Inflammation is a common issue that affects our bodies, often without us realising. Taking a proactive approach to our health is crucial because hidden sources of inflammation can exist within us. It's important to note that inflammation doesn't always indicate a chronic illness; it simply means our bodies are out of balance. Our bodies strive for equilibrium, and any imbalance triggers a stress response.

While stress can have its benefits, such as motivation and productivity, our bodies require a restful state for optimal thinking and creativity. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles expose us to various chemicals and toxins, contributing to inflammation and stress responses.

In New Zealand, the medical data reveals concerning findings. Babies are born with 350 chemicals in their umbilical cords, and the urine of New Zealand children shows the highest levels of chemicals globally. Additionally, our country has the highest per capita use of glyphosate (Roundup), which is detected in functional lab tests of my clients.

However, living in fear is not the solution. Instead, it's about raising awareness and taking proactive steps for our health and the health of our children.

Morning sickness during pregnancy is not a normal occurrence but rather a sign of an overworked liver. By prioritising liver health before pregnancy, it's possible to prevent morning sickness.

As someone who is now 13 weeks pregnant, I can personally attest that my dedication to liver-loving activities over the past decade has paid off. Throughout my pregnancy journey, I've noticed a recurring theme: people asking about whether I’ve had morning sickness yet, on a daily basis. Although their intention is caring and kind, it reflects the societal acceptance of these symptoms as normal during pregnancy.

It's fascinating how society has come to accept symptoms like morning sickness and menopause-related issues as typical experiences. However, it's important to remember that our bodies were designed for perfect health.

When you experience symptoms, it's crucial to be curious, question them, and seek support. Your body is signalling inflammation and imbalance, offering an invitation to choose a different path.

Incorporating liver-loving activities can significantly reduce inflammation and support overall health:

  • Getting hydrated for your body
  • Increasing your daily intake of leafy greens (ideally 6 cups per day)
  • Saunas
  • Epsom salt baths
  • Drinking liver-loving teas
  • Dry skin brushing
  • Ion Foot Cleanses
  • Personalised liver detoxes
  • Getting blood work done to assess your liver health
  • Exploring emotional therapies to release stored emotions in our bodies
  • Becoming aware of our daily liver loaders
  • Having a daily breathing practise.

Remember, you don't have to do everything at once. Simply start with one new activity. By prioritising liver health, you can daily experience increased energy, vitality, and ultimately live your best life.

By Shelley Gawith, from Functional Nutrition
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