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Odwalla’s new bottle initiative

Odwalla is “planting” the sustainable seed with their new bottle initiative. Coming in 2011, the popular smoothie company will transition to 100% PlantBottle™ packaging. And we wanted you to be the first to know about their new initiative!

Next year is looking even greener for Odwalla. The natural health beverage company announced today its plans to transition all of the brand’s single-serve bottles to PlantBottle™ packaging, HDPE made of up to 100% plant-based materials* and 100 percent recyclable, in March 2011.

The new Odwalla package will help to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources. For example, the potential annual CO2 emission reduction from the use of plant-based material, instead of petroleum, to make Odwalla’s PlantBottle™ packaging is equal to a savings of almost 400,000 gallons of gas.

“Plants do such a good job of making our juice, Odwalla hired them to help make our bottles,” said Alison Lewis, President, Odwalla. “Doing good things for the community and building a business with heart are core guiding principles of Odwalla’s vision. PlantBottle™ packaging is just the latest step in our continued commitment to the environment.”

Combined with Odwalla’s Plant A Tree Program, which has planted over 300,000 trees in the last 3 years, and Odwalla’s Bloom Energy Fuel Cell technology commencing at Odwalla’s plant in Dinuba, CA – which reduces the plant’s carbon footprint by 35 percent while supplying 30 percent of the plant’s energy needs— PlantBottle™ packaging is the latest step in Odwalla’s efforts and innovations to reduce dependence on nonrenewable resources.

PlantBottle™ packaging consists of material derived from molasses and sugarcane juice. It has the same performance as traditional HDPE and PET bottles: no differences in shelf life, weight, composition or appearance. PlantBottle™ HDPE can be recycled again and again in today’s recycling facilities. The redesigned plastic represents a significant step in our sustainability efforts and in protecting the planet.

*Minimum of 96% plant-based HDPE (high-density polyethylene)

About Odwalla

Odwalla, Inc. delivers nourishment coast to coast with the Odwalla family of juices, juice drinks, smoothies, protein drinks, and nourishing food bars. Odwalla has been making juices and innovating in the natural health beverage category for 30 years. Its nourishing beverages and food bars are available in natural food stores, select supermarkets and specialty outlets throughout the country. To learn more about Odwalla products and Odwalla’s commitment to the environment, please visit or call 1.800.ODWALLA. Also follow Odwalla on Facebook and Twitter (@Odwalla).

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The 7 Chakras (and why you should know them)

If you don’t know already, the seven Chakras are the energy centres in our body, where energy comes together and flows.

Often, these energy centres become blocked. And blocked energy in our Chakras can lead to illness.

If we know what each Chakra represents, we can be more mindful to keeping them open, and, therefore, helping the energy flow freely.

The Root Chakra

The Root Chakra represents our foundation and the sensation of being grounded. It is located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area. The Root Chakra is connected to personal survival matters, such as finances, food, shelter.

To heal the Root Chakra, use yoga postures, such as Bridge Pose and Wheel, to open the lower spine. Take a moment in mountain or tree to become grounded. Munch on red coloured foods, such as beets, hot spices, and vegetables from the ground (like potatoes).

The Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra represents our ability to connect with others and accept new experiences.It is located at the lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel. The Sacral Chakra is connected to pleasure, sexuality, and well being.

To heal the Sacral Chakra, use yoga postures such as pelvic tilting and cobra. Snack on orange coloured foods, such as oranges, along with nuts.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives and our selves. It is located in the upper abdomen, around the stomach. It is connected to self-confidence and self-esteem.

To heal the Solar Plexus Chakra, try the yoga posture Boat pose, along with yellow foods such as corn, plenty of grains, and good tea.

The Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra represents our ability to love. It is located in the centre of the chest, just above the heart. It is connected to love, joy, and inner piece.

To heal the Heart Chakra, try Bikram yoga and emoting love to others. Try green foods, such as leafy greens, broccoli and green beans, as well as green tea.

The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra represents our ability to communicate with ourselves and others. It is located in the throat. It is connected to self-expression and the truth.

To heal the Throat Chakra, sing, chant and vocalize. Inverted postures also help. All kinds of fruit also benefit this chakra.

