stuff. During the biopsy, they used the numbing ingredient, the anesthetic. I didn’t want it because of the side effects that could happen with that. I was into natural resources at that time that I didn’t want to have anything else put in my body that was synthetic. I opted to go into this Kundalini Yoga meditation and decided I was not going to feel anything. I let them take these long needles and dig them into my throats. They were amazed that I didn’t move or squirm or say a word. What happened at that point and leaving that biopsy was I found my power.

I found if I could take the pain and control what was happening in that moment with that biopsy, how could I apply that to the rest of this illness and turn it all around? How could I use that same kind of energy and mindset to direct the path to my wellness? That’s what I did. I dove into becoming a team player instead of a bystander of what the doctors were telling me to do, what my naturopath was telling me to do. Instead of listening to what they said, I started diving in and listening to what I needed. As I did that, I discovered the supplements that we’re getting into my body for the first time were getting absorbed because they were nano-enhanced.

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Nano means the particles are broken down small enough so they’re absorbed into the body. Everything else everyone was giving me was not absorbed because of the leaky gut syndrome, which is a huge issue with autoimmune diseases. To be able to get past the leaky gut and get those nutrients absorbed into my body for the first time in a long time, I started to heal. As I dove into the gut, I became this gut detective of why things were getting absorbed and why things weren’t. I discovered we have this enteric nervous system that has more neurons than the central nervous system altogether. 80% of the communication in the gut goes to the brain through the vagus nerve. I started applying the essential oils on my gut and I started to get my energy back even more so.

I found that we have cannabidiol. Getting that CBD into my body was also a huge element. It started to get my gut and my brain in alignment and everything started to shift on major levels at quantum speed because I was taking an active part. I was directing where I wanted to go and I was playing in as a team member. I was not taking the sidelines. I wanted to see every single test result that I got. I taught myself how to read them, what the codes meant. If I needed more iron, then I knew that I needed vitamin C, which meant that I need vitamin B because you have to have vitamin B to absorb C, to absorb iron. All of these led to this path of writing this book to give as many tools as possible to as many people as I can.

What stood out to me most in that whole story was you became an active participant in your own healing. I believe the best healer anyone has is themselves. As soon as you start taking a more active role in your own healing process, it accelerates it tenfold. It’s not to say people can’t help you. People can definitely help you along the way, but when you’re in the driver’s seat of your own health and wellbeing, you’re going to see improvement and you’re going to see the results that you want exponentially faster. I do want to dive in to help our audience understand some of the topics we got into in that story. What is leaky gut? Why can that cause people issues?

Leaky gut is when your stomach lining, we have these little cilia in our stomach. As toxins enter the blood into the gut, they cause it to weaken and expand. When they weaken it and expand, then environmental toxins, toxins that we eat, toxins in our own endotoxin. We have toxins that we create in our body. When these get into that stomach opening, then it creates a histamine effect. It’s as if you cut your finger and when you cut your finger, blood and heat go to that area. It’s increased circulation to help fight off any bacteria or infection that could happen. It’s a good thing, but if you look at it in terms of your gut and you look at a leaky gut, it’s as if you have these tiny cuts all over the inside of your gut and your body is responding the right way by sending in the troops. It’s sending in blood and circulation and heat to attack anything that could be a danger to your body. The challenge is that our body doesn’t know how to differentiate between what’s good and what’s bad, so it attacks everything in that area.

Your body goes into this state of chronic inflammation, a chronic state of fighting off an infection. Therein lays the problem because as this happens, it continues to get worse. Your body goes into a state of fight or flight, which means you’re never going to heal yourself because we only heal ourselves when we’re in homeostasis, when we’re in that rest and digest. If your body is constantly fighting off infection in this chronic mode, then it goes into more areas where you’ll see things like fibromyalgia, migraines. It then goes into diabetes, MS, IBS and Crohn’s. It goes further and further down the rabbit hole. Until we address the main issue of leaky gut and getting those toxins out of our body, our environment, our mind, then we can start to get into ease, rest and digest atmosphere for a mind, body and spirit. That’s where we can begin that healing process.

You touched on many key points there, but at its core is that stress and inflammation, if your body’s stressed and your body is inflamed, it’s a vicious cycle. Your body can’t heal in a state of stress. It’s imperative to get your body out of stress before you can even start to repair, heal and regenerate. Have you ever heard of the Chemical Roundup, the pesticides as the biggest destroyer of the lining of the gut and cause of leaky gut?

