Travel to the mountains of British Columbia, relax on the beach in the Caribbean, embrace the spirit of the Himalayas, enjoy yoga and meditation with a view in New Zealand, or check into one of the best wellness retreats in Europe – there are many beautiful getaways to choose from around the world. While this list focuses on escapes outside of the United States, be sure to also read 20 Best Spiritual and Yoga Retreats in the U.S.

1. Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas
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Located across the bay from Nassau, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is a tranquil and luxurious sanctuary of peace and serenity. Resting on a beautiful beach surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery, the retreat offers an idyllic oasis in which to practice, expand and deepen your knowledge of yoga. If you are looking for spiritual retreats in a tropical setting, this is a beautiful place to visit.

Established in 1967 by Swami Vishnudevananda, the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat is both a traditional ashram and modern yoga retreat, where guests can immerse themselves in the philosophy and practice of yoga and yogic lifestyle. The ashram offers a daily schedule of the yoga tradition, including asana (yoga postures), pranayama (yogic breathing practices), and meditation, as well as courses, performances, workshops and special events. Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Things to Do in Nassau

2. Eat. Pray. Move

Eat. Pray. Move
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Born from the love of yoga and travel, Eat. Pray. Move is a travel company that provides unforgettable yoga tours and wellness retreats to various idyllic locations around the world. Combining luxurious accommodation, world-class cuisine, exotic excursions, and daily yoga practice, the company promises a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, no matter where you are in the world.

One of the popular tours is the New Year’s Eve Experience in Southwest Island in Iceland. This one-of-a-kind tour combines art and yoga to provide an unforgettable Icelandic break beneath the magnificent Northern Lights. The tour features a unique collaboration between Julian Hyzler from EASEL&LENS, who offers a variety of art projects such as "ifonography" (smartphone photography) throughout the week, and a varied and creative yoga schedule that focuses on body and mind. Luxurious accommodation and healthy cuisine are provided, as well as an array of activities and excursions in the surrounding landscape.

3. Yasodhara Ashram

Yasodhara Ashram
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Nestled in the spectacular mountains of British Columbia, Canada, the Yasodhara Ashram is a wellness retreat and study center committed to providing spiritual and intellectual experiences for all yogis. The Yasodhara Ashram offers an exciting variety of courses and retreats with classes, yoga sessions, and meditation offered throughout the day. All activities are designed to build a foundation of knowledge allowing you to experience further growth in your path to attain a lifestyle of yoga.

Surrounded by lakes, mountains, and forests, the Yasodhara Ashram offers several types of shared accommodations including the The Barn and Saraswati guest lodges. Both options will provide you with a comfortable, peaceful stay. Depending on the length of your visit, there are short and long term residences available. During your stay three nourishing meals are provided daily, including vegetarian, vegan and wheat free options, all of which can be enjoyed in tranquil silence. Meals are made using fresh fruit and vegetables grown on the property. You will leave this retreat feeling energized by your deepened yoga practice and knowledge. 527 Walker's Landing Road, Box 9 Kootenay Bay, B.C., V0B 1X0 Canada

4. Crystal Hermitage

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Crystal Hermitage is a New Age-style meditation center and tranquility garden, based on the Ananda meditation movement following the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. More than 36,000 visitors have explored the facility's beautiful landscaped gardens, which are set against the backdrop of the exquisite Tahoe National Forest and Yuba River Canyon and showcase spectacular plantings of spring bulbs and wildflowers throughout April. The facility's chapel is designed after the Porziuncola of Saint Francis, while its Shrine of the Masters houses artifacts related to significant gurus and saints of self-realization. Visitors can also stay overnight at the facility's guest house, which offers private living space and houses up to four guests.

14618 Tyler Foote Rd, Nevada City, CA 95959, Phone: 530-78-7587

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5. Anamaya Resort, Costa Rica

Anamaya Resort, Costa Rica
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Resting on a cliff top high above the lush rainforests of Montezuma in Costa Rica, Anamaya Resort is an exclusive and exotic resort with tranquil surroundings and breathtaking views. Located in one of the world’s most beautiful tropical beach towns on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, “Anamaya” (meaning “good health” in Sanskrit) features elegant accommodations, gourmet, organic cuisine, a variety of indulgent spa services, and a variety of yoga classes, workshops and wellness retreats aimed at the body, mind and soul.

