The Five Pillars of Wellbeing
In order to understand which areas of wellbeing our customers needed the most support in, we conducted a survey. We combined the results with our expert knowledge of optimum nutrition and functional medicine to create our five pillars of wellness:
The digestive system is the foundation system of our wellbeing. It is the mechanism by which we consume our nutrition, so if it’s not functioning optimally it may affect absorption of nutrients. It also plays a major role in other systems including affecting your brain and nervous system function, it is a part of your immune system and is a major elimination pathway for detoxification.
Modern day life requires us to be ever more energetic in both our work and social lives. Metabolic energy production is not just about the calories we eat, but where we get those calories from, how we consume them, plus the supply of cofactors and micronutrients that make up the cogs in the energy-making machine.
3. Sleep, Stress & Mood
It has been reported that stress and anxiety are so common in western societies that they are reaching epidemic levels. The natural environment human beings evolved to live in is vastly different to the urban, industrialised world we live in today, and our biology is struggling to catch up. By looking to the natural world we can find nutritional support to help us cope with stress better, sleep more deeply, and feel happier and calmer by harnessing the power of certain herbs and compounds which act as precursors for neurotransmitters.
Many of us live in densely populated areas, mixing closely with colleagues at work, on public transport, schools, gyms, and almost anywhere else you can think of. This means that the spread of infection happens easily. At the same time, allergies and autoimmune diseases are on the rise, indicating that our complicated immune systems are not coping or reacting as they should do. Chronic inflammation is a known precursor to most diseases of age such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. Modulating the immune system so it reacts as it should do is both vital for short, medium, and long-term health.
Modern, urban environments mean we are exposed to more chemicals than ever before from pollution, fumes, cleaning products, cosmetics, farming chemicals, and heavy metals. In addition, many of us are also regularly consuming caffeine and alcohol. Our detoxification systems do a great job of neutralising and excreting toxins, especially our incredible livers. However, our liver pathways are strongly influenced by our genetic makeup, meaning that some of us are better detoxifiers than others. Strong evidence shows botanicals can slow or upregulate pathways, allowing slow detoxifiers to benefit and feel less of the negative effects from a high toxic load.
Personalised Supplements and Tailored Nutrition Advice
Nutritional science has evolved rapidly over the past 50 years. Far beyond the survival essentials, it is now the science of optimal wellbeing; exploring how nutrients can be used to make us feel as well as possible, for as long as possible. More than just proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins, and minerals, we now have access to an abundant variety of micro nutrients from the richness of the global larder, enabling us to harness the proven benefits of polyphenols, antioxidants, fibres, enzymes, amino acids, probiotics and more.
Our understanding of the human body has also rapidly evolved. We are now able to decipher how our genetic makeup affects our individual nutritional needs, which are more unique and varied than ever thanks to the ever greater pressures of modern life. But whilst there has never been more information available to us in terms of health advice, working out what is relevant to you and your needs has never been more complicated.
The VITL App
With the VITL app, you’ll receive a free nutrition consultation with our Live Adaptive Nutrition Advisor (aka “LANA”). By assessing your wellbeing across our five core pillars, LANA is then able to tailor your nutrition and lifestyle advice and even recommend a bespoke nutrition pack made up of supplements which have been specifically formulated to target your individual needs.
Track your progress
As nutrition supports the body from the roots up, it can take a few weeks or months to rebalance and see changes, so we’ll encourage you to retake your nutrition consultation every 2-3 months with helpful reminders. Additional to the demands of our modern environments, our dynamic lifestyles are also ever-changing; everything from careers to relationships, social circles, activity levels and day-to-day routines all influence our nutritional needs, which are unlikely to be the same today as they are tomorrow. With the VITL app you can assess and track your wellbeing to make sure you’re receiving the right advice and nutritional support for your body for free, making it quicker and easier than ever to check in with your health and respond in real-time with adjustments to help you thrive, rather than just simply survive.
Get started today with the free VITL app and get your first pack of personalised vitamins half price until the end of January.