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Having learnt about the importance of quality supplements, Valerie, came to the health and wellness industry in 2010 after going through a series of medical obstacles. With an eye for health coaching and business, interviewed by InTheLoop, a Singapore Health & Wellness online platform, Valérie talks about nutrition, treatment and her personal journey.
ITL: What made you start this business? Is there a personal story behind this journey?
For years, I had been fighting a medical condition related to hormonal imbalance and adrenal fatigue. I received professional advice to buy some supplements on a well-known website. A short while after starting the supplements, I didn’t feel well and had symptoms of fogginess, disorientation and extreme fatigue. We have all heard of “healing crisis” and I felt like I was going through one. However, the symptoms did not disappear but amplified. It took me a while to make the connection with the supplements but once I did, I stopped them and everything went back to normal after only a few days.
At this point, I realized that it is important to use safe, high-quality products with ethical standards and it is then that I decided to create your-vitality-store to offer such products.
ITL: Share with us about your background and what you did prior to Your Vitality Store, please.
I came to Asia 22 years ago starting with Bangladesh, Hong Kong and finally making Singapore my home in 1997. Our two children were born here. I have been in the glamorous fashion industry for the longest time, manufacturing wedding gowns to selling luxury French Lingerie, until I started my life changing holistic health journey in 2010 when I decided to promote Nutripuncture; an innovative healing modality from France.
ITL: It’s your 20-second pitch, share with us in two sentences what you do.
I am an Integrative Nutrition Health & Wellness Coach and the founder of Your-Vitality-Store; manage an online platform that provides holistic products and education programs. Health and wellness is a very personal and individual journey. My purpose is to help individuals find the strength, motivation, knowledge and safe tools to overcome their health challenges and reach vitality.
ITL: Coming from Europe what are some of the similarities or differences in the way people approach their health here that you think is particularly interesting?
Natural living and holistic health are now becoming a global trend. Asia, however, has always been ahead of us with some ancestral healing traditions such as TCM or Ayurveda, so the sensitivity to natural remedies is certainly stronger here.
ITL: You retail a TCM-based supplements that are made in France, how interesting, tell us more about it.
Yes, it is a fascinating and amazing healing modality, which I believe, is way ahead of its time. It is informational medicine. Based on the principles of TCM and the concept of meridian energy, it uses trace mineral blends in high dissolutions to stimulate specific information channels in the body on the cellular level. A bit like resetting your system when it’s program is corrupted. I have seen and experienced myself amazing results with Nutripuncture® in a very short time!
ITL: There are 50 different kinds of Vitamin C alone on the shelves in stores how do you choose the right supplements?
“One person’s medicine can be another person’s poison”. Every one of us has a unique physiology and based on that, we all have specific needs. How can 2 individuals with different metabolisms, activity levels or dietary requirements have the same needs? Supplementation to compensate a deficiency is certainly necessary in some cases. But I believe it is best to seek professional advice to know what you need and what is safe for you to take.
ITL: What are the 3 tips that you can share on what basic supplements an average person should try and consume?
Based on our lifestyle, age, diet, environment we all have unique needs to keep our level of vitality up. It is why I strongly recommend supplements that support regulation of physiologic functions. It is an approach suitable for our individual needs.
Pre & probiotics are something everybody benefits from as it supports intestinal flora, gut health and the digestive system. This in turns helps the absorption of nutriments. Most important is to choose according to your individual needs with the highest safety and quality standards.
ITL: Do you have a daily mindful or physical practice?
I learned this from Nutripuncture®: I connect with my five senses and link them to the corresponding five elements in my body (earth, fire, air, water & ether) to be centered, anchored and present for the day.
ITL: What are the top 3 challenges you face in your business
– Marking our difference and being found: We lack the same exposure the well-known supplement brands with bigger communication.
– Changing mindsets and educating consumers is a long journey: When choosing supplements; price, packaging, or the allegations on the box, are often the decisive factors. In my opinion, hardly the right criteria to make the best choice.
– There have been so many unsafe products with side effects, that some people are reluctant to take supplements and they do not understand the concept of bio-compatibility (for no side effects)
ITL: Where do you see yourself and the business in the next 2 years
Our goal is to be the reference platform in the region for reliable, safe quality products that respect, ethically, human physiology. We also aim to educate individuals through programs so they have the tools to improve their health and achieve each individual’s fullest potential as human beings.
Finally, we work on establishing bridges with like-minded people and organisations because we believe that together we are stronger!
ITL: What does success mean to you?
Being able to make a difference in the world! Creating a ripple effect to change mindsets towards a mindful approach to individual health and wellness. To be known and recognized as an ethical and safe quality brand. And foremost seeing our clients breaking free from their health issues and achieve their everyday goals in wellness.
We’ve selected a range of supplements:
- Made of 100% natural active ingredients
- Completely bioavailable and biocompatible
- In “Controlled release” microgranules form to ensure prolonged effectiveness and targeted action in the body
This post was first published onInTheLoop – http://intheloop.com.sg/living-healthy-founder-vitality-store-valerie/ and has been reposted on Your Vitality Store with the permission of the author.