Private, sustainably-built cabins with comfortable décor and modern amenities offer havens of serenity in which to stay while the Anamaya Restaurant serves a delicious menu of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic cuisine. In addition to excellent yoga packages, the resort also offers an array of other activities such as fire dancing, ‘Cirque de Soleil-style’ entertainment and guided excursions into the surrounding rainforests. Anamaya Rd, Costa Rica

6. Silver Island Yoga, Greece

Silver Island Yoga, Greece
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While staying at Silver Island Yoga located 50 miles from the mainland of Greece, you can realign your chakras by participating in a mindful yoga retreat. With the proximity of the Aegean Sea, you will feel the embrace of fascinating Greek history. Take time to explore the island, and be sure to include a visit to the island’s historical church. This Sunday - Saturday retreat allows you to experience complete tranquility in a distraction-free environment, as the island does not have Internet access.

When making a reservation, you have the option of staying in the Main house or the Villa, choosing from one of 5 rooms, each of which features unique and traditional arrangements and contemporary amenities. Each retreat is limited to no more than 10 guests, allowing you to roam the 60-acre island in serenity. The all-inclusive experience provides twice daily yoga classes with mats and equipment included, homemade vegetarian meals, access to hiking trails, water activities, and craft supplies to express your creativity.

7. Rancho la Puerta

Rancho la Puerta
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Rancho la Puerta is a rejuvenating wellness retreat located conveniently near San Diego, originally opened in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely. The retreat, which is created with sparking the modern fitness retreat revolution during the 20th century, is still operated by Deborah today and strives to promote healthier lifestyles among Americans, including better fitness and mindfulness practices. Guests of all ages and ability levels are encouraged to renew their minds and bodies as part of retreat activities, including spa treatments offered at the retreat's full-service spa and holistic healing practices such as acupuncture and craniosacral therapy. Nutritious meals and culinary experiences are offered at the retreat's organic farm and La Cocina Que Canta culinary center.

P.O. Box 69, Tecate, CA 91980, Phone: 858-925-1214

8. Simple Peace Hermitage, Assisi, Italy

Simple Peace Hermitage, Assisi, Italy
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Simple Peace Hermitage offers a range of meditation retreats in the appealing town of Assisi, Italy. Wellness retreats are based at a magnificent hilltop abode surrounded by hundreds of acres of rolling farmlands just a few kilometers from the center of Assisi, and are exclusive and intimate, with a maximum of seven guests together at any time.

Guests are accommodated in beautifully appointed country-style suites with private en-suite bathrooms, kitchens, living areas with cozy fireplaces, and expansive terraces boasting breathtaking views. Days begin with morning meditation, followed by meditation movement and yoga practices. Afternoons are free, inviting guests to relax in the stunning gardens or explore the sacred town of Assisi, followed by an evening meditation to close the day. lle Porte del Paradiso, 06081 Assisi (PG), Italy

9. Aqua Oceanfront Resort

Aqua Oceanfront Resort
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Nestled in a secluded beach cove on Nicaragua’s magnificent Emerald Coast, Aqua Oceanfront Resort is a luxurious and tranquil seaside retreat set within a lush tropical jungle setting. Featuring luxurious accommodations, a full-service spa and wellness center, award-winning cuisine and a variety of activities, the resort promises an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily life.

Aqua offers special yoga retreats throughout the year, with a large open-air yoga deck that overlooks the ocean. Yoga classes and meditation sessions are led by professional yoga teachers and are suited for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Beautifully appointed, eco-friendly tree-houses accommodate over 50 private guest villas and suites and are connected by wooden bridges and lava-stone pathways that lead to the beach, bar, restaurant, and spa. Rooms and suites are stylishly furnished with modern décor and amenities, private bathrooms and breathtaking views of the surrounding luscious landscape. (Phone: 917-338-2116)

10. Aro Ha, New Zealand

Aro Ha, New Zealand
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Aro Ha is a wellness experience located in New Zealand’s ethereal the Southern Alps. Designed for the rejuvenation of the human spirit, Aro Ha offers life shifting, body morphing, spirit-lifting retreats combined with body sculpting programs such as sub-alpine hiking, vinyasa yoga, and dynamic movement.

