You probably know the statistics; smoking is more than just a bad habit. It is a common killer, and the dangers of smoking are real! It’s been well known for decades that it can cause cancer, COPD, early onset aging, and a variety of other problems. But there is a secret they’ve been guarding as closely as they can:
Often times, there are more than 600 ingredients and 4,000 chemicals contained in a single cigarette. Aside from tar and nicotine, cigarettes can contain formaldehyde, ammonia, DDT, arsenic, butane, acetone, and even cadmium.
Smoking in the United States results in over 400,000 deaths every year. Worldwide, smoking claims the lives of 10 million people. It’s not surprising when you think about how many chemicals and nasty additives are in cigarettes.
What happens inside our bodies after we stub out that last cigarette?
Have all of the years of tobacco use caused too much damage for quitting to be of any benefit? Not at all. The human body is amazingly resilient. It can bounce back from nearly anything. If you’ve smoked even for decades, your body will begin to repair itself the day that you quit. Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process begins, and smoke-free benefits will continue to improve your health and quality of life for years.
When you put down your final cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate normalize almost immediately. A day later, carbon monoxide levels are undetectable in the blood. Inflammation begins to decrease and oxygen floods the body. Over the years, your body will normalize and repair itself, often to levels where it doesn’t appear you smoked at all.
Follow our guidelines to protect and heal your body as you recover from smoking addiction.
To heal your body from the damage related to smoking:
- Get vitamin E. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that can slow the progression of atherosclerosis. Cooked kale is a great source of dietary E.
- Be like Popeye and eat spinach. Spinach and other dark leafy greens have beta-carotene, an antioxidant that can protect you from cancer.
- Drink antioxidant green tea. Green tea antioxidants, like polyphenols, fight aging and disease. There are many antioxidant-rich foods on the Body Ecology program and green tea antioxidants are just one more way to easily get your dose of good health.
- Take vitamin C. Smokers need two to three times the daily requirement of vitamin C just to maintain normal levels in their bodies.
- Find a B-complex supplement with niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, folic acid, and biotin. These B vitamins are rich in antioxidants that protect your cells. The Body Ecology program is full of foods with B vitamins. Try our Body Ecology grain-like seeds for a healthy dose of calming B vitamins.
- Introduce fermented foods and drinks into your diet. fermented foods, like cultured vegetablesand fermented drinks, like Coco-Biotic are full of vitamins and minearls. They aid digestion, boost immunity AND can help you absorb the nutrients and antioxidants from your diet.
- Try adaptogens, like holy basil and ashwaganda. These herbs have the ability to help your body recover from stress and give you energy. Since smoking often relieves stress emotionally and creates stress in your body, you may find that taking adaptogens helps with emotional AND physical stress relief.
- Cleanse your body of heavy metals. Cigarettes contain all kinds of toxic substances, especially the heavy metal cadmium. Body Ecology’s Ocean Plant Extract naturally detoxifies your body from dangerous heavy metals, like cadmium.
- Give yourself a LifeLine. Like the highly recommended Sedona Method (co-created by Hale Dwoskin, who was one of the featured teachers in the wildly popular book The Secret,) The LifeLine Technique™, created by Dr. Darren Weissman, finds and removes the root cause of stress, addictions and symptoms in your body and life by tapping into subconscious suppressed emotions. Once emotions are filed in your subconscious mind, you don’t know you have them until you begin to experience stress, pain or addictions.
The real goal is to quit smoking immediately. Do that and you’ll be on track for better health in no time.