MEET SHELLEY GAWITH

Hi, I’m Shelley Gawith. People ask me why I care so much about functional nutrition. The reality is this amazing approach to healthcare saved my life.

I used to be a super-busy corporate girl. I worked insane hours, skipped meals, lost sleep, and did not take care of my health. That all changed in 2010 when my health crashed. I lost all of my physiological function and doctors wanted to admit me to hospital. They told me I was on ‘death’s doorstep’ and there was no hope. That scared the ‘ish’ out of me.

The doctors gave me the label of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – I couldn’t stay awake for more than 30 minutes a day. I had two choices: move back in with my parents, or find a solution. It started me on the journey of going to specialist after specialist to try to get answers. Every avenue we went down, nobody could help me. I knew I needed to take the power back. I looked at different courses and realised functional nutrition was right for me. It was then I started to piece together my health history. For as long as I can remember, I had ‘half eyebrows’, which meant nothing at the time. Now I understand it was just one of the signals my body was giving me that I was born with a hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. The main role of the thyroid hormone in our body is to control our metabolism.

To go from being sick 
to becoming healthy 
is such a rewarding 
journey.

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