Are you familiar with the fact that tobacco is responsible for the death of 50% of the population every year?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 1.1 billion people who smoke cigarettes, so in 90% of the cases, smoking is the reason for lung cancer deaths.
While smoking, you inhale over 7,000 ingredients like arsenic butane (lighter fluid), carbon monoxide, and tiny glass particles.
How Smoking Affects Your Health?
Smoking is associated with lung illnesses, including lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Inhaling this poisonous chemical can cause heart diseases as a result of raised plaque deposits, such as congestive heart failure and heart attacks.
Nicotine can increase cortisol (the stress hormone), which can increase our DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone and suppress the immune system.
Smoking can also cause:
– Blood sugar issues
– Hormone imbalance
Nicotine crosses the brain barrier and releases dopamine that causes pleasant feelings, so smoking becomes addictive very quickly.
Then, after some period of time, the withdrawal symptoms appear – you will have an increased desire to light another cigarette and you will feel irritable.
Actually, when these symptoms increase, you will want more nicotine to get the same desired feeling. Many people are not aware of this, but nicotine is a highly addictive drug, so quitting smoking can be harder than quitting cocaine or heroin.
The quitting can be very difficult regardless if you started smoking as a coping mechanism or social reasons, due to the fact that the defense mechanism in fact creates barriers.
These detrimental effects can be due to the decrease of antioxidants like E and C, beta-carotene, alpha-lipoic acid, ubiquinol, and glutathione. Smoking can cause additional free radicals and gather oxidant species.
Chronic stress can reduce B vitamins and magnesium.
However, the supplements can’t replace the damage caused by smoking. The fruits contain many nutrients that can be only absorbed if you eat the whole food because they are rich in minerals and vitamins.
How to Stop Smoking?
We highly recommend you to stop smoking completely since that is the best for your health. However, there are a few methods that can prevent you from the withdrawal symptoms that you may deal with, whether they are physical or emotional.
1. Physical Activity
Moderate-intensity training on a daily basis can reduce your desire to smoke and the tobacco withdrawal symptoms.
2. Nicotine Patch
The nicotine patch is a wide-spread method that helps people overcome their tobacco addiction. The patch has more lasting effects if it’s combined with other drugs such as bupropion and varenicline.
According to one study, a dose of 44-mg per patch may deliver to the smokers short term benefits. But at the same time, it made more unfavorable effects than the 22 mg patch, over a 4-week period.
After two weeks these doses were titrated in half together with physician visits, pamphlets, and counseling.
Even though there needs to be done a further research, acupuncture is a method that can affect the nerves, lungs, and airways which in turn will reduce the cravings for cigarette and desire to smoke.
It is considered that after one month of therapy, every other week, acupuncture can lead to smoking cessation.
Can be explained like the state of consciousness where you feel compelled to follow signs from an outside source and bypass aspects of reality.
What Hypnotherapy does is connects smoking with unpleasantness like poor health outcome, dryness. It can lead to long-term smoking cessation according to some studies.
Magnesium can arouse NMDA receptors, responsible for dopamine release, thus helping you reduce your tobacco addiction.
It can improve GABA (the relaxing neurotransmitter) which in turn will lower the effect of nicotine in NMDA receptors. Epsom salt bath or NaturalCalm powder is the fastest and easiest way to absorb the magnesium
6. Olfactory training
According to a study that involved smokers who were exposed to the smell of cigarettes and rotten eggs, or fish, in Stage 2, non-REM sleep in contrast to other kinds of sleep. The results showed that the individuals smoked less during the rest of the week.
At that time of the day when the craving hits, slices of lime can be a perfect substitute for 2 or 4 mg of nicotine gum.
In the same time, the lime rich with antioxidants and Vitamin C helps curb cravings. Still, the lime is not efficient as the nicotine gum in lowering the cravings.
Practicing to overcome a difficult period is an effective method that helps people during cravings or withdrawal symptoms. It provides long-term effects.