Smoking is not the healthiest of habits, and most that pick it up at some point realize they need to quit. It is easier said than done as most find out, but what if I told you there was a better way to kick that nasty habit. More than a billion people smoke around the world, and statistics show that nearly half of those people will die due to complications that would have never shown up had they never started smoking in the first place.
According to Healthy-Food-House:
The deadly consequences of tobacco use are due to the inhalation of 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).
The inhalation of these chemicals causes lung-related issues, like lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and the plaque deposits might also cause heart diseases, like heart attacks or congestive heart failure, as they damage the heart and blood vessel integrity.
Moreover, nicotine also 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 easily becomes addictive, and the withdrawal symptoms which appear quickly after you extinguish the cigarette are edginess and irritability, so you reach for a new one. It actually crosses the blood-brain barrier and leads to pleasant feelings by releasing dopamine.
This addiction is extremely powerful, and some even claim that it is more difficult to quit smoking than to give up the use of cocaine or heroin (ACS, 2015).
There are numerous ways to kick the habit but here are 8 ways that may help you beat it once and for all.
Magnesium reduces the nicotine addiction by antagonizing NMDA receptors, which stimulate the release of the dopamine.
This mineral also lowers the effects of nicotine on the NMDA receptors by improving GABA (our relaxing neurotransmitter) synthesis. This means that magnesium will reduce the satisfaction you get from smoking.
Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where one bypasses certain aspects of reality and feels compelled to follow cues from an external source.
Therefore, it can help you relate smoking to unpleasant stimuli, and thus accelerate the process of quitting.
Acupuncture has been found to help people who try to give up smoking, and the insertion of needles on certain places linked to the mouth, lungs, and airways, lowers the cravings for the taste of tobacco.
Studies have shown that 5-minute moderate-intensity workout causes a short-term reduction in the desire to smoke.
Numerous people have tried nicotine patches and claim they are really helpful. It has also been found that these patches are even more effective when combined with drugs like varenicline and bupropion.
The doses are determined by the number of cigarettes one smokes daily, and how frequently one smokes.
Chewing the skin of a lime slice when the cravings hit, will help you reduce them, as they are high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
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, and they smoked less during this period.
Studies have shown that the practice of ‘sitting’ through difficult scenarios, like cravings or withdrawal symptoms, helps smokers give up smoking more easily.
It may be a struggle, but your body will thank you once you kick the habit for good. Not only that, but your family will appreciate you spending a long and healthy life with them. If these tips aren’t for you, be sure to research more to find the method that will work the best. Never give up!