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Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking

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Herbal pill.Smoking puts the lungs at increased risk for cellular damage. After smoking cessation, vitamins can help repair lung damage. Seek the advice of a medical professional before trying to prevent, treat or cure any lung condition.

Vitamin C

Smoking leads to the increased oxidative damage of lung tissue. The toxins found in cigarette smoke cause the increased production of free radicals that attach themselves to lung cells and cause their damage or death, according to a study published in 2008 in the “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.” Antioxidants will help your lungs recover. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin found in foods including citrus fruits, broccoli and bell peppers, is a powerful antioxidant. The vitamin may reduce the harmful effects of toxic cigarette smoke, according to the researchers. Continue reading “Vitamins That Help the Lungs After Quitting Smoking” »

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6 Common Smoking Triggers and How to Fight Them

HUMAN HABITThe physical withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are notoriously difficult to overcome, but the psychological cravings for cigarettes can be even worse.

According to addiction medicine specialist Michael Miller, MD, smoking is hard to shake partly because it’s such a repetitive habit. “Smokers light up so often that they make associations with it—driving, for instance, or talking on the phone or drinking a cup of coffee,” he says.

To successfully quit smoking, it’s important to know the triggers that send you looking for a cigarette and figure out ways to defuse them.

Meals

For many smokers, the cigarette after a good meal is the most delicious one of all, and the urge to light up often hits as soon as they drop their fork.

To resist post-meal cravings, get up from the table immediately after eating and do something enjoyable to distract yourself, experts recommend.

Go for a brisk walk, play a board game—anything to keep your lungs and hands busy and your mind off smoking. Continue reading “6 Common Smoking Triggers and How to Fight Them” »

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Clean Your Lungs From Nicotine Naturally

Clean-Your-Lungs-From-Nicotine-NaturallyWe all know that smokers have a much higher risk of getting cancer than non-smokers. Therefore physicians advise everyone to get rid of that bad habit. But, if you cannot stop, you can at least try in some way to reduce the risk. Some products can certainly help you expand the airways. The lungs cannot fully clear only with the consumption of these products, but you can at least, to some extent get rid of the toxins and thus to reduce the chance of getting cancer.

Corn

Corn contains beta – cryptoxanthin believed to protect from lung cancer because it is a strong antioxidant. On the other hand, keep in mind that most packaged corn on the shelves in stores is genetically modified, so it is better to look at the natural one. Continue reading “Clean Your Lungs From Nicotine Naturally” »

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What Happens When You Quit Smoking: Side Effects Of Quitting Smoking

Quit smoking today!Smoking can affect the body in monumental ways. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. Below are some of the most common complaints when a smoker stops smoking with cold turkey methods.

Digestive

  • Acid Indigestion/Heartburn - If you had acid indigestion before you quit, it will get a bit worse and then it will go away. If you never had heartburn this symptom can last for about 3 weeks to 3 months. Try Tums orDGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice), which may help acid reflux too.
  • Gas or flatulence - This may last several weeks. Don’t eat gas producing foods like beans, cabbage or cauliflower. You can also try Beano.
  • Diarrhea -This can last a few days. Try any over the counter remedy. The body is adjusting to the new digestive changes.
  • Nausea - This symptom almost seems like the flu. It usually lasts a week. Drinking any carbonated beverage should help.\
  • Constipation- This may last several weeks. Cigarettes act like a diuretic and also a laxative in the body so when you take nicotine away you can get constipated. You can use an over the counter remedy or
  • You can make a Homemade Laxative Recipe which is gentler on the body.

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Helping your loved one stop smoking

Stop smoking!Did you know using tobacco products is a preventable cause of death? In the United States, it ranks No. 1 as a cause we can prevent through behavioral change alone.  Almost 500,000 American smokers die each year. Another concern is the health care cost; smoking-related illnesses cost nearly $300 billion a year. You can be a key part of smoking cessation for someone you care about. Research tells us that people are in different stages of readiness to quit. The University of Alabama’s Dr. Alice March offers some suggestions for you to help your loved one with tobacco addition.