The Third Eye Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra represents our ability to focus on the big picture. It is located on the forehead between the eyes. It is connected to our imagination, wisdom, and ability to think and make decisions.

To heal the Third Eye Chakra, opt for foward bends, as well as child’s pose. Enjoy purple fruits and vegetables, such as eggplant and grapes, along with lavender scents and flavours.

The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. It is located at the very top of the head. It is connected to inner beauty, outer beauty, and our connection to pure happiness and bliss.

To heal the Crown Chakra, try meditation and clearing your head through cardiovascular exercise. Clean air, sunshine, and a sense of calmness help.

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Reprogram Your Physique and Health

Editors Note: This is a contribution from Danny McLarty a certified strength and conditioning coach.

In order to improve our health and physique, we all want to get the most out of our training. I look around and see many people busting their humps every week, without making much of a change (if any) to their appearance.  Hard work is great, and essential to reaching your goals.  But it also takes some smarts!  Below are two tips to help you make noticeable improvements in your health and physique.

Work That Back!

You may have heard this advice before: to prevent muscular imbalances and to stay healthy, make sure that you use a balanced lifting routine (i.e. an equal amount of pulling as pushing).  Theoretically, this is great advice.  Unfortunately, we live in a society that has set us up for failure when it comes to improving our posture/physique.  A “balanced” routine only makes sense if you have no (or minimal) imbalances to begin with.  But too many of us spend the majority of our time hunched over in front of the computer; driving in a car; hunched over on the couch watching TV/playing video games, and the list goes on.  Plus, if you are the typical guy, you have done WAY more pushing (bench pressing) than pulling (rows) up to this point in your lifting career.

If the above sounds all too familiar, make sure to spend more time (at least a 2:1 ratio) pulling than pushing.  Pulling in the horizontal plane would be especially beneficial for you (rows).  And if you are starting to resemble the Hunchback of Notre Dame, make push-ups your pushing movement of choice, rather than more bench pressing (at least until you start to “balance out”).

The above tips are all good and dandy, but if you are NOT doing your job outside the weight room, a few extra sets of rows won’t do a lot for you.  In other words, make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting down with rounded shoulders.  It’s a 24/7 job, but if you want to see results, you can do it!

Don’t Fear Fat!

We were brought up being told that fat is the devil and that we should avoid it all costs.  This led to an increase in carbohydrate consumption (often times processed/refined carbs), and an increase of health related diseases such as diabetes.  Most of us interested in the field of fitness now realize that there are many benefits to fat and that it neednt be avoided like the plague.  Unfortunately, there are still many misinformed people who fear this macronutrient. More times than not, when I sit down with a new client for our first nutrition talk, this is what I hear; “when shopping I usually make sure to look for reduced fat and/or fat free items.”

In my opinion, this is a mistake.  IF the food comes from a high quality source, we should consume the full fat version.  Give me some eggs from free-range chickens, and I’m eating that egg, yolk ‘n all.  Beef from grass-fed cows I don’t mind that there is some saturated fat going down my gullet.  As nutrition expert Brian St. Pierre has written:

Let’s jump back to dairy and cardiovascular disease. Whole fat dairy from grass-fed cows contains a boatload of powerful vitamins and healthful fatty acids. These vitamins are fat-soluble, meaning they are bonded to the fatty acids in the dairy, and are therefore nearly non-existent in fat-free dairy. The fat is where vitamins A, D, E and K2 are, as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), butyric acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and medium chain triglycerides. Low-fat and fat-free dairy are woefully lacking in these properties.

You should note that dairy from grass-fed cows contain significantly more of these nutrients than dairy from grain-fed cows. For example, research has shown that the milk fat from grass-fed cows has 500% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than the milk fat from grain-fed cows! 500%!

If you are the type of person that looks for every fat-free food in existence, you are missing some of the benefits that Brian mentions above.  The key is to make sure you purchase real, unprocessed whole foods that come from a high quality source.


