Nicotine Addiction

Smoking is clearly a deadly pastime. Many strong-minded people cannot stop smoking, even if they are health conscious or faced with death. Over 80 percent of smokers declare that they want to stop smoking. The American Psychiatric Association has described smoking as an “organic mental disorder.” Their statistics suggest that around 50 percent of people cannot stop when they try to and that, of the people who do stop, about 75 percent of them begin again within one year.

Successful Cessation

Successful cessation of cigarette smoking requires intelligent planning. Paramount to your success is your awareness, commitment and willpower. The first actions should be the removal of the nicotine chemicals and smells from your body, clothes, bedding, and living environment, including your car.

Detoxification will support your withdrawal from nicotine and can speed up the process considerably. Thanks to the long list of ingredients in cigarettes that are toxic to your intestinal lining, many nutrients are malabsorbed, including Vitamins C, B1 (thiamine) and folic acid, which are important for proper metabolism, a strong immune system and to calm nerves. Zinc is lost in nicotine abuse via the kidneys and bowels. Some of the symptoms of zinc deficiency are impaired taste and smell, infertility problems, poor wound healing, and a malfunctioning immune system.

Smoking has a detrimental effect on nutrition. Smokers break down vitamin C about twice as fast as non-smokers and other antioxidant vitamins are also depleted. The accelerated antioxidant usage, in combination with the DNA damage, speeds the aging process. Nicotine robs the body of nutrients and overloads the liver.

Smokers tend to have low blood sugar from abusing their liver with stimulants (including sugar, alcohol, and nicotine). Symptoms of low blood sugar are mood swings, eating too much sugar, needing another cup of coffee and a cigarette just to remain sane or to have that boost of energy, thereby banishing nervousness and anxiety for another few moments.

The good news is that this addiction can be overcome, and that health benefits begin almost
immediately. In just twenty-four hours after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse rate should return to normal, as should the levels of oxygen and carbon monoxide in your blood. Within a week, your risk of heart attacks begins to decrease; your sense of smell and taste improves; and breathing becomes easier.

In Summary

The key points that will support you most effectively in becoming a non-smoker are: 

       1.  Working with a Nutritionist to detoxify and cleanse your body, balance blood sugar levels and replenish all nutrients with a personalised dietary and supplement program. 

       2.  Working with other supporting therapies such as hypnosis and acupuncture. 

       3.   Sweat out the toxins by taking a sauna and developing a physical exercise program.

If you take any medications, consult with your physician about the possible need for an adjustment in dosage after you quit smoking. Tobacco alters the absorption and utilization of many medications, including insulin, asthma drugs, and certain antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and painkillers.

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