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Quit Smoking Permanently With Juice/Juicing Detox and More
In the United States approximately sixty million people smoke cigarettes. The latest research shows that cigarettes are responsible for more than twenty percent of American deaths. Smoking destroys vitamin C, which weakens the immune system. It is linked to heart disease, cancer, stroke, lung disease and impotency. Smokers also develop wrinkles, psoriasis, stomach ulcers and cataracts more than non-smokers.
Conventional medicine has developed patches and pills to help smokers quit, but adding more chemicals to an already toxic body prone to various diseases may not be the best approach.
The easiest way to conquer the smoking habit is to remove cigarette chemicals (nicotine and and forty three other chemicals that are known carcinogens) from the body, which cause the intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms that make it so difficult to quit. Withdrawal symptoms include depression, irritability, insomnia, headache, dizziness, poor concentration, feelings of frustration, fatigue and poor concentration. Having another smoke raises nicotine levels, which causes cravings and withdrawal symptoms to subside.
In addition to the physical challenges involved with giving up smoking, there is also psychological dependency. It’s a habit. Whether a habit is good or bad it takes time to develop and it is going to take time to break. Suddenly not doing what has been done for so long is going to feel uncomfortable and unnatural for awhile.
The easiest way to remove chemicals from the body and make quitting easy is to begin a fresh juice detox program. Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables (organic is best) are loaded with phytochemicals that are able to breakdown and flush toxins from the body. Not only will they remove deadly toxins from the body but they will begin to repair damaged organs.
In order to be successful, try to consume at least five 8 ounce glasses of juice daily. Every time a craving for a cigarette develops, drink a glass of juice instead of lighting a cigarete. If you are in a situation where juice is not available, try eating nuts, seeds or chewing a piece of gum. The high nutrition content in fresh juice is often enough to make cravings tolerable or even eliminate them.
After a few weeks of daily juicing cravings and withdrawal symptoms should be diminished considerably. It’s a good idea to continue the juicing detox for several more weeks to give the body much needed nutrition and to fortify your new non-smoking habit.
Remember to be aware of the discomfort of psychological dependancy. The feeling that smoking is in some way beneficial and a necessary part of your survival. If you know someone who would like to quit smoking, going through the process together will help each of you realize this discomfort is deceptive and misleading.
To learn fruit and vegetable combinations that will provide maximum detoxification and good taste, get a good juicing book to guide you. Combining fruits and vegetables in the right combinations will make juicing a profitable and an enjoyable experience.
Improving your diet will also help make it easier to quit smoking. Consuming a nutrient rich diet will help flush the body of toxins. Eat foods mostly from plants sources such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Avoid foods that will hinder the detoxifying process such as fast foods, processed foods, high sugar foods and white flour products.
Individuals who consume diets or take supplements rich in vitamins A, niacin, E, iron and folic acid smoke significantly less than those low or deficient in these nutrients. High intake of the B vitamins will promote calmness during the day and deep sleep at night. Theanine (a green tea amino acid) and essential fatty acids are also helpful in overcoming smoking addiction. Herbs helpful with dealing with withdrawal symptoms are passion flower, lobelia, lemon balm and St John’s Wort.
Finally, avoid temptation. If people around you are beginning to smoke, leave the room. Deal with anxious feelings by going for a walk or doing some light exercise. Exercise releases endorphins which promote relaxation and reduce stress.