If you are a fat-phobe, I hope this makes you think twice about ditching all full-fat foods for their fat-free/reduced fat “cousins.”  And Mr. Bench press guy, yeah you – don’t forget that you have a backside to your body and that you need to put a bigger emphasis on your horizontal pulling.  And to everyone, no more spending all day hunched over the computer.  Give up off your butt’s and MOVE!  Like. Right. Now…

Danny McLarty has been a Fitness Coach for over 10 years. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and Planned Periodization Specialist (PPS through Tudor Bompa).  Danny is also a Basketball Skills Coach and earned a place in the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame for his high school and college career while standing at a height of 57.  You can learn more about Danny at his website  You can also follow him on twitter here..

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Nutra Forskolin Reviews – Don’t Try Before You Read These Side Effects!!

Being overweight is one of the biggest problems we the people of 21st century are facing.

The food we eat contains a lot of fat. And we do not have as much physical activity as needed to overcome that fat.

As a result is stored in our body and makes us look chubby and fat (and feel terrible!).

Being fat is itself an issue.

But when you are fat or overweight you are prone to many diseases. They are not only life taking but also make living happily and healthy difficult for you. You have to take support of medicines just so that your breaths continue.

The question arises:

How do you know if you are overweight?

Ask yourself:

  1. You feel tired most of the time.
  2. You are lazy and do not want to get up from your bed.
  3. You are out of breath after running or walking just a few yards.
  4. You are always hungry.
  5. Your older shirts are getting tight on your body.
  6. You are afraid of checking your weight.
  7. You feel under confident when you look or are in contact with people who are smarter and more active than you.
  8. You are rarely involved in any kind of physical activity.

If more than three of the above mentioned conditions are true for you. Then you are also an overweight person and you need to revise your routine.

Why being Overweight is Not Good:

In earlier times people thought that the more fat you are the stronger you are. Now latest studies and researches told us that this concept is totally wrong. Being fat has no link with being strong. But being fat has a strong link with being affected by many diseases that are common among people nowadays.

Here I would like to mention just few of those diseases:

  1. Heart Problems

Heart is the symbol of life. You will live only the time your heart pumps blood to your body. Heart is a one big organ that consists of many other small tissues and links to all parts of body. When fat increases in the body it becomes difficult for heart to pump the blood at the same rate. So it leads to certain heart issues that have dangerous effects on your living.

  1. Kidney Diseases

Kidney handles filtering blood from other waste products. Fats accumulated in blood make their ways to kidneys. The result will hinder the filtration process. This leads to certain chronic (kidney) diseases including kidney stone and many others.

  1. Blood Pressure Issues

Blood pressure is regarded as the pressure at which the heart pumps the blood to the body when arteries and veins accumulate fat in them. Heart has to push and pump the blood harder and harder into body so that it could reach all parts of body. This leads to certain blood pressure issues including hypertension, stress etc. Blood Pressure is a dangerous disease along with it. It opens doors for many other diseases to attack you.

  1. Pregnancy Issues:

No matter how much weight you gain during pregnancy but still there is a limit of that gained weight. If your weight loss limit is crossed it could lead you to many diseases. It also leads to surgery related issues and you cannot recover easily. It could also affect both mother and the child to be born.

  1. Diabetes

It is not yet clears that how being overweight is related to diabetes. But studies show that 80% of people who are diabetic are fat. It is said that this extra fat accumulates in the liver. It hinders the proper production of insulin by liver. As a result, sugar level increases beyond the limits and the person becomes diabetic.

  1. Certain Cancers

It is also not confirmed that how extra fat is related to cancers. We us know that cancer is remarked as excessive but abnormal growth of body tissues. These tissues keep on growing and their abnormality does not allow them to work properly. It is said that these extra amounts of fat in body hinders the normal growth of tissues. As a result when they grow abnormally they became cancerous.

  1. Lungs Issues

After running or in some cases walking for a few yards you feel out of breath. You could not continue your activity because you are out of breath. In this case you need to sit for a while and relax so that you can continue the process. Being out of breath makes lung breath faster and faster. As a result incomplete breathing and respiration process takes place. It leads to certain lungs issues including asthma.

