Welcome to this week's installment of From Our Friends, our weekly roundup where we highlight some of our favorite posts from the past week and more from our friends and partners around the web. This week's edition includes articles on avoiding GMOs, cleaning without toxic chemicals, what is maca, noisy joints during yoga, a resistance band workout and DIY projects using plastic bags.
1. GMOs are bad news. With the current GMO climate, it can be difficult to avoid consuming GMOs and products made using them. Head over to Experience Life to learn how to steer clear of Frankenfood.
2. Spring cleaning is still in the works for many of us. Cleaning up doesn't have to mean using lots of toxic chemicals to get rid of dirt, grime and bacteria. Check out MightyNest's tips for cleaning without toxic chemicals!
3. You may have heard about maca, but what is it exactly? The maca comes from the root of the maca plant which is native to Peru. The root is said to have many benefits including combating fatigue. To learn more about maca, visit Blisstree!
4. Do your joints pop, creak or crack when you practice yoga? These sounds can sometimes be alarming as you stretch and move in and out of poses. There are several theories as to what causes these sounds and differing opinions on whether or not they are cause for concern. To read about noisy joints during yoga, click over to YogiTimes.
5. Switching up your workout routine is a great way to get out of a fitness rut and to keep exercise interesting. Make your lower body fitness routine more interesting by adding resistance bands. Resistance bands are a great way to add intensity to a workout and challenge your muscles. Visit The Organic Whey for a lower body resistance band routine.
6. Somewhere in your home, it is more than likely that you have a surplus of plastic shopping bags. It is well known that these bags take up a lot of landfill space. Instead of tossing your extra plastic bags, get creative and use them for a DIY project. Check out Ecosalon for 10 DIY projects that use plastic bags.
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