People ask me, “Should I be gluten-free?” In my mind, everyone should be gluten-free because it’s a matter of time on how broken down your gut is going to be. It’s because you eat something that has gluten in it now, it doesn’t mean that you can eat gluten because gluten is wheat. Wheat has been treated with glyphosate and glyphosate is killing us. Even if you see something that’s organic, you have to wash it well because they spray with chemtrails, they spray with pesticides and it travels. It doesn’t stay contained in one spot. Getting your body into the wellness part of the food, that means not ingesting gluten, not ingesting any chemicals as much as possible. Make sure you’re eating organically as much as possible. There are things that we can do. I’m a huge fan of detoxing and cleansing. Cleansing to me is more eating the right foods. If you eat fast foods and processed foods, we want to go more towards living foods and high vibrational foods. That’s a step in that direction.

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Gut Health: The challenge is that our body doesn’t know how to differentiate between what’s good and what’s bad.


In terms of what’s already in our bodies, there are ways to detox. One of those ways is a push catch system I use. The push catch is there is a biostimulant and you take this in the form of a bitter but it’s a nano-enhanced liposomal delivery bitter. It gets into your liver. It opens it up and it pushes out the toxins in a safe but powerful way. As this goes through your GI tract, it acts as a cleanser. The second part of this detox is a binder. The binder is strong enough to pick up heavy metals, mold and other heavy toxins. This binds the toxins and pushes them out through your GI tract and then through elimination. This two-part system is super powerful and I can tell everyone about it and where I get it and all that fun stuff later. Know there are tools that are out there that can help with this process. It’s because you feel you may be toxic or have eaten toxic things in the past, there are ways we can correct it.

If you were to start someone off on healing the gut, where would you start? Would you start with this push catch type of detox? Where would you go with someone who’s trying to heal their gut and heal themselves?

The first thing I do when I have brand new clients is, I always start everyone on a parasite cleanse. Typically, everyone has some form of an overload of candida, yeast and parasites in their body. The way I like to do it is to get rid of the parasites first because parasites have their own consciousness. They are constantly feeding their mindset that they want to be fed and that they feed off of sugar. They’re sending signals to the brain for you to eat sugar because they want to stay alive and you’re their hosts. We want to get rid of them first so that it frees up all of this space. That’s just you and your microbiome, your own tools to keep yourself healthy and not anything else that you need to be a host of. Doing that parasite cleanse has freed up so much space. I know it did for me too. It felt like there was another inner voice inside my gut telling me to eat something or crave something I normally wouldn’t eat. I got rid of that and got rid of them and it freed me up to make my own decisions. My own microbiome was telling me, “Sweet potatoes are much better than some sugary foods.”

It’s funny that there are tiny little organisms inside you that are impacting the decisions that you make. It’s true because they have the capacity to release chemicals and compounds into your bloodstream, which then trigger you to behave and act in a certain way. If you become aware of this, you can work at starving them and killing them and removing them from your body. It relates a lot to stress where you’re freeing up space not to be stressed out and allow your body the space to heal.

I felt it for sure. It was freeing to have that. From the parasite cleanse, I’ll lead people to the kidney cleanse and we want to make sure our kidneys are fully supported and clear, then I move into the liver and colon together.

Once we’re all cleaned out, how do we begin the rebuilding process?

I use a lot of probiotics, prebiotics and bone broth. I use fermented skate liver oil and Haritaki. Those two are not well known, but fermented skate liver oil is great for your digestive system, but more than that, it helps to decalcify the pineal gland. As you decalcify the pineal gland, you’re able to have that third eye, that intuition, to activate and awaken. It helps us to listen to our gut even more so because the gut is the key to wellness in my philosophy. With the pituitary and pineal gland all working in alignment, then you’re able to listen to what’s right for you and your body instead of being numb and calcified. You become a part of the herd. My whole philosophy is to empower leaders, make leaders, not followers so people can be their own health advocate. They can listen to their own instinct, to their own intuition and dive into what their body is trying to tell them, but we need a clean pineal gland for that.

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In your words, and for anyone who’s not aware of the glands in the brain or anything, what is the pineal gland? Why is it important? How does it become calcified?

