Even though it is hard to quit smoking because of its additive nature it can be done. Many people do it every day. Researchers say every time you smoke you are inhaling more than 4000 different chemicals. One of the extremely addictive ones is nicotine. It is such a powerful poison that a drop, the size of a pinhead of this toxin, in the blood stream, would kill you instantly.
Nicotine stimulates the central nervous system creating a pleasurable and euphoric sensation that makes the smokers feel so relax. In the meantime, it is paralyzing your nervous system. So to get that same euphoric feeling again, you have to in-crease the amount you smoke. This cycle play over and over again until most likely you are addicted.
Once you become addicted, your body will crave nicotine. Trying to quit smoking causes withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include nausea, irritability, depression, headache, insomnia, fatigue, and cravings for a cigarette. Withdrawal symptoms should be expected when you are trying to quit smoking. But remember it is only temporary.
In addition to nicotine cigarette smoke also contains the dangerous gas carbon monoxide. Studies show that carbon monoxide has a stronger attraction for red blood cells than oxygen does. Since red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your system, this means that a smoker’s body is being depleted placing additional strain on the heart.
Nicotine coupled with carbon monoxide release fatty acids in the blood stream. This plaque contributes to hardening of the arteries, which may lead to a heart attack, stroke, and other circulatory diseases.
It is not unusual to feel depressed while quitting smoking, but proper nutrients can help you cope with the withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, smoking became a habit instead of a choice. It became a part of your lifestyle. Your activities and smoking are so intertwine that you do not even realize you are doing it. As you drink your coffee, read the newspaper, talk on the phone, take a break at work, and socialize you have a cigarette in your hand.
There are so many health problems associated with smoking including: Cancer, Heart Attacks, Cataracts, High Blood Pressure, Impotence, and Ulcers.
Let’s not forget secondhand smoke. Evidence shows that secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than the smoke the smoker inhales. Recent air sampling show that pollutants are more concentrated inside our house than outdoors. Indoor toxicity runs two to five times higher than outside. The effects of constantly breathing impure air in a room that’s polluted with cigarette smoke, even though you are a nonsmoker can lead to lung cancer. Also, if you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is even higher.
Most smokers wish they had never started smoking, but is so hard to quit smoking because they are addicted. In fact some researchers say tobacco is more addictive than heroin and cocaine. Smoking contributes to at least 21% of all heart disease. Quitting now will reduce your risk of heart problems up to 70% in the next four through five years.
In fact you can reap the benefits of not smoking in just 24-hours after your last cigarette. In 1 day your pulse should calm and your blood pressure should return to normal.
There are so many health advantages when you quit smoking.The secret to your success if finding which way is right for you.
Quit Smoking Tips
It is estimated that cravings for a cigarette usually last only 3 to 5 minutes. When the nicotine demon strike try focusing on something else for that small length of time. As you resist, it will become easier as time goes on.
Cut back on junk food, processed, refined, salt, white sugar, white flour, and saturated fat. Get rid of alcohol, coffee, and teas. Only herbal tea is allowed.
Incorporate more vegetables and fruits into your diet. Drinking fruit and vegetable juices have been known to curb cravings.
Drink plenty of pure water that’s free from toxins. This will helps cleanse the system.
When the craving of tobacco comes over you, try reaching for some carrots or celery sticks.
Don’t miss meals eat regularly. This will stabilize your blood sugar until your body is accustomed to being without nicotine.
Get rid of all cigarettes, try to freshen everything that smell of smoke, and make your place smell “smoke free.”
As much as possible stay away from smokers and a smoking atmosphere.
Take long walks in the open air and breathe deeply. This will help strengthen and clear your lungs.
Be determined to quit! Even if you slip don’t throw in the towel.