I have tried to make it clear to you that being overweight is not only a bad thing. But it also opens gates to many other diseases that could affect your life in many ways. All above mentioned diseases are yet not treatable. You can say that you have to take medicines so that you can live till your last breath. So to avoid all these life taking disease, there is only one solution and that is “WEIGHT LOSS”.

What is Nutra Forskolin?

Nutra Forskolin is made from natural substance extracted from plants and herbs.

They are quite helpful in weight loss as well as have many other health benefits to the people who use it.

Why Nutra Forskolin?

There are many other products and supplements in the market that also claim to be natural. They say that their product is effective in weight loss, then why should you buy Nutra Forskolin.

Here are few reasons for this:

  1. It is natural
  2. It helps in weight loss naturally
  3. It has many other health benefits that are other than weight loss.
  4. Along with weight loss supplement it is also an energy boosting supplement.
  5. It has no side effects.
  6. It helps in increasing testosterone level.

Composition of Nutra Forskolin:

Before buying anything related to your health. It is suggested that at least once have a look at the ingredients. You may be allergic to any ingredient if not then this will help you in predicting the product results. Here is a list of ingredients that are used in Nutra Forskolin:

Forskolin is an extracted from a plant that is from mint family. This plant grows in Nepal, India and other Asian countries. It has locally been known as a good medicine among the natives. Extracts from the plant make sure that they are preserved and have no side effects on its users. Forskolin is mainly used for weight loss. It handles increasing metabolism level of the body and to some extent. It is also helpful in treatment of Asthma.

Along with extracts from the plants Nutra Forskolin also contains some vitamins and minerals. They will help you in staying strong during the period you are taking the weight loss supplement. But one thing is confirmed that the product is made up of 100% natural ingredients.

Working of Nutra Forskolin:

Nutra Forskolin is effective in weight loss and also has many other health benefits.

Nutra Forskolin works by releasing fatty acid from adipose tissue. This helps your body in burning extra fat from your tissues so that you lose wright.

Along with this it increases the level of enzyme cAMP (it is an enzyme that helps in sending message b/w cells. It’s level has been increased using the product.

So that it should stimulate the message fat burning from brain and pass it to all the cells of the bidy). It helps in losing weight in a natural and helpful way.

It helps in improvement of digestive system. Hence, more and more essentials are absorbed in blood stream. It stimulates your brain to increase its metabolism level.

All above mentioned processes are natural and effective when it comes to lose weight. All products including vitamins, minerals etc. have made part of this supplement so that you remain focused and energetic.

You will become more active and healthy during and after the weight lose process.

Advantages of Nutra Forskolin:

Nutra Forskolin is a natural product. It has following advantages that will help you in changing your life in many aspects:


  1. Helps in weightless naturally.
  2. Helps in increasing metabolism level of the body.
  3. Relaxes from daily tensions.
  4. Helps in a relaxed sleep.
  5. Enhances digestive system.
  6. Helps increasing testosterone level.
  7. Helps in maintain energy level.
  8. It is a natural product.
  9. Stimulates enzymes.
  10. Burns extra fat stored in cells.
  11. Helps in improving health and happiness.

Who Should Not be Taking Nutra Forskolin?

Nutra Forskolin is an all-natural product that has no side effects. But still it is recommended that below mentioned group of people should avoid taking it.

Check with your doctor before taking Nutra if you are:

  1. Pregnant women should not take it.
  2. It is restricted for adults only.
  3. If you are patient of any kind of heart disease. This product increases metabolism level. It may cause more harm to you than good).
  4. Lactating women should not use it.
  5. If you are going through any king of treatment. You must use it after completion of your treatment.
  6. People who are allergic to any of the ingredients must not use it.

Precautions while Taking Nutra Forskolin:

If you are taking Nutra Forskolin you need to keep in mind the following points:

  • Set a proper time for taking the supplement.
  • Take it regularly.
  • Do not overdose the supplement.
  • Keep it in a cool and dry place.
  • But it only from certified retailers.
  • Consult anyone who has used it if you have any kind of doubts in your mind.
  • Eat healthy and balanced diet while taking the supplement. In fact you should throughout your life time.
  • Try to do some physical activity while taking the supplement.
  • Avoid eating fried food.
  • Avoid eating the food that contains high level of fats and sugar.

