Dried tobacco leaves are smoked in various forms. Tobacco smoking infuses some very dangerous substances into our lungs from where they are rapidly absorbed in the blood stream. The dangerous chemicals for human health then subsequently reach the tissues and cells and cause damage to them. Apart from habit-forming nicotine, there are also many other harmful chemicals that cigarette smoke and tar contain. Tobacco is also smoked through bidis, cigars, pipes, vaporizers, hookahs and bongs apart from cigarettes. Almost half of people who smoke tobacco in long-term are killed by nicotine and other dangerous chemicals that tobacco smoke contains. The other half suffers from diseases that may be related to heart and other health conditions like cancer etc which deteriorate the quality of life apart from causing pain, discomfort and other abnormalities.
Smoking causes lung cancer, vascular stenosis, COPD or Chronic Obstructive Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s disease and several other diseases. It causes loss of appetite, poor vision, anxiety, irritability, high cholesterol, staining of teeth, infertility and may cause blood cancer. In women, smoking causes cervical cancer, early menopause and several problems that are related to pregnancy. Smoking is highly damaging to the health of the fetus and induces early diseases in the fetus apart from lowering the immunity of the unborn child.
Smoking is started by teenagers and adults because of many reasons. Some of these include peer pressure, to achieve social recognition, to handle stress and awkward situations and because of media influences. While smoking may instantly give you a high and stimulate your brain cells, in the long term it reduces the capability of the brain to handle stress and unfavorable situations. Nicotine is a habit forming substance and is regarded as a “slow poison” by many as it slowly reduces your stamina, efficiency and causes extreme damages to your health condition.
It is important to quit the habit before any of the severe consequences related to it appear. Many people prevent cancer and other diseases by quitting the habit. Almost all smoking-related diseases can be prevented even after years of smoking if you quit the habit now.
There are many natural ways and home-remedies that help you quit smoking. The home remedies are cheap and are very effective in getting rid of the dangerous habit.
Here Are 9 Home Remedies To Quit Smoking Cigarettes
Water is a detoxifier and eliminates the harmful chemicals from the body that the habit of smoking brings to it. The more you smoke, the more harmful substances get accumulated inside the body and the body develops a dependence on them. Water eliminates the toxins so that the body recovers from the smoke-attack early. Drink more water during the day. Whenever you have an urge to smoke, try a glass or more of water.
Oats is a proven remedy for quitting the habit of smoking. Eat oatmeal in place of your regular meal when trying to quit smoking. Alternatively, mix one spoon of oats in 2 cup of adequately boiled water. Leave the mixture for the night and boil it again for around 10 minutes in the morning. Drink the oat-water mixture after every meal. Oats flush out the harmful cancerous nicotine toxins from the body and also help with the withdrawal symptoms like occurrence of frequent hunger pangs.
Licorice stick is very efficient in suppressing the urge of smoking. Keep the stick in your pocket and chew on it whenever you have an urge to smoke. The root is used as a flavoring agent in tobacco products including cigarettes. It does not have a bad effect on the body when not combined with tobacco. Licorice prevents tooth cavities and is an expectorant or a drug that eases the cough inside the respiratory tract so that can you spit it out easily. Smoking is a cause of tooth decay and respiratory congestion. Hence licorice root chewing has multiple benefits for you as an alternative to cigarette.
Nicotine is a habit-forming substance as it causes addiction by synchronizing dopamine-release from brain cells with its absorption in blood stream. Whenever the brain has craving for something (food, sex etc), it releases dopamine. Ginseng extracts prevent the secretion of dopamine and help you quit the habit of smoking.
The extracts of grape seeds improve the condition of the damaged cells of the lungs and help you to prevent lung diseases and lung cancer that are the most common health conditions that smoking causes…
Smoking interferes with the absorption of certain vital vitamins and minerals from food. Supplements of Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Vitamin C prevent the withdrawal symptoms of smoking. Vitamin E improves the condition of smoking-damaged cells. Vitamin A repairs the mucus and Vitamin C provides nourishment to the skin and other cells of the body.
The substances found in the Lobelia flower are similar to nicotine in their chemical structure. Hence lobelia extracts ease the nicotine withdrawal symptoms and help you prevent irritation, poor concentration, increased hunger pangs and nausea that are commonly associated conditions in those who are trying to quit smoking. Use of lobelia is not advised during pregnancy and in some other conditions. Hence talk to your doctor before using the lobelia extract supplements.
Nausea is the most common of all tobacco withdrawal symptoms. Ginger is an easily available home remedy for nausea. Keep a short piece of ginger root in your packet and bite on it whenever you have a smoking urge. You can also hold the ginger piece inside the mouth (on any side) like a toffee and let the beneficial substances of the root dissolve slowly inside your mouth.
The spice can be added to any meal. You can also add a few pinches of cayenne pepper in water for consuming it. The pepper has a desensitizing effect on the respiratory system. Hence by consuming it you can lower your dependence on nicotine and tobacco. It also lessens smoking urge.