Pre-contemplation—This means your loved one is not even thinking about quitting. This can be from not having enough information about the consequences of smoking. If you have not already done so, start a discussion about the effects of smoking on them and on those around them. If you have done this, or are worried that you will be “nagging,” leave written information around. This is a tough stage, but be diligent about watching for clues that indicate contemplation. Continue reading “Helping your loved one stop smoking” »

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How To Quit Smoking: Stick Your Head In A Can Of Cigarette Butts, Says Famed Psychologist

Fotolia_31124424_XSAbout 50 years ago, a young psychology professor by the name of Walter Mischel was walking around Stanford Medical School, when suddenly he had the smoker scared out of him.

“I was about 32 years old at the time, and this poor man on a gurney had his arm stretched out at his side, his chest was bare, his head was empty,” Mischel recalls. “He looked terrible, and he had little green Xs all over him.”

With a throat full of terror, Mischel asked the nurse what was going on.

The man has metastasized lung cancer, she replied, and the little green X marks directed where the radiation treatment was to be targeted.

At the time, Mischel was still a self-described “tobacco addict.” He thought that someday he might get into trouble for his stress-relieving habit, but who knows?

Seeing the dying man in the gurney, he realized that smoking wasn’t helping him out. Walter Mischel is the Robert Johnston Niven Professor of Humane Letters in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. Continue reading “How To Quit Smoking: Stick Your Head In A Can Of Cigarette Butts, Says Famed Psychologist” »

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Are You Quitting Smoking in a Smoking Household?

blogssmokersLiving with another smoker is one of the toughest challenges the newly quit can face. And if that ‘other smoker’ happens to be your significant other, you might agree the situation warrants a closer look! Let’s say you are at the point where you’ve decided it’s time to quit for You – your health, your life, your success and your future. You are finally ready to own your quit and own your daily choices. You’re committed to keeping your precious quit no matter who you work with, who you live with and no matter what they say or do. Congrats ~ you have the motivation and winning attitude for a successful quit!

It helps to understand the potential roadblocks on your home front so you can navigate the murky waters ahead. You will want to keep your quit and your relationship intact. Since you’ll also want support, encouragement and a little help, let’s take a look at that smoker in your life! Did you know they have an emotional and habitual attachment to your smoking habit, as well as their own?  This is perfectly normal. When you decide to quit smoking, their life will change, too. Here are some common thoughts, emotions and fears that the smoker in your life might subconsciously go through when you announce you are quitting smoking:
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Recipe For Herbal Quit Smoking Tea

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Adding Herbal Tea’s to your quit smoking routine is easy and effective to get past cravings. Make a hot cup whenever you feel the need to smoke distracts and soothes taste buds while helping to detox and improve heal.

 

1 Part Catnip leaf
Gas pains, calming the central nervous system, relieving colds and flu, indigestion, nervousness, restlessness, sleeplessness, nervous headache.

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10 Persistent Myths About Smoking

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Smoking in America is down — but not out. Today, 20% of U.S. adults are smokers, compared to 45% in 1965, when smoking was at its peak. But even at the current level of tobacco use, an estimated 440,000 Americans per year lose their lives to lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, or other smoking-related illnesses. On average, smokers die 14 years before nonsmokers, and half of all smokers who don’t quit are killed by their habit.

People start smoking for many reasons. Many continue to puff away because they buy into certain persistent myths about tobacco use. Here are 10 of those myths, and the truth about each.

Myth 1: My other healthy habits may make up for my smoking.

Some smokers justify their habit by insisting that proper nutrition and lots of exercise are enough to keep them healthy. Not so.

“Research shows that eating a healthy diet and exercising don’t reduce the health risks associated with smoking,” says Ann M. Malarcher, PhD, senior scientific advisor in the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. “Smoking affects every organ system in the body, and thinking that you’re going to find the perfect lifestyle to counteract the effects of smoking is just not realistic.”

“You could take a truckload of vitamins a day and still not undo the deadly effects of tobacco,” says Michael C. Fiore, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Continue reading “10 Persistent Myths About Smoking” »