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Coffee, caffeine, energy drinks - what do these all have in common? For one, they give you energy. But, unfortunately they all have 3 other things in common: (1) They are bad for your health, (2) They lead to an eventual energy crash later in the day, (3) They create dependency and cravings.
Here at Ruvi, we believe that you can have the energy you want without the downsides. We created specific mixes of fruits and vegetables that lead to boosts in immunity, detoxification, heart health, and mental focus. They also all lead to an improvement in energy due to better digestion as well as giving the body and brain the micronutrients they need to thrive.
When it comes to fruits and veggies, there are no downsides. If you’re looking for a major boost to your physical energy, Ruvi can do that for you. When you drink Ruvi, you can feel reassurance that you will receive 100% natural energy and be doing something that is actually good for your whole body at the exact same time.
That’s a whole lot better than regretting your choices of energy drinks, caffeine, or coffee. With Ruvi, there are no more crazy cravings or unhealthy dependencies; no more morning jitters or afternoon crashes. It’s just 100% natural, sustained energy from fruits and veggies.
When it comes to energy boosts, Ruvi takes the cake… or rather, it does a far better job than cake ever would at building your energy.
Fruits and veggies contain micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients) that all contribute to energy production and maintenance in the body and brain.
To list all of the complex and intertwined energy relationships between these vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients would be quite the task; especially as there are 26 different fruits and vegetables in our 32-pack!
While we won’t list all of these interactions and complexities, we will talk about some of them.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbate (though it goes by many other names depending on the compound), is a very important component of energy production.
Vitamin C is responsible for the growth and repair of tissues in the body. It is necessary for the formation of collagen, which is a vital protein that makes up skin, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and the lining of the gut.
Vitamin C is also needed for the maintenance and repair of cartilage, teeth, and bones.(1)
Vitamin C is an antioxidant. This means that it reduces oxidative free radicals in the body, keeping the cells healthy and preventing inflammation. People who don’t get enough vitamin C often feel fatigued or depressed. According to studies, people low in vitamin C often find that their mood improves after they bring their vitamin C up to adequate levels. (2)
Without adequate levels of vitamin C, your joints, ligaments, tendons, etc. won’t function properly. In order to feel energized and at ease, you need to get optimal levels of vitamin C in your diet.
Ruvi Active contains 5 fruits and veggies high in vitamin C: Fuji apple, strawberry, tart cherry, butternut squash, beet.
Ruvi Clean contains 6 fruits and veggies high in vitamin C: Fuji apple, zucchini, Granny Smith apple, spinach, kale, and moringa.
Magnesium is a mineral that is needed for hundreds of interactions happening in the body every second. Though magnesium is often advertised for its ability to improve sleep, this miracle mineral is central to many other processes in the body, especially energy production.
Magnesium is required for glycolysis, which is the body’s process for breaking glucose down into pyruvate molecules to combine with ATP and produce energy. In other words, magnesium ensures that the body converts glucose into energy.
Magnesium is also required for the body to make glutathione, the body’s most abundant and crucial antioxidant. In addition to other roles in the body, glutathione is responsible for energy production, detoxification, and mitochondrial function (mitochondria are central to ATP and energy production).
The body utilizes calcium and potassium for the production of ATP, the body and brain’s go to energy source for all processes, both physical and mental. Magnesium plays an active role in the transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes. This is important for nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and heart beat.(13)
Magnesium is also involved in over 300 different enzymatic reactions in the body and brain.(14) Enzymes are needed for the digestion and absorption of all micro and macro nutrients. Without optimal levels of magnesium, our body cannot properly use enzymes to assimilate the nutrients needed for energy.
Magnesium is one of the most prevalent mineral deficiencies in America. Studies suggest that 75% of Americans do not meet their recommended daily intake of magnesium.(15) This could be having a very profound impact on our energy levels and mental health.
It is important that we get ample amounts of magnesium in our diet if we want to experience the daily energy and vibrancy we desire.
Ruvi Focus contains 4 fruits and veggies high in magnesium: Blackberry, banana, spinach, and zucchini.
Ruvi Clean contains 5 fruits and veggies high in magnesium: Banana, zucchini, spinach, kale, and moringa.
When it comes to energy, B vitamins are by far the most essential. In fact, without B vitamins present in the body, you would die before you hit the ground. B vitamins are needed for mitochondrial function and ATP production. They keep our entire body and brain going.
Vitamin B1 converts carbs into energy. It also improves brain, muscle, and nervous system function.(4)
Thiamin is necessary for the metabolism of pyruvate, or pyruvic acid. Pyruvate is the transport molecule that carries carbon atoms into the mitochondria for oxidation into carbon dioxide.(5) In other words, without thiamin, oxygen would not be converted into carbon dioxide, and we would not be breathing.
When we are low in thiamin, we may experience muscle weakness, memory loss, low mood, fatigue, or poor appetite.(4)
Riboflavin assists the body in using other B vitamins. Riboflavin assists in converting carbs into glucose to be used as fuel for the body. It also helps the body assimilate fats and proteins. Riboflavin is directly involved in the production of ATP, which is the body’s main energy source.
Niacin is used by every system in the body to function properly. Niacin, as is the case with other B vitamins, helps the body break food down into energy.