The pineal gland drips serotonin and melatonin. That’s our feel-good hormones. If it’s calcified, it’s not functioning at its optimum. It helps regulate the hormones and bring us into that state of homeostasis that we’re always looking for. It gets calcified by fluoride, chlorine, preservatives and toxins in our body. The cleaner we are, the more decalcified our pineal gland is. The more we listen to our gut and more intuition tells us what to eat, what not to eat, make a left turn, make a right turn. It’s all interactive. I can remember one time going down the road and my inner voice told me, “Slow down or your life is going to be changed forever.” It wasn’t that I was speeding or anything, but I was going over a hill and I couldn’t see on the other side.

I took my foot off the pedal and I let myself glide over the hill going super slow. On the other side of the hill, a kid about eight years old chased his skateboard right in the middle of the street. Had I gone any faster, it would have changed my life forever. It may not have been my fault. We want to hone in on that pineal gland, that gut instinct, that intuition so that it’s strong that we start listening to our intuition and making that a part of our life because it is incredibly powerful. I can’t remember who said this quote, “We just don’t know how powerful we are.” A part of that is having that gut intuition, that instinct, that pineal gland all working in conjunction to help us achieve optimum wellness in mind, body and spirit, all have to be in alignment.

What is Haritaki?

It’s an ancient Ayurvedic. It’s in a powder form. You can take it. It helps with tooth decay, gum disease. You could take it in the powder form and brush your teeth with it and get it into your gums. It’s bitter. After you take it, you lose sight of that. It doesn’t have a taste anymore. This helps to decalcify the pineal gland and you can find that on the internet everywhere. It also comes in a capsule form. I prefer the powder form if you can get it down because you want that to act as a cleanser in your digestion, your gastrointestinal tract. If you can get past the taste, then try to do the powder form, it’s better.

We had Len Foley, who’s the owner of Longevity Warehouse. He was also an advocate for tasting food because it helps your body and your system to create a relationship with that food. Intuitively then you start to become aware of when your body’s craving a specific food versus when it’s not. If you’re taking a supplement, you do not taste it and you do not understand the flavor profile and the interaction of that food with your body on the same level. That’s why he advocated versus supplements. He does extracts with all his different medicinal herbs and we’ll put them in coffee and make all fun concoctions.

He’s a huge mushroom guy too. He uses Chaga, Reishi.

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Gut Health: As you decalcify the pineal gland, you’re able to have that third eye that intuition activated and awakened, and it helps us to listen to our gut even more so because the gut is the key to wellness.


He’s into all the medicinal mushrooms, which there’s a ton of.

There’s not a one size fits all for everybody. Everybody is different. What may work for me may not work for you. That’s the fun adventure part of being your own wellness advocate. You get to discover what your body is, what your own microbiome is. To make that fun, exciting and an adventure also plays with the mindset of taking an active part in your body. It’s because somebody says something, it doesn’t mean it’s the end all. If you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean you’re going to have diabetes for the rest of your life. It doesn’t have to. In some cases, yes, maybe it is. Maybe that is the case, but I would have to say more people could change it around if they weren’t so married to the fact that a prescription is going to be the end all. You can’t blame the doctors because they only have on average 25 hours of some nutrition class, if they have 25 hours. It’s not required in med school to have a nutrition class and food class. You can’t blame them. The information is given to them from the pharmaceutical rep and the pharmaceutical rep’s best interest is to sell. I’m not trying to make doctors an enemy, I’m saying let’s do this together. A lot of that is ego-based. There are many times I’ve run into doctors who don’t want to hear anything outside of their wheelhouse.

It’s true is that they go to school for that particular thing. The pharmaceutical industry has taught them a certain way and for them to step outside of their boundaries, it’s hard. Going through what people like myself have gone through, what you touched upon is important is that if you see it and you believe it, you’re going to achieve it. We had a mantra when I started. It was called, “I can, I shall, I will,” and it means, “I can see it, I can feel it and I’m going to walk again.” This doctor or therapist says I can’t walk, but I’ll prove them wrong because I see it. You talked about your third eye. That third eye is reflecting on what you’re even eating. If you believe you’re eating the right food: organic, healthy, holistic, no pesticides and everything else, that food is medicine. Realistically what you’re saying is you put this good food into your body, you can heal yourself and you’re going to get the use of your body and go from being immobile to mobile quickly. That’s why I commend you on what you’re talking about because the mind, the body is connected on that level.

