What’s in your beauty products?


Skin may seem like a waterproof membrane, but that doesn’t mean it is impermeable. Just because you are not ingesting or inhaling something doesn’t mean it is not finding a way into your bloodstream, your fat stores, and your organ tissue.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it needs to breathe, sweat and release its natural oils to be healthy and protect your body from the outside world.

The chemicals in make-up, soap, lotions, powders and sunblocks can block these functions and also be absorbed through the pores and minuscule spaces between skin cells. Once these chemicals enter the body they can cause
• toxic buildup
• hormone disruptions
• carcinogens and free-radicals
• DNA mutations
• allergic and immune reactions
• environmental damage

Just take a look at the ingredients listed on your shampoo, body lotion, facial moisturizer, or sunblock. Unless you are a chemist, chances are you will not be able to decipher what it is that you’re putting on your body. With regular use over long periods of time, some of these cosmetic ingredients can do more harm than good.

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Hungry for Change: Watch Revolutionary Nutrition Movie for Free!

Food Matters TV

This movie will change the way you look at food. Gain free access till May 28th by clicking here.

“People are overfed, but they’re also starving to death.”

Hungry for Change exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight-loss, and food industries don’t want you to know about—deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever. Featuring interviews with best-selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real-life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight, Hungry for Change offers wisdom from those who have been there before, and helps you continue your health journey today.


Could Your Reflux Be a Sign of Cancer?

Be Clear on Cancer Public Health England

Being a sufferer of GORD, I was alarmed at this article by The Functional Gut Clinic, which announced a health campaign by Public Health England urging sufferers of chronic heartburn to see their doctor.

England has the “highest rate of oesophageal cancer in the EU,” with as many as 28 deaths from oesophageal cancer or stomach cancer every day.

Many fatal cases can be avoided by early detection, but in PHE’s survey, only 1 out of 2 people said they would seek medical attention if they had heartburn for 3 weeks or more.

The article sites that in the UK, a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables along with drinking and smoking are to blame. Obesity is also a risk factor.

PHE’s Be Clear on Cancer campaign warns that the following symptoms could be a sign of a more serious problem.

  • Indigestion on and off for three weeks or more
  • Feeling food sticking in your throat when you swallow
  • Losing weight for no obvious reason
  • Trapped wind and frequent burping
  • Feeling full very quickly when eating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain or discomfort in top of stomach

These symptoms are very common and easy to dismiss, so it’s important to pay attention to their length and severity. Visit your doctor if you have any concern.

Another condition I became aware of, known as LPR, affects many without the obvious symptoms. This is why it’s referred to as the silent reflux. Learn more about LPR here.


If you’ve gone to your doctor and checked out okay, these are my tips to keep the heartburn at bay.

Do’s and Don’ts of indigestion.


  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains
  • Drink water (but not too much with meals)
  • Get adequate rest
  • Exercise regularly
  • Control stress
  • Chew your food thoroughly


  • Consume large amounts of coffee, tea, soda, or alcohol
  • Skip meals
  • Eat processed foods
  • Become dehydrated
  • Be sedentary
  • Lie down after eating


Find out more at The Functional Gut Clinic, London and Public Health England.

The information in The Basic Life Blog is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your doctor.

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Alkaline Recipe App

alkaline recipe app
Download in the app store.

Alkaline eating just got easier with the Honestly Healthy Recipe App for iPhone.

Here are the details!


“Honestly Healthy Food is the pioneering brand behind alkaline eating. With 2 published best selling cookbooks sold worldwide with inspiring mouth watering vegetarian healthy meals the founder Natasha Corrett decided to bring you their app so you can have health in the palm of your hand.

Honestly Healthy is your perfect health companion to inspire you in the kitchen to make simple yet utterly mouth watering meals. Each recipe is easy to follow with step by step instructions and stunning photography of the delicious food.

The new Honestly Healthy recipe app is conveniently categorised into types of meals so there is something for every occasion. Our philosophy is always gluten, wheat, cows dairy and refined sugar free so you will have a healthy halo whenever you cook with our app.

– Breakfast
– Lunch & Dinner
– Drinks & Smoothies
– Snacks & Dinner
– Desserts
– Cleanse & Weight loss

Each recipe has beautiful imagery, a description of why we created it, list and quantity of ingredients, step by step instructions and a serving quantity indicator. As we are proud of our creations, we want you to be too, so we’ve made it easy to take pictures of your cooked meals and drinks, so you can do a bit of healthy culinary gloating to friends on your social networks.

The app comes with 60 recipes, and you are able to add to the recipes by purchasing the in-app recipe bundles. We will create new bundles based on themes with 5 new recipes in each bundle, so that you’ve always got more delicious food and drinks to make.

To make life easy, we have a search function to help you find specific ingredients, or just to filter down to a specific meal category. You can also keep all your favourite recipes in one place for quicker access to your best creations.

Download it now to inspire you to lead a healthy and nutritious lifestyle. Please also share the word with like minded people.

– Currently optimized for iPhone only.


I have an iPad and an Android phone, so I haven’t been able to try it yet.

Do you use this app?

What do you think of it?

Please leave your comments below.


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