Niacin is also involved in producing certain hormones and removing harmful chemicals from the liver, helping to detoxify the body and keep everything in the organs and brain functioning optimally.(6)
Niacin is the only vitamin in the human body that can release growth hormone (7), which is directly involved in metabolism, regulating blood sugar levels, building muscle, and burning fat.
Pantothenic acid contributes to the structure and function of the brain. It is involved in making fatty acids. (8)
Fatty acids are crucial for our brain function. This is because our brain is made up of 60% fat. Without proper assimilation and utilization of fatty acids, our brain and body suffers. In addition, without the right fats, our brain can degrade and break down.
Pantothenic acid is a part of co-enzyme A (CoA). Acetyl-CoA is the starting point for what is known as the “Krebs Cycle.” The Krebs cycle is essentially the entire process of energy production from beginning to end. Without pantothenic acid, this cycle would never begin. (9)
Vitamin B6 assists with metabolism. How well our metabolism functions determines how well we absorb nutrients. How well we absorb nutrients determines literally every aspect of our physical and mental health. If our metabolism is suffering, or at least functioning sub-optimally, we can suffer fatigue, bone issues, muscle issues, brain fog, mental illness, and much more.
Vitamin B6 also plays a central role in the production of neurotransmitters.. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that determine our feelings and emotions. Many amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are involved in the synthesis and assimilation of neurotransmitters. Improving our nutrition can improve our body’s ability to produce neurotransmitters.
Vitamin B6 is involved in the production of two neurotransmitters in particular: dopamine and serotonin.
Dopamine is the main neurotransmitter responsible for our drive and motivation and feelings of satisfaction, purpose, and fulfillment.
Serotonin is the main neurotransmitter involved in our experience of feelings of peace, safety, and well-being.
Our mood and mental state are crucial to our energy level and capacity. Vitamin B6 is central to the production of dopamine and serotonin, and therefore central to our energy.
Biotin, same as vitamin B6, is heavily involved in the health and function of metabolism and the central nervous system. Same as B6, without optimal levels of biotin our digestion will suffer and we will not absorb nutrients properly. In addition, our mental and emotional state will suffer.
Folate is another B vitamin that helps the body convert carbs, fats, and proteins into energy.
The body also relies on folate for the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. These play a direct role in our energy levels and mental stability.
In addition, folate is involved in the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates sleep. (10) Our level of energy depends directly on our quality of sleep.
Vitamin B12, like other B vitamins, helps convert carbs, protein, and fats into energy.
Nearly every cell in the body uses vitamin B12. This is because vitamin B12 helps make DNA and RNA, the body and brain’s genetic material.
Vitamin B12 is used for making red blood cells. Red blood cells enable oxygen to travel throughout the body. Without adequate levels of B12, people experience fatigue, tiredness, and brain fog.
Vitamin B12 has been used for decades as a way of increasing energy. It is most effective when consumed in food, as it is combined with other micronutrients that interact with it and cause it to be utilized by the body more effectively.
It is important to note that nearly all fruits and vegetables do not contain vitamin B12. It is the only B vitamin they do not contain, and is one reason that many recommend consuming animal products to get B12.
One of the very few plants that does contain vitamin B12 is seaweed, or blue-green algae. This includes things like chlorella and spirulina, which many people consume in whole food and supplement form.
Blue-green algae, of course, is where fish get their vitamin B12, as they feed on this algae often. Much the same way, cows, sheep, goats, etc. get their vitamin B12 from different types of grasses. This is why many animal products are so high in B12.
Ruvi Boost contains 5 fruits and veggies high in B vitamins: Banana, orange, butternut squash, pineapple, and carrot.
Ruvi Clean contains 5 fruits and veggies high in B vitamins: Grape, banana, kale, spinach, and moringa.
Polyphenols are found in many fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that polyphenols lead to weight loss through a system of complex mechanisms in the gut and digestive tract. (11) Our metabolism and ability to lose extra weight has a significant impact on our energy levels.
Studies suggest that polyphenol intake also decreases blood pressure and blood sugar by improving the metabolism of fats in the body. (12) Improvements in blood sugar and blood pressure regulation can lead to a significant boost in energy and mood.
Polyphenols also act as a significant source of fuel for good gut bacteria and help reduce chronic inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation and feeding good gut bacteria is central to having a healthy immune system, proper hormone production and neurotransmitter production, and optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients.
To learn more about the role of fruit and vegetable consumption in building good gut bacteria to improve digestion, mood, and energy, read our article Why You Should Eat 30+ Different Plants Per Week: The American Gut Project.
Ruvi Clean contains 4 fruits and veggies rich in polyphenols: Grape, Fuji apple, Granny Smith apple, spinach.
Ruvi Active contains 4 fruits rich in polyphenols: Fuji apple, tart cherry, raspberry, and strawberry.
The blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, and spinach in Ruvi Focus also contain a lot of polyphenols.
To enjoy the energy that comes from these micronutrients and many, many more, subscribe to Ruvi and get plenty of fruits and vegetables every day that contain everything you need to sleep like a rock, work like a horse, and play like a child (minus the crying).
With Ruvi, you’ll have the energy you need to live life’s most important moments to the fullest.
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