Smoking is one of the worst things you can do. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it – but there’s still a ton of smokers out there. Why? Because it’s so hard to quit. Not only that, but a lot of the quitting options substitute the nicotine from cigarettes for nicotine elsewhere.
And nicotine is a big part of the problem. Cigarettes and smoke inhalation equals carcinogens. But cigarettes use more chemicals, like nicotine, to create lifelong smokers by making it an addictive habit.
Where There’s Smoke…Besides damaging your lungs and heart – 2 very important organs – smoking causes inflammation, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, a weak immune system and even early menopause. Smoking has been linked to reproductive disorders as well, like irregular menstrual cycles, low sperm count, and
Most states have some ban on smoking, whether it’s in restaurants and bars, or simply in offices. As of January 2014 10 states still had no statewide ban on smoking. If you’re a smoker and you’re looking to quit, try one of these healthy alternatives.
Ways to Quit Smoking
GingerGinger juice eases the withdrawal
Cayenne PepperThis spice desensitizes the respiratory system to addictive components like nicotine and tobacco, and will actually reduce your desire to smoke. Add a few pinches of cayenne to a glass of water, or include more of it into your diet.
OatsOats will help remove harmful toxins from your body and reduce the desire to smoke. Oats are one of the oldest treatments to help
LobeliaIrritation, nausea, poor concentration and hunger are all associated with
HyssopSmoking withdrawal can lead to anxiety and even hysteria. Reduce the craziness with a little bit of hyssop, an herb that clears congested lungs and helps ease your body and mind when you’re trying to quit.
ValerianValerian is a very powerful sedative herb. It eases inflammation and helps with restlessness, anxiety, and stress that come with quitting.
Licorice StickNatural licorice root is a great thing to reach for when you feel the need to smoke. If you’re orally fixated, this will help much like chewing gum helps.
St. John’s WortAnother great herb, studies suggest 450 mg of St. John’s Wort 2 times daily helps kick the habit. It lessens the desire to smoke and eases your respiratory system.
GinsengGinseng stops the release of dopamine which is a main contributor to why you like smoking. Include a teaspoon of ginseng powder into your breakfast and it will reduce the desire to smoke.
MultivitaminsVitamins A, C and E can help calm the need to smoke as well as repair damaged cells and give your body much needed nutrients. Vitamin A repairs damaged mucus membranes, vitamin E repairs your body’s cells, and vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system.
Breathe EasyThis certainly won’t be the easiest thing you ever do, but if you can find some solace in these herbal treatments, you should be able to live smoke-free and happily. Share whichever works best for you with us on Facebook – and please share any great herbal fixes I’ve missed.