Learning about the importance of quality supplements, founder of Your Vitality Store, Valerie Marin took to the health and wellness industry in 2010 after going through a series of medical obstacles. With an eye for health coaching and business, we speak to Valerie about nutrition, treatment and her personal journey.
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 was recommended to buy some supplements on a well known online website. A short while after starting the supplements, I didn’t feel well and had symptoms of fogginess, disorientation and extreme fatigue. We all have heard of “healing crisis” and I thought I was going through one. However the symptoms did not disappear and amplified. It took me a while to make the connection with the supplements but once I did stop them, everything went back to normal after a few days.
I realised that it is important to use products of high quality, safety and ethical standards and it became evident to create your-vitality-store to offer such products.
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 fashion industry for the longest time going from manufacturing wedding gowns to selling luxury French Lingerie, until I started my holistic health journey in 2010 and decided to promote Nutripuncture; an innovative healing modality from France.
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; 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.
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 is 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 sensibility to natural remedies is certainly stronger here.
You retail a TCM based supplements that are made in France, how interesting, tell us more about it.
Yes, this is a fascinating and amazing healing modality, which I believe comes 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!
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”. Everyone of us has an unique physiology and based on that we all have specific needs. How can 2 persons with different metabolism, 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 though to get professional advice to know what you need and what is safe for you to take.
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. That is why I strongly recommend supplements that support regulation of physiologic functions. It is an approach suitable for our individual needs.
Pre & probiotics is 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 and with high safety and quality standards.
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.
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 budgets for their 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
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, with ethic, human physiology. We also aim to educate individuals through programs so they have the tools to improve their health and achieve their full potential as human beings.
Finally we work on establishing bridges with like minded people and organisations because we believe that together we are stronger !
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.