You made the perfect transition when you said that something you’re passionate about is how people deal with prognosis or diagnosis. Do you want to go into that in your own words?

If you have the opportunity to create a new story for yourself, take that opportunity to try it instead of giving all of the power away to somebody who really may not know you. They don’t know who you are. They don’t know your inner voice, your mindset. If they tell you you’ve got a few months to live and you take that on energetically, then that could be the story that is your outcome. What I’m hoping to initiate in awakening other people is can you create a new story? Can you say, “Based on the information that you’ve given me, I’ve got a few months to live. Based on the information in my heart, microbiome, gut, intuition and what I want for myself, I’m not in alignment with that. I’m going to take this and create a new story and I’m going to show you how incredibly powerful I am. I’m going to live way beyond what you think I can.

What I want to follow that up with is how many times have people taken a prognosis or diagnosis and proven it wrong?

Many have. That’s where the mind, body and spirit I feel needs to unite because the Newtonian western medicine is facts-driven and traditional Chinese medicine is energy. The element that’s missing to unite us all is that mindset. You may get a diagnosis and is anyone sitting down with a patient and saying, “This is what it says in terms of data. What do you want? How can we create a life story for you that go beyond this so that we can create an aligned mind, body and spirit to direct a new path?” Let’s make new neural pathways so that you can go beyond what this says. Go beyond data. We’re not data. We are energy. We are matter. All of this has to come from a feeling. I wonder what it would feel to live beyond these few years and live another 30? It’s living in that wonderment. “I wonder what it would feel like.” That can change the course of many things and many outcomes of living in that energy and wonderment.

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You had a fun term for that about living on a quantum level. What was your exact terminology?

It may have been on a quantum level.

I forget the exact context you brought it up in.

Quantum is on a cellular level. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you can see it, but you can feel it. That’s what we want to get into, quantum energetics, quantum rejuvenation and quantum ways of feeling. There are so many people that are off into this, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Lynne McTaggart, they’re doing studies of mindset and meditation and that general feeling. I read a book. I was about twelve years old when one of my friends gave it to me. It’s called The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. Her philosophy was thinking about something and living in that space of the outcome. I took that on and I went back to those grassroots when I was getting well and figuring this all out and it became more than that. It was thinking, but it was beyond that. It was feeling and living in that space.

That’s why when I held that tumor in my throat, I felt love for it. I felt gratitude for it because I knew that for some reason it showed up. I believe that for me it was to relate to people when they weren’t feeling well because I was never sick. I had maybe the flu or stomach virus, but that was the extent of my illnesses as a kid and young adult growing up. I could not relate to somebody who could not get out of bed. Now, I can meet people where they’re at because I know what it’s like. That to me, having that ability to relate to somebody who’s in that space is worth every single bit of the suffering I went through. I know what it’s like to not be able to get out of bed. I know what it’s like to feel awful that you feel you can’t attain health again.

I’m grateful that I was able to experience that because when somebody said, “I am sick and I don’t feel well,” I’m like, “Let’s start with where we can start with and what’s comfortable enough for you to make that next step.” I didn’t have that before. When I was mentoring clients, I was like, “Let’s do this. We can totally do this. I know you can.” That’s why I’m intensely living in this space of gratitude of being able to feel that. When somebody says, “I can’t get out of bed.” I say, “I hear you. Let’s see what we can start with. Let’s see what tiny steps we can make to get you to the next step.” That is worth more than gold to me because having that experience I feel makes me a better healer.

What came into my mind was an interesting story about a trainer, a guy named Abel James, who intentionally became obese because he had never experienced what his clients were experiencing. He was a shredded fit trainer and couldn’t connect with his clients. He intentionally put on 80lbs and sat on the couch and ate ice cream for a few months. His goal was to then in the next few months lose it all. In the process, he found this deep connection with his clients who were struggling because after he fattened himself up for a few months, he felt broken, he felt depressed, he felt he couldn’t get out of bed. It’s indicative of even though he was a trainer at this elite level, it was simply this shift in what he was allowing into his body, allowing into his space that broke him even though he knew better.

AIH 32 | Gut Health

Gut Health: Take the opportunity to create a new story for yourself instead of giving all of the power away to somebody who really may not know you.