The retreat combines Zen-inspired luxury with functionality in designer, eco-friendly accommodations with spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu. Guests will enjoy mouthwatering gourmet vegetarian cuisine, daily mindfulness practices, yoga classes, and meditation sessions, as well as an array of mind and body healing activities. Hike in New Zealand’s world-renowned national parks, strengthen using functional movement classes and stretch with traditional yoga, rejuvenate with a daily massage, and luxuriate in the indulgent Obsidian therapeutic Spa. 33 Station Valley Rd, Wyuna, Glenorchy 9350, New Zealand

11. Haramara Retreat, Mexico

Haramara Retreat, Mexico
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Situated in the magnificent coastal region of Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, near the quaint town of Sayulita, Haramara Retreat is a tranquil oasis that merges tropical harmony with mind-body-spirit experiences. Backed by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains and facing the shimmering Pacific Ocean, Haramara Retreat features 16 elegantly rustic thatched cabanas ensconced among the lush tropical rainforests, connected by a network of private trails.

The wellness retreat also boasts an eight-sleeper dormitory for larger groups, two yoga shalas, a therapeutic wellness center and saltwater swimming pool. Savor award-winning vegetarian and vegan gourmet meals in the open air dining room with glorious jungle views, as well as an array of rejuvenating yoga and wellness retreats, teacher training and workshops. Playa Escondida, 63734 Sayulita, NAY, Mexico

12. Best Yoga Retreats: Kura Kura Yoga Retreat, Bali

Best Yoga Retreats: Kura Kura Yoga Retreat, Bali
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Connect with the timeless world of yoga at the Kura Kura Yoga Retreat Bali by participating in one of the organized wellness retreats or planning your own personalized retreat. With the sacred Seseh Beach outside your front door, you will add depth to your yoga practice and connect with nature while visiting this paradise. You will also experience traditional Bali culture during your stay in the town of Seseh.

The staff at Kura Kura, whose members consider themselves as family, provides expert guidance should you choose to plan your own retreat, offering you an opportunity to completely recharge. If you prefer, you can also choose from one of the planned retreats, which last 6 days.

This facility accommodates 16 people with 7 simplistically arranged rooms with a Zen ambience that can be set up with two single beds or one double bed. You will be pleasantly surprised by the level of comfort – each room has its own bathroom with a Western toilet and mosquito nets covering the beds. Wi-Fi access is available in public areas, giving you the chance to access the Internet when necessary yet at the same time allowing you to escape and take advantage of the ultimate yoga retreat experience. Jalan Pantai Seseh, Dessa Munggu, 80361 Bali, Indonesia

13. Best Wellness Retreats: Sanctuary Retreat, Australia

Best Wellness Retreats: Sanctuary Retreat, Australia
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Located in the heart of the Australian rainforest and close to the beaches that meet the Great Barrier Reef, the Sanctuary Retreat in Mission Beach, North Queensland is the perfect escape for those in search of absolute tranquility. During your stay, you can spend your days attending yoga classes, hiking the various rainforest trails, lounging at the beach, or getting a massage onsite.

For your stay, you have the choice of two accommodation options. With screens as walls for weather protection and a verandah to enjoy the picturesque views, the Rainforest Huts provide simple accommodations that include shared bathrooms. Otherwise, you can select a Deluxe Canopy Cabin with sturdier walls and additional modern amenities and accommodations. Some rooms and common areas are even Wi-Fi accessible. You will love walking through the rainforest using the boardwalks that have been put in place to protect the rainforest floor at the Sanctuary Retreat.

The Sanctuary Longhouse Restaurant and Bar uses fresh locally grown ingredients to create mouth watering meals for various diets, all of which are prepared fresh daily. You will enjoy sharing meals with the other guests, playing games, or relaxing in a hammock on the deck. The peaceful views will make you want to stay forever. 72 Holt Rd Garners Beach, Australia (Phone: +61 7 40886064)

14. Paradis Plage, Morocco

Paradis Plage, Morocco
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Located in Morocco, Paradis Plage is the first surf, yoga, and spa resort in the area, and features several luxury amenities to pamper you throughout your stay. When making your reservations, you will see that the resort provides package options allowing you to design the ultimate yoga, surf, and spa vacation. The Paradis Plage is surrounded by gorgeous scenery, so you can’t go wrong when choosing from one of the 5 refined accommodation options, one of which is a Junior Suite with Wi-Fi access and an elegant bathroom.

