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Natural Vitality CALM

Natural Vitality CALM

Dietary Needs:
None

CALM is a blend of both magnesium and calcium,  both fundamental nutrients that need to be in balance with each other in order for one to fully experience good health. Magnesium participates in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body and nourishes the muscles and nerves while keeping heart rhythm steady. It also supports a healthy immune system, a positive mood, and sound sleep. The active ingredient in Natural Vitality CALM is magnesium citrate, however the two ingredients listed are magnesium carbonate and citric acid. Magnesium citrate is produced when Natural Calm's two ingredients are combined with hot water. The addition of hot water causes the carbonate in the magnesium carbonate to "fizz away" and the magnesium to combine with the citric acid producing magnesium citrate making it highly bioavailbale. While we think it's smart to supplement magnesium when deficient, we typically recommend magnesium glycinate because it is made up of magnesium and glycine, a non-essential amino acid. It is easily absorbed by your body, likely because it gets carried to your cells bound to the amino acid. This form of magnesium is also more desirable because it's less likely to cause a laxative effect. It's important to remember that taking magnesium long-term for its laxative effect is an inappropriate use of magnesium.

Company Website: http://www.naturalvitality.com/

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Company: Natural Vitality

Category: Nutritional and Herbal Supplements

Posted: June 11, 2012

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Kit's Organic Peanut Butter Snack Bar

Kit's Organic Peanut Butter Snack Bar

Dietary Needs:
Soy Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Kit's organic peanut butter snack bar is made by CLIF bar and is simply 100% organic fruit and nuts. This is a huge upgrade to the well-known CLIF bar because this one is soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, which we love love love. Kit is the CEO of CLIF bar and wanted to create a more natural product. The ingredient list is short and sweet including organic dates, organic peanuts, organic almonds and sea salt. We love to see companies that continue to evolve with better sustainable practices, and higher quality ingredients. Good job, CLIF Bar! 

Company Website: http://www.clifbar.com/

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Company: Clif Bar

Category: Bars

Posted: June 11, 2012

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CalNaturale  Chardonnay

CalNaturale Chardonnay

Dietary Needs:
None

From Paso Robles, CalNaturale represents high quality and sustainable winemaking. All grapes are certified organic, which means that they were never treated with pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic wine is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Another reason that sets organic wine apart from regular wine is that it contains less sulfites. Sulfites are salts or sulfurous acids that occur naturally in many wines. It is vary rare to find a wine that does not have sulfites, however MORE sulfites are generally added to regular wine to help in the preservation process. 100% Organic wines are made with no added sulfites. The less sulfites a wine contains, the healthier it will be for your body (and your cheeks won't be as rosy!)We love that this company has carried their sustainable farming practices all the way through to the packaging. CalNaturale comes in Tetra-Pak flexible packaging which is very eco-friendly, utilizing less than half the greenhouse gasses, waste and energy in producing and transporting our product. This Chardonnay has a hint of vanilla and lightly toasted oak. What we really love is that the packaging has half the carbon footprint of wines in glass bottles, although we aren't sure that people will love drinking wine out of a box....might remind them of their college days. 

Company Website: http://www.calnaturale.com/

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Company: CalNaturale

Category: Beverages

Posted: May 18, 2012

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CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

CalNaturale Cabernet Sauvignon

Dietary Needs:
None

From Paso Robles, CalNaturale represents high quality and sustainable winemaking. All grapes are certified organic, which means that they were never treated with pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Organic wine is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Another reason that sets organic wine apart from regular wine is that it contains less sulfites. Sulfites are salts or sulfurous acids that occur naturally in many wines. It is vary rare to find a wine that does not have sulfites, however MORE sulfites are generally added to regular wine to help in the preservation process. 100% Organic wines are made with no added sulfites. The less sulfites a wine contains, the healthier it will be for your body (and your cheeks won't be as rosy!)We love that this company has carried their sustainable farming practices all the way through to the packaging. CalNaturale comes in Tetra-Pak flexible packaging which is very eco-friendly, utilizing less than half the greenhouse gasses, waste and energy in producing and transporting our product.  We taste-tested this Cab and found it to be heavy and very full- bodied. What we really love is that the packaging has half the carbon footprint of wines in glass bottles, although we aren't sure that people will love drinking wine out of a box....might remind them of their college days. 

Company Website: http://www.calnaturale.com/

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Company: CalNaturale

Category: Beverages

Posted: May 18, 2012

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Kashi GOLEAN Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble

Kashi GOLEAN Crisp! Toasted Berry Crumble

Dietary Needs:
None

Kashi is a brand you might see in both conventional grocery stores and health food stores alike. In our opinion it isn't necessarily considered 'health food.' This cereal has both added sugar and is made from soy which we are not proponents of in any way. This cereal is made with whole grain clusters and is naturally sweetened with a blend of cranberries and wild blueberries. GOLEAN has 9 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber which is approximately twice the protein and fiber of other cereals, which will leave you feeling full longer. Kashi is now part of the non-GMO movement and right now 7 of their products are verified GMO-free. We suggest you only purchase Kashi products with the Non-GMO Project seal on it. 

Company Website: http://www.kashi.com

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Company: Kashi

Category: Cereal

Posted: May 18, 2012

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