Smoking is both highly addictive and a highly risky habit, is responsible for around 90% of deaths due to lung cancer. Tobacco causes the death of half a million people each year in the US alone. That’s around 42% to cancer, 33% to heart disease, and 25% to respiratory diseases!
When you smoke, you actually inhale well over 7,000 chemicals like carbon monoxide, which binds to the red cells and restricts the amount of oxygen you can in your blood. Many of the chemicals you inhale we don’t know a great deal about!
This unfortunate habit is linked to many many illnesses, as well as what we mentioned already, COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease from excessive plaque deposits, this list is long and varied.
Chemicals in cigarettes can increase the levels of cortisone, the stress hormone, which can lead to the weakening of the immune system, your gums will also suffer eventually causing problems with your teeth too!
Smoking can be the cause of
- Blood sugar issues
- Hormonal imbalances
As smoking quickly becomes an addiction as the nicotine and other chemicals in the cigarette cross into the brain, your brain eventually expects the chemicals and cries out for them when they are not present anymore, and you reach for another cigarette!
Cigarettes as well as the nicotine on them are highly addictive and giving it up can be very difficult, harder than quitting heroin or cocaine. Smoking also reduces the levels of vitamin C and E, glutathione, ubiquinol, beta-carotene, and alpha-lipoic acid in the body.
The best way to support your health is to give up smoking completely below you can use these methods to help you beat the cravings and the withdrawal symptoms!
This is a very common method for the treatment of tobacco addiction. Combining patches with drugs such as bupropion and varenicline, the effects will be permanent.
Research showed that a dose of 44-mg per patch gives short-term benefits, however, gave more unfavorable effects than the 22 mg patch, in a month.
Your drive to smoke is substantially reduced when you exercise regularly.
Those who have tried it say that acupuncture helped them hugely with cravings and hence quitting.
Hypnotherapy is really helpful and very effective for a lot of people.
Slices of lime can be a good replacement for 2 or 4 mg of nicotine gum. Limes are packed full of vitamin C and antioxidants, they can also help you curb your cravings.
You need to teach yourself resist the cravings for a cigarette, fight against withdrawal symptoms with every ounce of your willpower, along with the above remedies to help!