During your stay you can spend your days enjoying paradise in many different ways, from surfing incredible waves to spending time at the surf house. You can also indulge yourself at the traditional Paradise Spa with relaxing body treatments and massages offered on the beach – they even offer a traditional hammam. Yoga lovers can find their center with daily yin and Vinyasa classes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. You certainly won’t complain of hunger, either. During your stay, you will be spoiled by the exquisite Moroccan cuisine available at one of four restaurants. Km 26 Route d'Essaouira Imi Ouaddar, Agadir, Marocco (Phone: +212(0)528200382)

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15. Ananda In The Himalayas, India

Ananda In The Himalayas, India
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If you are looking for a spiritual holistic environment where you can have the ultimate yoga retreat and spa experience, the Ananda In The Himalayas, located in the Himalayan foothills, is an excellent choice. With breathtaking views of the Maharaja Palace, your mind and body will be enriched after your stay. The Ananda Spa blends traditional Indian wellness regimes with Ayurveda, yoga, and Vedanta programs and services offered by the full-service spa. A visit to this retreat will surely center guests and transform their lives. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to take several workshops or enjoy billiards, golf, cooking classes, and water activities to recharge your spirit.

The Ananda offers five accommodation options. The rooms are spacious and include traditional antique decor that celebrates India’s history and culture. The stunning views and refreshing amenities provide a peaceful, inspiring atmosphere, allowing guests to relax completely. During your stay, you will experience a rejuvenating dining experience with menu options that include incredibly. You can choose between one of the 4 on-site dining locations. The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri - Garhwal, Uttaranchal - 249175, India (Phone: +91 11 61210000)

16. Hotel Adler Termae, Italy

Hotel Adler Termae, Italy
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Located in Tuscany, Italy The Hotel Adler Termae is an idyllic yoga retreat highlighting the spectacular beauty of the region. You will be greeted at check-in with a welcome cocktail, and all throughout your stay, you will be pampered with world-class inclusive services that include appetizing dining options, a modern fitness center, and daily yoga classes. The accommodations at the Hotel Adler include Superior Rooms, Family Junior Suites, and Family Suites featuring bright, regional décor, providing you with ultimate relaxation.

During this vacation will be completely energized after participating in activities such as hiking, cycling, riding in a hot air balloon, riding in one of a kind classic cars, or enjoying delicious local cuisine and wines. With a visit to the spa, you can experience a variety of pampering services including the unbelievable Organic Spa and Wine therapy. The Hotel Adler is the ultimate escape where you can enjoy Zen yoga practices and invigorating local activities that will make you never want to leave. Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico d’Orcia SI, Italy (Phone: +39 0577 889 000)

17. Ketanga Fitness Retreats

Ketanga Fitness Retreats
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Pioneering a new kind of fitness experiences, Ketanga Fitness Retreats combine trips to different parts of the word with activities such as horseback riding, yoga, boxing, and much more. Since their launch in 2014, they have organized 55 retreats and 150 events. Some of the most popular are Sun, Fun and Fitness in Costa Rica, Power Yoga and Adventure in Portugal, or Ride and Flow Wellness in Ireland. The mission of Ketanga is to create an experience that is a balance of fitness, adventure, and relaxation and to make wellness accessible, diverse, and fun. They organize retreats such as unique custom bachelorette parties, girls getaways, birthday parties, and other events. Phone: 646-454-0704

18. Yoga at the Mill Retreats

Yoga at the Mill Retreats
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Yoga at the Mill Retreats offer three-to-five-night retreats at top locations throughout Europe and Africa, operated by the owners of Chelmsford's Yoga at the Mill yoga and meditation studio. The retreat company is one of the industry's leaders for mindfulness retreats and yoga holidays, offering a chance for participants to detoxify and rejuvenate in a supporting, enriching environment. Retreats are offered to locations in Morocco, Norfolk, and Croatia, including luxury spa retreats in Marrakech and walking tour weekends throughout Croatia's seaside, forest, and agricultural regions. All retreats are led by expert yoga and meditation teachers, who lead participants in ancient wellness practices. Visitors can also enjoy a wholesome slate of balanced, healthful meals, including daily afternoon tea service. Phone: + 01245 934 188

19. Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India

Shreyas Yoga Retreat, India
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Embark on a life-enriching journey of self-discovery at Shreyas Yoga Retreat, a 25-acre secluded paradise in Bangalore, India which is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group. This authentic and traditional yoga retreat provides a variety of packages and wellness retreats that incorporate twice daily Ashtanga and Hatha yoga classes as well as chanting and meditation sessions. Take advantage of complete comfort in one of the 3 types of villas on the property, which overlooks lush and beautiful gardens. Without television in the room, you will be able to dedicate yourself completely to meditation and self-reflection. At this retreat, you also have the opportunity to visit the Rejuvenation Spa and try out a variety of massage and body treatments.