Nutra Forskolin Side Effects:

Well this product has no side effects. It has are just positive effects that will change your life in a positive manner. It has been made under the supervision of expert scientists and experienced health experts. It has been synthesized in hygienic and advanced science labs. Besides to this no antioxidants or toxins have been made part of this. It is free from all kind of steroids and chemicals. It is a scientifically proven. Many people have used it and ranked it the best weight loss and energy booster supplement.

Nutra Forskolin Customer’s Reviews:

Here are reviews just from two of many people who have used the product:

  • Druke 32 says “Nutra Forskolin is the best weight loss supplement. I personally used it on recommendation of my friend. I was amazed that it helped a lot in losing the weight as compared to the long workouts for which I have no time. I am happy and will suggest you to try this supplement.”
  • Emily 29 says “I was fat since childhood. But as I grew older people started bullying me because I was fat. I could not take part in sports and was not as much active as they were. The only solution was weight loss. I used Nutra Forskolin for twelve weeks and it helped me in losing lots of fat. I was happy. I will recommend this product to everyone who wants to lose weight. It will surely work for you as it worked for me”.

You can see how happy people are after taking it. If you still have any kind of doubt, then you must contact anyone who has used this product.

Know Before using to avoid any kind of confusion before trying it yourself.


Stopping smoking during pregnancy reduces health risks to babies

Professor Nick Macklon, a gynaecologist at the Princess Anne hospital in Southampton, UK, has told the annual conference at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology this week that stopping smoking as late as when pregnancy is confirmed can mean that newborns avert many of the dangers faced by babies whose mothers smoke.

In a study of 50,000 pregnancies at Southampton hospitals between 2002 and 2010, women who gave up smoking early in their pregnancy had babies that were the same weight as those of women who did not smoke. The risk of premature birth was also reduced, as well as the risk of brain damage and congenital defects, such as cleft palate.

Professor Macklon said that a significantly higher birth weight was found in those babies whose mothers had stopped smoking right up to the 15th week of pregnancy:

“Not only was birth weight much better in this group than it was in the groups where the mothers had continued to smoke, but we also found that the babies reached the same gestational age and head circumference as those born to women who had never smoked.”

He also emphasised that the risks of disease in later life associated with a low birth weight were also reduced:

“It is important that people who believe that a smaller baby means an easier birth take into account the increased risks of complicated deliveries in smokers, as well as the risk of disease later in life which goes with low birth weight.”

After a report from Australian researchers last month found that smoking during pregnancy results in lower levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in children as old as eight years of age, this new study could encourage would-be mothers who smoke to give up as soon as pregnancy is confirmed, as there are clearly benefits to be gained.

Smoking is also known to be detrimental for women trying to conceive as it causes premature ageing of the ovaries, resulting in low fertility rates, early menopause and a higher risk of miscarriage.

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National recall of cucumbers over salmonella

L&M Companies Inc. has issued a national recall of whole cucumbers because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M said in a press release issued on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Web site that no illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, and no other products are involved other than this one lot of cucumbers.

The recalled product was directly distributed by L&M Companies between March 30 and April 7 to wholesalers in New York (200 cartons), Florida (591 cartons), Illinois (139 cartons), Indiana (30 cartons) and Tennessee (15 cartons), and one retailer with distribution centers in Mississippi (420 cartons), Nebraska (92 cartons), Texas (2 cartons) and Wyoming (101 cartons).

“L&M Companies is issuing a nationwide recall out of an abundance of caution because the company recognizes the possibility that wholesale customers could have redistributed the product in states beyond those listed above,” according to the company.

The recalled lot of bulk cucumbers was harvested in South Florida on March 29. Cucumbers typically maintain an edible quality for 10-14 days after harvest, according to the company.

“L&M Companies takes food safety seriously, and we are committed to the customers and consumers who buy our products every day. Our farms are third-party, food safety certified, and they follow good agriculture practices,” said Lee Anne Oxford, company representative. “Even though the recalled lot was only directly distributed to a hand full of states, we are issuing this nationwide, voluntary recall to reduce even the slightest risk to public health.” …

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