Some help on quitting smoking
You just quit smoking. You’re feeling motivated, committed and proud of your decision. You know you’re doing it for your health, your wallet and your loved ones. A lot of good things happen to your body very quickly once you quit. Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure are regulated, within 12 hours the carbon monoxide levels start to drop, and within a few weeks your circulation starts to improve and your wheezing will cease. Your body will positively reinforce your decision to quite almost immediately.
At the same time, you may experience symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, hunger, anxiety and of course cravings. First off, know that you’re not alone. Every single person who has quit smoking endured the same symptoms. They will also tell you quitting was one of the hardest things that have ever done, and that they have never regretted quitting.
Cravings hit people in different ways and with different severities. Some people find a nicotine patch works wonders, others can’t stand them. Some take up vaping while others want to quit cold turkey. How you quit is up to you and knowing how to manage your symptoms will help immensely.
Start with water. Part of the reason that nicotine is so addictive and so difficult to get rid of is because it permeates the body as a toxin. It gets into your system and desperately wants to stay there. Water is nature’s best way to flush out toxins from the body. When your craving first strikes, walk over the fridge and pour yourself a tall ice water and sip it slowly. By the time you finish, your craving will have subsided. As a rule of thumb, try drinking up to 8 glasses of water per day. Take it with you in a portable water bottle. Do what you can to ensure you are hydrated to start expelling the nicotine.
Write a list of all the reasons you quit smoking in the first place and keep it on hand. When you crave a cigarette, pull that list out and read it aloud.
Remember that your family and friends and rooting for you. Use them. Call up a friend to chat when a craving hits. Tell them about it. Their words of encouragement will be a relief.
Go digital with your quitting journey. There are apps available that track how long it has been since you quit and show you how much money you’ve saved by not purchasing cigarettes.
Fix yourself a healthy snack. Pop some popcorn, eat a frozen popsicle, grab an apple. Beware that crushing your cravings with junk food can lead to a bad habit of eating unhealthy foods too often. Choose your snacks wisely to avoid weight gain.
Another significant side effect that comes from quitting smoking is nausea. In fact, studies show that nausea is one of the leading causes of relapse simply because people want to stop the awful sensation. To combat the nausea, take ginger in tablet form or steep it in tea. It will calm your stomach and keep the nausea at bay.
As the toxins leave your body, you will want to supplement your system with vitamins. Vitamin A, C and E are particularly good options to rebuild your immunity and strengthen. Take a multi-vitamin daily, or ensure you’re eating foods that are rich in vitamin A, C and E.
Grape juice has powerful antioxidant powers that help to expel toxins from the body. Drinking grape juice regularly will speed up the process and help to reduce cravings.