Savor vegetarian meals prepared with fresh ingredients grown on the property’s agricultural herb gardens and rice fields. Past guests have shared that their most cherished experiences included spending an hour working in the gardens with their hands each day. Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bangalore, India (Phone: +91- 80-2773-7102)

20. Present Moment

Present Moment
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Present Moment Retreat is a boutique hotel right along the ocean that specializes in yoga retreats and wellness classes. There are eleven private bungalows, each of which has unique styling. The bungalows are designed to be authentic and feature a palapa thatched roof that was hand-crafted in the traditional manner. The bungalows have queen beds with pillow tops, white linen canopies, and luxurious bedding. Rooms also have wireless Internet, fine art and antiques, rain disk showerheads, shower floors made of ocean stones, and private decks along with meditation gardens.

Guests can participate in a wellness class, Qigong dance class, meditation, or yoga right by the sea. There are also various spa services, including healing arts, energy work, wellness counseling, and massages. There are even cleansing/detox programs. Other hotel amenities include the yoga pavilion and boutique and gift shop. The hotel has delicious gourmet food as well, including the freshest seafood and a number of options for vegetarians. There is even an extensive tequila menu featuring selections from dozens of distilleries around the country. Guests can even take lessons to become a yoga teacher. There are a range of nearby attractions, including hikes to waterfalls, surf-yoga trips, surf lessons, eco tours, sunset horseback riding, and kayaking.

Troncones Beach, Troncones, Guerrero, +52-755-1030011, US 828-318-3950

21. Maya Tulum Resort, Mexico

Maya Tulum Resort, Mexico
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Maya Tulum Resort is an alluring seaside wellness resort on the beautiful Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico that features incredible natural scenery, luxurious accommodations, world-class cuisine and a range of mind and body healing activities. Maya Tulum offers a range of luxurious seafront accommodation from garden cabanas to deluxe beach villas, each of which is stylishly furnished with beach décor and modern amenities.

The resort enjoys superior facilities, including two yoga halls, a 100-seater restaurant, eight massage rooms, a labyrinth and Temazcal, as well as offering an array of yoga classes and workshops that include Vinyasa, Hatha, power and restorative yoga. Enjoy anasura, moon salutations and sunrise walking meditation - boasting year-round sunshine, Mexico is the perfect place to escape from it all. Carr Tulum-Cancún, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico

22. Chiva-Som, Thailand

Chiva-Som, Thailand
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Located in Hua Hin, Thailand, Chiva-Som is an award-winning spa resort with a focus on health and wellness retreats in the lap of luxury. The property includes seven acres of lush tropical gardens, and features luxurious accommodation in the form of 58 stylish and sophisticated rooms, suites and exclusive Thai pavilions with spectacular views of the water. The resort boasts a full-service spa with 70 treatment rooms, as well as a kinesis studio, gym, and an extensive outdoor pool complex with a flotation pool and ‘watsu’ pool. There is also an indulgent bathing pavilion with ‘Kneipp’ bath, steam room and sauna, whirlpool and indoor swimming pool. Healthy spa cuisine is served in The Emerald Room or the Taste of Siam, and the resort offers an array of health activities, including yoga, tai chi, Pilates aqua aerobics, and cooking classes.

23. Wellness Tourism Trends

Wellness Tourism Trends
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Year and year, statistics show that more and more people are prioritizing their own mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. Activities like yoga and Pilates have seen major surges in popularity, people are caring more and more about organic food and healthy eating, and everyone is trying to make each day more meaningful through wellness-centric pursuits.

When looking at recent trends like the rise of veganism, a keener global interest in veganism and vegetarianism, more of a focus on organic foods and natural beauty products, the one key element combining these aspects is clear to see: nature. Nature is the ultimate wellness provider. Getting out among the trees and fields, breathing in fresh air, freeing oneself from the noises and pollution of the city and engaging with more natural products in everyday life is helping many people feel much happier and healthier. People are turning away from chemical-laden products and scary medications in search of something purer, and this is set to be an even greater part of the wellness movement as time goes by.

Healthy eating has always been a significant part of wellness trends. We are what we eat, and the power of diets to change lives for the better is clear to see. Recent years have seen a big shift towards diets like Paleo, Keto, and veganism, with many people opting to cut products like gluten and dairy out of their diets, but this trend is only going to get deeper in the near future. People are tired of general diets and trends aimed at the broader audience. They want personalized meal plans, customized dishes just for them, and foods that actually match up with their bodies, tastes, and metabolisms. Modern science and nutrition data is able to be used to achieve this, providing truly effective and 100% personalized dietary plans for every individual.

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