March 15, 2009

elephant journal review: Body Balance, Lifeforce. [Shipped in Eco Peanuts!]

My friend David McLaughlin has been hawking Body Balance for years, now. It’s a healthy, organic drink in a plastic bottle (a necessity, I guess, due to shipping) that comes from aloe, and seaweed in pristine Northern waters, so it’s essentially organic. It’s yummy, kind of cherry-ish, and I’ve been drinking it off and on for three years or so, now, in the hopes of making up for any holes due to my vegetarian diet. Most impressively, if true, it’s designed to be easily absorbed by the body, unlike many foods and vitamins…so you get what you pay for.

My only complaint—they ship me six bottles in a cardboard box-full of styrofoam peanuts. With so many compostable, recycled and recyclable packing options, you’d think a natural products company would think inside the box, too. So every month I take my peanuts to a packing store, so they can use ’em. Still, those stryofoam peanuts will be alive and unwell long after your grandchildren are old men and women.

UPDATE! I posted this review to my 2,500 pals on facebook and 2000 twitter followers (/elephantjournal). Within five minutes…well, read:

…why would a leading organic natural wellness drink ship their product in styrofoam peanuts? http://bit.ly/18fsoQBody Balance, Lifeforce

1:24pm · 
 Anna Kristina Gilkerson at 1:28pm March 15
 Julie Eberle Peláez at 2:01pm March 15
They are bio-degradable and water soluble. Run them under water and watch them disappear. Pretty fun!
 Waylon Hart Lewis at 2:08pm March 15
no way. Way?
 Julie Eberle Peláez at 2:25pm March 15
I know! Totally cool. Call Wayne at Life Force. He’ll tell you all about ’em.
 Waylon Hart Lewis at 2:31pm March 15

So, after a year of feeling guilty about the peanuts, I can let that one go. Good on them.

To get a free sample, click here. From the Lifeforce site:

Body Balance® is a powerhouse of liquid nutrition made from whole foods. Aloe alone contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds, including 12 vitamins, 20 minerals and 18 amino acids. Combined with SeaNine™ – our proprietary blend of nine select varieties of nutrient-rich sea vegetables–Body Balance is absolutely loaded with unique whole food nutrition. SeaNine provide a broad spectrum of trace minerals and phytonutrients that are more frequently deficient from land-based diets. It’s pleasant tasting, and its liquid form promotes easy absorption.

Why sea vegetables? The mineral riches of the earth that have been washed into the oceans have been reclaimed by sea vegetation. Furthermore, the chemical balance of the human body is similar to that of seawater. The nine varieties of sea vegetables in Body Balance are sustainably harvested from pristine ocean waters around the globe. The Aloe Vera in Body Balance is carefully harvested under low temperatures to protect the key polysaccharides, grown and processed according to organic standards, and is inner-fillet aloe. The pairing of SeaNine vegetables with Aloe is dynamic. Experience what it feels like to finally give your body the nutrients it craves for optimal performance.

They should have a note in the box about that…or on the order form that comes with…that’s awesome. A big story, really, talk about thinking ‘inside’ the box. I’ll amend the post!
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