First of all, he is amazing. I don’t know him, but I want to know him because that was super brave of him to do that. To intentionally put yourself in that space is brave. That’s another thing. The lessons we learned along the way are incredibly beneficial to our wellness. Whenever somebody comes to me as a client, we have to address that core belief system, the energy they took on between the age of zero and seven of how life was for them at that time in the story they built around that. When we go back to that core belief system and address those emotional issues, those challenges, we bring them to the surface. It helps to release them and shed the stories that came along with that as well.

There’s so much that goes into who we are and what we are and it’s exciting to be a part of this great awakening taking place that includes mind, body, spirit, sound current, ancient plant wisdom. It’s going back to the earth and meditation and chanting and becoming more of a tribe and a community and feeling the oneness of what we are instead of feeling separate. When we’re separate, we feel alone. We feel disconnected and that’s not who we are as humans. I feel that we’re a part of a community and a tribe. When we get back into that space, then we’re much more empowered. I can throw a rock, but together we can move mountains.

It’s releasing the baggage, releasing the past and being able to live in the moment. Once you release those memories of being three or four and something happened to you and living in the present, you’re free. I commend you on that. Somebody else I want to ask you is that you said the tribe, the community. How can people find you? What is your website? What’s the name of your book?

My website is EssentialGut.com. You can also Google Maria Aparis. You’ll find my website, my courses online, all of that fun stuff. You’ll find my book. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Books-A-Million. Connect with me. I can’t wait to know you.

I got one more question before you run. This is a question we ask all our guests. What is your inspiration?

I’m inspired daily by constantly learning and being in the space of continuous improvement no matter what that looks like. I’m always reading. I’m always making new friends and wanting to hear everyone’s stories. I’m passionate about humanity and human trafficking and ending that and empowering people to live their most amazing thriving life. I’m inspired by people and their stories.

Thank you so much, Maria, for coming on and sharing your modern and ancient wisdom and for inspiring us and sharing everything that you do. If you need help healing the gut or any of the other wonderful tools that Maria has to offer or practices that she has offered, go find her and bring her into your life.

Thank you so much.

Thank you. I’m excited.

Have a lovely day, Maria.

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About Maria Aparis

AIH 32 | Gut HealthMaria Aparis is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and a true visionary whose focus is Health and Wellness. She specializes in holistic and alternative modalities and leads workshops all over the country educating about the benefits of gut health, natural solutions and The Essential Gut Technique which is a protocol that she developed to support optimum gut function. An inspirational and motivational leader, she inspires others to achieve their greatest potential in life by challenging the paradigms that hold them back while realigning them with the mind, body and spirit.

A certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Reiki Healer, Massage Therapist, Raw Food Chef, Crystal & Gemstone Healer as well as a gifted businesswoman and entrepreneur, Maria revolutionized the spa industry back in 2001with her mobile day spa Spa On Location, by bringing luxury spa services to the client and has since provided luxury spa services to everyone from Academy Award-winning celebrities, producers and directors, to Grammy-winning recording artists, sports celebrities as well as to major Film Studios and Fortune 500 corporations.

Maria also owned and directed Sybaris Spa located in a beautiful oceanfront hotel in downtown Santa Monica. Sybaris was a healing sanctuary dedicated to bringing all natural products and services to the clientele.

Her book, The Essential Gut Awakening – Mastering Hashimoto’s and other Autoimmune Diseases is the courageous and inspiring account of her personal journey with Hashimoto’s disease, and how she embarked on a quest to reclaim her life by questioning the traditional approach to treatment.

Maria has been featured extensively on ABC’s Eye On LA, CBS’s Lisa’s It List, KTLA Morning News, Fox 11 News, 9 on the Town, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Si TV, Entertainment Tonight and Extra, LA Times, Daily Variety, Daily Candy, Lucky Magazine, Modern Bride and Healing and Spa Magazine, amongst others. Her expertise awarded her the privilege of being a special guest host reporting live from the red carpet for E! Entertainment Network as a health and beauty expert for the Emmy Awards.

She received the Certificate of Recognition from the State of California Senator’s office of Senator Joel Anderson for her Outstanding Community Service. This was received for special recognition for her participation in the integrated Health Conference and her unyielding commitment to preventing and reversing cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Maria’s vision is to live in a world free from all dis-ease and to spread joy, love, and enthusiasm for life to every person she meets. She continually strives to uplift and inspires everyone she meets to the realization that we are all connected and that our divine right is to live an amazing thriving life.

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