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How to Choose the Proper Nutrition for an Active Lifestyle


If you’re an athlete or runner, chances are you need a little extra get-up-and-go in your diet that supports your active lifestyle and rockin’ body. For anyone serious about their health and performance, emphasizing the overall importance of nutrition leads to excellence.

In recent years, athletes have been bombarded with information pertaining to the best ingredients that support a lean body: skinless chicken breasts, protein shakes and even chocolate milk. However, these foods and beverages aren’t as “clean” as they seem. Some animal-based foods contain very inflammatory sources of fats and proteins. Drinks with high protein content contain heavily processed ingredients such as protein extracts, for example, protein blends from plant-based food ingredients or whey protein.

What’s more important for individuals who live an active lifestyle is paying attention to the source of the nutrition rather than the benefits of each individual nutrient.

When you think about it, the food we eat is what we end up becoming. Food is just language that speaks to our bodies’ cells. Cells are pathways of communication that control everything from our metabolism to our brain function. Through millions of years of evolution, human cells have never been exposed to processed food ingredients until very recently, much less than a century. It’s unfortunate, yet not surprising, that processed foods cause all kinds of health problems, from food allergies to serious diseases including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

For individuals living an active lifestyle, like athletes or runners, high-quality sources of nutrition are needed. What aren’t needed are inflammatory foods or foods with high amounts of cholesterol, saturated fats, sugars, toxins and contaminants from processed ingredients. For example, protein blends are so highly processed; we can’t determine what actually takes place during production.

Runners with an active lifestyle need specific amounts of carbs, fats and protein to thrive, nutritionally speaking. These macro-nutrients should come from clean, plant-based foods and should be eaten at each meal. This balance will provide your body with fuel for performance and speed up recovery, muscle growth and repair. It will also prevent any nutritional shortages that can hinder performance.

You can use the charts below as guides to calorie consumption and key nutrient ratios for your gender and age:

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Choosing the Karviva Divine Three Plant Based Nutritional Smoothie, soon to be known simply as “Harmony,” means choosing a clean beverage for speedy recovery post-workout. With no-added sugar and simple, clean, natural whole plant ingredients, a 12oz bottle of Karviva Divine Three (Harmony) contains 8 grams of natural plant protein (16% of DV) and 6 grams of dietary fiber (21% of DV). In addition, these smoothies contain excellent amounts of iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc from clean, natural whole plant sources, not from purified ones.

In the end, educate yourself beyond what is being promoted to you as an athlete. Proceed with caution after seeing advertisements for whey protein or plant-based proprietary protein blends. Instead, make plant-based whole food products for performance your go-to!  These foods provide living nutrients your cells easily recognize and can process into energy. They also care for your muscles, heart and body overall.

Be active and be smart. Choose your food based on the proven and truthful medical benefits that support your choices.

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Karviva's formulations are inspired by ancient food wisdom, designed to nourish Qi (the vital energy source) and Blood (key bodily nutrients). Our drinks uniquely focus on clean, nutrient-dense ingredients and formulations that maximize food synergies, adhering to principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. This holistic approach enhances the natural properties of each ingredient, offering unique health benefits.

Karviva Whole Plant Juices can be stored at room temperature. Once opened, they should be refrigerated and consumed within one week for optimal freshness.

Yes, daily consumption of Karviva Detox Juice, for instance, has led many customers to report health improvements after two weeks. However, individual experiences may vary.

Yes, our smoothies and coffee drinks need to be refrigerated and are best enjoyed within one to two days of opening.

Our all-natural, organic drinks are suitable for all, including pregnant women and children. We recommend checking for any personal food allergies.

Absolutely. Karviva drinks are an excellent choice for those managing blood sugar levels or reducing sugar and carb intake, thanks to their low glycemic index and beneficial ingredients like aronia berry and cinnamon.

We carefully select ingredients based on their ideal growth conditions to ensure their therapeutic benefits. Our sourcing strategy includes aronia berries from the Midwest USA, quinoa from Bolivia, oats from Sweden, black soybeans from northern China, and coffee beans from Mexico. Most fruits are sourced from Washington and California, with our sprouts grown hydroponically for quality assurance.

In line with Traditional Chinese Medicine beliefs, we understand that climate, soil, and water quality significantly affect the therapeutic powers of plants. This focus ensures the highest quality and effectiveness of our ingredients.