It is well known that smoking causes 90% of the cancer cases. Over 1.1 billion people worldwide are smokers.
The fatal consequences are caused with inhaling more than 7,000 ingredients, like arsenic, carbon monoxide (it displaces oxygen on hemoglobin in red blood cell, so cells do not get the needed oxygen), butane (in lighter fluid), and tiny glass particles ( which cut up the lungs to improve nicotine delivery).
Inhaling these toxins causes lung-related issues, like lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), while the plaque deposits might also cause heart diseases, like heart attacks or congestive heart failure, because they damage the heart and blood vessel integrity.
But, it doesn’t stop here. Nicotine increases cortisol (the stress hormone) and DHEA (the ‘all is good’ hormone) levels, but chronically elevated cortisol levels weaken the immune system.
This detrimental habit also contributes to:
- Hormone imbalance
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Blood sugar issues
Nicotine is an addictive substance. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include edginess and irritability, which causes you to reach for a new one. It actually crosses the blood-brain barrier and leads to pleasant feelings by releasing dopamine.
The negative effects caused by smoking are largely due to the depletion of essential antioxidants, like vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, glutathione, ubiquinol, and alpha-lipoic acid. These collect the additional free radicals and other oxidant species which result from smoking.
Today we will present you 8 natural methods that will help you quit smoking and soothe the symptoms of withdrawal.
Magnesium acts by antagonizing NMDA receptors, which stimulate the release of the dopamine. It cans also decrease the nicotine effects on NMDA receptors by improving GABA (our relaxing neurotransmitter) synthesis. This means that magnesium reduces the satisfaction you get from smoking.
Since hypnosis alters our state of consciousness, it can relate smoking to unpleasant stimuli, and thus accelerate the process of quitting.
Inserting acupuncture needles on certain places linked to the mouth, lungs, and airways, lowers the cravings for the taste of tobacco.
According to studies, 5-minute moderate-intensity workout causes a short-term reduction in the desire to smoke.
Many people who tried nicotine patches claim to be quite helpful. The doses are determined by the number of cigarettes one smokes daily, and how frequently one smokes.
When you have cravings, chew lime skin. This will reduce the cravings since the skin is high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
When researchers exposed smokers to the smell of cigarettes and rotting eggs or fish while they are in Stage 2, non-REM sleep for a week, it’s been showed that they smoked less during this period.
According to studies, ‘sitting’ through difficult scenarios, like cravings or withdrawal symptoms, helps smokers give up smoking more easily.