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We all know that smoking cigarettes destroys our precious health. If you’ve decided to quit smoking- congratulations! Releasing your body and mind from the most addictive habit on earth will be one of the best decisions of your life.
Quitting any habit can be tough, especially when it’s something as addictive as smoking cigarettes. Comfort yourself in knowing that millions of people have kicked the habit before you. Also know that you’re more likely to succeed in quitting if you start out on the right foot.
Naturally cleansing your body of nicotine and toxins caused by smoking is essential to successfully quitting. Detoxifying naturally prepares your mind and body to receive the benefits that quitting smoking brings. It can also help relieve withdrawal symptoms.
Nicotine: The Deadly Nightshade
Nicotine is a member of the nightshade plant family and is the most addictive substance known to man. When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine releases into the bloodstream, providing pleasure for the smoker; pleasure quickly turns into discomforting withdrawal symptoms.
Most nicotine leaves the system after six to eight hours, though it takes twenty four to seventy two hours for nicotine to completely leave the body. It can take up to thirty days for cotinine, a bi-product of nicotine, to completely leave your system.
Cleansing the body naturally with plant foods
There are many ways to cleanse your body of nicotine naturally. A simple way to begin cleansing is to integrate plant sources of Vitamin C into your diet. Studies show that Vitamin C increases the metabolism which in turn can remove nicotine from the bloodstream faster.
It’s best to get Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables; public health researchers from the University of Buffalo surveyed 1,000 smokers aged 25 or older and found that those who consumed more fruits and vegetables were three times more likely to stay off of tobacco products.
Adults who consumed more fruits and vegetables also scored better on the nicotine dependency test.
Eating vegetables and fruits makes people feel sated, so they’re less likely to confuse hunger with cigarette cravings. Fruit and vegetables can make the taste of smoking repulsive; adapting a healthy lifestyle and diet can encourage smokers to quit.
Plant based foods to heal your body from the effects of smoking:
- Water rehydrates the body and helps sweat nicotine out of your system
- Avoid sweet and starchy vegetables and opt for hydrating vegetables like eggplants, beans, cucumbers and celery; even natural sugars can stimulate the brain’s pleasure centres and cause cravings.
- Nettle tea is rich in iron and helps the body repair itself.
- Pine needle tea is a trusted healer of mouth and throat infections, and can improve lung health.
- Fruits high in Vitamin C like kiwis, strawberries, oranges and lemons restore levels of essential vitamins in the body after smoking depletes them.
- Spinach is abundant in vitamins and folic acid, which helps crush cravings.
- Broccoli contains sulphoraphane which helps heal lungs from damage.
- Carrot juice is high in vitamin A, B, C and K and will restore vitality to your skin health after smoking.
Cleanse your body of nicotine naturally and embrace your newfound health with these plant foods.