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Time Table for Body Cleanse from Smoking

Natural Body Cleanse from Smoking

The human body is miraculous in its capacity to repair and heal, even when if it has been misused and abused. One of the most common forms of abuse is smoking – an unbelievably powerful addiction that hurts the body with every puff of a cigarette.  BUT . . . because of its resiliency, in just a few days after your final cigarette, your body will begin to repair itself. It is truly magical!

This is true regardless of the number of years you have been a smoker, the body can recover from the abuse and you will begin to feel better and better with time. Barring any long-term disease or chronic condition that may have developed, you can move forward confidently with the knowledge that you can return to good health. That knowledge will help keep you strong when you hit the rough spots – and there will be rough spots.

This is a brief overview of what will happen within your body when you quit smoking. (It is actually quite exciting).

After your last cigarette, the body begins to cleanse itself:

– Less than 1 hour – your heart rate and blood pressure drop to non-smoker levels.

– Around 8 hours – nicotine level drop by 93%

– From 2 to 7 days – the cravings will be intense – they will peak – then start to diminish

  • The lungs begin to repair themselves
  •  Breathing gets easier
  •  Lung capacity begins to expand

– Within 10 days – the withdrawal symptoms will ease – the body has cleansed itself and adjusted to the absence of nicotine

– Within the first few months – the body flushes all remaining nicotine

– Within 2-3 months –  the body is nicotine free

– During the rest of the first year – the lung cilia grows back and respiratory problems subside

You have probably figured out that the 2 to 7-day stretch in the beginning will be difficult. You must stay focused and resist the temptation to give in and grab a smoke.  It does get better, I promise.  By the 10th or 11th day the cravings will drop to a couple of cravings per day and they will only last for a short time (30 seconds – give or take). Of course, the number of cravings per day and the length will vary from person to person.

As you read through the time table, it sounds quite simple; but, do not be fooled. During the withdrawal phase it will be extremely hard to resist the temptation to smoke. Cravings will hit you at all times of the day; and the more you smoked the more severe the withdrawal symptoms will be.  They can be quite intense.

There are many options when it comes to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to help you manage some of the symptoms. Many people find the nicotine patch helpful in relieving severe physical symptoms. NRT has proven to be quite successful. The different products vary in price and availability (some are only available by prescription). My recommendation is that you discuss this method with your doctor.

There are a number of natural techniques you can use to combat cravings, such as exercise, deep breathing, and meditation. Hopefully, you know yourself well and are aware of your triggers. If you do, it will help you say no to the insistent internal voice that is telling you it is time for a cigarette. Controlling the triggers and your automatic response will help a lot.

It is not easy to stop smoking for good – but people do it all the time – and so can you!

Can You Stop Smoking?

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Can YOU stop smoking? Everyone knows the dangers and all the negative effects of smoking, yet people continue to smoke!  WHY?

A few statistics from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Overall mortality among both male and female smokers in the United States is about three times higher than that among similar people who never smoked.
  • The major causes of excess mortality among smokers are diseases that are related to smoking, including cancer and respiratory and vascular disease.
  • Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year (including deaths from secondhand smoke).
  • Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
  • Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%. (Encouraging)

The potential health risks are enough to scare some people into quitting, but why not everyone?  It doesn’t seem logical that anyone would willingly put themselves at risk for lung cancer, heart problems, cancer of the larynx and even a severely increased risk of heart attack or stroke – and yet by continuing to smoke that is exactly what people are doing.

In spite of all the warnings, those who continue to smoke either believe they cannot stop, they think they are invincible (nothing bad will happen to them), or (as in the case of my son), they do not want to stop.

Unfortunately, by the time many smokers decide too quit, it is often too late. The damage has been done and the result is often a death sentence. The consequence of their addictive habit is they are forced to give up their lives, rather making the choice to give up their daily pack (or packs) of cigarettes.

I lost a brother, a sister and a father-in-law as a result of their choices to continue smoking. I know that none of them consciously chose to die, yet many people make that choice every day by clinging to their cigarettes.

If you decide to quit, be clear about “why” and make a full commitment to do so. If you decide to quit on a whim or a dare, it may be exciting for a short time, but your effort is not likely to be successful. In fact, in the end you may even be upset or a little sad that you did not actually stop.

Letting go of your addiction is never easy; so, why put yourself through it? There are many reasons to stop in addition to the physical impact on your body. In this series we will look at the most compelling reasons to stop smoking; but, today, there is one that I want to mention.

YOUR FAMILY – How do you want your family to remember you?  Do you want to leave the legacy of smoking to your children?  Of all the smokers I have known in my life not one of them has encouraged their children to smoke. In fact, they would be upset, or at least disappointed if their children became smokers.

Children love and idolize their parents and follow their lead. When you continuously smoke around them, you are sending a message that is far more profound than anything you can ever say about smoking – plus, you are endangering their health through secondhand smoke.

When parents smoke, there is a much greater chance that their children will smoke.  The best thing you can do to prevent that is to stop smoking immediately.

Making the decision to quit is personal – and must be something you WANT to do.  No one can force you to stop; but, at the same time ignoring the warnings and advice from your doctors puts you at risk for serious health problems.  The negative effects on your health can be devastating to you – and to you family – debilitating emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease can be life-threatening and heartbreaking. Your loss is also their loss.

We are in an era when people are more focused on living healthier lifestyles. If you are among that number and searching for ways to improve your life, one huge step forward would be to stop smoking. That alone can make a significant improvement in your health. You will also be showing your family that you love them and want to be around for a long time.

Your family relies on you for guidance, support, and love.  Make sure you are there to provide all of that, and more.

The answer to the question – Can you stop smoking? – is YES if you choose to. Taking the time to look at the reasons you want to quit and making an absolute commitment to do so is critical to your success.

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